Our Team

Peter Mathias

Chair - Tirion Group Ltd

Peter Mathias

Chair - Tirion Group Ltd

Peter has been involved with the development and construction industry for over 45 years both as a design professional and strategic client adviser on a wide range of design, management and development matters. He was a founding partner and latterly Chairman of Holder Mathias Architects, a large international architectural practice formed in 1969, prior to his retirement in 2013. He holds or has held non-executive Board positions with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) where he chaired its Estates Committee and the Welsh National opera company (WNO). He currently chairs The Haven Spa and Therapy Ltd, the family’s leisure business which is actively developing a group of health spas in the south west of England.

He is widowed with three sons and daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.

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John Lovell

Chair - Tirion Developments Ltd

John Lovell

Chair - Tirion Developments Ltd

John has worked locally and internationally in the construction industry for more than 40 years and has held a number of substantial leadership and board positions with Arup; including chairman of the firms building sector in Europe, a highly successful division with some 2,000 multi-disciplinary professional staff, responsible for the design of some of the world’s most iconic buildings.  He was also development director responsible for delivering the firms new headquarters building in London. As managing director of Arup in Wales he was responsible for the development of the largest independent construction design practice in the principality and was personally responsible for leading the technical design of the Wales Millennium Centre and The Senedd.

Since retiring from full time employment in 2012 he has chaired EBDC Ltd on behalf of the Tirion Group and served on other charitable trust boards. He also manages his own small design and construction businesses.

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David Ward

Chief Executive & Company Secretary - Tirion Group of Companies

David Ward

Chief Executive & Company Secretary - Tirion Group of Companies

David has more than 25 years’ public and private sector built environment experience. David has worked in local government and central government as well as private consultancy. Between 2000 and 2002 David was Head of the Urban Unit in Welsh Government where he was responsible for developing policy and initiatives to support the regeneration of communities in Wales. In 2002 David joined Newport Unlimited, Wales’ only Urban Regeneration Company, where he was Director of Planning and Strategy overseeing the development and delivery of a £500m regeneration programme. In 2006 David joined Arup where he was responsible for developing Wales’ largest multi-disciplinary urban development and design team. David has worked extensively in the UK, Russia and Eastern Europe where he was project director for a wide range of urban and regional development projects. David played a pivotal role in the formation of Tirion in 2011 – 2012 and was invited to take up his present role of CEO in June 2012.

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Chad Patel

Finance Director - Tirion Group of Companies

Chad Patel

Finance Director - Tirion Group of Companies

Chad has been working in finance functions for the last 40 years. Having spent the first few years in with an accountancy firm in Birmingham where he gaining invaluable experience and then moved to the commerce and industry where he was able to build upon the experience in an accountancy practice and apply it to the commercial sector. Chad has worked in financial analysis, financial reporting, foreign currency management and treasury management both at an operational level and at a Director level setting finance and treasury management strategies. Chad then moved the housing sector in late 1980s and worked at a Director level with a major housing associations in England and in Wales where he was able to employ and implement the commercial ethos in the social housing sector.

Chad is an active member of the community and in his voluntary capacity has been a Treasurer of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and a Finance Director for Tennis Wales.

 

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Andrew Crompton

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Andrew Crompton

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in the public / private residential sector in Wales.  Starting his early career with the Oldway Property Corporation in Merthyr Tydfil he then joined SHAW Housing Association (now Linc Housing Association, Cardiff) where he was Land & Property Acquisition Surveyor.  He later joined Ideal Homes Wales Ltd as Land Manager, becoming Land Director when they were acquired by Persimmon PLC in 1996.

Following the successful growth of Persimmon including the acquisition of Beazer & Westbury, Andrew was then appointed as Managing Director of Charles Church Wales (a new regional operating company within the Persimmon Group) with an annual turnover of £120 million. In 2006 he was elected as Regional Chairman for The Home Builders Federation, a post he held for over 3 years actively supporting the industry and liaising with central and local government bodies on emerging policy issues.

Since leaving Persimmon as Land & Planning Director in 2015 he set up his own development consultancy business and focuses primarily on new build residential and mixed use schemes.

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Barrie Melhuish

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Barrie Melhuish

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Barrie joined house-builder Barratt as South Wales Sales Director in 1982, following 10 years in the insurance industry and a further five years in the house-selling industry. During his time with Barratt, the South Wales division achieved rapid growth and became one of the most successful regions within the Group. In 1998 Barrie became Managing Director of the division which continued to grow up until his retirement in 2005.

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David Roberts

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

David Roberts

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

David is the Head of the Property and Construction Division at Hugh James, one of Wales’ largest law firms. He has extensive experience of dealing with both public and private sector clients on all commercial property matters. This includes acting on behalf of the Welsh Government in relation to housing stock transfers. He is also involved in matters connected to the acquisition of land on behalf of Barratt Homes Ltd, Llanmoor Development Company and major Welsh-based Registered Social Landlords.

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Gayna Jones

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Gayna Jones

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

An Aberystwyth University graduate, Gayna has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Starting in human resources in a Unilever company, she went on to work for Women’s Aid, finally settling into a career in housing. After a decade as Chief Executive of a Housing Association, she established her own Housing Consultancy.

Gayna has served as a local authority councillor and as a member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Housing and Neighbourhood Committee. She was the first independent member of the Regulatory Board for Wales and was appointed a Commissioner of the Design Commission for Wales in 2010, becoming Chair in 2016. She also chairs the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Group.

Gayna is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (FCIH).

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Guy Thomas

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Guy Thomas

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Guy joined the Board in 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years in the financial services industry with specific experience in Finance, Treasury, Risk Management and Residential and Commercial Lending. He retired from his executive roles at Principality in 2014 where he was Group Finance Director for 9 years. He is now a non-executive director at Sainsburys Bank, Penhurst Properties Limited and a member of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

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Helga Warren

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Helga Warren

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd
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Ken Haines

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Ken Haines

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Ken has over 40 years experience in the built environment from design through to operational management aspects and covering the demand and supply side. His career started with quantity surveying and design posts for South West Commercial Developer Contractors. In South Wales he was responsible for Construction design and project management with two major Architectural Practices. He was Founder, MD and Chairman of Contractor Developer Stradform operating in South Wales, South West and the Midlands with sales after 30 years of £85M and negotiating strategic sale to Vinci Plc.

Ken is a N. E. Director of Cofton (Wales) Ltd with responsibility to major shareholder Deloitte, Scotland. He is Trustee & Vice Chairman of HUGGARD Registered Charity which operates HUGGARD Day Centre, Emergency Night Shelter and Supported houses in Cardiff, helping homeless with accommodation and life skills. He is Director and Shareholder of Kennson Ltd and Wingwest Ltd which owns and manages small portfolio of Offices buildings in Cardiff and Bristol.

 

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Mike Owen

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Mike Owen

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Mike is the Group Investment Director at the Development Bank of Wales and Chief Executive of FW Capital Ltd, where he has overall responsibility for £1 billion of investment funds, including funds of £60 million targeted at small scale residential property development schemes in Wales.

An experienced Director and Board member Mike has a wealth of experience in SME investing through 17 years at the Development Bank of Wales and prior to that 16 years at Barclays Bank in South Wales.

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Paul Edwards

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Paul Edwards

Board Member - Tirion Developments Ltd

Paul has retired from the Cardiff office of global construction consultants, Davis Langdon [Aecom]. He has been involved with various major projects for over 30 years providing Strategic Direction, Cost and Project Management Services.  His project expertise has included the early procurement of major construction projects particularly in the Residential, Commercial, Health, Leisure and Education sectors and provided expert services in numerous construction disputes. Paul has an excellent understanding of the Construction and Property Industries in the UK and how it interfaces with Europe and the Middle East. He holds a number of non-executive Board positions within the UK Construction Industry and Charitable Organisations.

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Richard Murphy

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Richard Murphy

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield [DTZ], Richard has over 20 years of experience within the property sector. He advises a variety of private and public sector clients throughout Wales and the UK. Richard has considerable expertise in the relation to the appraisal of complex development sites and is regularly brought in to build out developments on behalf of funders.

As a result of this breadth of experience, Richard is also often asked to provide expert witness advice in both commercial and residential sectors. He regularly manages and works within multi-discipline teams. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Sean Mayo

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Sean Mayo

Board Member - Tirion Group Ltd

Sean is a Chartered Certified Accountant and commercial real estate developer with almost 35 years’ experience of project development and delivery in the UK and overseas.

On leaving accountancy practice he pursued a career in the corporate world of real estate and construction, rising through the corporate ranks to board level with two public limited companies. In 1996 he founded a group of property development companies where he has been a significant shareholder and CEO for the last 20 years.

In addition to transacting property investment and developments in Australia and the Caribbean, Sean has been instrumental in a number of major developments locally, most notably, in its infancy, the Bradley Stoke new 10,000 house suburb of Bristol, and more recently, the 100 acre redevelopment of the former BP Sports and Leisure complex at Llandarcy, near Swansea.

Sean is a non-executive director and business consultant to a variety of businesses in the healthcare, telecoms, waste management and maintenance sectors.

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Tina Wilson

Office & Corporate Affairs Manager - Tirion Group of Companies

Tina Wilson

Office & Corporate Affairs Manager - Tirion Group of Companies

Tina Wilson joined Tirion in May 2016 and is the Office and Corporate Affairs Manager. Tina brings a wealth of experience to this role having worked within the Construction Industry for over 23 years in Senior Admin Management and Associate positions. Tina is a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management [FInstAM] and has contributed greatly to other professionals within her field by mentoring and assisting with their personal development.

Tina reports directly to the CEO and Executive Board of Directors within the Tirion Group of Companies. Tina is responsible for all office and facilities management, all areas of HR, Accounts, IT and database development and management. She is responsible for the implementation of all business wide administration, policies and procedures, minute taking and record keeping of all Board, Client and Stakeholder meetings, as well as the production of all associated business documentation. Tina also represents Tirion by sitting on various Core and Communications Group meetings, as well as Employment and Training working groups. Tina has previously orchestrated a number of highly successful events and her planning and organisational skills are duly welcomed by Tirion. Tina also maintains Tirion’s website and updates all social media platforms along with assisting with PR, marketing and business development.

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