Meet our team of dealmakers, developers, and architects. A seasoned and ambitious bunch, no question. But also a team that approaches every project with humanity to ensure a positive impact.

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Andrew McDonald MRICS MIPM FRSA

Property Acquisition & Disposals
Project Coordinator

Andrew has more than 25 years in the property investment and occupational markets. With a specialism in the retail property market, Andrew’s knowledge of the UK’s high streets, towns, and shopping centres is considerable. He is co-founder of Tandem Real Estate, a highly experienced commercial property agency focussing on Capital Markets.

Andrew has a wide range of experience across various asset classes and transaction types, including complex mixed-use property investment portfolios and leasing major London shop units, to advising on shopping centre developments. He also has an extensive network of contacts across property institutions, pension funds, and high profile property companies.

Andrew is a Member of the Institute of Place Management and a Fellow of the RSA, a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP and qualified in Effective Coaching & Mentoring with the ILM

When he’s not touring the UK for work, Andrew rides his motorbike or runs trail races for ‘fun’ near his home in Surrey. He’s completed the Marathon des Sables.

Paul Norbury MRICS

Property Occupier Services
Project Coordinator

Paul has worked within the retail property sector for over 25 years with various corporate agencies, including Cushman & Wakefield and Strutt & Parker. He now runs a boutique commercial property agency, Norbury Sansom, where he advises landlords and occupiers on leasing and acquiring trading space.

Paul also acts as a consultant for developers, providing up-to-date market information and analysis on occupier demand and trends, ensuring they have their finger on the pulse through the bidding and development process.

With a specialism in the retail warehousing sub-sector of the retail property market, Paul is conscious of the sensitivities of our high street to external threats. He believes the town centres of the future will look radically different, providing an eclectic mix of experiential retailing, F&B, residential, and community uses.

When not touring the towns and cities of the UK looking at retail space, Paul can be found walking his dog on the local trails of west Berkshire or riding his motorbike, taking in the sites. He’s partial to a bit of fly-fishing, too.

Andrew Gower MRICS MAPM

Projects and Development Manager

Andrew has extensive experience across most sectors of the property industry, built up over 25 years working with large corporates, institutional investors and developers of all sizes. He has previously held Director level positions at Paragon Building Consultancy, J R Bullock and Strutt & Parker. Andrew also ran his own building consultancy for nearly 10 years.
As Chartered Building Surveyor and Project Manager, Andrew’s role at TheCredo.Group is to provide initial support and assessments of projects including an informed view of the construction elements. As each project is different, we create a project plan to deliver the required result which includes forming a best-in-class team full of the right people for each project. A proven project leader from inception to completion with experience in development appraisal, funding and full-cycle project delivery. Away from work, Andrew enjoys riding his motorbike, cycling and generally trying to keep up with his two daughters and very energetic dog.

Mike Wimble MRICS

Acquisition & Disposals
Project Coordinator

In a career spanning over 25 years working both as a Principal and Consultant, Mike has built up a considerable amount of expertise within commercial property.

With a specialism in retail property Mike has acted on behalf of some of the UK’s largest Retailers and Landlords across the country providing advice on portfolio rationalisation, acquisitions and disposals. He has an extensive knowledge of many of the UK’s Towns, High Streets and Shopping Centres, having worked in the Retail property teams at CBRE and Knight Frank where he was a Partner.

He has also acquired and managed extensive portfolios of Shopping Centres throughout the UK from Cornwall and Kent in the South to County Durham and Greater Manchester in the North. Bringing together multiple internal and external teams Mike has consistently delivered enhanced returns through a proactive approach across development, leasing and management.

When not out and about across the UK for work, Mike can be found amongst the Surrey Hills on his bike and training for the next ‘big race’, having recently completed the Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in Aberfeldy, Scotland.

Dicky Lewis RIBA, ARB

Architecture, Design & Planning

Dicky co-founded Shoreditch-based White Red Architects, unifying the large-scale project experience of his fellow directors into an energetic practice engaging in exciting projects in the UK and internationally.

He began his career at Foster + Partners in London, working on a variety of projects from conception of designs, such as the competition win of 425 Park Avenue Office Tower in New York, McLaren Production Centre through to delivery, the technical design stage of Tocumen Airport in Panama.

Explorative and playful with a strong commercial head, White Red Architects offer contemporary design through a refreshingly efficient, ideas-led yet pragmatic process.

Ben Richards M.Eng

Architecture, Design & Planning

Ben has worked for 12 years in the construction industry with Architects, Structural Engineers and as a Technical Manager for the Berkeley Group before starting his own businesses.

He has extensive experience in development projects ranging from £50k refurbishments through to £1Bn mixed-use schemes in central London.

Ben Founded Aura Architecture which is a London based Architectural and Interior Design practice excelling at assisting clients in achieving maximum value from their projects in a sustainable and energy efficient way. He has also been a member of the BRE Academy (Building Research Establishment) providing ‘Education for Excellence in the built environment’.

Ben holds a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering, he is highly motivated and a natural problem solver. As well as his architectural work Ben is an experienced property developer, having completed numerous residential developments and commercial to residential conversions for his own portfolio.

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Giovanni Patania RIBA

Architecture, Design & Planning

Sienna-born Giovanni has worked for architecture firms worldwide—most notably as Lead Architect with Foster + Partners on various Apple stores, including the Champs-Élysées retail outlet in Paris. Based in London, he’s co-founder and principal architect at award-winning WindsorPatania Architects, which has offices in London, Cambridge, and Liverpool.

As the Lead Architect on the Champs-Élysées Apple store, Giovanni oversaw the design, MEP, and structural coordination for this $60m residential-to-commercial project, managing every step of the process. He has also been part of design teams of over £1.2b worth of projects from the UK, EU, and China.

Save The High Street

Partner

TheCredo.Group are Partners of SaveTheHighStreet.Org, the industry movement working towards a stronger future high street through the Vacancy Partnership collective.

Working in conjunction with SaveTheHighStreet.org, TheCredo.Group provides additional support in filling vacant space and curating a tenant mix enabled to meet the needs of today’s shopping requirements and town centre environments.

Our role with SaveTheHighStreet.org is at both a strategy and an implementation level, providing full-scope property services throughout a project lifecycle. Our range of support includes: property agency and occupier services; architecture planning and design; building consultancy services; property sale and acquisitions.

A number of new solutions have been launched by the Vacancy Partnership where we are able to assist, including: high street incubators; tenant support innovations; tenant recruitment campaigns; high impact solutions for larger vacant space.

The Collaborative City

Partner

The Collaborative City is a partner network of TheCredo.Group. Working in conjunction with The Collaborative City, we can offer the strategic advice with the sort of ‘light touch’ that is often required at the drawing board of a particular project.

These additional skills available include, but are not limited to:

Site and context appraisals; Capacity and viability studies; Masterplans and development frameworks; Additional high street regeneration and placemaking support; Estate regeneration; Stakeholder engagement; Health and wellbeing; Outline and detail planning applications.

Depending on the project specifics, by partnering the ‘delivery’ skills available through TheCredo.Group with the ‘front end’ support requirements available at The Collaborative City, we are able provide a comprehensive concept-to-completion service.