Providing a full turnkey solution means Stelling Properties need to have expertise at every stage of a project, from Land Acquisition through to Service and Management, in the first of a series of interviews with key members of the team, we highlight Lee Redhead, Head of Land Acquisitions and discuss his role.
- What is your current role?
Land Acquisitions for Unilife. I am responsible for finding new land opportunities where we can try to buy a site to then construct future student accommodation for Unilife.
2. What was the career path that led you to your current position?
I have worked in land acquisitions my whole career, having studied Land Management at University.
My first Managing Director, John Weir of Wilcon Homes, said that he thought I’d enjoy land buying and he was right!
3. What does a Typical day look like?
I will be dealing with land matters, but the location can be very varied. We are looking at sites from Cornwall to Newcastle, and getting to know the cities, their universities and their characteristics is hugely enjoyable.
Some days will be spent unearthing new opportunities and talking to landowners to find out their intentions with their sites. Other days will be more involved with land appraisals, legal or planning matters.
4. What are the biggest challenges in your role?
Dealing with a wide range of landowners with different plans and expectations is an enjoyable challenge. One needs to see whether the landowner’s ideas can find a happy alignment with our own expectations to enable us to work together.
5. What is something you [people in the industry] must deal with that you would like to change?
The planning system is such a barrier to growth and enterprise. It’s a real shame that the system is weighted so heavily in favour of those who would like to retain the status quo.
The voices of those who cannot get onto the housing ladder, find decent homes, or decent places to live whilst studying at university are rarely heard.
6. What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
It’s good to keep busy!