Gary Forrest

Chairman

Raised in the North East, Gary has over 30 years of experience in financial services and hotel investment. Initially working in the mortgage sector, Gary successfully grew his lending business from £100 million to £1 billion within five years, before selling High Street Home Loans to focus on a new venture, The High Street Group. Quickly realising the need for an end-to-end solution from land acquisition to project completion, Gary entered the construction and development sector, resulting in the formation of All Saints Construction. Most recently, Gary has honed in on the growing demand within the Build to Rent sectors, with the Group quickly shifting to capitalise on this. Today, the Group has several large-scale projects under construction, including Newcastle’s tallest building, with a further £1 billion of projects in the pipeline.

Joanne Bell

Group Financial Director

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Joanne Bell

Group Financial Director

A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Joanne qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, before moving to Gentoo Group. She joined The High Street Group in January 2018, bringing more than 18 years’ accounting experience across a range of industries - including residential development, construction, and financial services. Joanne’s role requires her to oversee both transactional day to day finances of the group and advise on strategic finance. Her work ensures that HSG has robust financial information on which sound decisions can be made.

Steven Brown

Group Legal Director

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Steven Brown

Group Legal Director

Steve qualified as a barrister and was called to the bar in 2005, where he practiced in areas including litigation and contract disputes until 2010, when he was cross qualified and admitted to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales. From there, he worked in private practice, specialising in civil and commercial matters, before moving to The High Street Group in 2014 to head up HSG’s legal structure. Steve oversees the in-house legal team and the many facets of The High Street Group business, from hospitality to large scale development matters. His time is mainly devoted to HSG’s £1billion private rental schemes; where he is integral to the negotiation of multi-million-pound institutional development agreements with the likes of Grainger Trust PLC, Invesco, and Cording Real Estate.

Lee McLane

Group HR Director

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Lee McLane

Group HR Director

Lee has more than 15 years’ HR experience across several industry sectors including IT services, social health care, pharmaceutical, manufacturing & production, processing, distribution and many more. Lee has a proven track record of improving business performance through successful leadership of HR functions that deliver against strategic HR plans that are aligned to the overall commercial and operational objectives of the business.

Gavin Fraser

Managing Director
(High Street Residential)

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Gavin Fraser

Managing Director
(High Street Residential)

Gavin has worked in the Construction and Development field for over 25 years, holding senior leadership and director positions at Ballast Nedam, Rok Plc and Balfour Beatty. Gavin was National Housing Director for Rok Plc, helping grow the business from £250m to £1bn turnover in 10 years, including £300m per annum of residential projects for the Private Rental and Affordable Housing sectors. Gavin has performed various roles as a non-executive adviser to Directors at Kier, Macquarie, United Living and Forrest, helping to grow their businesses through the creation of investment grade products in residential and energy. Gavin’s skill is understanding specific investment appetite from both institutional investors and overseas buyers, identifying potential projects in the Build to Rent sector. Gavin’s extensive expertise and knowledge of both the private rental and construction sectors ensure that the projects identified are both sustainable and deliverable in a cost-effective manner.

Kirk Thompson

Managing Director
(All Saints Construction)

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Kirk Thompson

Managing Director
(All Saints Construction)

Kirk has worked in the North East of England for his entire career in both the construction and residential sectors. He has completed numerous multi-million pound developments for blue chip companies Procter and Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline and the MoD. Over the past 8 years Kirk has been a director of two local house building companies overseeing the delivery of new homes across the region. Kirk has actively been involved in the whole life cycle of the development from land acquisition through to dealing with customers upon handover. Kirk joined the business to head up All Saints Construction as Managing Director. He is looking forward to growing the brand to become one of the biggest developers in the region.

Phill Brumwell

Managing Director
(High Street Hospitality)

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Phill Brumwell

Managing Director
(High Street Hospitality)

In 2003 Phill began his management career with a directorship appointment in the care industry. In this role he was responsible for the management of multi-million pound commercial contracts and a 25 strong team. Phill was appointed Operations Director for The High Street Group in 2012. He was charged with overseeing the growth and development of the Group’s many facets; ranging from commercial lending to pension fund investment, property development and the inception of the hospitality division of the business. His knowledge of local investment, hospitality opportunities and operational logistics is of great value to the success of the company. Phill is currently Managing Director of High Street Hospitality, which specialises in hotel acquisition and refurbishment. On a daily basis Phill oversees the management of the hotels, restaurants and bars.

Nicola Buzzeo

Executive PA and Office Manager

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Nicola Buzzeo

Executive PA and Office Manager

Nicola has worked with The High Street Group since day one, and has seen the Company go through changes in terms of location, sectors and expansion.  She holds the enviable position of being the longest standing employee, and therefore the person everyone seeks out for answers and help.  Nicola is both Executive Personal Assistant to the Chairman and Office Manager, with many more skills in between

A Day in the Life

Working in The High Street Group of companies gives employees a variety of experiences and challenges which can’t be found at many billion pound companies.  Excellence and results are ingrained in the fibre of every day life irrespective of whether our employees are in the residential, construction or hospitality sides of the business.  The company’s mission is to build communities and we value our internal community most of all.

A Day In The Life

Our Businesses

Our mission is to change the way people experience living. We are building communities through lifestyle offerings which give our residents more than just a place to rest their heads, we want to give them a place where they love to be.

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