Residential Land Management Biographies Section

Stuart Birke – Head of Lettings

Stuart has worked in the property industry for 27 years and has worked for Residential Land since 2006. Stuart leads the lettings department with responsibility for all aspects of the group’s letting portfolio, maintaining exceptionally high occupancy rates, the implementation of all current legislation and company procedures and maintaining and developing relationships with our network of over 1,800 letting agents. The letting team’s extensive network enables c.60% of lettings to be sourced in-house resulting a significant cost saving on agents’ fees. Stuart joined Residential Land from Fraser & Co, where he set up and managed their new Baker Street office Marylebone.

Khalid Sharifi – Portfolio Management Director

Khalid is responsible for overseeing the day to day property management of the portfolio. Khalid has over 20 years experience in managing properties with an emphasis on cost control and driving efficiencies. Khalid liaises with all departments ensuring that all maintenance and capital works are performed with minimal disruption to tenants whilst maximising income and minimising voids. Khalid joined Residential Land in 2001.

Emma Whitby-Smith – Head of Investments

Emma has over 25 years experience in the central London property market, after a break Emma returns to lead Residential Land’s acquisitions and sales team where she oversees a deal pipeline of c.£3 billion per year. She and her team are responsible for sourcing on and off market purchases, maintaining and strengthening relationships with 1,800 letting and estate agents and motivating them to achieve premium prices for sales properties and developing contacts with potential buyers and their advisers. Prior to joining Residential Land in 2000, Emma gained 15 years London estate agency experience working for Barnard Marcus and John Spencer.

Jonathan Rust (ACA, MCSI, BA (Hons)) – Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan joined the Board of Residential Land in March 2009. He joined from Redrow Regeneration plc where he was the Finance Director. Jonathan has previously held senior positions at GE Real Estate where, following GE’s acquisition he led Haslemere NV’s finance team during its integration and delisting. Jonathan qualified with Arthur Andersen before transferring to Deloitte working in both the Audit and Corporate Finance Lead Advisory Teams providing corporate finance advice including company sales and asset disposals, acquisitions, venture capital backed transactions, MBOs/MBIs, equity raising and debt financing and Initial Public Offerings. Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Bruce Ritchie – Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Residential Land

Bruce is the 100% owner of the Residential Land Group of 163 companies which hold in excess of 1,200 privately rented individual properties in prime central London as well as hotels and prime Mayfair office buildings. As principle and founder of the Residential Land brand and having started as a sole trader Bruce has built prime central London’s largest private landlord from a small property trading business to a best in class specialist operator. Bruce is widely respected as an expert in his field and sits on the British Property Federation Residential Committee and is a Fellow of the Property Consultants Society. Bruce was also the joint owner in partnership with Marco Pierre White of the White Star Line restaurant group which have included Mirabelle, Drones, Quo Vadis, Criterion and others. Educated at Dulwich College he left school after A levels and rather than follow in the family tradition of going to Magdalene College Cambridge he went to work in Harrods of Knightsbridge joining their Management Training Scheme and becoming the youngest ever sales manager. By the time he left Harrods he owned 17 properties some of which he still owns today. Some 24 years later Bruce is both a Philanthropist and Benefactor of many of London’s worthy charitable institutions. Having completed c.860 property transactions since 1991 under the Residential Land Group of Companies and hundreds more personally prior to its creation, his success and track record speaks for itself.