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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 and current Chair, he will take up the position of Chair for the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) in April 2022.


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.


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 works for NatWest Bank Plc as a Director in Commercial Banking heading up a Team of Bankers in Leicester and Northampton who look after Businesses in a variety of sectors including Real Estate.

Prior to this role and until 2019 Anne-Marie looked after Real Estate customers across the East Midlands supporting them with development and investment aspirations and connecting them with local professionals.

Prior to joining The Bank Anne-Marie studied locally at De Montfort University.


Andrew Smith

Leicester City Council

Andrew has been employed as a Director at Leicester City Council for 14 years and is responsible for city planning, regeneration and transport.

He has taken a leading role in delivering the Council’s high profile development and regeneration initiatives including at Waterside, Pioneer Park and Ashton Green.

He is leading programmes that are also delivering major transformation of the transport system in the city. The Connecting Leicester programme includes extensive new cycleways and footways delivered alongside quality public realm and new public squares in the city centre. The Transforming Cities Programme has seen new park and ride electric buses and improved commuter corridors for cycling and buses. Most recently work has begun on the new St Margaret’s Bus Station.

Andrew has led teams that have secured hundreds of millions of pounds of grant funding to help deliver city transformation most recently for schemes to regenerate Leicester Rail Station and develop new business workspace as Pioneer Park linked to the UoL Space Park.

He is also leading the development of strategic plans setting out the future growth of the city, including the Local Plan and Local Transport Plan.

A Chartered Planner for over 25 years Andrew is passionate about the development of quality places, buildings and transportation systems and in his current role has coordinated multi-disciplinary professional teams to deliver this effectively.

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