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bloc - The Partnership Development Company


bloc has market leading expertise in Development Company Corporate Structuring, Project and Corporate Financial Management, Development Agreements, Development Management, Planning, and Project Management.

bloc’s people have been described by their partners and clients in the following terms:

  • trustworthy
  • empathetic
  • experienced
  • transparent
  • tenacious
  • professional
  • accountable
  • entrepreneurial
  • proactive
  • innovative
Paul R Hodgkinson CBE

Paul R Hodgkinson CBE


Paul is a bloc Director and acts as the current Chairman of the bloc board. Trained as an architect, Paul is Executive Chairman of the Lincoln based award winning Simons Group Ltd., one of the larger privately-owned Construction, Development, Design and Consultancy groups in the UK.

Paul was Non-Executive Chairman of the Notting Hill Housing Trust from 2009 until 2018. This trust is one of the largest registered Social Housing organisations in London and is a leader in the Housing provision in London. He remains Chairman of the Project Light Board.

Paul is a lay member on the Council for Loughborough University, which is one of the country’s leading universities with strong links to business and industry. He has also been active in the East Midlands as a member of the CBI and BITC for the last 30 years. Paul is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation one of the main forces for preventative mental health research and application in the UK.

Frank Gillespie

Frank Gillespie

Shareholder Representative

Frank joined Simons as Development Director for the London office in March 2018 and is leading the expansion of the business into London and the South East using his extensive industry contacts. Frank acts as bloc shareholder representative for both Simons and Groupe Idecs investment in bloc and works closely with the bloc team on new business initiatives.

Frank has almost 30 years' experience in the property sector, having graduated from Kingston University with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Estate Management in 1988, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in April 1991. He has direct experience of bidding for, securing, structuring, implementing and leading the delivery of development and asset management projects in joint ventures with parties including Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Blackrock, and Lloyds Banking Group. Frank previously held the position of Head of the Office Portfolio at Transport for London for almost four years and is a founding Director of Ridgemount Properties Limited.

Richard Page MRICS MBA

Richard Page MRICS MBA

CEO bloc and Founder

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor with a Masters in Business Administration and an Architectural Technology Degree. He has 32 years of experience in client side property development and has undertaken mixed use and single sector projects covering industrial, office, residential, retail, leisure and period properties UK wide. His development track record exceeds £1 billion in value.

Prior to bloc Richard worked for the Valuation Office and development companies including Capital and Counties plc, Miller Developments and Lynton plc (BAA plc). Richard has also set up tax efficient SPVs (single purpose vehicles) and has been a director of both pub and restaurant businesses. Having set up bloc in 1997 with Nicola Tindale, Richard has concentrated on formalising relationships with key partners to take forward the bloc development partnership niche.

Following on from the successful multi-award winning Edinburgh Quay project, ongoing joint ventures have been set up with the Canal and River Trust (British Waterways), Scottish Enterprise, Hanover Housing and Network Rail.

Nicola Tindale MRICS

Nicola Tindale MRICS

CEO H2O and Founder

Nicola is a Chartered Surveyor and previous roles/employers include development agency, Greycoat plc and Lynton plc. She is a specialist in multi-sector development with an office and residential bias and has 32 years of property experience.

Nicola was co- founder of bloc in 1997 with the aim of specialising in partnership development. Her primary role is CEO of H2O Urban.

Nicola has been responsible for a number of successful bloc projects, including: an industrial and distribution scheme for Ford, a residential scheme with BT, an office pre-let and pre-sale to Scudder Threadneedle and development consultancy for Wheel Group and ClaraNet

Richard Thomas BEng (Hons) MBA

Richard Thomas BEng (Hons) MBA

Development Director

Richard joined bloc in February 2008 from mixed use development company Dandara. His previous roles covered Special Projects at Westbury Homes and Planning and Transportation at Babtie

Richard has over 15 years of experience working in the private sector development industry and with public sector partners. Richard works in all market sectors with particular expertise in residential and food retail.

Richard has a degree in Civil Engineering and has also completed an MBA via the College of Estate Management.

Philip Hunt

Philip Hunt

Non-Exec Director

Philip has built up a successful track record of general business management, deal making and business turnarounds across a number of sectors. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young.

Philip acts as Non-Executive Chairman/Director of a number of companies, including Foviance, ROEYE, and Preloaded, and works as a consultant on behalf of a number of other businesses.

He also has a portfolio of business angel investments.

He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Christ Church, Oxford.

Vicky Jacob ACA

Vicky Jacob ACA

Finance Director

Vicky qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and has through the course of her career increasingly focussed on property matters with a particular specialism in property joint ventures. Previously Vicky was Financial Controller for British Waterways (latterly Canal and River Trust) joint venture businesses and also worked for Intu Properties.

Iryna Dorosh

Iryna Dorosh


Iryna joined bloc group in 2017, bringing over 15 years of bookkeeping experience in the property and construction sectors with Chard Estate Agents, Cameron Black Ltd and Volute London Ltd.

Edwina Smith

Edwina Smith

Office Manager

Edwina started working in the property sector as a secretary at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, in both the Communications and then the Quantity Surveying departments. She then worked for DTZ in both their London and Manchester offices, as a PA to Directors for the Investment and Professional departments.

Edwina works flexibly both from home and in the bloc office in Mayfair. With the different joint venture partnerships at bloc she enjoys the diversity of challenges, roles and people that each of these JVs bring. She has worked for bloc for 13 years.