A team you
can rely on

Jill Arnold

Receptionist

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Jill joined Hortons in February 2017 from a firm of liquidators. 

She provides reception and administrative support to the company’s property and accounts teams.

Jill enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.

Faye Bellew

Facilities Manager / H&S Coordinator

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Faye is part of Hortons’ facilities and health and safety functions.

She joined the company in March 2023 and brings considerable experience from the residential property sector.

In her spare time Faye enjoys eating out, exploring the outdoors and socialising with family and friends.

Jeremy Boothroyd

Management Surveyor

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Jeremy joined Hortons in 2016 from Colliers International, where he gained valuable experience including agency, property management and lease advisory.

He has a detailed understanding of the Midlands property market and manages both the Hortons’ portfolio as well as seeking new investment and development opportunities. 

Outside of work Jeremy is a keen sports fan and a Coventry City FC season ticket holder.

Rachel Hunt

Accounts Administrator

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Rachel joined Hortons in May 2004 as an accounts clerk, working in purchase ledger. 

She has since progressed to take on other roles within the business, including credit control, banking and other financial tasks.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys going to the theatre and spending time with family and friends.

Laura Craig

Property Accountant

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Laura joined Hortons in 2021. 

She has five years’ experience in property management, having previously worked at Avison Young as a client accountant. 

At Hortons Laura is responsible for service charge accounts across the portfolio, including budget and year-end preparation.

Outside of work, Laura plays netball and enjoys travelling.

Amanda Crisp

Property Administrator

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Mandy joined Hortons in February 2023.

Having previously enjoyed roles in the third sector, she now works alongside the property, facilities, and health and safety team at Hortons.

Her responsibilities include property administration, tenant issues and media updates.

Outside of work she enjoys time with her family, live music, and a decent cocktail with friends.

Facilities Department

Facilities Department

(L-R)  Tom Pollock, Neale Powell and Paul Sweet

The facilities team is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Hortons’ property portfolio.  

Their responsibilities include refuse management, general cleaning, and liaison with the company’s property management team and all contractors.

James Fox

Building Surveyor

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A Chartered Building Surveyor, James has more than 15 years’ experience in building surveying, project management and facilities management.

He has worked largely client side in the hospitality industry and has extensive experience in landlord and tenant property management and project management of refurbishments.

Outside of work, James enjoys watching and playing sport and spending time with his young family. He joined Hortons’ Estate in October 2021.

Deb Haywood

Property Administrator

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Deb joined Hortons in April 2012.

Previously an office clerk for an insurance company, she now works alongside the property and facility team at Hortons’ as part of a varied role. Her responsibilities include utilities, tenant issues and general administration. 

Deb enjoys watching true crime on TV and socialising.

Jasmine Johnson

Purchase Ledger Clerk

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Jasmine has been part of the Hortons’ team since 2007.

She has responsibility for a wide range of purchase ledger activities, maintaining the smooth running of the purchase ledger accounts and ensuring that a high volume of invoices are ready for payment.

A published author of three novels and an award-winning playwright and poet, Jasmine also enjoys painting, jewellery making and cake decorating.

Linda Kangallis

Property Administrator

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After gaining a Master’s Degree, Linda has enjoyed roles with Birmingham City Council and Stonegate Group. 

She joined Hortons in 2018 as a property administrator, dealing with business rates and providing administrative support for Hortons’ property team. 

She enjoys sports and spending time with her young family. 

Richard King

Facilities Manager

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Richard has over 30 years’ experience in commercial and industrial property maintenance and installation.

A qualified electrician, he progressed into contract management and building services, before joining Hortons in February 2018.

Throughout his career, Richard has worked on a variety of projects including Birmingham Airport, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, British Telecom and various government projects for Atos and ISS.

Richard enjoys watching football, cycling and spending time with his family and friends.

Rachel Knight

Financial Controller

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Rachel is a qualified chartered accountant who joined Hortons in May 2022. 

She trained with PwC and enjoyed a short stint working in Sydney, Australia before an 18-year career as a finance manager/controller in fast growing SMEs, including in the construction and residential property sectors.

Outside of work she enjoys swimming, playing netball, holidays and spending time with her family and friends.

Rob Lewis

IT Manager

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Rob joined Hortons in May 2022 as IT Manager, with responsibility for ensuring a stable and secure IT platform for staff. 

Vastly experienced, he previously spent 20 years at a national firm of independent financial advisors.

Rob enjoys dog walks with an excitable springer spaniel, as well as watching sport and listening to music.

Nina Meeks

Management Surveyor

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Nina joined Hortons in January 2011 from CBRE, where she was part of the firm’s management department.

As a member of Hortons’ property team, Nina looks after a mixed portfolio within Birmingham city centre, including offices, retail and two hotels, one being The Grand on Colmore Row. 

Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family and friends.

Claire Minshull

Credit Controller

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Clarie is responsible for credit control at Hortons’ and is skilled in resolving complex issues and ensuring efficient cash collection.

She joined the company in 2017, having previously worked in property management at Cushman and Wakefield for 17 years, where she was a credit controller for various high-profile clients.

Claire enjoys reading, cooking, walking and time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Jane Phillips

Executive Assistant

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Jane joined Hortons’ in December 2003, having previously worked in the major incident management team at a firm of loss adjusters.  

She currently provides administrative support for Hortons’ board and non-executive directors and is responsible for shareholder communications, as well as being involved in the company’s staff fundraising initiatives.

Outside of work she enjoys being outdoors, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.

 

Simon Poole

Group Management Accountant

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Simon is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the property sector. 

Having joined Hortons’ in 2016, he is currently involved in all aspects of financial reporting, both internally and externally.

Outside of work, Simon’s interests include sport, travelling and reading.

James Slater

Head of Building Surveying & Development

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James joined Hortons’ in 2000 and heads up the building surveying and development team.

A chartered building surveyor, James has managed many projects for the Estate and its partners, including the restoration of the grade II* Grand Hotel and development of multiple industrial and retail schemes. He also plays a key role in the acquisition and disposal strategy for the company.

When not in work, James is usually getting the runaround from his young family and also enjoys swimming and DIY projects.

Steve Tommy

Head of Asset Management

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Joined Hortons’ in 1996 and now heads the estate management team.

A Chartered Surveyor, Steve has an extensive knowledge of landlord and tenant relationships and is responsible for asset management within the portfolio.

Richard Walker

Management Surveyor

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Richard joined Hortons from Savills in 2018 and is part of the company’s property asset management team.

A chartered surveyor, Richard has a wide range of experience in dealing with all aspects of commercial property portfolio management.

Outside of work Richard enjoys travelling, cycling and is a keen foodie.

Harry Young

Asset Manager

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Harry joined Hortons in 2023 from Cushman and Wakefield, where he was an associate in the valuation and advisory team.

A chartered surveyor, Harry is part of the company’s property asset management team.

Outside of work Harry enjoys following and playing cricket and completed the TCS London Marathon 2024.

Peter Horton

Chairman

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Peter joined the board of Hortons’ Estate Ltd in 2001 and was appointed chairman in 2015.

He is a qualified chartered surveyor, studying estate management at the University of the West of England and is also a chartered fellow of the chartered institute for securities and investment (Chartered FCSI).

He is also a trustee of Baron Davenport’s Charity.

Stephen Benson

Chief Executive

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Steve is a qualified chartered surveyor and previously an IPF Midland board member, who joined Hortons in 2019. 

He joined from Savills where he was investment director following their acquisition of GBR Phoenix Beard, a property consultancy business of which he was a founding partner. Prior to this he was managing director and head of investment at Insignia Richard Ellis’ Birmingham office (now CBRE). 

Steve has successfully advised a wide range of clients from UK institutions, international funds, property companies and private investors in all sectors of the commercial property market focussing primarily on investment trading and development funding.

David Freeman

Finance Director

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David joined Hortons’ in 2008 and now heads the company’s finance function.

A qualified accountant, David has extensive experience in property investment and development.

He has worked with and managed numerous property groups with diverse developments and portfolios.

Simon Gulliford

Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board in 2015.

Simon began his career as a lawyer. Today he is a globally renowned strategist in digital marketing and business development. He is Chairman of Hendy Group, a Director of Aegon Plc and Morgan Sindall, where he also chairs the H&S committee.

Ian Greaves

Non-executive Director

Appointed to the board in January 2019.

Ian is a qualified Chartered accountant. Prior to joining Hortons’ he was an Audit Partner at KPMG Birmingham. Ian specialises in working with privately owned businesses across a wide range of sectors. He holds non executive director or advisory positions with a number of private businesses.

Henry Horton

Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board in 2008.

An architect by profession Henry has played a key role in Hortons’ restoration projects notably the Grade 2* listed Grand Hotel in Birmingham.

Sarah Wyse

Non-executive Director

Sarah was appointed to the board in April 2023.

She has 25 years of senior leadership experience, including as managing director of
marketing and business development at Coutts.

Sarah is currently global head of brand, head of marketing and communications EMEA at
CBRE and chair of both its ESG committee and voluntary employee network. She is also
a non-executive director at Linn.

Peter Lee

Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board in 2015.

A qualified solicitor specialising in commercial litigation and intellectual property Peter now combines running his family office and his charitable duties with his role as General Counsel of Chancerygate.

Peter was High Sheriff of Surrey in 2014 and in 2015 was commissioned as Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey.

Joe Horton Glover

Non-executive Director

Joe was appointed to the board in April 2024.

He is a business development specialist, and serves as the communications and publicity officer for Hortons’ Social Purpose Committee.

Joe specialises in using data-led strategy and new technologies to drive growth for a wide range of businesses.