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our team

mark thistlethwayte – chairman

After a career in investment banking Mark established the Buckland Group in Winchester in 2008. The Group acts as a private family office and focuses on investing in SMEs across the UK, renewable energy projects and is the master developer behind the 6,000 home Welborne Garden Village In Hampshire.

Mark is a passionate champion for ensuring broad-based sustainability for rural communities. In addition to sustainable agriculture Mark is keen to support the provision of genuinely affordable and quality homes together with long-term jobs to allow rural communities to thrive.

Mark has worked with a range of charities to help tackle homelessness and reduce reoffending by those leaving prison.

paul lambert – group finance director

Paul is a Chartered Accountant with significant director level corporate finance and financial modelling experience gained at Deloitte and KPMG and prior to joining the Buckland Group in 2011 he was the Director of Finance of a substantial property-owning and national property management group of companies.

Paul is responsible for the Head Office accounting function and funding as well as financial modelling across the Group.

warren cann – investment director

Warren is a Fellow of the Securities Institute with significant experience in financial markets with prior roles at LCF Rothschild Group and Royal Bank of Canada. He joined Buckland Capital Partners Ltd as Investment Director in 2008.

Warren holds a number of directorships within the Group and is responsible for researching, establishing and managing new business and investment opportunities. In recent years there has been a particular focus on the energy sector where he has been developing and operating large scale solar and battery storage assets in the UK.

tom clennett - finance manager

Tom qualified as a chartered management accountant with IBM. His experience covers commercial project management, business partnering, FP&A and detailed financial modelling.

Tom has worked for a range of organisations from large multinationals to SME start-ups in a variety of roles including Financial Controller & Senior Finance Analyst.

claire dawkins - executive assistant to mark thistlethwayte

Claire joined the Buckland team in June 2018 as PA to Mark Thistlethwayte having spent the previous 16 years in senior EA roles in the City offering a range of confidential support to CEO’s.  Today she supports Mark in both business and personal affairs.

Claire builds professional relationships with those around her, manages the Buckland Offices in Jewry Street Winchester and enjoys organising corporate hospitality and events for the Group.

paul bragg - MD portchester equity ltd

Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant with significant experience leading financial, commercial and strategic growth across many industries.  Having qualified in practise he moved to A&P Appledore, before moving to Global WorkPlace Solutions where he led the Commercial, Finance and IT departments.  After 17 years he supported the sale to CBRE, staying a further 2 years to support the integration.  Paul subsequently joined Ordnance Survey as CFO where he led the development of a new strategic direction to commercialise its offerings whilst securing a new long-term commitment from the UK Government through a £1bn+ long-term contract, establishing OS as a fully commercial entity.

As Managing Director of Portchester Equity Paul oversees the group’s trading subsidiaries.

katie maffezzoni - financial planning & analysis manager - portchester equity limited

Katie is a Chartered Accountant and has joined our team after spending over 10 years working at accountancy firms on the South Coast, namely RSM and PwC.  Having spent the majority of her career working in the audit practice, Katie brings a breadth of experience working with privately owned businesses in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, retail and construction.

Katie is responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the Group in order to equip the directors in making informed decisions and she is also responsible for delivering on the Group’s financial reporting requirements.

john beresford - MD (property development)

John has over 25 years’ experience as a developer in the residential sector which includes the delivery of large complex schemes. Before joining Buckland in 2018 John was previously responsible for running the strategic land business at Grainger Plc. Including projects at Wellesley, Aldershot, a scheme of 4,000 new homes and associated infrastructure on the former army garrison, and Berewood, a greenfield urban extension forming 2,630 new homes at Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Whilst at Grainger Plc, John also set up and managed Grainger Trust Ltd, which, as a subsidiary of Grainger Plc, is a Registered Provider of affordable homes. Prior to working at Grainger Plc John started his career working in housebuilding for Bryant Homes and Taylor Woodrow.


paul willoughby - project director (property development)

Paul is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with Ernst & Young. He has director level experience in both the financial and property sectors in privately and publicly owned businesses. This included a senior role with McCarthy & Stone plc (FTSE 250), involved with land valuation, acquisition and business direction. He also has previous experience as a quantity surveyor on a range of building projects including private and social new build housing, redevelopment, and refurbishment. Paul is currently a Project Director on the 6,000 dwelling Welborne Garden Village scheme focusing on project financials, strategic issues, and delivery.

paul stewart - technical director (property development)

As a qualified Civil Engineer, Paul is responsible for overseeing the strategic and technical infrastructure works across Welborne, including roads, access, utilities and sustainable drainage. His experience in large complex residential and commercial development projects has seen him manage all technical aspects from feasibility through planning to detailed design and construction on site. Paul has also worked for developers on the design of on-plot levels and infrastructure to serve the houses.

Post qualification Paul spent his early career working for a range of Local Authorities in highways and drainage design roles. Subsequently he worked for consultants Waterman as a Senior Engineer covering all aspects of their infrastructure design work. From 2003 to 2018 he worked for Mayer Brown as a Principal Engineer where he was involved on the Berewood for 14 years.

fiona gray - project director (property development)

Fiona has a range of technical and commercial experience from working within the property and construction industry since 1990, starting out as a site engineer for a major UK construction company and housebuilder then moving to project manager roles for a global engineering consultancy. Prior to joining Buckland in 2008, she was Divisional Director within the Merger & Acquisition division of Willis Ltd – working for both public and private sector clients advising on environmental risk management issues in large and complex projects. Having worked on the developing plans for Welborne for nearly 15 years Fiona applies her broad knowledge to various aspects of the Welborne project and business as one of Buckland’s project directors with special responsibility for Welborne Garden Village Trust and community liaison.

paul self - commercial director (property development)

Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building. Paul joined the Group in 2022 is responsible for working with the technical team and external Consultants will be ensuring that the required Infrastructure is delivered for Welborne.

The first ten years of Paul’s career were spent working in a Commercial role for Unit Construction Limited in Reigate and R Mansell in Croydon.  Subsequently Paul had roles with a range of housing and construction companies including Persimmon (1993-2013) and Miller Homes (2013-2021).

Paul is also progressing the delivery of the Village Centre that will form the focal point of Welborne.

peter mason - technical director (property development)

Peter  has over 30 years’ experience as a developer within the residential sector, with an architecturally trained background, having a technical knowledge with a commercial outlook relating to the design and efficiencies and broad experience of managing across multiple disciplines including design, planning and development.

With a proven track record of delivering a range of schemes and taking projects from initial design through to planning consent including negotiation of section 106 and CIL, and the delivery of technical/construction working drawings thereafter.

Peter is assisting in the delivery of the Welborne Garden Village Centre and liaising with our Joint Venture Developer partners.

harriet richards - pa to property development team

Harriet joined our development team in early 2022. Previously to that she worked for Christie & Co, a specialist property advisor and broker as a Data Admin, Office Manager & Team Support.

Within Buckland she is responsible for assisting with social media, helping with various projects, facilitating meeting requirements within the Buckland team and PA to John Beresford.

david griffiths - non executive director (property development)

David is now a non-executive Director having worked on the Welborne project for over eight years taking it from its early stages through to outline planning application. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in property development. He has been involved in the instigation, planning and development of a number of high profile and locally prestigious developments such as Ocean Village, Southampton Waterfront and Oxford Science Park. He specialises in strategic development and project management.