At the remarkable age of 26 years old, Laith Al Balaghi has been responsible for the management of the company’s real-estate acquisitions, development and construction since the company’s establishment achieving exceptional growth within a difficult market. Laith has been with the group since its inception in 2014 and has extensive experience as an executive director for a number of companies across the Success Group in sectors ranging from health and wellness, manufacturing and wholesaling.
With extensive exposure to the property market from a very young age, his vision for AMAFHH Investments is to procure and develop unique prime real estate, both commercial and residential within key locations.
Having established a strong footing within the commercial retail sector, Laith is the driving force behind the company’s success and rapid expansion. He now oversees and successfully leads a very capable team that have many years of experience within property development and new builds.
Head of Operations
Mohammed Al Bayati’s role as Head of Operations encompasses more than the day-to-day operational requirements.
His pivotal role overlaps with many of the company’s departments, liaising closely with the Chairman, the CEO, The Head of Business Strategy and Development Ronald Laser and the rest of the team. He ensures there is consistency and clarity of purpose for all the departments that work on different aspects of the projects undertaken.
Mohammed has worked closely with the founding members to ensure that AMAFHH Investments attains its goals and he has established a robust team that fulfills the Success Group’s operational requirements.
Having a wealth of business experience in successfully running a series of start-ups from the young age of 18 years old, Mohammed Al Bayati was a natural choice for overseeing the company’s operational activities. Mohammed has presided over companies in a number of different market sectors, including event management, hospitality, FMCG’s, property investment and franchiseable RMU retail operations. Mohammed has invested this extensive knowledge and experience in business strategy, development and efficiency systems to his role.
Operations Manager and Chief Assistant to the Head of Operations
Our newest team member, Sadiq Sharif is a diligent and dynamic member of AMAFHH Investments. As Operations Manager and Chief Assistant to the Head of Operations, his role is crucial in assisting and propelling AMAFHH Investment's development goals.
Working closely with the CEO and Head of Operations, his role ensures the smooth running of AMAFHH Investments projects.
From an early age, his entrepreneurial outlook has enabled him to assist the growth of a real estate investment portfolio and accumulate an array of experience in the retail sector. Upon completing his BSc and MSc in Politics and International Relations, he went on to hold prominent positions in both the governmental and cybersecurity industries, overseeing high profile projects. His desire for success and analytical approach has enabled him to thrive and flourish in various fields, with a commitment to managing the groups operational requirements and vision.
Liaison Officer to Chairman’s Office
Head of Local Affairs and Community Liaisons
During the past 28 years Emad has worked extensively in construction management, been involved in the refurbishment and development of all types of buildings, working in the private and public sectors. He specialised in old and large buildings and projects.
He strongly believes that in order to achieve a successful project, one must have a good project team with strong leadership and smart coordination of available resources together with honest commitments, clearly defined objectives and shared responsibility all being important factors in producing top projects.
His involvement with the AMAFHH team has been very insightful and he strongly believes in the capability of the CEO’s vision and leadership qualities.
Regional Manager – West Yorkshire
Tom Maxwell recently joined AMAFHH Investments in 2020 as Regional Manager for West Yorkshire.
In this new role, Tom will be overseeing all of our operations in Bradford and the surrounding area. While his direct experience of the property market is limited, Tom has been managing companies in various sectors from as young as 14 years old and brings a keen eye for detail and a propensity for problem solving.
He is incredibly excited about the opportunities that lie ahead in West Yorkshire as we seek to work with our partners to bring valuable investments to cities within the region.
Saad Karim is a founding partner in 5K Investments, a London-based property investment firm, and has recently partnered with AMAFHH Investments as a director on their board to deliver Phoenix Village, Bradford.
Saad's interest in property and investments has always been his main driving force. As an Investment Consultant, Saad Karim promotes the financial interests of AMAFHH through recognising suitable business opportunities and secure investments. Saad has a very close working relationship with the Head of Operations, where they work to fulfil the legal obligations of the company.
Saad is also a qualified lawyer with Higher Rights of Audience in London, specialising in Civil Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Law. Before this, Saad was an Investment Banker at a Global Bank in London, specialising in Corporate Capital Origination and Corporate Restructuring, dealing with FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients.
Director of Communications & Sustainability
Haidar Nasralla is a founding partner in 5K Investments, an independent London-based property investment firm, which has recently embarked on a joint venture with AMAFHH Investments to deliver Phoenix Village Bradford.
As Communications & Sustainability consultant, and a director on the board, Haidar will aid AMAFHH to keep their brand top of mind and interpret statistical information for various projects, assisting the company’s aspirations to implement sustainable developments. Haidar has a very close working relationship with the CEO, where their aligned vision allows them to focus their energies and engage in the transformation of practice.
Haidar is also a biomedical scientist and philanthropist. He is an alumnus of the University of London. His principle philanthropist interests have included interfaith relations and conflict resolution. Haidar’s interest in the property sector began when he worked and supported his father, who is a prolific Middle Eastern entrepreneur, obtaining invaluable insight in the property investment world.
Regional Manager – North West London
With extensive experience in retail and project management gained from previous roles with the KGGC Group in Iraq between 2007-2010 as well the Success Group in the United Kingdom between 2011-2017 Ihab has proved to be an invaluable asset to any team. His core strengths in management and operations
has ensured the fulfilment of many projects.
He is the latest member of the Success Group to migrate from the retail business portfolio to the international management team having established his credentials in delivering projects in the Iraq region.
Currently Ihab is working closely with the other members of the team on exciting projects within that region.
Head of Business Strategy Development
Ronald Laser is a founding partner in David Menzies Associates, an independent Central London firm of property managing agents that have been advising clients since 1976. Ronald deals with all aspects of commercial property consultancy.
Amongst many client care activities Ronald Laser has assisted greatly in the acquisitions of AMAFHH Investments and has a very close working relationship with the CEO having acquired many properties together.
Ronalds foresight and experience allowed him to have full belief in the young CEO’s endeavours in the property market and marking Laiths potential from the early age of 17 years old. Throughout his long-standing career, Ronald has acquired properties in excess of 10 million sq. ft.
Ronald believed in the young CEO and even at the young age of 17, he saw the potential in him and has supported Laith in his endeavours in the property market. Throughout his long-standing career, Ronald has acquired properties in excess of 10 million sq. ft.
Chartered Quantity Surveyor & Project Manager
In 1990 Mark joined Rainey & Best as a Junior Quantity Surveyor after graduating from the University of Ulster with a First-Class Honours degree and top of his academic year. In 1995 he was appointed as an Associate and in 1999, he was made Partner of the firm.
Mark has a wealth of experience both as a quantity surveyor and as a project manager. He has worked on a range of projects in live and unpredictable operational environments. The procurement routes have included design and build, develop and construct two stage, traditional lump sum methods, schedule of rates and prime contracting/ partnering.
Mark has particular experience and expertise in contract advice and the management of highly complex fast track projects. Contract values have included works in excess of £150milion.
Head of Planning
Justin is one of the founding Directors of Contour Planning. He has over 30 years private sector experience providing clients with commercial planning advice on all types of land use.
Justin has a broad and diverse range of planning experience, with a focus on providing high level strategic advice to assist clients unlock the development potential of land, as well as in relation to the submission of planning applications and portfolio reviews. Whilst he has advised on a wide variety of planning issues, he has particular expertise in retail, residential and complex mixed-use developments.
Justin’s commercial approach enables him to provide clients with expert strategic and practical planning advice. He is a skilled project manager, who regularly manages large multi-disciplinary teams working to tight timescales.
In addition to co-ordinating and submitting planning applications, Justin has a wealth of experience promoting developments through the development plan process, giving expert evidence at public inquiries, dealing with planning enforcement matters, as well as the production of technical material in support of schemes, including Planning Statements, Retail and Leisure Assessments, Design Access Statements, Statements of Community Involvement and the production and co-ordination of Environmental Impact Assessments.
Karen is the founding Director of Contour Planning. She has over 30 years’ experience in the private sector advising a wide range of clients.
Karen has considerable experience in project managing a wide range of planning applications including complex mixed-use and residential developments. She also has extensive experience in development projects, portfolio reviews, environmental impact assessments, promoting strategic sites through the development plan process, local plan representations, retail assessments, affordable housing negotiations and general development control issues. Karen is also an experienced expert planning witness.
Karen regularly advises developers, investors and individuals in all aspects of the planning process. Whilst her knowledge and experience of all types of developments is broad, Karen has extensive experience in residential and retail projects, ranging from small-scale development through to major projects on behalf of developers and volume housebuilders.
Karen is personable and professional - both of which are skills which enable her to develop strong working relationships and manage large project teams to ensure that the projects she is involved in are successfully concluded in a timely and efficient manner.
John is Principal of TODD Architects London office, engaged in promoting business development and project implementation in London and the UK.
He has over thirty years’ experience as an architect leading the design on projects in the UK and Continental Europe.
Sector Experience includes Mixed Use Developments, Residential, Master Planning and Urban design, Retail Architecture, Hospitality, Leisure, Showrooms, Education and Workplace.
John also provides architectural advice as design champion and solutions management for both the public and private sectors and is a member of Wandsworth Council Design Review Panel
Peter is a director of Todd architects, our lead designers on the Staples Corner project.
His company is included within the Architects Journal’s list of top 100 UK practices and they have completed many award-winning buildings, including the internationally acclaimed iconic Titanic Belfast.
Peter has some 28 years’ experience in the profession and has successfully delivered major projects across a broad range of sectors.
He is particularly skilled in the commercial sphere and in multi-storey mixed-use developments of a similar nature and scale to the project.
Stephen joined TODD Architects from University and gained his professional qualifications with the practice. He has worked across a variety of sectors and his role has entailed high level feasibility studies, outline and concept design, detailed and technical design, site and contract administration. His area of expertise and focus is within our commercial and residential sectors. He is, and has been, involved in some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting developments. With a sense of commercial awareness Stephen is entrusted to take the lead on a number of high profile projects - the scale, complexity and timescale of which are unlikely to compare to other young Architects.
Stephen is an incredibly talented young Architect who is an early adopter of modern technologies. His graphical and presentation skills are exemplary and he is currently leading the practice’s adoption of AR and VR technologies. With the industry wide adoption of BIM these technologies are a beneficial offshoot of digital model building which can provide clients with an understanding of a design through all stages of a project” Daragh Coleman, Director, TODD Architects
Head of Transport Planning
Julian is a civil engineer and transport planner with more than 25 years experience examining the transport infrastructure and highway requirements arising from the development of land, delivering optimal, cost effective and innovative solutions to today’s transport planning challenges. During his career, he has advised upon major urban residential extension proposals and new settlements, mixed use proposals including, offices, industrial land and sports and leisure proposals..
He is experienced in the development of transport strategies to secure the allocation of land in emerging development plan documents and on the transport input to support planning applications. Examining the transport and accessibility requirements for the development of land is a key theme running through current transport planning policy and Julian works closely with our multi-disciplinary team and advises on the internal layouts of sites and land uses, advising on matters such as servicing management, car park management and on the management of travel demand.
Julian regularly leads discussions on the levels of acceptable and appropriate transport contributions, mitigation measures and associated infrastructure arising from our proposals and leads on the production of Transport Assessments / Statements and the requirements for Travel Plans
Julian has appeared as an expert witness in public inquires informal hearings and provided written evidence when appropriate
Ian is a civil transport planner with 16 years’ experience of assessing the transport infrastructure and highway requirements arising from the development of land. He has a broad knowledge of development planning and is experienced in the preparation and management of Transport Assessments and Travel Plans. He has worked on a variety of both large and small projects including residential, retail, education and leisure proposals.
During his career, he has gained considerable knowledge on assessing the impact of developments on all modes of transport and has considerable experience in the development of Travel Plans and sustainable transport measures. In assessing the highway impact of development he has gained a high degree of technical expertise and has worked on many large scale modelling projects to determine the impact of developments on the local highway network.
He is experienced in the development the transport input to support planning applications and on developing the internal layouts of sites and land use. He has also gained experience in areas such as the development of servicing management plans and construction management plans.
Ian has project managed many schemes and has experience with negotiating the acceptability of developments with highways officers and developing mitigation measures to offset the impacts of developments.
Senior Project Manager
A graduate of Westminster University, Charles has an impressive legal pedigree having completed an MSc in Construction Law and a LL.Dip (Graduate Diploma in Law). He is a chartered surveyor, joining BTP in 1995 and becoming an equity Director in 2005.
His experience is broad, covering new build and refurbishment works including residential, commercial, hotel, retail, faith, education and social care projects.
Lead Project Manager
Prof. Mustafa Alshawi is AMAFHH Investments’ Lead Project Manager, currently working closely with the project delivery team to bring forth Clarges St., a 59-unit residential development, and Phoenix Village, a 420 unit residential development with commercial aspects. Prof. Mustafa's attention to detail and expertise ensures the smooth delivery of these exciting developments.
Prof. Mustafa is the Managing Director of Unisearch and has over 30 years of experience in introducing innovative technologies to enhance the construction industry's performance. His extensive knowledge of BIM and IPD has enabled Prof. Alshawi to implement these techniques on large scale construction projects valued at £540m in the UAE. Prof. Alshawi and his team have demonstrated the vast benefits of utilizing these technologies to reduce construction time and cost for his clients.
Prof. Mustafa research was received the International Award from Bentley in 2013, and more recently from the RICS (London); the BIM4SME (2015) award for "Best Engagement and Support Programme for BIM implementation in client organizations". Prof Alshawi was previously the Director of the Build and Human Environment Research Institute at the University of Salford (The highest-ranked UK Institute in the Built Environment). He was also the Editor in Chief of the international journal of "Construction Innovation" and the author of over 130 publications. Professor Alshawi has first demonstrated the concept of "BIM" in 1996 in a fully working prototype and worked with major companies to develop its standards.
Kevin is a Project Manager with Cost Consultancy experience. He achieved his FRICS status in 1995 and has been leading and managing high profile developments and projects since then. Kevin holds an MBA in Construction and Real Estate and a Diploma in Project Management from Reading University and has been a Director of BTP since 1995. Kevin’s experience is broad, covering new build and refurbishment works including residential, hotel, office, industrial, mixed use and retail. We are especially proud of our involvement in the AMAFHH projects.
Andrew is an international award winning landscape designer and horticulturist. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Masterplanner with experience designing and delivering inspirational landscapes all over the world.
His portfolio of work includes luxury residential and hospitality schemes in Mauritius, Spain, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Denmark. Most recently Andrew was involved in delivering the landscape for the award winning Park Hyatt Mallorca resort, the first of its kind in Europe.
Andrews’ approach to design combines creativity with technical rigour to deliver high quality landscapes. He achieves this via a process of collaborative working, strategic thinking and a desire to discover and amplify the narrative for every project.
National Planning Specialist
National Head of Planning and Infrastructure Consenting at Eversheds Sutherland
Stuart is a specialist planning lawyer and leads the National Planning Team at Eversheds LLP. He is a dual qualified town planner and solicitor and is both a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Law Society Planning Panel.
His experience includes major town centre schemes, large urban regeneration projects and strategic residential development proposals. He has particular expertise in the promotion of redevelopment projects involving complex compulsory purchase orders, substantial highway orders and associated environmental assessment. This experience has involved the conduct of major development projects through application, appeal and other proceedings. Stuart is an experienced advocate and has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of complex planning agreements. He also has considerable experience of all aspects of appeal court proceedings, including judicial review.
His recent experience includes advising in connection with the Section 106 Agreement required for the £1.4bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle, the promotion of an outline planning application scheme for the redevelopment of the former RAF Uxbridge site, the redevelopment of Twickenham Station, the conduct of conjoined appeal proceedings in connection with proposed urban extensions to Daventry totalling some 10,000 dwellings and advising on the proposed sustainable urban extension of some 5,500 houses to the south east of Milton Keynes.
Stuart is described in Chambers as being singled out for combining "outstanding legal and commercial good sense with an approachable manner" and by competitors as "… one of the people I would least like to see on the other side at an Inquiry". He is consistently listed in the top 5 planning lawyers in the UK by Planning magazine.
Property Law Specialist
Partner, Lee Jackson sits within Eversheds Sutherland’s global real estate practice, based in London. He advises domestic and inward investors on big ticket transactions across all asset classes and sectors, on both a direct and indirect basis.
Lee's recent market-leading transactions include: the leasing and subsequent corporate sale of a major trophy asset for a private equity investor for c£550m; advising a blue chip developer on their c£1.5bn programmatic joint venture with a north American pension fund in the emerging Build to Rent sector; advising a Chinese investor on their c£500m hotel portfolio joint venture with a UK partner; advising a Korean investor on a c£100m purchase, the first Korean investment into the Dublin commercial real estate market and advising Elite Partners Capital on the establishment of the first "UK" focussed Singaporean REIT.
Lee is well known in the international real estate community, presenting at conferences including the "by invitation only" Asian Leaders Conference and has a reputation for creating deals through his global network.
Russell has enjoyed a wide variety of projects over the last 30 years, with a particular emphasis on technically complex buildings, refurbishments and those with a strong architectural influence.
This experience has given him a detailed understanding of all major materials with specific strength in architectural exposed structures in steel, concrete and timber, often with restricted programmes and budgets. He is also a member of the sustainability committee for the institution of structural engineers.
Chris is a recent addition to the Caldwell team and heads up Caldwell’s London and South East regional activities. He graduated with an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from UCL in 2005 and has gained valuable experience on all aspects of consultancy in over 12 years of working on many large–scale projects for blue chip clients such as Whitbread and Unite. His extensive client–side consulting experience has seen him take numerous projects from conceptual design, through planning to construction and completion. He has delivered many successful projects in a lead role on new build, refurbishment, conversion and extension hotel and residential schemes as well as other mixed use projects.
His highlights include working on the design team to develop the Hub by Premier Inn bedroom concept and successfully delivering the first £120m mixed use scheme in Bristol and delivering Phase 1 of the project.
Historical Buildings specialist
Graduated from the University of Bath in 1981 and joined the practice in 1982. He has been closely involved in projects involving Listed Buildings, their refurbishment and conservation. He also provides consultancy advice on large scale projects which impact upon the historic environment and urban design, often working with other architects. Where necessary, he gives evidence at Planning Inquiries and in Court.
Head of Communications
More widely, having previously worked for MPs and then as the full-time Campaign Manager for a the Labour Party in the Royal Borough of Greenwich from 2008 until 2013, he has swapped campaigning for votes at elections to winning support at planning committees in councils across London and the south east.
Over the last five years, he’s helped clients secure 13,000 new homes across London and the south east and has worked on schemes from one bungalow to multiple estate regenerations and Local Plan allocations. He understands how councils of all political colours make planning decisions.
Alex is a member of Lexington’s property team with multiple years of experience advising clients on local planning projects. He does so by crafting strategies for planning applications and working with clients to deploy public engagement programmes that provide a tangible benefit to the planning applications they represent.
He has worked on schemes which require sensitive handling of political and community stakeholders and expert knowledge of the planning process. He has managed a range of projects which have sought planning on green belt sites, industrial land and brownfield sites. Alex has won planning permission on a range of developments for a diverse roster of clients including residential sites, mixed-use development, schools, national infrastructure projects and local government buildings.
He has overseen deliverables including public exhibitions, vision documents and community events and has a track record of success providing genuine value to client work and producing results in a reliable and timely manner.