OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM.

OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM.

We bring creativity, a commitment to people and planet, and a determination to do things differently.

TOWN is led by its founding directors, Jonny Anstead and Neil Murphy, who established the business in 2014. Jonny and Neil have a combined 30 years’ experience of planning and development for residential-led mixed-use places gained in both advisory and developer capacity and encompassing residential development, urban regeneration and large-scale urban extensions.

The directors work in tandem to set the direction of the business, the commercial framework and design vision for each TOWN project, and oversee all projects from conception to delivery.

JONNY ANSTEAD, FOUNDING DIRECTOR.

Jonny cofounded TOWN in 2014 with Neil Murphy and they jointly oversee the business.

Over 18 years of working in the built environment, Jonny’s experience spans land assembly, commercial appraisal, urban design, masterplanning and delivery. He has wide experience of stakeholder and community engagement and codesign approaches, including having supported several Neighbourhood Plans through his involvement with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. He is a passionate advocate for community-led housing and a Trustee of Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust. Jonny holds a first class degree in modern languages from Cambridge University and is an academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

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NEIL MURPHY, FOUNDING DIRECTOR.

With a career history taking in central government policymaking, city and regional planning, and urban regeneration and growth at many scales, Neil has a wide perspective on urbanism and development. He is particularly interested in how planning and design influences social and economic outcomes, and a strong believer in widening public understanding of the built environment. Neil holds an honours degree in politics, philosophy and economics from the University of Oxford. He is a Visiting Fellow within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, an academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the RSA.

MARKETA NOSALOVA, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER.

Marketa started her career as a consultant at Fourth Street where she advised on business planning and strategy with a focus on property development projects in the culture, leisure and sports sectors. In 2015 Marketa joined CIT Group, a real estate investor and developer, where she worked on the analysis, financial modelling and funding of new opportunities and ongoing projects. Marketa holds a MSc degree in Comparative Political Economy from the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Academy of Urbanism.

MIKE BODKIN, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER & HEAD OF PLANNING.

Mike is a Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years’ experience in planning and regeneration. Working in private practice with Peter Brett Associates and then Strutt & Parker, Mike previously worked for over 20 years for Kent County Council, where he became Head of Growth Areas and Development, in which role he led regeneration and economic development in the Thames Gateway and Ashford Growth Areas. Mike is an experienced coordinator of multi-disciplinary design teams and has a particularly strong understanding of the relationship between planning issues and development viability.

Mike plays a leading role in projects with a strong planning angle, such as Beeston Park and Pincents Lane, as well as in the scoping and appraisal of new projects.

SUSAN HANLEY, BUSINESS MANAGER

Susan is TOWN’s business manager, with day-to-day responsibility for the company’s finances and general organisation, supporting the directors. With a background in programme management, Susan previously worked for the civil service in roles administering European Union funding and in regional development. Susan holds an honours degree in environmental and resource science from the University of Salford.

RAY MILLS, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Ray Mills is a member of the TOWN board and provides strategic advice on project origination, finance and business development. Ray is a former Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Corporate Finance, where he led the Local Government and Social Infrastructure team. Ray has over 30 years’ experience advising public and private sector clients in the areas of regeneration, infrastructure finance and housing development. He was previously Partner in PWC’s public-private advisory team where he led the division’s real estate and regeneration group, and as PWC’s Head of Infrastructure and Government.

Ray brings great strategic and investment experience as well as strong grounding in structuring innovative relationships with funding and development partners.