Miff Chichester completed his degree in Valuation and Estate Management in 1990, having spent the previous six years as a commercial diver working on the oil and gas rigs of the North Sea, Irish Sea, Mediterranean and The Gulf of Mexico.
He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Weatherall, Green & Smith in 1992 but left in 1995, (after a short spell at DTZ Debenham Thorpe), and set up his own company, Henry Chichester in St Petersburg, Russia, building and refurbishing commercial and residential real estate. From 1995 to 2000, he and his partners grew the business and have completed approximately 1,000,000 sqft of offices, retail and residential development. He sold his shares to his partners in Henry Chichester, which is still going strong and continues to work productively in the Eastern European market.
After the sale of Henry Chichester in 2001, Miff returned to work with CB Hillier Parker as a Central London Development/Investment Director and in 2003, he took equity in The Property Merchant Group, specialising in the redevelopment and refurbishment of commercial and mixed use buildings in Central London/South East of England. Whilst at PMG, he completed 500,000 sqft of mixed use real estate reconfigurations.
He and his partner, Steve Taylor have also set up St Congar Land with Europa Capital Partners, which specialises in the acquisition of freehold land around the South of England and Wales for residential and mixed uses.
In addition, they have also set up St Congar Asset Management Limited that buys promotions and options for residential land development.