Argent has a reputation for delivering some of the best mixed-use developments in the UK. We are respected for our approach to business, which is always based on openness and integrity.
That reputation is down to our people.
We are proud and privileged to have such a committed, creative and talented team: people from different backgrounds and walks of life – with skills that range across architecture, engineering, finance, marketing, construction, planning and law.
We enjoy what we do and we are endlessly passionate about it.
Argent is over 150 strong, and growing. Each time you refresh this page, you’ll see more faces from the team.
Their drive for quality means that we know the outcomes will be the best and the benefits long-lasting for local communities.
Will joined Argent in 2006 and works on Argent’s mixed use schemes. He also leads on commercial developments and leasing at King’s Cross where he is responsible for development totalling a gross value of £1.5bn. Will is also a specialist in refurbishment and re-use of historic buildings and structures.
At a corporate level, Will is involved in internal learning and development as well as strategic initiatives. He is also involved in new opportunities, commercial review, and structuring.
Will read Architecture at Sheffield University, and has a Masters in Planning and Development. Before joining Argent will worked in valuation, town planning and architecture.
He is chair of the British Property Federation’s Development Committee, sits on CoreNet’s UK Executive Board and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
David joined Argent in 1990, he was appointed Joint Chief Executive in 2006 and Managing Partner of the new Argent LLP in 2012 and is Joint CEO of the new Argent Related Partnership. He has overall responsibility for all Argent business, including structuring and establishing financial and management programmes. He oversees the sourcing, master planning, building design, financing and legal aspects for all projects.
David is Junior Vice President of the British Property Federation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UKGBC. He is a Past President of the British Council for Offices, was one of the founding members and now ex-Chairman of both the Piccadilly Partnership in Manchester and the King’s Cross and St Pancras Business Partnership Ltd and is ex-Chairman of CityCo in Manchester.
David read architecture at Cambridge and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has served on a number of RIBA practice committees.
In May 2015, David was awarded NW Insider Property Personality of the Year, and in April 2014, David jointly won the Property Week Personality of the Year Award with Roger Madelin.
James Wates CBE
James has worked in construction for his whole career and through his numerous roles champions change in the sector. James joined Wates Construction in 1983 and the Wates Construction Board in 1994, was appointed to the Wates Group Board in 1997, and became Chairman in 2013. His key positions in the sector include: Past Chairman of CITB, Past President of CIOB, Chairman of the BRE Trust, and Non-executive Director of Argent Services LLP. To help ensure that the UK punches its weight internationally, he has accepted the role of Co-chair of Infrastructure Exports: UK.
He has taken on a number of roles outside of the construction sector, including Chairman of the think tank Tomorrow’s Company, Chairman of the Princes Trust Corporate Advisory Group, and Ambassador for the Young Women’s Trust. In 2018 he was invited by the Business Secretary to Chair a new industry group on corporate governance. In 2012 he was awarded the CBE for services to construction and the charitable sector.
Jonathan, an accountant by background and former Chairman of KPMG’s International Real Estate & Construction practice, joined Argent in January 2013 and became its Chairman in 2015.
He is a member of the Board of the British Property Federation and the Strategy Board of the Investment Property Forum. Jonathan is also a non-executive trustee on the board of the South West London & St. George’s NHS Mental Health Trust and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Mike joined Argent in 2007 and is a founding partner of the Argent (Property Development) Services LLP. As Finance Partner Mike overseas the financial aspects of Argent and its projects including cash flow, allocation of budgets across projects, reporting and the raising of third party funding. From 2007 to 2014 Mike was responsible for managing the overall business plan for the King’s Cross project.
Before joining Argent, Mike worked at Swiss Re where he was a member of the management team within the Global Operational Risk Group and, prior to this, he spent seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK and the Caribbean.
He is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Structural Engineering.
Mike is a Governor at the King’s Cross Academy school, a new school built as part of the King’s Cross project.
Outside Argent, Mike enjoys a range of sports, including skiing, sailing and cycling.
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