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Meet the Team

Matt Phillips

Managing Director

Matt has a proven track record of over 20 years of experience in the UK real estate market, having held senior director positions at a number of the UK’s leading house builders including Development Director for Oracle Residential; Managing Director for Berkeley Homes (Central London); and Commercial Director at Laing Homes, Nicholson Estates, and Crest Homes respectively.

In 2009, Matt co founded Essential Land LLP, where he is responsible for managing a significant portfolio of real estate. Over the last 3 years Matt has established a very successful business model using a private equity led investment approach to acquire sites for residential and mixed use development.

In 2012 he co-founded IDC Develop with the directors of IDC Real Estate to expand on this successful business model and broaden his reach in the residential development market, which he now runs in parallel with his business interests at Essential Land.

Richard Houghton

Director

Richard has over thirty years experience in professional consultancy, delivering strategic financial management in the UK property and construction industry for both the public and private sectors. His expertise includes both project management and cost management services for a number of major developments in the commercial, residential and leisure sectors, drawing from long term working relationships established with leading banks and financial institutions.

He has a proven track record in the industry including over 25 years working for The MDA Group, before establishing the KHK Group with his fellow directors in 2000.  Following a merger in 2007 between Jones Lang LaSalle and KHK Group, Richard was appointed Chairman of the Project & Development Services division before setting up IDC Real Estate in 2011.

Graham Kent

Director

Graham has over thirty years experience working in the commercial sector at a strategic level, using his expertise to rationalise property portfolios, realise asset values and improve business efficiency. He has worked extensively on projects for both developer and end user clients across Europe, Middle East and North America.

He has a proven track record in the industry having held a number of senior positions at major consultancies including over 20 years working for The MDA Group, prior to becoming a Founding Director for KHK Group in 2000. Following the merger with Jones Lang LaSalle in 2007, he then became European Director for the new organisation, before setting up IDC Real Estate in 2011.

Jim Kelly

Director

Jim has over thirty years experience working on major projects in the real estate market in the UK, across Europe and the Middle East. With an in-depth knowledge of property and construction issues he has facilitated the successful commercial delivery of a wide range of major projects for a variety of commercial clients, government departments and commercial developers.

He has a proven track record in the industry having worked for The MDA Group for many years in both the Middle East and Cyprus before becoming Managing Director of UK Operations in 1988. In 2000, Jim became one of the Founding Directors for the KHK Group and then subsequently European Director at Jones Lang LaSalle following the merger in 2007, before setting up IDC Real Estate in 2011.

Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips

Managing Director

Richard Houghton

Richard Houghton

Director

Graham Kent

Graham Kent

Director

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Director