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

He has particular experience in the collaborative delivery of joint venture solutions to complex property transactions and of ensuring risks are identified and priced appropriately.

Under Killian’s leadership, Mount Anvil has seen over ten-fold growth, from a turnover of £24m in 2004, to record profit of £66m in 2015, against turnover of £252m. Mount Anvil has been named as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For in each of the last 11 years. The business has generated £30m profit for its joint venture partners between 2011 and 2014 and is set to deliver in excess of £200m over the next five years.

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

Peter Burslem

Operations Director

 

Peter joined the Mount Anvil team in 2002 and oversees the successful delivery of all Mount Anvil’s developments from post-acquisition through to final handover.

Peter’s value-led approach and leadership skills combined with his 14 years of working for major contractor Morgan Sindall, contributes greatly to the success of the business. In addition, his passion for health and safety has resulted in Mount Anvil being an exemplar business in this regard.

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mount Anvil were named by the British Safety Council as the UK’s Number One company for health and safety, across all sectors, awarding truly exceptional scores of 99.93% (2015) and 99.97% (2016) – the highest ever issued.

He holds a Construction degree from Sheffield Polytechnic.

Darragh Hurley

Senior Investment Director

 

Darragh joined Mount Anvil in 2013 and manages the Land & Development team. He is responsible for sales and marketing, as well as ensuring that we are deploying our capital as effectively as possible and that we are maximising the value and potential of our sites.

Since joining Mount Anvil, Darragh has worked in a number of roles including on site at The Filaments and at the Eagle, as Head of Sales and, most recently, as Interim Finance Director.

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 and executing over $30bn of debt offerings. 

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Middlebury College, Vermont, USA with a degree in Politics and French and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also spent a year studying at SciencesPo in Paris.

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.

Jon Spring

Land Director

 

Jon joined the Mount Anvil team in 2005 and his determination and professionalism have helped Mount Anvil become one of the most successful land buying companies in London. 

He is responsible for Mount Anvil’s development pipeline - sourcing, appraising and negotiating major land deals, and developing relationships with the stakeholders that enable those schemes to be brought to life.

He worked previously as a Development Manager for Berkeley Homes and was a chartered surveyor with Strettons. 

Jon holds a degree in Land Management from the University of East London and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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.

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.

 

Andrew Reid

Design Director

 

Andrew joined Mount Anvil in 2006 and is responsible for the optimisation, design and planning of all Mount Anvil schemes. He has an outstanding track record in achieving planning permissions both at officer level and public appeal.

Andrew is committed to delivering “best value” through excellent design and specification, ensuring the product is market focused and that Mount Anvil’s reputation and legacy is maintained.

Previously, Andrew worked as design manager for Bovis Homes and as planning and design executive for Crest Nicholson.

He holds an Arts degree in Architecture from Oxford University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from Leeds Metropolitan University.

He is a Chartered Architect.

 

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.

Peter Gore

Delivery Director

 

Peter joined in 2010 and is responsible for the delivery of all Mount Anvil developments.  

His commitment and high standards ensure the finished product is always of the highest quality. He was previously Construction Director at Barratt with responsibility for construction operations across various counties. He has also held managerial positions at Bellway and Persimmon Homes.

He holds a degree in Building Management from Anglia Ruskin University and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building

 

 

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.

Chris Pullan

Head of Technical

 

Chris joined Mount Anvil in 2015 and leads our Technical Team, responsible for the technical delivery of all our London developments.

He has more than 22 years’ industry experience in the residential, commercial and transport infrastructure sectors, in both architectural practice and construction. He has worked on some of London’s most high profile developments including St. George Wharf (SW8), Merchant Square (W2) and Neo Bankside (SE1).

Before joining Mount Anvil, Chris led the Technical function at John Sisk & Sons, responsible for the technical delivery of a number of London developments including the new extension to the Royal Academy of Arts (W1), 475 new homes at the Quintain-led Wembley regeneration, and St John’s Hill (SW11) which is part of the Peabody Estate regeneration.

Chris has a degree in architecture from Lincoln and Humberside University.

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 and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

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.

James Owen

Senior Development Manager

 

James joined Mount Anvil in 2007 and is responsible for leading the development team up to point of acquisition.

He has worked on a number of complex deals and has been involved in the acquisition of schemes, including Keybridge, Vauxhall and The Landau, Fulham.

James has a degree in Business Management and a masters in Quantity Surveying.

Martin Pilsniak

Development Manager

 

Martin joined the Mount Anvil team in 2016, and is responsible for the management of sites leading to the successful determination of planning. He brings an interdisciplinary approach to the development process, blending business acumen
with an understanding of the intricacies of Central London development. He also has an appreciation for how good design facilitates both positive business outcomes as well as the creation of great cities and communities.

Martin started his career in architecture with international engineering and design firm, Arup and then moved on to roles including Project Manager at ESPM – a boutique West End consultancy – working on a number of Central London developments and most recently as a consultant at global strategy firm Bain & Co.

He holds an MBA from the London Business School and an MSc in Architecture and Urbanism from the Cracow University of Technology.

Alison Blair

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.

Nicola Bale

Senior Planning Manager

 

Nicola joined Mount Anvil in April 2012 and is responsible for negotiating and managing the delivery of planning permissions for all new sites and advising on the optimisation of current developments.

Nicola has experience in working on sensitive sites with heritage assets and listed buildings as well as complex high density mixed-use projects within central London. She has a proven track record of delivering planning permissions on complex sites,
particularly at a local level. During her time at Mount Anvil these schemes have included Hampstead Manor, Keybridge House and Queen’s Wharf.

She is known throughout our business for creating innovative planning solutions and delivering high quality developments that benefit stakeholders and communities and maximise commercial aspirations.

Prior to joining Mount Anvil, Nicola worked for Linden Homes and in Planning Consultancy. Nicola has an MSc in Development Planning from Reading University and is a Chartered Town Planner.

Ilan Shapiro

Head of Customer Experience

 

Ilan joined Mount Anvil in 2015 and leads the customer experience and service teams, ensuring the best possible customer journey and exceeding customer expectations.

He has over 18 years’ experience in the public, private and residential sectors and has worked on many high profile London developments. Before joining Mount Anvil, he led the regional experience function at Barratt London.

Tema Ohlson

Head of Sales & 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.