Alex Baird has worked with Steve since 2001 and is a Director of Steve Norris Ltd. She runs the business and she’s brilliant at it as all our clients know. Alex is no ordinary business manager. She spent her early working life in the music business working for a legendary concert promoter and then for many years for the manager of a successful touring and recording band – and she has got a gold disc to prove it!
After taking a break to have her children she returned to work for Eastman Kodak in their European, African and Middle Eastern HQ in London leaving when they relocated the office to Geneva in 2000.
Her attention to detail is legendary and her contribution to the success of the company is enormous.
Craig Calder co-founded Sanctuary Investments Ltd with Steve Norris. He has spent almost all his working life in the property industry. He moved from his native South Africa to the UK in 1994 working first in the Kuwait Investment Office and then in the financial services sector for several years in management roles with Citigroup. During that time he was part of a team which successfully obtained full planning consent for a 7000 acre lifestyle estate incorporating 600 homes, a hotel, 18-hole golf course and an equestrian centre. As Development Director for Obsidian Strategic Development and Regeneration he successfully delivered a major high end residential scheme in Wimbledon and worked on a portfolio of projects including a £300m scheme to transform Forest Gate in Newham.
He has advised on a number of significant regeneration projects in London where his particular strength is in unlocking significant opportunities for investors through extensive negotiation with local stakeholders and statutory bodies and in assembling first class teams to deliver projects from the outline planning phase through to construction and sale. He has an excellent understanding of the London and Home Counties property market and is in great demand from developers and investors alike.
Housing and planning issues have been at the heart of Hannah’s career for two decades. Hannah’s experience straddles both the public and private sectors. As a former local Councillor, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning and Chair of a Local Borough Planning Committee Hannah understands the challenges faced by Local Authorities in developing planning policies that work for the community. As a former Property Solicitor, she also has key insights into the housing market from a commercial perspective.
Hannah has an MSc in Spatial Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL. In 2015, Hannah became a founding director of Planning Futures which addresses planning from the standpoint of professionals and legislators alike. She is passionate about improving the planning system and promoting planning as means of delivering positive social change. She works on complex planning projects with Steve and Craig.