Our Business

Londonewcastle has been creating developments in the capital for the design-conscious for the past three decades. Our growth has always been driven by our ability to recognise the possibilities in every opportunity. It stems from an unshakeable commitment to our core beliefs. That we’re here to create design-led, mixed-use developments of the highest quality; that we’ll deliver a tireless level of service from origination to after care (we call it "the circle of competence”); and that all our stakeholders and clients will benefit from what we do.

As the London property scene has become increasingly complex over the last decade, these beliefs have not only allowed us to embrace change but to drive it. The results: a strong platform, successful public/private sector partnerships, new and winning relationships, a track record of delivery, and beautiful buildings. Now it’s time for the next chapter in the Londonewcastle story.

Board Directors

Our success is down to each and every member of the team. Over three decades we've built a strong company culture. Today you'll find a group of committed and energetic professionals with a shared vision, a hands-on approach, local knowledge and an expert understanding of what it takes to deliver exceptional developments.

David Barnett

Founder and CEO

David is co-founder of the business with over 30 years’ experience in London residential and mixed-use property and its development. At its helm he steered Londonewcastle through the 2008 global financial crisis, oversaw the acquisition of all its assets from Lloyds Banking Group, and has successfully positioned the LN brand as a leading multi-disciplinary platform, establishing key partnerships in both the public and private sectors.

Robert Soning

Founder and COO

Co-founder of the business with over 25 years’ experience in developing mixed use residential-led properties in London. Robert leads the day-to-day operations of the company, in particular shaping its ongoing brand vision, which has turned Londonewcastle into one of the UK’s leading independent multi-use developers. Robert is also co-chairman of the Roundhouse Gala Committee and heads fundraising for one of Europe’s most famous music venues.

Chris Phillips

Chairman

Chris has more than 40 years experience of International Corporate Finance, Real Estate, and Fund Management. For the past seven years he has chaired Places for People, a diversified property management and leisure group with gross assets of £3.7bn and over 11,600 employees. He is also chairman of Horizon Infrastructure, Apex Airspace and NCL, as well as a director investor in James Andrew Residential. Chris acts as a seed investor and advisor/director to a number of other businesses and acts as a consultant advisor to two UK fund management companies.

Baerbel Schuett

Development Director

Baerbel has enjoyed a global career in the construction industry, more than a decade of which has been spent with Londonewcastle. She is also a qualified architect and her status in the professional consultancy world makes her an acknowledged leader in the field. She runs LN’s in-house development management department and handles all complex schemes, through every stage with trademark collaborative precision.

James Shindler

Director

James has worked for Londonewcastle since it was founded. Today as a board director he specialises in strategic master planning and asset management of mixed-use schemes. He played an important part in the company’s successful 2011 acquisition of its assets from Lloyds Bank and has been instrumental in positioning the LN Development Management team as one of London’s most dynamic.

Vijay Vijaishankar

Finance Director

Vijay has 20 years’ experience in strategic financial management and running medium-size businesses. He has been at Londonewcastle for over a decade, today he leads the Londonewcastle finance team working closely with our external advisors. He has an in-depth understanding of cash flow management, expertise in company restructuring processes, and has built strong relationships with all of Londonewcastles' key partners.

Tom Berg

Associate Director

Tom joined Londonewcastle in 2012 and is one of the driving forces behind our new business and acquisitions strategy. Responsible for the day-to-day sourcing of new opportunities, Tom has an in-depth understanding of how to shape transactions and relationships with key individuals in both the public and private sectors.