Meet Rigby Real Estate’s highly skilled and experienced leadership team.

Team Member

Steve Rigby

Steve Rigby is Chief Operating Officer for the Rigby Group. Steve heads up the group’s Real Estate and Financial Services divisions. He is also responsible for finance, M&A and the family office investment portfolio.

Steve sits on the boards of Technology and Airport businesses and chairs the boards of Rigby & Rigby, Rigby Technology Investments, Rigby Private Equity and Rigby Capital, the group’s financial services business.

Team Member

Michael Murray

Mike joined Rigby Real Estate as Commercial Real Estate Director in May 2017 to lead the future expansion of the Group’s growing national property portfolio.

With over 25 years’ commercial experience in property acquisition, development, management, and investment, most recently with a regeneration specialist FTSE 250 company, Mike has extensive experience of strategic planning and delivery of large and complex regeneration schemes.

He was responsible for leading a diverse professional team delivering one of the largest regeneration mixed use schemes in the UK at Longbridge, Birmingham. He also had a strategic involvement in several other schemes which have seen the development of over 2 million square feet of buildings and 1,000 homes. Mike has an interest in the opportunities and challenges affecting regeneration including national and local policy, strategic and political developments.

Team Member

Richard Seal

Richard joined the Group in 1993 to manage the Group’s property portfolio and acquire sites and retails units along with associated fitting out and statutory compliance for Byte Computer Superstores.

Richard has been involved in the significant growth of the Group’s property functions, including acquisition and disposal of all commercial property (operations and investment), town planning, property development, construction and management. Richard is responsible for property and premises in all sectors of the Group businesses, and manages an in house team of 17 staff dedicated towards property development, construction management, facilities management and estate management.

Richard’s previous roles include employment with PLC development company and Institution dedicated to property investment.

Team Member

Manny dos Santos

Manny is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and worked within the audit practices of two Big Four accountancy firms in South Africa and the UK.

Manny joined Rigby Group in 2001, and his previous roles included Group Financial Controller. He was responsible for group statutory reporting and taxation, and was also involved in a wide range of areas, including mergers and acquisitions.

Manny is the finance director of Rigby Real Estate, responsible for financial management.

Team Member

Jake Shilston

Jake joined Rigby Real Estate as a Development Surveyor in February 2019 to support the Group’s large scale development activity. He will be primarily focused on delivering the 60+ hectares of development at Aviation Business Park, one of the largest employment sites in Dorset, which is home to more than 200 business on a 80 hectare site adjacent to Bournemouth Airport.

He has gained considerable experience working with private property companies and institutional organisations, with specialisms in portfolio and asset management, commercial property acquisition and agency throughout the UK.

Shortly after becoming a Chartered Surveyor, Jake was made Property Portfolio Manager for a renowned institution and was responsible for managing a team of 10+ staff and tasked with creating a profitable and stable property portfolio. During his tenure, he would regularly present to the companies senior management boards, governance committees and key external stakeholders.

Jake then gained further experience at a niche practice of chartered surveyors as a Commercial Property Director focusing on asset management, commercial property acquisition and investment.

Team Member

James Walters

James is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 10 years’ experience in commercial property.

James joined Rigby Real Estate as Development Surveyor in March 2019 to assist with the future expansion of the Group’s property portfolio and support the strategic development objectives and asset management opportunities within the Group’s property holdings.

Prior to joining the Rigby Group, James worked for Avison Young in Birmingham where he was principally responsible for commercial property acquisitions and disposals, asset management strategy and development within the city centre and out of town office markets. James also spent several years working in property valuation and taxation, during which time he received national industry recognition for his achievements within the property sector.

Team Member

Gemma Morris

Gemma joined the Rigby Group in May 2014 as an Executive Assistant to the groups Chief Operating Officer, Steve Rigby.

Gemma’s role has grown considerably in the past 12 months and is now Office Manager for our HQ in Stratford upon Avon as well as supporting the Chief Operating Officer and other Directors of the group.

Gemma has a wealth of Executive Assistant experience having previously worked for the CEO & HR Director at Bureau Veritas for 3 years and for the HR Director at the NHS for 3 years prior to that.