Muller Property People

Key Staff

  • Colin Muller

    Colin Muller

    Founder & Chief Executive

  • Philip Johnston

    Philip Johnston

    Finance and Operations Director

  • Steve Bourne

    Steve Bourne

    Technical Director

  • Rebecca Muller

    Rebecca Muller

    Land & Planning Executive

Colin Muller

Colin Muller

Founder & Chief Executive

Colin Muller has a career in property spanning some 30 years, having graduated from the School of Architecture, Town Planning and Estate Management, Oxford, in 1983 with a BA (Hons) and Diploma in Town Planning.

He started his career in a land acquisition role for Wimpey and later moved to Alfred McAlpine Plc, as Director with responsibility for new land identification and acquisition, planning and development functions in the North of England region.

In 1990 at the age of 31, he established his own property business which expanded over a period of three years prior to its merger with Linden Plc, a venture capital backed start-up financed by 3i, Mercury Asset Management and Bank of Scotland.

Colin and his co-directors achieved a full market listing of Linden in 1996 as a quoted house builder, which went on to establish start-ups in other regions and to acquire a number of private businesses. By 2000, the business had five operating regions with a turnover of £144m, pre-tax profits of £15.4m and net assets of £52m.

Management undertook an MBO in 2001, valued at £250 million, supported by HBOS; Colin exited and started Muller Property Group. The senior management team at Muller has been carefully developed since the outset and is staffed with industry professionals across all disciplines, the majority of whom have worked together for a period of over 15 years.

The type, nature and size of the schemes in which Muller's management has been engaged varies widely. It has involvement in its own right and in joint venture partnership with the development of residential and office schemes, pubs and hotels, industrial and warehouse, convenience retail food stores, and trade-counter schemes.

Philip Johnston

Philip Johnston

Finance and Operations Director

Phillip has worked as a finance professional in the construction, housebuilding and property sector for over 30 years. With a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Management Sciences, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in 1986.

Following an eighteen month secondment to the European Union Commission auditing steel sales, Phillip joined Hassall Homes as Finance Director. On the sale of the Hassall Group in 1997, he moved to Linden Homes and commenced his 20 year working relationship with Colin Muller.

Whilst primarily engaged in the role of finance, he maintained a hands on role in the sales and commercial functions at Linden Homes and was involved closely in financial forecasting, monitoring, reporting and the relationship with external investors and the bank.

In 2002 he joined the Muller Property Group where he is Finance and Operations Director. This role encompasses a broad ranging involvement in all areas of the business including land acquisition, the raising of project finance, residential sales, project costing, commercial property lettings, company secretarial administration and legal matters.

He also handles a variety of development and planning related issues including S106 agreements, affordable housing provision, viability studies, joint venture agreements and leases for Group properties.

With a large number of joint venture arrangements and numerous group companies, Phillip has management of financial forecasting, budgetary control and cashflow.

Steve Bourne

Steve Bourne

Technical Director

Steve has worked as a Commercial/Technical professional in the housebuilding and construction industry for over 30 years.

In his first employment Steve joined a local housebuilder, Fletcher Builders, where he stayed for 14 years, progressing his way up from Trainee Surveyor through the ranks to Chief Surveyor.

Steve then went on to set up and manage the Commercial Departments in the new North West regions of national housebuilders David Wilson Homes and Bovis Homes, having overall responsibility for the land viabilities, surveying and buying functions of the businesses

In 2005 Steve moved to Brighouse Group as Director to set up the new housebuilding function of the business, responsible for the day to day running of the company. As part of his job role he was responsible for sourcing land opportunities, compiling detailed land viabilities, negotiating land purchase agreements and submitting and gaining planning permissions. Steve dealt with all aspects of the business from land, legal, commercial, technical, health & safety, sales & marketing through to customer care responsibilities. This lead to the company completing successful housing developments in sought after areas in the North West such as Bollington, Nantwich and Wilmslow.

Due to the recession Steve took time out of the housebuilding sector to gain knowledge of the educational construction industry with Built Offsite Ltd. Here he was responsible for organising and overseeing the modular construction of school extensions, new school buildings and traditionally built sports halls. The company worked nationally and Steve was involved in schemes in Portsmouth, Surrey, Leeds and Hull.

He then had the opportunity of returning to the land and planning environment with Muller, being responsible for the technical and financial aspects of the parcels of land, dealing with external consultants to compile the packages for planning applications and land sales.

Rebecca Muller

Rebecca Muller

Land & Planning Executive

Rebecca is the youngest daughter of Chief Executive, Colin Muller. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in June 2016 with an honours degree in Town Planning & Property Development, and joined the business. Her role is focused on identifying land suitable for promotion through a wide range of sources, use of the planning system, and meeting landowners.

Rebecca is skilled in being able to use the planning system to assess the prospects of land and interrogate Councils Local Plans, planning permissions, and appeals to consider the timescale and merits of any particular case.

She works alongside her Father and other members of the land acquisition team and is the first point of contact for all land inquiries across the regions.

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