management team

Adrian Powell, Investment Director
Adrian spent 10 years in the City of London building a high profile career in banking and finance. He started at Citibank in 1989 in Foreign Exchange & Derivatives then as a Director of UBS. His final role was as First Vice President of First Chicago restructuring their European Foreign Exchange and Derivatives business. During his career, Adrian has generated market leading $1bn+ deals, restructured businesses, managed high profile multi-national relationships, created new banking products and developed new banking systems.
He founded and built over the next 12 years a highly successful award winning Property Development & Investment company achieving annual returns on capital in excess of 50% .
Adrian graduated with First Class Honours in Mathematics from the City University, London in 1989.
Richard Topham, Director
A qualified quantity surveyor and graduate of Salford University. Richard built the family business into one of the region’s major construction companies, diversifying in the 1980’s into property development and investment. In addition to his interests in commercial property, through the Charles Topham Group, he formed Elite Homes in the late 1980’s to develop residential property. At its sale in late 2007 to Bovis Homes PLC for an enterprise value in excess of £75mio the company was building and selling over 500 units/year. The company was one of the larger privately owned residential developers in the region. Richard was also a founding shareholder and director of CTP Group Ltd, a developer of retail, leisure and office developments on a nationwide basis. He exited the business in a share sale to the company’s management and shareholders in 2007. He is now the majority shareholder in a group of privately held property and investment companies as well as a Director of River Street Capital.  


Robert Newham, Director
Robert is a Chartered Surveyor with over twenty years post qualification experience. He and Richard Topham have worked together for the last fifteen years in building a substantial portfolio of property and corporate interests. He has extensive experience of property investment matters, asset managing property portfolios and the corporate restructuring of property companies. . 
Darren Holt, Finance Director
Darren is a Chartered Accountant qualifying in 1993. After 5 years at Coopers & Lybrand, now PWC, in Audit and Corporate Restructuring, he progressed into industry spending 5 years with Greenalls Group PLC in various senior roles. Thereafter Darren joined the Charles Topham Group holding a number of roles until becoming Group Finance Director. Darren led the restructuring of the Group into LLP status in 2009, taking advantage of tax opportunities working alongside Deloitte LLP.
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