wates developments

David Brocklebank Managing Director

David Brocklebank is a Chartered Surveyor and holds the position of Managing Director of Wates Developments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Wates Group) having joined the company in 2001 and having been in the post since 2005. 

David has over twenty years’ experience in the development sector, having previously held Directorships within the Berkeley Group and David Wilson Homes. David was a principal figure in Wates’ key 2005 strategic transformation from Regional House builder to London and South East land investor and planning specialist, that secures land and planning consent, creating joint ventures with mainstream homebuilders to fund new development schemes.

David is a prominent figure in the development industry with a keen interest in the evolution of planning policy and housing supply.  He sits on the board of a number of development project companies as partner to PLC homebuilders such as Barratt and Linden. This offers significant influence and insight into development operations and the housing market within the UK.

David sits on the Research Committee for the Princes Foundation for Building Community – Financial Capital. In addition, David sits on the Advisory Committee of the MSC in sustainable development, Oxford University.  In his role within Wates, he also sits on the Group Risk and Developments Investment Committees.

Martin Leach Operations Director

Martin joined Wates Developments in September 2013 following a 16 year career at Countryside Properties.

During his time at Countryside Properties, Martin was Land Director with responsibility for a wide range of projects.  His experience includes green and brown field planning promotion and applications, mixed use and mixed tenure projects, with a strong focus upon value creation and maximising development opportunity.

Previous to his time in development, Martin worked for Merrill Lynch, where he gained strong financial acumen.

Martin holds a Degree in Estate Management and is a Chartered Surveyor.

John Jarrett Financial Director

John Jarrett joined Wates in October 2007 following a 28 year career at Taylor Woodrow and is a qualified certified accountant. During his time at Taylor Woodrow he undertook a number of roles including assistant to Chief Executive (during which time the business acquired Bryant Homes), Business Development Manager for the commercial property business and Financial Director for a number of group companies culminating in the London region of Bryant Homes (£200m per annum housing business). In his role as FD of Wates Developments John brings with him a wealth of financial knowledge and expertise for the next stages in the growth of the Developments business.

Meryl Baker Associate Projects Director

Meryl holds over 10 years of experience in successfully managing land, securing planning consents and delivering key house builder joint ventures across southern England.  She holds a BSc Hons in Real Estate Management and held various property and development roles in companies such as Cemex and BNP Paribas Real Estate UK.  Meryl brings commercial insight and leadership to the project team in order to ensure the delivery of planning consents and key business targets are bought to fruition.

Robert Hall Associate Land Director

Robert has over ten years’ experience of successfully securing and promoting land for residential and mixed-use development. He was previously Land Director for Brookworth Homes and held land positions at George Wimpey and Laing.

Robert holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University and worked within the Highway and Transportation team at WS Atkins to gain his Honours qualification.

David Law Associate Development Director

David joined Wates in 2003 having previously worked for Laing, Berkeley and Bellway during a career in development that has spanned over 25 years.  As a Senior Development Manager he has successfully delivered a range of residential and mixed use schemes across the south of England.  He brings a in-depth remit of technical knowledge to the team having previously operated as a Technical Manager and continues to spearhead investment in new Joint Ventures with house builders partners.

John Tarvit Associate Land and Planning Director

John joined Wates Developments from a successful background of over 20 years experience in planning, land and property matters gained at Charles Church, House Builders’ Federation and Redrow Homes.
He is a Chartered Town Planner and as such is responsible for the management of a wide range of existing development projects, both in long term strategic land and short term applications. John advises on all planning matters for the Company, and is responsible for delivering planning consents on a variety of projects.

Simon Knight Associate Land and Planning Director

Simon has over 25 years of experience in the development sector, working for companies such as Wimpey, Rialto and Blue Circle before joining Wates in 2000. Simon is responsible for the project management and delivery of key planning consents across a wide range of development projects.  

He is a highly experienced member of the team with recognised strengths in the legal process, project management of large sites and Joint Ventures.