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Our Team

A family owned and run business, Dukelease has a diverse team of in-house specialists driving each stage of every project. Our team possess a wealth of expertise spanning design, planning, development, sales and marketing, property management and finance. We provide strong hands-on leadership so that our project teams work together to focused objectives throughout the life of a project.

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Richard Leslie FRICS

Chief Executive Officer

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Richard is the founder of Dukelease and has over 35 years’ experience in real estate. Previously Head of Retail and Development at Barrington Laurence, Richard went on to co-found Leslie Perkins specialising in retail agency and development before starting Dukelease. With his superb network and excellent relationships with leading property players Richard has a known reputation for performing. His vision and passion for development have made Dukelease one of the fastest growing central London developers.

Contact

richard@dukelease.com

Background

FRICS; Partner, Barrington Laurance; Senior Partner, Leslie Perkins.

Relaxing

Golf, attending major sporting events around the world, entertaining

Spencer Leslie BA(Hons) ACA

Chief Financial Officer

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A qualified chartered accountant, Spencer has built key relationships with some of the UK’s largest banks and high-net-worth equity providers. He plays a key role in the analysis of new acquisitions and his financial prudence has helped Dukelease through the credit crunch and brexit, enabling it to flourish.

Contact

spencer@dukelease.co.uk

Background

Set up Super Cuts Hairdressing chain in 1991, which grew to 85 units before he sold the company in 1999.

Relaxing

Golf, football, films

Paul Cook DIP ARCH RIBA

Managing Director

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Paul has worked in the construction industry since 1976 and qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1986. His association with Dukelease dates back to the company's early years during which time he acted as consultant architect from 2001 before joining the company full-time as Projects Director in 2007. Paul was appointed Managing Director of Dukelease in 2014, his focus is to shape the character and content of each project from inception through to delivery.

Contact

paul@dukelease.com

Background

Began in the industry in 1976 and RIBA-qualified in 1987.

Relaxing

Musician, artist

Ian Williams-Slaven

Director

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Ian is an accomplished development project manager, experienced in leading and delivering substantial multi-project development portfolios through the entire construction process – from conception to completion and exit.

Contact

ian@dukelease.com

Background

Halcyon Property, Square Foot Properties.

Relaxing

Training for and competing in Ironman challenges

Lynne Hughes

Legal Counsel

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With 15 years experience at West End and City private practices, Lynne advises the business on all property related legal issues covering acquisitions, lender requirements and property management.

Contact

lynne@dukelease.com

Background

Partner, Brechers; Partner, Nicholson Graham & Jones.

Relaxing

Travel, reading, theatre

René Fourie BSc (Hons) Surveying

Head of Sales & Marketing

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René plays a key role in design development of all projects, oversees marketing and sales collateral and deals with all residential and commercial sales and lettings. With a background in property management, she also coordinates managing agent appointments and oversees ongoing management matters with the aftercare team.

Contact

rene@dukelease.com

Background

7 years of property management at Wright & Partners; Legal secretary, Neuhoff & Van Deventer (SA).

Relaxing

Netball, music, gardening

Oliver Brecher BA (Hons - Cantab) Land Economy

Acquisitions

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Oliver graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016, following which he spent time as an analyst at Royal Bank of Canada within their European Real Estate Finance division. At Dukelease, Oliver concentrates on acquisitions, working closely with Richard on the sourcing, analysis and evaluation of new deals. 

Contact

oliverb@dukelease.com

Background

University Graduate; Analyst at Royal Bank of Canada.

Relaxing

Travelling, skiing, socialising, golf (albeit rather handicapped…) & Bond movies

Matt Rosser

Development Manager

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Matt, graduated Westminster University in 2012 in Building Surveying and spent first few years of his career within Surveying before making the move into Project Management. Over the past 6 years Matt has worked both Consultancy and Developer side before making the move to Dukelease.

Contact

matt@dukelease.com

Background

Matt has previously worked for consultancies such as Turner & Townsend and a private Developer THAT Group..

Relaxing

Football, golf, spending time with family & friends

Louise Brown

Executive Assistant to CEO

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An Executive Assistant with over 20 years experience. Louise looks after the CEO of Dukelease.

Contact

louise@dukelease.com

Background

Starting in the Insurance industry, Louise moved into the property world 13 years ago.

Relaxing

A keen interest in interiors, fitness, fashion and four legged furry friends

Christine Schembri

PA to Managing Director & Development Team

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An experienced property administrator, Christine looks after the development and construction management teams at Dukelease. 

Contact

christine@dukelease.com

Background

Christine has gained comprehensive experience working in the UK and Italy in a variety of sectors including finance, education and property .

Relaxing

Cooking, family and all things Italian.

Sue Malherbe

Office Administrator

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Sue recently relocated from South Africa.

Contact

suem@dukelease.com

Background

Sue has 19 years' experience in the short term claims insurance industry.

Relaxing

Reading, theatre, exploring London