About Us

“Together, from experience accumulated over a lifetime of living and working in the region, we have created a fast growing and innovative property company.”

Pigeon was established as a property company in 2000; Pigeon Investment Management Ltd was formed in 2008 and now manages investments in strategic land, commercial property, renewables, and other real estate related opportunities. The Board is supported by considerable in-house professional resource including chartered surveyors, town planners and engineers.

James Buxton
Executive Chairman
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James Buxton

Executive Chairman j.buxton@pigeon.co.uk

James joined Pigeon as Executive Chairman in January 2011 after a career of 32 years at Bidwells, of which 10 years were as Senior Partner. He is a well recognised figure in the national property market having advised landowners, developers and institutions on all aspects of property development and promotion. James leads the land promotion activity for Pigeon.

William Stanton
Director
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William Stanton

Director w.stanton@pigeon.co.uk

William is a co-founder of Pigeon and was formerly a Board member of Savills (L&P) where he had overall responsibility for the Eastern Region. He has extensive knowledge and experience of the property markets, identifying opportunities and providing financial solutions to complex property matters.

Richard Stanton
Director
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Richard Stanton

Director r.stanton@pigeon.co.uk

Richard has a wide range of experience gained from management roles in the property, cleantech, financial and agricultural sectors. Having co-founded Pigeon, Richard identifies new business opportunities, manages a portfolio of projects, and is responsible for the day to day management of the Pigeon business.

William van Cutsem
Investment Director
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William van Cutsem

Investment Director w.vancutsem@pigeon.co.uk

William is a co-founder of Pigeon and was formerly a member of the Savills investment team. As Investment Director he leads the investment activity for Pigeon where his role is to evaluate opportunities and provide the analytical expertise to build a secure and balanced portfolio for Pigeon’s Investors. He is a member of the Investment Committee.

Simon Butler-Finbow
Planning Director
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Simon Butler-Finbow

Planning Director s.butler-finbow@pigeon.co.uk

Simon was appointed Planning Director at Pigeon in 2012, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Eastern Region Chairman of the Home Builders Federation. Simon is responsible for identification, screening and delivery of
Pigeon Land and other land promotion projects.

Ian Plumb
Finance Director
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Ian Plumb

Finance Director i.plumb@pigeon.co.uk

Ian joined Pigeon in 2016 and was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in 2019 . Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Baker Tilly, Ian worked with Greene King, Acteon, and Willis, in a range of financial roles, with particular experience in project management and strategic business planning.  Ian is responsible for all Pigeon financial matters, and management of the Finance Department.

James Bromhead
Associate Director
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James Bromhead

Associate Director j.bromhead@pigeon.co.uk

James joined Pigeon in January 2016 after spending two years consulting for Pigeon as a project manager on several development sites. He is now managing a number of mixed use and land promotion projects and identifies new opportunities for the expanding land bank. Prior to Pigeon he worked with Buccleuch Property and Knight Frank, before working for private property companies which focused on planning and development in the alternative investment market.

Elena Walker
Senior Development Manager
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Elena Walker

Senior Development Manager e.walker@pigeon.co.uk

Elena is a qualified Chartered Surveyor. She joined Pigeon in August 2015 to work with the Land Promotion team on a large portfolio of projects.
Elena was previously with a firm of East Anglian chartered surveyors where she was responsible for assessing development sites and advising on land sales. She completed her professional qualifications while working for London firm Montagu Evans.

Ed Lowe
Senior Land Manager

Ed Lowe

Senior Land Manager e.lowe@pigeon.co.uk

Ed joined Pigeon in June 2019 and is responsible for managing existing projects and sourcing new opportunities for land promotion across the East of England. Ed has previously worked for Countryside Properties, Barratt David Wilson and Gladman where his roles included securing both strategic and immediate opportunities throughout the East and South East of England, and ongoing project management. Ed also has experience in the financial markets starting his career at Hawksmoor Investment Management. Ed is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

Ben Guest
Associate Director
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Ben Guest

Associate Director b.guest@pigeon.co.uk

Ben joined Pigeon in 2014 and is responsible for managing existing projects and the identification of new opportunities. Prior to joining Pigeon he worked for property developer Morston Assets, where he was responsible for various mixed use schemes across the country. He started his career at Savills where he advised landowners and developers across East Anglia.

Hugh French
Associate Director
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Hugh French

Associate Director h.french@pigeon.co.uk

Hugh is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who has been employed by Pigeon since 2012. His principal roles are the management of various mixed use projects and identifying new opportunities. Prior to joining Pigeon, he worked in retail development for Churston Heard (now JLL) and with Fenn Wright undertaking various general practice work across the Eastern region.

Emma Conley
Property/Office Manager
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Emma Conley

Property/Office Manager e.conley@pigeon.co.uk

Emma has been employed by Pigeon since it was founded and is responsible for the management of the office and the expanding Pigeon property portfolio.

Emma Butler
Graduate Surveyor

Emma Butler

Graduate Surveyor e.butler@pigeon.co.uk

Emma joined Pigeon in 2019 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Real Estate at the Royal Agricultural University. She is enrolled with the RICS and currently working towards her APC qualification through the commercial real estate pathway.

Harry Haddaway
Graduate Surveyor

Harry Haddaway

Graduate Surveyor h.haddaway@pigeon.co.uk

Harry joined Pigeon in 2019 after completing his Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance and Investment. Prior to joining Pigeon Harry gained experience managing a national portfolio of rural assets for Zurich Assurance,  and worked for a prop tech company in London.  Harry is enrolled with the RICS to become a Chartered Surveyor within the finance and investment pathway.

Rob Snowling
Associate Director
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Rob Snowling

Associate Director r.snowling@pigeon.co.uk

Rob joined Pigeon in 2015, having previously worked for property developer Morston Assets, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of Town Planning across a nationwide portfolio of mixed-use developments. He started his career at Bidwells where he advised landowners and developers across East Anglia. Rob has a proven track record of delivering commercially viable planning permissions and promoting sites through the strategic planning process. His commercial background and planning knowledge strengthen Pigeon’s already considerable planning expertise.

Andrew Fillmore
Senior Planning Manager
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Andrew Fillmore

Senior Planning Manager a.fillmore@pigeon.co.uk

Andrew has over 13 years’ experience working in all aspects of planning. With a wealth of experience of residential, leisure and commercial developments, he has a proven track record in project managing consultant teams to assist project delivery and construction programmes. Andrew’s extensive planning knowledge and experience makes a valuable contribution to the Pigeon development team.

Neil Waterson
Senior Planning Manager
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Neil Waterson

Senior Planning Manager n.waterson@pigeon.co.uk

Neil joined Pigeon in September 2018, bringing over 18 years of experience from a planning consultancy background within London and the Eastern Region, latterly as a Partner at Bidwells. During his time in consultancy Neil gained extensive experience in land promotion and was responsible for delivering a wide range of schemes including residential, commercial, infrastructure, retail and leisure developments. Neil’s specialist knowledge and experience, with particular expertise in housing land supply, economic development and Environmental Impact Assessment further strengthens Pigeon’s development team.

Ryan Bruty
Senior Technical Manager
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Ryan Bruty

Senior Technical Manager r.bruty@pigeon.co.uk

Ryan, a qualified Civil Engineer, joined Pigeon in July 2016 following 12 years spent with Taylor Wimpey plc where he was responsible for infrastructure design and the management of a variety of external engineering disciplines for the company. Ryan’s civil engineering background, technical knowledge and extensive commercial experience of housebuilding makes a valuable contribution to the work of the Pigeon development team.

Claire Norris
Engagement Manager
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Claire Norris

Engagement Manager c.norris@pigeon.co.uk

Claire joined Pigeon in March 2018, having worked in a number of roles with communications, marketing and events at their core. Claire is a skilled and experienced communicator who will be managing community and political engagement on Pigeon projects. Her extensive experience of communication within both the private and public sectors, to a wide variety of audiences, makes a distinct contribution to Pigeon’s activities.

Justyna Kucharska
Development Co-ordinator

Justyna Kucharska

Development Co-ordinator j.kucharska@pigeon.co.uk

Justyna joined Pigeon in January 2020 having worked for building consultancy PCH Associates and multi-disciplinary consultancy Calfordseaden where she was part of a team responsible for a variety of development projects. The combination of a First-Class Honours Degree in Building Surveying and her experience within all areas of the planning and development process will enable Justyna to make a valuable contribution to the Development Team.

Paul Gray
Company Accountant
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Paul Gray

Company Accountant p.gray@pigeon.co.uk

Paul has over 30 years experience as an accountant and is responsible for management of the Accounts Department.

Louise Monk
Financial Administrator
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Louise Monk

Financial Administrator l.butterworth@pigeon.co.uk

Louise joined Pigeon in 2013 to assist the Company Accountant with the daily financial activity.

Tom Gidney
Assistant Financial Accountant

Tom Gidney

Assistant Financial Accountant t.gidney@pigeon.co.uk

Tom joined Pigeon in 2020 to assist the Company Accountant with the daily financial activity. Tom is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification.

Nicola Talbot
Executive PA
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Nicola Talbot

Executive PA n.talbot@pigeon.co.uk

Nicola is Executive PA to James Buxton, William Stanton and William van Cutsem. She joined Pigeon in August 2016 having spent 15 years at Greene King as a PA to the Senior Management Team.