Our Team

We are a diverse group of professionals who are passionate about property and airspace development, with a commitment to innovation and doing things a little differently.

Arshad Bhatti

Chief Executive Officer

The founder of Apex Airspace and Apex Housing Group, Arshad is responsible for developing the business strategy and delivering consistent growth. He is a pioneer in airspace development and highly passionate about how innovative development methods can produce new housing supply. He utilises a hands-on and personable approach to provide day-to-day operational and personnel direction, ensuring functional efficiency and sustainability across the company.

Val Bagnall

Managing Director

Val delivers the company’s strategic ambitions and is a vastly experienced professional, working in the residential property market for over 25 years. He has an extensive knowledge of the affordable housing market, helping to develop and nurture collaborative partnerships with both private and public sector organisations. Val provides direction across the company and is responsible for managing delivery including the internal acquisition, construction and technical teams.

Chris Phillips

Chairman

The Chairman of Apex Housing Group since 2017, Chris has over 40 years’ senior executive experience in the London and European property and investment markets, becoming the first managing director of Colliers International. Chris holds a range of non-executive chairman positions in both the private and public sectors. He currently chairs Places for People, as well as social housing REIT, TriplePoint and private developer, London Newcastle.

Rahul Satsangi

Non-Executive Director

Rahul joined the Apex Board in June 2018 and has been part of the Business Growth Fund (BGF) since July 2017, leading on the origination, appraisal and execution of new investment opportunities. He represents BGF on the board of several portfolio companies, with a focus on the Business Support Services sector. Prior to BGF, Rahul was part of the investment team at Rutland Partners and spent five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jessica Zoutsos

Investment Director

Jessica advises the company on financial and strategic initiatives, while also managing external shareholders. She is an advisor to a range of UK based companies, working with pre-revenue start-ups to FTSE-listed corporates, advising on capital structure, acquisitions and fundraising. She has also sat on the boards of a number of SMEs operating across the technology, business services and consumer sectors.

Graeme Alfille Cook

Consultant

Graeme brings a wealth of real estate knowledge to the company and is responsible for building Apex’s financial capability to deliver its strategic growth plans. Previously MD of Lloyds Bank’s CRE Developers business, he has extensive City experience, during which he delivered landmark development financings and high-profile debt transaction for a range of major real estate clients.

Andrew Wilkinson

Head of Construction

Having joined Apex Airspace in 2018, Andrew has an exceptionally skilled and experienced background spanning a 35-year career, with over 25 years in modular construction. He has worked for several of the Construction Index top 10 UK companies and possesses a unique skill set in value engineering, procurement methods, programming, strategic planning and implementation of diverse construction methods.

Abishake KC

Head of Finance

Responsible for all financial aspects of Apex Housing Group, Abi’s focus is on running the company’s finance department in a smooth, transparent and efficient manner – working closely with a range of stakeholders and providing regular insights to the senior management team. A strong believer in a healthy work life balance, Abi’s positive and optimistic approach is a major asset to the company.

Simon Bridgen

New Business Director

Part of the company since 2018, Simon brings a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years across both the social and private development sectors. Previously from regeneration body, Forward Swindon, his focus at Apex is on identifying new acquisition opportunities, with a particular focus on Local Authorities and Housing Associations with airspace across the capital and outlying suburbs.

Nhut Vu Luong

Research and Development Analyst

Nhut conducts financial modelling and analysis for future and current developments with a strong emphasis on meticulous research and continual data monitoring. He has previously worked in commodities trading where he built a regional team to develop and manage a portfolio of large-scale renewable energy projects in South East Asia, valued at over £300 million.

Mark Kolcular

Senior Marketing Manager

With over 10 years’ experience in marketing and brand development, Mark leads the marketing function at Apex, managing all corporate communications, creative output and the strategic marketing plan for each of Apex’s developments. He has previously held senior marketing roles at award-winning developer Fruition Properties and global real-estate advisory Knight Frank.

Albert Derbyshire

Project Manager

Having worked for nearly 10 years across both affordable housing and private residential, Albert brings widespread knowledge of the London housing market and is well placed to help the company unlock value from assets previously misunderstood to not be viable for development. His focus predominantly covers development viability and appraisal, constantly pushing boundaries to create new value for our partners and clients.

Raul Espin

Project Manager

An experienced ARB and RIBA architect, Raul has over 15 years’ experience in residential and urban design projects from inception to completion. He has previously worked across affordable housing, construction and high-end residential schemes for a boutique developer. He is responsible for the technical design and delivery of all developments and is driven by Apex’s mission to help solve the country’s housing crisis.

Catriona Hyland

Researcher

A graduate in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, Catriona works across several aspects of Apex Airspace, with a focus on researching business growth opportunities within the investment team. During a placement at CBRE, Catriona assisted a research paper that identified a real estate impact investing market that can help finance affordable housing schemes while also ensuring high returns.

Dale Nisbet

New Business Manager

With over ten years’ experience working for both private and national housebuilders, most recently Shanly and Linden Homes, Dale brings a wealth of experience to the team in identifying new development opportunities. His primary focus is sourcing new airspace schemes in the retail market, as well as assisting the team to locate new opportunities above private and commercial properties.

Hina Kazmi

Assistant Accountant

A graduate from the University of Westminster with First Class Honours in Accounting and Management, Hina joined the company in March 2019. Motivated, ambitious and always with a smile on her face, she is a key member of the accounts team and assists with the day-to-day running of the business.

Ben Squires-Quinn

Acquisitions Consultant

A highly experienced professional specialising in property acquisition, Ben’s knowledge of the land market is invaluable to the business. He leads on private residential acquisitions and provides further assistance for developments above public buildings. He has previously worked for Hamptons and played a leading role in establishing Hexa Property, a niche land consultancy firm.

Andrew Powell

Finance Director

Andrew joined as Finance Director in June 2019 and has extensive development experience working in both the public and private sector, most recently spending the previous 12 years in senior finance positions within Morgan Sindall Group plc. He takes responsibility for the overall financial strategy, leading the financial aspects of all of our activities, including driving business efficiencies through system integration.

Jonathan Smart

Head of New Business

Jonathan joined the company in June 2019 and leads the New Business team to acquire airspace above private freehold properties, both residential and commercial. He has an excellent understanding of the acquisition and planning process, and has held a variety of senior roles at Berkeley Homes, Crest Nicholson and Taylor Wimpey.

Kirill Reshetov

New Business Associate

A graduate from the University of Cambridge, Kirill works across several areas of the business focusing on New Business and Real Estate Finance. Before joining Apex, Kirill worked as a researcher for e-architect and sat on a Liberal Democrat Housing Policy working group, which has given him a drive to work towards solving the housing crisis.

Sophie Bjorholm Lewis

Marketing Assistant

A graduate from the London School of Economics, Sophie is a key member of the marketing team and works across all communication aspects of the business. She also assists with executing the strategic marketing plans for each of our developments. Before joining the team, Sophie worked for a public relations agency.

Rania Belkahla

New Business Associate

After completing a master’s degree in Real Estate Finance at the University of Cambridge, Rania assists the acquisition team with business and equity research for the company. She draws upon her understanding of corporate and real estate finance, investments, and the property development process.

Jonathan Poole

Construction Director

Jonathan has over twenty years’ experience in the construction industry, and is an expert in building and delivering new housing with a strong history in strategic project management and operations. Jonathan has worked for several key players in the construction industry, including his most recent position as Operations Director at leading contractor, Mace. He is responsible for delivering all of Apex’s construction projects, on time and within budget.

Robin (Hong) Bui

New Business Associate

Currently finishing her final undergraduate year at UCL in Urban Planning and Real Estate, Robin is interested in the many driving forces of the real estate market and how they can create potential value in properties and curate healthy mixed-used urban experiences. She is assisting Apex’s Business Development team.

Ricardo Simoes

Senior Project Manager

Responsible for the management and construction delivery of our developments, Ricardo’s core focus is to deliver new projects to budget and to an incredibly high standard. He brings a wealth of experience in the implementation of new housing schemes, having worked in multiple project management positions for leading consultancies, housing associations and developers.

Ali Amin

New Business Associate

A graduate from the London School of Economics with an LLB Bachelor of Laws, Ali is now working with our New Business team. Ali is particularly interested in social entrepreneurship in London and the Middle East, and draws on his experience working with small businesses and investors for a start-up law firm in Dubai.

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