Michael Collins – Chairman
Michael founded Goldcrest Land in 1982, following extensive experience within direct sales, marketing and property development. Michael devised this unique business model, building a highly motivated and skilled team around him, and has shaped a dynamic and successful organisation.
Goldcrest converted the first office building in the City of London, a development close to the Bank of England and Mansion House, which won an Evening Standard Award. Since then, Goldcrest, led by Michael, has developed over 100 sites, focused in and around Greater London, building out many with great success, but more recently focusing on the early stages of the development cycle – the planning process.
Tim Smith – Deputy Chairman & Finance Director
Tim started his career at Prudential. After stints at Honeywell Control Systems and Grand Met, he moved to Milton Keynes Pressings as Financial Director, subsequently moving to the wider role of Commercial Director. At this time, Tim completed an MBA. He then spent an extended period working overseas with Gildemeister AG, starting in Germany as CFO, then moving on to live and work in the US as President of Sales and Service Business, implementing a rapid reduction in losses and improving trading performance. From the US, Tim moved to Asia as CEO, creating 100% growth as well as being an integral contributor to the establishment of production facilities in China.
Tim joined Goldcrest in 2010 as Finance Director.
Ben Leek – Managing Director
Ben Leek started his professional career in Estate agency in the highly competitive London market in 2001. The time he spent in different roles including property investment sales led to Ben deciding that the sector of the market he wanted to pursue a career in was land and sites with potential for redevelopment.
Recognising that estate agency alone would not enable him to achieve this he undertook a degree in urban design, planning and management at University College London graduating with honours in 2005.
Joining Goldcrest as graduate in 2005 Ben has for a number of years lead the acquisition and development team and now as Managing Director is responsible for setting and delivering the companies’ strategy, acquisition and profit targets. Ben has successfully worked on some of the most complex development sites in London and has a never ending enthusiasm for identifying difficult sites without planning permission and then working with the wider team to profitably resolve the issues.
Jacqui Macqueen – Design Director
leading the architects practice
Jacqui began her architectural education in Ireland graduating from the CIT with a diploma in Architectural Technology. Following graduation she moved to London where she has worked in architectural practice for over twenty five years.
Jacqui joined Goldcrest in 2006 taking on the role of Design Director leading the architects practice in 2009. She is passionate about the places and spaces in which we live and their ability to shape our experiences and quality of life.
From small scale housing to large scale urban master plans making the best use of space and delighting in its potential continues to spark her imagination. Working with her team to unlock a difficult site, overcoming obstacles, creating the potential for new homes, and seeing them realised continues to be a huge thrill & privilege.
Carolyn Malet de Carteret – HR Development Director
Carolyn started her HR career in logistics with BOC Distribution Services where she also gained her IPD qualifications. She was then approached by Wincanton Logistics and commenced as Personnel Manager on a brownfield site in north London; here she recruited the site senior management team and had full HR responsibility from start up through to steady state of c.450 employees. Carolyn then moved onto Shell initially as HR Manager for the UK and European gas businesses. She later moved into an internal consultancy role for Shell UK where her projects included an overseas relocation of one of the businesses and a business divestment.
Carolyn joined Goldcrest in September 2014 with strategic & operational HR responsibilities and particular emphasis on talent development.