Marc VlessingFounder and CEO
Marc has a background in City corporate finance, company management and venture capital.
Marc brings management, marketing and strategic direction to Pocket Living. Marc is also chairman of ProVen Growth & Income VCT Plc.
Paul RickardChief Financial Officer
Paul joined Pocket Living in 2019 and is responsible for the Finance and Sales teams. He started his career at Andersen, working in real estate and banking capital markets, before joining a corporate finance advisory firm, specialising in the housing sector with a focus on finance, funding, capital markets, treasury and financial planning.
Previously, Paul was CFO at One Housing, a G15 Housing Association.
Hannah BlottBrand and Digital Marketing Manager
Hannah joined Pocket Living in early 2015. She manages brand and digital marketing, covering PR, events and corporate communications.
Her previous role at luxury property company YOO and her international background have helped form her innovative and design-led approach.
Angelo CorboHead of IT
Angelo has worked with Pocket Living since its inception in 2004. He has a background in R&D and Marketing in Telecom and IT.
He designs and manages Pocket Living’s IT, web and cloud architecture.
Lorna EvansHead of Customer Experience
Lorna joined Pocket Living in 2019 bringing almost a decade of experience in Customer Service within the residential property sector.
At Pocket Living, Lorna is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the entire customer journey.
Sarah DaviesDelivery Director
Sarah joined Pocket Living in November 2015 and specialises in residential refurbishment and development. With 14 years’ experience in the residential sector, her previous roles include Project Manager for Grainger PLC and Head of Construction UK for Akelius Residential.
At Pocket Living, Sarah is responsible for the delivery of all Pocket Living schemes.
Jamie TrottSenior Development Finance Manager
Jamie is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor who joined Pocket Living in 2015 from Dexters Land and New Homes.
Jamie is the primary finance business partner for the Operations Team, responsible for the portfolio margin integrity and managing ad hoc asset disposals.
Jenny AnsonHead of Sales
Jenny joined Pocket Living in early 2016, bringing sales experience from her previous roles at Notting Hill Housing.
Jenny oversees sales for both our Pocket and Pocket Edition homes. The Sales Team guides buyers through the home buying process, from their first enquiry through to completion.
Chris MiddletonFinance Director
Chris is a Chartered Accountant, having previously held positions at PwC, Land Securities and Rowan Asset Management.
At Pocket Living, Chris is responsible for all financial and management reporting, as well as managing the Group's banking relationships both from an operational and origination perspective.
Sameer HussainFinance Manager
Sameer joined Pocket Living in August 2016, having previously worked at Capita. He has an accounting with management degree and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2018.
At Pocket Living, Sameer is responsible for preparing monthly consolidated management accounts, preparing yearly corporate budgets and assisting the finance team with internal and external reporting.
Richard BullSenior Project Manager
Richard has previously worked for client and consultant organisations delivering build to rent, student accommodation and infrastructure projects.
Richard joined Pocket Living in 2021 and is responsible for the successful procurement and delivery of schemes following receipt of planning permission.
James KidsonLand Manager
James is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor who joined Pocket Living in early 2017. Having graduated from the University of Reading in 2012, he then spent 4 years working in the land team at Berkeley Homes on numerous projects across London.
At Pocket Living, James is responsible for sourcing new land opportunities.
Demos IoannouProduct and Design Manager
With 8 years’ experience working in architectural practices for private clients and developers, Demos is a chartered architect specialising in the design and delivery of new build residential projects.
Demos joined Pocket Living in 2017 and is responsible for the product and design management of live projects in tender and construction, collaborating with external design consultants and supporting the development team.
Thomasin RenshawDevelopment Director
Thomasin is a Planning and Development Surveyor (FRICS) with over 20 years leading residential and mixed-use projects in London and the Home Counties. She was previously Director of Development at Grosvenor and Development Director at Muse Developments.
Thomasin leads the development management team, which includes responsibility for planning consents. She is also Non-Executive Director for Broadway Living RP, which is Ealing Council’s Registered Provider.
Alun MaceyConstruction and Innovation Director
Alun joined Pocket Living in 2017. He is a Chartered Construction Manager and has relationships across the construction sector, having delivered complex construction at Carillion, Bouygues UK and McLaren Group.
At Pocket Living, Alun is Head of Construction, responsible for land due diligence, procurement, construction, design and innovation.
Rihanna FaridSenior Sales Consultant
Rihanna has eight years’ experience in new build sales and the second hand market. She previously worked at BNP Paribas Real Estate, where she provided consultancy and advisory services to house builders across the UK.
At Pocket Living, Rihanna is a Sales Consultant for both Pocket and Pocket Edition homes, guiding different types of buyers through the purchase process.
Nathalie WhiteHead of Marketing
Nathalie joined Pocket Living in 2018 from FABRICA by A2dominion, bringing a wealth of experience in brand marketing and property.
At Pocket Living, Nathalie is responsible for developing the brand and the marketing strategies for Pocket and Pocket edition projects.
Tina JohnCreative and Architectural Design Manager
Tina joined Pocket Living as the Creative and Architectural Design Manager in 2021, bringing over 10 years of planning and development experience on a wide variety of residential projects.
At Pocket Living, she oversees all projects, from land acquisition to tender, with a focus on placemaking to create thriving neighbourhoods.
Jessica DayProject Accountant
Jessica joined Pocket Living in 2020 from the finance department of Soho House. She is currently studying towards a CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting.
Jessica is finance business partner for the operations team, responsible for appraisal integrity and managing ad hoc financial projects.
Nicole CowinsHR Director
Nicole has an MSc in Human Resource Management and brings over 10 years of generalist HR and recruitment experience to the team.
Nicole joined Pocket Living in 2018 and is responsible for leading on all people initiatives, including employee relations, training, remuneration, performance, employee engagement and resource planning. She also heads up the Central Team, responsible for office management and PA support.
Eve McMahonSenior Communications Manager
Eve joined Pocket Living in 2021 having previously worked in communications and campaigning roles at the National Housing Federation and for housing associations. She brings extensive experience of advocating for affordable housing.
Eve is responsible for Pocket Living’s corporate communications and stakeholder engagement.
Alex ShillitoSenior Development Manager
Alex is a Chartered Surveyor with 10 years’ experience in multiple sectors of the property industry.
Alex joined Pocket Living in February 2018 following 3 years working as Development Manager for a sustainable residential developer. At Pocket Living, he is responsible for the planning and development of a number of key projects across London.
Oli EdmondsFinancial Planning & Analysis Manager
Oli joined Pocket Living in early 2018 with a range of experience in finance and property. Oli qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2014 and has since specialised in financial modelling, investment appraisals, strategy and decision support.
At Pocket Living, Oli is responsible for project appraisals, corporate level modelling and financial planning & analysis.
Sian ParryCustomer Care Executive
Sian joined Pocket Living in early 2018. She has a background in Property Management and over seven years of experience in residential property maintenance.
At Pocket Living, Sian is the first point of contact for all residents from the moment they move in to their new home. She assists them with any issues that may arise in the first year of home ownership.
Hugo OwenMarketing and Communications Executive
Hugo has worked in the housing industry since 2017. Beginning his career with a housing developer, he then moved into research & policy with the social enterprise Create Streets.
Hugo joins Pocket Living within the Marketing & Communications team.
Sarah McAleerOffice Manager
Sarah joined the Pocket team in May 2018. After her studies in Front Office Management in Ireland, she came to London to work in the retail and public sector as an Office Manager.
At Pocket Living, Sarah is responsible for making sure the office is run efficiently and safely, as well as coordinating meetings and managing the switchboard. She is the first point of contact for all visitors at our Pocket Living headquarters.
Isabelle HosfordSenior Project Manager
Isabelle has worked in the construction industry since 2010. She has project management experience in multiple sectors including education, commercial fit out, leisure and residential. Isabelle is a qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
At Pocket Living, Isabelle is responsible for the successful delivery of projects after planning permission is achieved and early due diligence for new land acquisitions.
Sivagini ChandrakasanAssistant Accountant
Sivagini has an MBA in finance and joined Pocket Living in 2020 from Keithvaudrey Co & Ltd.
Sivagini works with the Finance Team and is responsible for payroll and VAT.
Raminta KalnikaitePlanning and Construction Coordinator
Raminta joined Pocket Living in October 2021 as a Planning and Construction Coordinator, bringing experience from her previous roles within commercial and residential facilities management.
Raminta coordinates the Operations Team, responsible for the smooth running of systems, reporting and processes. She also identifies and implements solutions for the efficient running of the business.
Matthew LambSenior Development Manager
Nick CuffChief Commercial Officer
Nick has worked in the London residential development sector for over a decade and is also a former Cabinet Member of a London Borough.
Nick joined Pocket Living in 2013 and is responsible for corporate strategy, commercial partnerships and land acquisition. He is a chartered surveyor and chartered town planner.
Guy BrothwoodLand Manager
Guy joined Pocket Living in early 2019 from co-living company The Collective, and brings his experience of acquiring development sites across London.
At Pocket Living, Guy is responsible for sourcing new land opportunities.
Sarah-Jayne WinfieldPA to CEO
Sarah-Jayne joined Pocket Living in January 2020. Prior to this, she worked in the Finance and Tech industry supporting C-level executives.
At Pocket Living, Sarah-Jayne is the PA to the CEO. She assists the company sectorial function and communication team.
Kate ParkerSenior Marketing Manager
Kate joined Pocket Living in Spring 2019, bringing 6 years of property marketing experience. At her previous role at City & Country she worked on large mixed used developments located across the country.
At Pocket Living Kate is responsible for managing the delivery of all project marketing.
Beth TraceySenior Sales Consultant
Beth joined Pocket Living in 2019 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge as well as a passion for affordable housing, having previously worked for FABRICA by A2Dominion and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association.
Beth is the point of contact for Pocket buyers, from initial enquiry through to completion.
Simon CharltonProject Manager
Previously working for Vastint UK, Simon has a wide range of industry experience. He started his career in main contracting, working in sectors such as education, healthcare and defence. He then progressed to work client-side, delivering large scale mixed-use regeneration schemes and new build commercial office developments.
Simon joined Pocked Living in 2019 and is responsible for the procurement of contractors and successful delivery of projects after planning permission is achieved.
Hayley DoniganSenior Content Marketing Manager
Hayley joined Pocket Living in 2019, bringing a range of digital marketing experience across the travel, hospitality and retail industries.
With a strong background in copywriting, editing and SEO, she creates engaging multi-channel content to tell the Pocket story and enhance the customer experience for residents.
Gows ShugumaranSenior Treasury Manager
Gows joined Pocket Living in October 2019 and is responsible for the Groups’ treasury operations.
He is a qualified treasurer with financing, structuring, and planning and strategy experience. He joined from One Housing having led the organisation through their inaugural credit rating exercise followed by their maiden US PP issuance.
Mark FergusonProject Manager
Mark is a qualified architect who has completed projects in a wide range of sectors and scales for companies including Berkeley Homes and GVA Second London Wall.
Mark joined Pocked Living in 2020 and is responsible for the procurement of contractors and successful delivery of projects after planning permission is achieved.
Salomé JoannoProject Manager
Salomé hails from Paris, where she trained in building engineering and construction management, and has been project managing schemes in London since 2009. Salomé became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2015 and has a passion for delivering complex residential schemes from inception to completion.
At Pocket Living, Salomé is responsible for the successful procurement and delivery of schemes following receipt of planning permission.
Federica SurianoAssistant Project Manager
Federica is a qualified building engineer, with a MSc in Urban Planning. She has technical and project coordination experience in education and commercial sectors for sub-contractors, including the use of sustainable materials such as CLT.
Federica joined Pocket Living in 2021 as an Assistant Project Manager, responsible for supporting the Senior and Project Managers in successfully delivering projects.
Gabriele BalsyteResales and Customer Coordinator
Gabriele joined Pocket Living in April 2021 as the Resales and Customer Coordinator, bringing experience from her previous roles within property management and residential property.
Gabriele is responsible for coordinating the resales and subletting processes, where she is the first point of contact for all enquiries. She also provides the Customer Care team with organisational and strategic support.
Paul HarbardFounder and Non-Executive Director
Paul is a Chartered Accountant and was Finance Director of the Peabody Trust for twelve years before founding Pocket Living with Marc Vlessing. Paul has a wealth of experience in public sector housing.
Nick RaynsfordBoard member
Nick is a former Housing Minister and Minister for London
Clive FentonBoard member
Clive was Chief Executive of McCarthy and Stone. He was previously CEO of Mount
Anvil and main board director of Barratt Developments
Kenneth P. WongBoard Member
Kenneth is Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Development of Related Companies. He has over thirty years of diverse experience having overseen the development of a broad range of real estate assets both in the U.S. and international markets.