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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.


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.


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.


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

Dan is Managing Director of Leicestershire-based civil engineering contractor Danaher & Walsh. With a background in accountancy, Dan joined the family business in 1990, becoming Managing Director in 1996. Since this time, Danaher & Walsh has grown its Civil Engineering business by focussing on client satisfaction and building sustainable, long-term business relationships. Under Dan’s stewardship, the group has also expanded regionally into the East of England, and has diversified by opening a subsidiary company – Danaher & Walsh APS – which specialises in trenchless pipeline repair and rehabilitation.


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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