About

Ptarmigan Land was founded in 2003 and has since become one of the UK’s leading land promotion companies. Ptarmigan currently has over 20,000 houses in planning and examples of sites being built out include 750 houses in Chelmsford, Essex and 1,200 houses in Hethersett, Norwich. Ptarmigan works with Landowners to add value through planning and is actively seeking more projects.

 

Meet The Team

Ptarmigan’s in-house team of property led professionals has comprehensive property, legal and financial experience backed by a wide network of independent land buyers, deal finders, planning and design consultants, legal and other professionals.

Ptarmigan also employs project managers, admin staff, and a large team of professionals to manage each project. The professional teams vary from project to project but typically consist somewhere between 20 to 30 team members all of whom need careful management and co-ordination.

Charles Wheatman

CHARLES WHEATMAN | BSc FRICS
Chief Executive

Charles is a co-founder of Ptarmigan and has spent his whole career in property. Formerly with Jones Lang LaSalle, in both London and the Far East, he has a BSc Hons in Urban Estate Surveying and is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is married with three children and lives near Hungerford in Berkshire.


Hugo Kirby

HUGO KIRBY | FFA CF
Managing Director

Hugo is a co-founder of Ptarmigan and has been involved in property all of his working life – in planning, refurbishing and developing both residential and commercial properties. He has had an entrepreneurial career that has included property, IT and trading in derivatives and financial markets as well as London Business School. He is a Corporate Finance accountant and an affiliate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


Craig Neilson

CRAIG NEILSON | BSc MRICS
Development Director

Craig joined Ptarmigan in January 2006, having worked at Davis Langdon and Land Securities Trillium. Craig manages the project teams and the consultants. He spends much of his time in the field reviewing and managing project operations.


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FREDDIE HILTON | BSc (Hons) ACA
Chief Financial Officer

Freddie joined Ptarmigan in 2018 having been at a boutique corporate finance firm where he was responsible for advising clients on all aspects of corporate finance, including raising capital and M&A transactions, and previously worked in Private Equity. He qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC where he focused on clients in the real estate sector. He is a member of ICAEW and holds a BSc Hons in Real Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University.

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JOSEPH HAYES | MAPAM
Associate Director
Development

Joseph joined Ptarmigan in early 2015. He has experience in acquiring planning consent for both brownfield and greenfield sites. Joseph started his career as a Transport Planner where his main role was to secure access to complex development sites. He is a Member of the Association of Project Management and a Member of the Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Olly Buck

OLLY BUCK | BA (Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI
Senior Development Manager

Olly began his career as a Town Planner in 2004 and has experience spanning roles within local government, planning & environmental consultancy and commercial development working in a range of sectors. Olly is responsible for promoting both greenfield and brownfield projects through the planning process to achieve planning consent.

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BENJIE NESBITT | BSC (Hons) MRICS
Development Manager

Benjie is an experienced Land Agent and Chartered Surveyor who has joined Ptarmigan from Savills, where he was working on behalf of private, institutional and corporate clients in the acquisitions and disposal of assets within the rural property market and managing their portfolio of assets. His experience adds to the breadth of the Development Management Team.

Peter Dowling

PETER DOWLING | BA (Hons), MSc, MRTPI
Development Manager

Peter began his career as a town planner and joined Ptarmigan in 2018 from Indigo Planning. He has over 11 years’ experience in securing planning consents on often complex sites across the country. Peter is responsible for assessing new site opportunities and managing the day-to-day promotion of a number of our current projects.

Wendy Howard

WENDY HOWARD
Associate Director
Management Accountant

Wendy has been managing company finances for 20 years and handles all aspects of Ptarmigan’s business accounting and finance functions. Married with two children she acts as mentor to a number of start up businesses.


Kate Godfrey

KATE GODFREY
Director’s Assistant
Office Manager

An experienced administrator Kate manages all the back office functions required for smooth and efficient operations.

Kelly Aguilar

KELLY AQUILAR
Admin Support

Kelly provides much needed admin and back up support for Ptarmigan’s busy office.

Felix Sahlgren

FELIX SAHLGREN
Project Support

Felix has been at Ptarmigan for close to 2 years having joined back in 2017. In this time, he has developed a range of skills and understanding which has helped with the growth of his role. The role of project support involves him in most of Ptarmigan’s active projects, in providing a range of support to the development managers.


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