What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire?
Things are looking positive. The cranes are back in force and the region is becoming increasingly attractive to investors who may have previously focused on London. Leeds in particular has regained the vibrancy and optimism that had faded in recent years.
What’s the best project you’ve been involved in?
The £6m redevelopment of Castleford Bus Station which opened in February. It is a striking and modern transport hub used by 12,000 people a day and it is rewarding to think that I played a small part in making that happen.
What’s your favourite building in the region and why?
We are lucky to have some wonderful buildings across the region, both historic and contemporary. My favourite however is the majestic Harewood House, which quite rightly featured prominently in the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014. I have spent many happy hours in the grounds doing everything from playing with the kids and watching live music to admiring classic cars.
What could be done to improve the property sector in the region?
The key for me has to be better rail transport links across the north. I couldn’t care less about cutting down already adequate travel times to London, but if Manchester was 30 minutes away...
Whom has inspired you?
I am inspired by those who show true entrepreneurial spirit – take risks, push boundaries and think outside the box. I am huge fan of Richard Branson. He is a true pioneer, fearless and I like the spirit of adventure and fun he brings into his business and life.