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About
Riverstone

We’re creating the best
retirement living in London

The Riverstone Vision

More people are living longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives than ever before. That’s why we started Riverstone with one simple ambition: to offer people choices for their future that are unlike anything else available in London. People are at the heart of what we are creating and we’re on an exciting journey to build exceptionally high-quality places where our residents will always feel at home. Every aspect has been thought through and designed to help you stay safe and well, living the life you want to live.

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Meet the Executive Team

Executive Team

“I’m proud to lead a very talented team. Together, we share a deep belief in Riverstone’s purpose: to help our residents live life to the full. I have a strong personal connection to this mission too, through my parents. They still enjoy a busy and active life, with a mix of social activities, charity work, bridge and even racketball. They certainly don’t think of themselves as retired. That’s why we’re working to create amazing Riverstone locations, where Londoners can continue to live the life they love.”

Jason Leek – Chief Executive Officer, Riverstone

Jason Leek

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Jason is a business leader with more than 20 years’ experience in operational leadership and strategy. Prior to joining Riverstone, Jason was CEO of London Executive Offices, the leading provider of luxury serviced offices in London. Jason has broad experience of customer service focused businesses from his 13 years in high-level management positions at Compass Group where he delivered significant cultural and organisational change to drive revenue across the business. Jason holds a law degree from Oxford University and spent his early career as a corporate lawyer. During weekends he loves to cycle, in between ferrying his two teenage children to sporting and social events.

Meriam Lock-Necrews

Chief Commercial Officer

 

 

Meriam is Chief Commercial Officer where she uses her expertise to lead the Sales and Marketing operation at Riverstone. Prior to that she was a Partner and Head of Prime Residential Development at Knight Frank. She has over 15 years’ experience in the residential property market both in London and overseas. Meriam’s ambition and strategic leadership has successfully delivered the sales and marketing strategies for some of the world’s leading residential developments in prime central London. She is also a qualified financial advisor. Meriam likes socialising with friends, playing tennis and spending time with her twin girls.

Simon Loveridge

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Simon has a strong track record in operational real estate with over 12 years' experience having funded and managed over £2 billion of assets. Simon is a strategic leader with extensive experience growing businesses in new markets. He is a qualified accountant with a background in investment management and corporate finance, Simon also holds a degree in Finance & Accounting. Prior to joining Riverstone Simon was CFO and MD (Asia Pacific) of Global Student Accommodation Group. He enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with his family.

Philip Mahoney

Chief Operating Officer

 

 

Philip is Chief Operating Officer at Riverstone where he uses his knowledge of luxury hotels to ensure the very best resident experience. He has 30 years’ experience in hotel management, delivering high guest satisfaction levels and revenues at brands including Malmaison, Regent Hotels and the Radisson Hotel Group. Philip combines creativity and commercial acumen across every aspect of the business, including spa and leisure services, food and drink offerings and operations resulting in hotels listed amongst Condé Nast’s finest. Philip likes spending time with family, cooking, travel and eating out and would appreciate more time for golf, reading, tennis, squash and diving.

Julian Mercer

Chief Design Officer

 

 

Julian is Chief Design Officer at Riverstone. A qualified Barrister with a degree in Business Law, Julian set up the BMB Group in 1992 and has over 20 years experience in the London residential property market. BMB successfully developed and sold over £1.5billion of property in London and more recently Julian decided to use his experience to focus on alternative sectors including student accommodation and assisted living. Julian enjoys family life, keeping fit and playing golf.

Paul Pheysey

Chief Investment Officer

 

 

Paul has worked in the property industry for 35 years. He set up BMB Group with Partner Julian Mercer in 1992, which developed and sold £1.5billion of central London property. In 2014, the pair decided to focus on alternative sectors of the market including student accommodation and assisted living. Paul is now Chief Investment Officer at Riverstone where he is responsible in sourcing and acquiring the most sought-after sites in prime central London. Paul is a great family man with many interests.

Paul Vesty FRICS

Chief Development Officer

 

 

Paul is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years' experience of property development in central London. He has an in-depth knowledge of the city’s prime residential & senior living markets, acquired through senior positions at MP Capita, where he was London Regional Director, and at Northacre as Development Director, delivering in excess of £1.5billion of landmark residential schemes. Paul is Chief Development Officer at Riverstone where he puts his expertise in planning, design, procurement and construction to best use. Paul loves sailing “Moth of Morston” with his family, playing golf and forestry.

Harry Blathwayt

Head of Legal and Compliance

 

 

Harry is Head of Legal and Compliance at Riverstone. A lawyer with 10 years’ experience in commercial and operational real estate, Harry is responsible for deal execution at Riverstone and delivering strategic legal advice and strong risk management across the business. Prior to joining Riverstone, Harry worked in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s real estate team. In his spare time, if he’s not trying out a new cooking recipe, you’ll most likely find Harry on the tennis court or out on a hike.

Tim Small

People Director

 

 

Tim brings a unique blend of experience and expertise to the Riverstone team. He has held senior HR, communication and operations roles for some of the world’s leading employers, such as InterContinental Hotels Group, Compass Group and Granada Group. He’s worked with iconic brands and helped build strong service cultures, with a hospitality DNA. He’s been instrumental in award-winning people programmes and significant business transformations. An equally diverse personal life – three children; local councillor (parish community), football fan and the real passion, living out his alter-egos as a historical re-enactor.

Meet the Board

Penny Hughes CBE

Chairman

 

As Chairman, Penny brings a wealth of experience of premium consumer brands including The Body Shop, Gap and Aston Martin, as well as serving on the boards of Vodafone, Reuters and the Royal Bank of Scotland amongst others. After overseeing the merger of the bottling interests of Coca-Cola UK and Schweppes, she became President of Coca-Cola GB & Ireland at the age of 33. Penny was instrumental in the sale of iQ Student Accommodation in May 2020 for the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK. In 2011 she received a CBE for services to the media in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Penny and husband David have two grown up lads and a keen interest in sport unites the family, although the dog gets the top spot.

Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald

Non-Executive Director

 

Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald is a Non-Executive Director at Riverstone and has more than 30 years of healthcare experience working in a variety of roles, including eight years working as a doctor in the NHS and academic medicine. Dr Macdonald is UK CEO of Sunrise Senior Living and Chairman of Nuffield Health, prior to this CEO of Acorn Care where she drove the company’s organic growth and strengthened the organisation’s operating results. Before then, she spent 17 years with Bupa, latterly as Managing Director of the UK funding businesses. Natalie is married with three children who are all at university and has a keen interest in running and open water swimming.

Meet The Good Care Group

Zoë Elkins

Head of Care Strategy

 

 

Zoë is Head of Care Strategy at The Good Care Group where she is responsible for service development and quality assurance. She has spent her entire career in the care sector and regularly shares her expertise in professional conferences and journals. Zoë is committed to improving person-centred approaches in dementia, where she wrote The Good Care Group Dementia Strategy, leading the Group to becoming the UK’s premier provider of these services. Zoë loves walking, riding her horses and enjoying the countryside.

Dominique Kent

Managing Director

 

 

Dominique has been Chief Operating Officer of The Good Care Group for ten years and was appointed as Managing Director of The Good Care Group in April 2019. She is also a Director of the Live-In Care Hub and serves on the Board of Directors for both L&QL Housing Trust and the United Kingdom Home Care Association, where she is Chair. Dominique brings this wealth of home care experience to managing large-scale change in response to both colleague and customer demand. She is known for achieving outstanding results and her work has achieved numerous awards in the sector. Dominique likes spending quality time with family and running.

Meet Our Well-Being Specialists

Dr Salma Mirza

MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, Dip BSLM
Lifestyle Medicine Consultant

Having qualified at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, Salma is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Working in the NHS and the private sector, she specialises in Lifestyle Medicine and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to well-being and health through the optimisation of nutrition, sleep, movement and mental wellness.

Dr Michael Pelly

MBBS, MSc, FRCP, DTM+H
Consultant Physician

Michael has spent much of his career at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital specialising in acute and stroke medicine as well as medicine for the elderly. As an honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, he plays an active role in research programmes. His interest in infectious and tropical diseases has seen him volunteer in the humanitarian sector for the Red Cross. Current research projects include an international COVID-19 study.

Dr Zoe Wyrko

MBChB, MMedSci, FRCP, FRCP (Edin)
Consultant Geriatrician

As a consultant Geriatrician, Zoe is visiting Professor to the Aston University Research Centre into Healthy Ageing (ARCHA). Having held officer roles within the British Geriatrics Society, she is passionate about changing the way society views ageing, from the negative language used to the way health and care systems are often set up around institutions rather than people. She was a subject matter expert for the multi-award winning Channel 4 programme Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.

Dr Peter King-Lewis

BSc (Hons), MBBS
General Practitioner

Peter is a private GP with over 25 years experience running his own practice and is the founder and CEO of OfficeGP Ltd which provides primary care in the workplace. Having served as President of The Independent Doctors’ Federation and The Chelsea Clinical Society, Peter is currently Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of The Good Care Group. He is a longstanding member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Our Locations

Riverstone Kensington

A selection of outstanding 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, rich in contemporary architecture and design details. Located in one of London’s most sought-after neighbourhoods.

 

Discover Riverstone Kensington

Riverstone Fulham

A range of beautifully-appointed contemporary 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments, designed with a fine balance of textures and materials. Situated in an impressive Thames-side location in Fulham.

 

Discover Riverstone Fulham

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