The Team

Miff Chichester

Managing Director

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.

Steve Taylor

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Steve qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (Planning and Development Division) whilst at Weatherall Green and Smith (now BNP) where he worked in the Town Planning and Residential Consultancy team. High profile projects he was involved with included Westminster Hospital, Limehouse Basin in Wapping, and numerous NHS sites.

Steve joined Close Brothers in 1997 to run a residential development fund which grew to in excess of £100m. He was responsible for over 70 developments throughout the UK, more than £500 million of commercial property syndications and a number of successful large land promotion projects.

Steve was appointed a director and member of Cordea Savills LLP in 2004. He was a key team member behind the creation and running of the Diversified Residential Opportunities Fund and the Cordea Savills Student Halls Fund. More latterly, he was responsible for over £100m of equity raised for land enablement funds which invested and promoted 23 sites in the UK.

Tony Blackburn

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Tony graduated from Nottingham Trent Polytechnic in 1990 with an Honours Degree in Residential Development. He has spent all his working career within the residential development sector initially starting out as a quantity surveyor and then moving into land and planning.

Tony spent 13 years with Bellway Homes working within the urban renewal and housebuilding divisions within the Group. At his time at Bellway Tony was involved in the Barking Riverside development which is a mixed use scheme comprising healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities and over 10,000 new homes.

In 2005 Tony joined Crest Nicholson whereas Development Director he was responsible for the land and planning departments covering sites in West London and the Home Counties.

In 2010 Tony joined Linden Homes, part of the Galliford Try Group, as Land Director responsible for the delivery of land and planning for the Chiltern region including the purchase of London sites in Mill Hill, Chiswick and Willesden.

Ralph Salmon

PLANNING DIRECTOR

Ralph graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters of Town and Country Planning in 2010 and is a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute after gaining chartership in 2013.

Ralph has a background in rural planning through working with Salmon Planning Company in Somerset. Since this time he has developed experience in London and the South East working for Westminster City Council and London consultancies; Iceni Projects and Maddox Associates.

During his time at Iceni, Ralph was seconded to Fairview New Homes where he picked up a house builder’s insight to development across sites in Barnet, Enfield and Hertfordshire.
Ralph has acted for a range of developers and land promoters and has overseen complex major projects ranging from high-rise build to rent development in Ealing, a secondary school and enabling development in Green Belt Surrey and a 3,600 dwelling allocation in Norfolk.

Ralph brings in house planning expertise as well as development management and site acquisition support to the St Congar team.

Georgio Anastasi

Finance Director

Georgio Anastasi started his career as an International Accountant after graduating from The University of Hertfordshire in 2002 completing an Accounting and Finance Degree.

He spent eight years in the Media and Advertising Industry before investing his next six years with a global Ship Owner and Broker firm managing the Finance teams across the globe, ranging from New York to Singapore.

2018 G&A Consultancy Ltd was established which provides Financial and Property consultancy. The vision for G&A Consultancy Ltd dates to 2003 where Georgio made his first property acquisition and thus ventured into the Property market which has since expanded, both in the UK and overseas.

As a vastly Qualified Accountant ranging from different industry sectors and his knowledge with personal investments, Georgio Anastasi is a welcomed new asset to the St Congar team.

Laurence Clarke

LAND DIRECTOR

Laurence Clarke’s career in development started when he joined Crest Nicholson PLC at their Bristol office in 1993. Becoming Development Director, he was responsible for a number of large high profile residential lead developments.

Leaving Crest Nicholson in 2005, Laurence has provided advice for a number of private and public organisations on the acquisition and realisation of development opportunities through his consultancy company.

On joining St Congar, he brings focus on new opportunities for the team to exploit. Laurence has considerable experience in the identification, acquisition and delivery of successful development projects.

He is a non-executive Director of one of the largest developing Housing Association in the South West of England.