Our Team

Killian Hurley

Chief Executive

 

Killian is the co-founder and majority shareholder of Mount Anvil. He is a multi-disciplined professional and has worked in the London property market since 1988.

Passion, hard work and a very demanding approach focused on the development of people are key aspects of Killian’s business style. His ethos is that trust is earned through character and competence – demonstrated through repeat partnerships and collaborative delivery of design-led schemes that leave a lasting legacy for London.

These attributes have enabled the development of an exceptional team providing the platform for controlled profitable growth of the business in an entrepreneurial fashion.

Under Killian’s leadership, Mount Anvil has seen over ten-fold growth, from a turnover of £24m in 2004 to £293 in 2017. In the last two years the business has generated profits of £130m, with £109m of this going to joint venture partners. Mount Anvil has been named in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For in each of the last eleven years and Property Week’s Best Places to Work in 2018. His passion for people and their safety on-site has led Mount Anvil to hold the title of the ‘UK’s Number One Company for Health & Safety’ for four consecutive years, with the highest score awarded by the British Safety Council in 2017 – 99.3%.

He received his Commerce degree from University College Cork and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1983.

Killian is a Director on Cork University Foundation Board and also sits on Munster Rugby Commercial Board.

Darragh Hurley

Managing Director

 

Darragh joined Mount Anvil in 2013 and is responsible for ensuring that we have the most appropriate people and structure to achieve our business objectives.

Since joining Mount Anvil, Darragh has worked in several roles including on site at The Filaments and The Eagle as Head of Sales, then Interim Finance Director, and most recently as Senior Investment Director managing the Land and Development team.

Darragh started his career at Goldman Sachs in New York where he worked in both the Real Estate and Financing Groups within the Investment Banking Division, advising multinational companies on optimising their capital structure, raising financing and managing risk.

He began his university career at University College Cork, followed by a year studying at SciencesPo in Paris. During which time he also played rugby across the continent – from Ireland to France and finally the USA, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Middlebury College, Vermont, USA with a degree in Politics and French, along with being elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Ewan Anderson

Group Finance Director

 

Ewan joined Mount Anvil in 2015 and is responsible for the group’s finance function, overseeing the day-to-day finance operations.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in the development and construction industries. Ewan was Finance Director of Miller Homes between 2001 and 2011 and played a key role in growing the business from a profit of £20m to a peak of £100m. 

He was involved in the establishment, funding and management of more than 40 joint ventures involving a variety of landowners and partners, and played a significant role in raising more than £400m for acquisitions and development funding.

Between 2012 and 2015 he held various Senior Management positions within Balfour Beatty, latterly as Finance Director of Major Projects one of the profitable parts of that business.

He began his career at the then leading accountancy practice, Arthur Andersen. He spent 10 years with the firm advising clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, rising to Senior Management. He joined Morrison plc in 1998 to head its Corporate Development function before being headhunted by Miller Homes.

Ewan is a Chartered Accountant.

Lisa Ravenscroft

Chief Marketing Officer

 

Lisa joined Mount Anvil in 2017 to lead our marketing function. She is charged with telling the Mount Anvil story, giving customers the best possible understanding of what we offer and ultimately growing our business.

She has 10 years of experience in commercial, strategy and marketing roles, helping big brands like BT, Vodafone and William Hill to thrive, and is passionate about using insight to design and communicate outstanding customer experiences.  She holds an MA (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Jon Hall

Sales Director

 

Jon Hall joined the Mount Anvil team in 2014 and oversees the sales approach for all developments.

He brings a wealth of London market and leadership experience, spanning a 20 year career, having previously worked as Sales & Marketing Director for Berkeley Homes.

In the past ten years alone, he has been responsible for sales of 4,000 London homes worth a total of £2 billion, continuously breaking through local capital value ceilings at some of London’s most prestigious developments including, Queen’s Wharf, The Landau, One Tower Bridge, Roman House, and Royal Arsenal.

Jon holds a degree in Land Management from the University of East London.

James Owen

Head of Land

 

James joined the Mount Anvil team in 2007, working his way up from trainee Quantity Surveyor through to Senior Development Manager and most recently as Head of Land.

He has played an integral role in the acquisition of several our complex deals such as Keybridge, Vauxhall and The Landau, Fulham.

As Head of Land, James is tasked with sourcing, appraising and negotiating major land deals for Mount Anvil’s development pipeline, with a focus on fostering the stakeholder relationships that enable those schemes to be brought to life.

James holds a Business Management and Urban Development Degree and a Masters in Quantity Surveying.

Luke Taylor

Commercial Director

 

Luke joined Mount Anvil in 2014 and leads the Commercial team. He is responsible for managing all commercial aspects of the business, from land acquisition through to build completion, ensuring that opportunities to boost profitability are identified and taken, while risks are appropriately managed. 

Luke joined Mount Anvil from Berkeley Homes where he spent almost 8 years in a number of commercial roles including Commercial Director. Before that, he worked for a variety of contractors and developers including ISG and VicUrban Pty Ltd in Australia.

He holds degrees in Engineering (Civil/Structural) and Business (Finance) from Swinburne University Australia, and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Emma Foster

Development Director

 

Emma has 13 years of planning and development experience and joined the Mount Anvil team in August 2015. She is responsible for sourcing, appraising and negotiating major land deals, whilst developing relationships with stakeholders.

Prior to Mount Anvil, Emma worked for St. James Group as Development Director, negotiating the planning and optimising the design of St. James’ schemes on Albert Embankment (Merano, Corniche and 22-29 Albert Embankment).

She also spent six years at Ballymore, securing planning for sites such as Royal Docks in East London (3,500 units) and other developments located in central London.

Emma has an MSc in Town Planning and uses her experience in planning to create optimum schemes for stakeholders and communities.

 

Marcus Bate

Investment Director

 

Marcus joined Mount Anvil in 2016 and is responsible for leading Mount Anvil’s land and development team.

Marcus has nine years of experience working on some of London’s largest and most complex regeneration projects, including Earl’s Court, Elephant & Castle, Southall Gas Works and the Olympic Park. He has advised many of London’s leading residential developers, including Berkeley Group, Candy & Candy, Capco, Grosvenor, Lend Lease and Legal & General on their most complex planning and development issues.

Marcus previously worked as a Partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons. For five years there he advised Mount Anvil on all its key developments going through planning. Before that Marcus worked at national law firms Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard, spending time on secondment at the London Development Agency and the GLA.

Marcus holds double First class degrees in Law (LLB) from City University and Classics (MSt) from Oxford University.

Simon Walker

Health and Safety Director

 

Simon joined Mount Anvil in 2013 and is responsible for driving a world-class health and safety culture across the organisation. 

Simon has been instrumental in putting in place the right processes, systems, technology and communications that have resulted in Mount Anvil being named the UK’s Number One company, across all sectors, for Health & Safety.

As chair of the British Safety Council Construction Sector Interest Group, Simon works alongside senior members, including Mace Group, Berkeley and Land Securities, to address major health and safety policy issues and regulatory matters affecting the construction industry.

Simon previously worked as an Associate Director for Mace Group. 

Simon holds an Environment, Health & Safety degree from Bournemouth University and is a member of IOSH.

James Begley

Technology & People Operations Director

 

James joined Mount Anvil in 2017 and leads our People Operations, Technology (I.T.) and Sales and Marketing Operations teams.

He has over 15 years’ experience working with consultancy, digital agency, eLearning and commercial property firms. James is responsible for finding, growing and keeping the best talent, while enabling them with the tools to excel at their jobs.

Before joining Mount Anvil, James managed Technology at Lambert Smith Hampton, a commercial property company with 14 service lines and 36 offices across the UK and Ireland.

James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources & Accounting from the National College of Ireland, a First Class Honours Masters degree in Project Management from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and is ISTQB certified.

Alun Thomas

Construction Director

 

Alun has 24 years of construction and development experience and joined the Mount Anvil team in June 2013. He is responsible for the delivery of a number of our schemes.

He joined from Taylor Wimpey where he was Project Director for a number of key joint venture schemes. Prior to that he worked for Berkeley Homes and Barratt Homes.

He holds a degree in Construction Management from Anglia Ruskin University.

Ian Crowther

Technical Director

 

Ian leads the Technical function at Mount Anvil, bringing a passion for technical excellence and innovative solutions.

There’s not much Ian hasn’t seen in his nearly 30-year career, so he brings vast experience to the role, from a six-year stint at Mount Anvil until 2010 and a period at St George as Design Director (covering high-end, large-scale schemes like Chelsea Creek and Fulham Reach).

Before returning to Mount Anvil, he was Technical Director at Weston Homes where he worked on the complex Denham Film Studios redevelopment – once frequented by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Sean Connery – overseeing new build and conversion homes.

Adam Leach

Senior Development Manager

 

Adam joined the Mount Anvil team in 2015 and is responsible for managing sites from pre-bid stage through to land acquisition, design development and planning.

He has over 10 years post-qualification experience in the residential land market, having worked previously as a Development Manager at Berkeley Homes and Generator Group, and as an Associate Director in the Residential Land Team at JLL where he started his career.

Adam holds a degree in Business Property Management from Sheffield Hallam University and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Alison Sedgewick

Development Manager

 

Alison joined Mount Anvil in September 2015 and is responsible for managing the development process from initial feasibility analysis through to obtaining planning permission.

Since joining, Alison has worked on a wide range of projects including negotiating the sale of affordable housing at Hampstead Manor and managing the bid process for a number of new sites. She’s known for her ability to build and maintain relationships with partners at all levels of the business.

Prior to joining Mount Anvil, Alison worked for Marks and Spencer as a Management Accountant, and trained in Corporate Finance at Deloitte.

Alison has a degree in International Business and Modern Languages from the University of Strathclyde and is a Chartered Accountant.

Richard Rothwell

Senior Development Manager

 

Rich has a passion for regeneration and placemaking – integral to the way he combines the delivery of mixed-use projects with the optimisation of Mount Anvil’s commercial portfolio.

He brings 13 years’ residential, commercial and town planning experience to the table. During his time at Groveworld and GVA, Rich worked on several high-profile schemes. In Hackney Wick, he balanced the requirements of the existing creative community with the need for new homes and affordable, truly flexible workspace. And, when he’s not busy bringing spaces to life, he’s slowly cycling, eating and scuba diving his way around the world with his wife Jo.

Tema Ohlson

Head of Sales and Marketing Operations

 

Tema joined Mount Anvil in 2014 and leads the Sales & Marketing Operations Team. She is responsible for utilising technology to create efficiencies, enhance outputs and drive user engagement of our CRM system Salesforce. Her team creates complex
formula-driven valuation templates to efficiently and effectively value Mount Anvil schemes.

She joined Mount Anvil from PwC, where she spent over three years working in the financial services industry as an auditor, identifying improvements to clients’ systems, processes and controls.

Tema holds a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance (BA) from the University of Kent, and is ACA qualified member of the ICAEW with all first time passes.

Nigel Slavik

Head of Treasury

 

Nigel joined Mount Anvil in 2013 and is responsible for the group’s treasury operations, ensuring optimal investment and risk management. During this time, he has arranged more than £400m of SVP funding across 7 schemes.

He previously spent 24 years with RBS in various senior financial positions, including 13 years in corporate real estate finance gaining extensive experience of corporate funding structures.

Nigel holds a First Class Honours degree in Financial Services (BSc) from The University of Manchester and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Sam Gibson

Head of IT

 

Sam joined Mount Anvil in 2014 and is responsible for leading the IT team, ensuring the company has the right technology to support its growth. 

He joined from Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP and has a wealth of sector experience having worked previously at Foster + Partners Architects and Mace Group.

Sam is a Prince2 Practitioner and Member of the Chartered Institute for IT.