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About ProCon Leicestershire

The ProCon Board

Our Board

ProCon Leicestershire is run for its membership by a steering committee of board members who offer their experience and expertise in developing the organisation.


Umesh Desai

De Montfort University

Umesh is Director of Estates and Facilities at De Montfort University.  Qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor, he has worked in the Higher Education sector for over 29 years, working in the estates and property field.

Umesh is an experienced professional working at strategic and operational levels with a track record of managing large complex campus development programmes and a directorate of over 375 staff. He has experience in managing multi- site campuses, all aspects of estates matters from major capital development, maintenance, facilities management through to student accommodation, leisure, security and energy & sustainability. At DMU he is a member of a number of strategic boards that cut across all aspects of university business and held a position on the Board of Governors for a local Sixth Form College for 6 years.

In addition to being a main board member of ProCon Leicestershire he has held the position of Secretary for the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) since 2017.


Simon Taylor

Gateley Plc

Simon is the head of the Real estate practice group in Leicester. He is a focused and committed advisor, transacts large complex deals and has a proven track record of legally project managing multi-party projects.

Simon advises investors, developers, financiers, corporate occupiers and public bodies. He has expertise in all stages of the real estate cycle from land options to forward sales and fundings. Having been through 2 recessions he understands market trends and priorities.

Simon’s experience includes:

  • Over 20 years experience in complex real estate transactions including town centre regeneration, retail office & distribution parks and residential promotion & collaboration. In addition and often as part of these transactions, Simon has a significant experience in real estate finance and structuring.
  • He is currently advising clients on logistics hubs, urban housing extensions and a 1,200 unit student accommodation scheme in Coventry as well as a council on a large town-centre shopping centre scheme.
  • In Leicester Simon advised Wilson Bowden on the redevelopment of Bede Island North and Leicester City FC on the acquisition and development of the Kingpower Stadium and the sale of Filbert Street for redevelopment. 

Simon is a member of The Law Society. 


Robert McGuinn

MDA Consulting

Rob has worked in the construction industry for 31 years, initially serving an Apprenticeship as a bricklayer before embarking on his career as a Quantity Surveyor in 1988. He has worked for MDA Consulting since 1993, where he has been a Director since 2006 and was promoted to the Board of the Parent Company, MDA Holdings Ltd in October 2013.

Rob is based in Leicester with overall responsibility for the Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle offices. Project and sector experience includes primary and secondary education, university and further education, leisure, retail, offices, residential, hotels, student accommodation, industrial, pharmaceutical, public realm and infrastructure schemes.He also has experience of projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

He is a member of a number of industry and professional bodies including Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Association of Project Managers.


Pam Allardice

Allardice Associates

Pam holds the Chair of ProCon Leicestershire. Before qualifying as a lawyer specialising in construction related matters, she worked as a project architect in the construction industry, first in New Zealand and then for 8 years in the UK.

In 2017 Pam formed Allardice Associates, specilaising in in-depth construction legal advice and assistance covering every aspect of the development process – from inception to completion, through to resolving any issues and disputes that arise during the course of the project or subsequently.

Previously Pam was Director of Construction at law firm Howes Percival LLP, acting for both employer organisations and contractors advising on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction issues. Her work included the drafting and negotiation of development and building contracts, whether published forms or bespoke contracts, framework agreements, sub-contracts, appointments and collateral warranties. She advised on risk transfer and risk management issues as they arise in the course of development projects and issues relating to procurement subject to EU procurement procedures.

She is often asked to speak at seminars on construction matters.


Nick Heath

Willmott Dixon Construction

Nick is Operations Director for Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, a privately owned company with a turnover of £950m. He has 21 years’ experience in the industry, and during his career, has completed a wide variety of projects including commercial offices, hotels, leisure and retail developments. Most recently Nick has been working with a number of public sector clients including delivery of the £75m expansion of prisons in the East Midlands.

Nick is the director responsible for community engagement for the Willmott Dixon Midlands regional office and has been involved with the BCSE (Building Council for School Environments) Big school makeover programme. He is also a supporter of the ‘Spark’ project, working with local social enterprises and providing community initiatives.


Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold

Corporate Architecture

Malcolm has in excess of 30 years experience in the Construction Industry which has been recognised by his ongoing roles as Architectural Consultant to the Crown Estate and the Duchy of Lancaster, preparing client design briefs and reviewing other Architects and Developers Design Proposals to ensure compliance with the clients rigorous expectations, as well as liaising with the Local Authority and Community Groups.

In addition, he is also part of the Judging Panel for the National Pinders Health Care Awards.

During the early part of his career Malcolm shared a passion for Architecture with playing Premier Rugby with Leicester Tigers during the late seventies through to his retirement in 1994 and then successfully coaching their Academy and Under 21 side until 1999.

His vast experience coupled with the ability to manage key relationships in a positive manner, enables projects to be successfully guided through the often difficult and unwieldy processes to detailed design.

His architectural expertise extends to Health Care, residential, commercial, retail and industrial with the multi-award winning Kilworth Hotel and Theatre, being a particular success.


John Simkin

Pick Everard

John Simkin – Born and lives in Leicestershire, John joined Pick Everard, a privately owned multi-professional consultancy practice, in 1988 after spending 10 years at Leicestershire County Council.  Since 1996 he has been key to the development of the Pick Everard Building Services Division, including the firm’s sustainability and energy consulting sub-division, growing the firm’s capability to include BREEAM Consultancy, Thermal Modelling, Sustainability Engineering and Energy Consultancy.

John is a Chartered Engineer and as one of two National Building Services Directors, is responsible for the firm’s future development, managing teams of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers in ten offices across the UK.


Jenny Clarke

Innes England

Jenny is an Associate Director at Innes England based in the agency team working across the Innes England Leicester and Nottingham offices and ProCon Leicestershire board member.

The qualified Chartered Surveyor has extensive knowledge of the East Midlands area having worked in all three major cities. Jenny has an excellent insight into the market and a network of valuable contacts.


Daniel Danaher

Danaher & Walsh

Information coming soon.


Anne-Marie Hunt

NatWest Bank

Anne-Marie is relationship director in property finance for NatWest Bank within the East Midlands, finding transactions in the commercial and corporate market.

Aside from focusing on the property sector she also mentors local college students and belongs to a business group supporting emerging female professionals.


Andrew Smith

Leicester City Council

Andrew has been employed as a Director at Leicester City Council for 8 years and is responsible for city planning and regeneration, transport and employment and business support initiatives.

He has taken a leading role with his team in delivering the Council’s high profile regeneration initiatives including the Economic Action Plan; Connecting Leicester improvement initiatives such as Jubilee Square, Cathedral Gardens and the Market redevelopment project; business workspace development including Dock and Makers Yard; and supporting major retail, housing and employment development schemes such as the Sainsbury’s development project and flyover demolition.. He continues to lead projects to provide job opportunities, particularly delivering hundreds of apprenticeships and work experience placements for young people. Recently he has led on major transport projects including highway and cycleway improvements, for instance to the A50, and the new Haymarket Bus Station.

A Chartered Planner for over 20 years Andrew is passionate about the development of quality places and buildings and in his current role has coordinated multi-disciplinary professional teams to deliver this more effectively.

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