WHY CHOOSE LIV?
The board at Liv Lodges has been carefully selected to reflect the highest level of discipline, corporate, strategy and deliverability in addition to high levels of experience in corporate finance creating.
Predictable, stable, long-term returns.
Capital preservation and appreciation.
Diversification from the traditional real estate and mainstream assets.
When considering the board structure, the main focus was to recruit proven high achievers, highly qualified in their area of competence and committed to the strategy of delivering superior returns for all investors and shareholders coupled with scalability in the underlying economic models.
The board has an enviable wealth of experience and knowledge, able to implement the correct processes, procedures and to oversee all aspects of operations from development to the day to day running of the income producing parks.
MICHAEL NEVILLE - CHAIRMAN
BEng (Hons) MBA:
The board is chaired by Michael Neville. Mike has over 25 years’ experience in the capital markets
and has sat on the board of over 70 private and public companies in several geographic jurisdictions.
He has operated as an Executive Director, a Non-Executive Director and a Chairman during his
tenure with these various companies.
Having led large management buy-outs in the order of £700 million, and liaised with some of the
largest venture capital and equity firms during this time, he has a fundamental understanding of
mergers & acquisitions, capital structuring, encompassing both debt and equity, and IPOs (initial
public offerings). In addition to overseeing strategic development and ensuring the board works
cohesively with its shareholders, he is tasked with ensuring that the company is looking at least
three years into its future strategic options. He also has a wealth of experience in corporate
governance and cross-border regulatory systems.
Mike holds an engineering degree and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
LORD MICHAEL WHITBY
The Lord Whitby of Harborne: Hon DSc, Hon LLD: FLoD
Lord Whitby was appointed to the House of Lords in 2013. He is also the former leader of
Birmingham City Council (a position he held for eight years, 2004 to 2012), the largest metropolitan
council in the UK. He was the second longest serving leader in the council’s history.
As the leader, Lord Whitby was synonymous with transformational infrastructure development
• £600 million New Street Station (Grand Central) development;
• £188 million investment in the new Library Birmingham;
• award-winning Masterplan (through the “Big City Plan 20 Year Vision”);
• ambitious international strategy (creating economic links with China, Middle East and India);
• extension of Birmingham Airport runway;
• the transformation of the Birmingham brand and international reputation, coining the slogan
“Global City, Local Heart”.
He currently holds:
Honorary Doctor of Law – Warwick University
Honorary Doctor of Science – Aston University Fellow of the Institute of Directors
He also undertakes the following directorships as Chairman:
Made in Group • Made in the Midlands
Made in Yorkshire • Made in London
Lord Whitby is also a former Chairman and Director of:
• Advantage West Midlands
• Greater Birmingham and Solihull L.E.P.
• Birmingham International Airport
• Dudley and Sandwell Chamber of Commerce.
• Birmingham Science Park
• Marketing Birmingham
• Greater Birmingham City Region
A regular speaker on international and national circuits, Lord Whitby is also well versed in aspects of
politics, strategy, and finance.
Mark has a wealth of commercial experience, having spent 29 years working for Barclays Bank PLC.
Joining straight from school, he worked his way up to Area Director level.
As Area Corporate Director for Barclays in Manchester, he was directly responsible for a team of 50
and a loan book in excess of £250 million. As Commercial Director in Warwickshire and Leicester, he
was responsible for a team of 75 and a loan book in excess of £480 million. In both roles, Mark led
the teams to Top 10 positions nationally by providing strategic leadership and direction. He was
awarded the accolade of Area Corporate Director of the Year and was a member of the Barclays
In terms of park transactions during his career, Mark was directly involved in the delivery of and
responsibility for loans in excess of £150 million. More recently, Mark has been Regional Director for
Together (who is a specialist property lender), directly involved in providing property finance for a
wide spectrum of entities and covering transactions that range from development finance and
residential investment to commercial acquisitions.
Not only does Mark have extensive knowledge of the property finance industry but is also a property
Mark has a degree in finance and is also a member of the Institute of Sales and Marketing
Larry has over 35 years of exceptional programming and project management experience. He has
worked on the planning and delivery of commercial projects for technology, logistics, retail, finance,
hospitality, defence and professional services
He was directly responsible for major programmes including the £78m infrastructure and computing
upgrade for 11,500 Post Office branches, the replacement of telephony services for over 2,000
Lloyds Banking Group branches and the upgrade of infrastructure and communications services for
defence group QinetiQ.
Not only does Larry have practical hands on experience he is also adept at managing people. His
project teams have included up to 40 direct-report personnel and teams of up to 80 subcontractors,
via major UK consultancies.
Larry is also a visiting lecturer in Project Management at the City University, London and the
University of Sunderland and is a member of the Association for Project Management (APM)
DALE CHARLES GRIFFITHS
BSc (Hons), MA, MRICS:
Dale has been a chartered surveyor for over 25 years, advising some of the world’s largest real
Dale, as well as holding several current management and supervisory board positions, was
previously Senior Vice-President at Heitman (sixth largest investment manager in the US with $42
billion AUM), managing part of their European Private Equity group. There he was responsible for
assets totalling over €1 billion within Heitman Central European Property Partners II (HCEPP II) and
Heitman European Property Partners III &amp; IV (HEPP III &amp; IV). His tenure at Heitman was
eight years. Prior to joining Heitman, he worked for Cushman &amp; Wakefield in Germany, where
he was a Senior Investment Advisor responsible for sourcing, structuring and managing investment
transactions on a Pan-European basis. Dale has also served as a senior advisor for Hammerson
Germany, involved in the asset management, acquisition and development of the group’s retail
This comprised over £6 billion in assets, primarily in the UK, France and Germany.
Dale received his Bachelor of Science in Urban Estate Surveying from the University of Nottingham
and earned his Master’s in European Property Development &amp, Planning from the University of
Newcastle. He is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
Gurmail qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and progressed in 1986 to become an equity partner in a
medium-sized firm of solicitors in the West Midlands. In 1991 he set up his own firm of solicitors,
trading as Sidhu Solicitors, which was merged with another local firm in 2013. In addition to running
his legal practice Gurmail was appointed in-house legal consultant by a number of commercial
trading companies, assisting them with making not only legal decisions, but formulating and
implementing commercial strategy and decisions.
Between 2007 and 2018, Gurmail was engaged as a consultant by a number of firms of solicitors,
including firms with an international base and clientele.
Gurmail has a solid background in all aspects of corporate/commercial and other work including:
• commercial property & residential developments/transactions;
• landlord & tenant issues both contentious and non-contentious;
• all aspects of company law including company acquisitions and sales;
• joint ventures;
• commercial disputes and litigation.
He currently sits on the board of a small number of private companies, where he advises on contract
law and strategy.