Our team of experts

Team members

Akil joined HDH in April 2022 and works as a retail analyst in the travel retail team.  He graduated from University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Information Systems, and has since gained extensive retail experience working in merchandising roles for Signet Jewellers and River Island. Akil’s role provides invaluable analytical support to the travel team’s retail advisory and airport consultancy projects.
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Akil Philip-Forde

Travel Retail Analyst

Nadine heads our North American Travel Retail business and is a veteran retail executive with over 25 years of experience in the industry.  Beginning her career at Hugo Boss, Heubel quickly rose through the ranks to become the company’s Global Head of Travel Retail. Most recently, Heubel served as the CEO of Heinemann Americas, Inc., the US-based subsidiary of international duty-free leader Gebr. Heinemann. In 2016, Heubel became the highest-ranking female executive in the company’s history when she was selected to establish the company’s presence in the Americas. During her six-year tenure as CEO, Heubel secured contracts with some of the world’s largest cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Carnival, launching and operating stores aboard the cruise companies’ first-in-class new builds that set sail in 2021 and 2022.
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Nadine Heubel

Senior Managing Director – North America

Amanda joined HDH 2013 and works in the UK agency team, advising a number of retailers on acquisitions and disposals. She is primarily focused on the central London market and her clients include Swarovski, Bang & Olufsen, Barbour, Zadig & Voltaire and Psycle.
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Amanda O’Flaherty

Director

T: 020 7462 9131
M: 07824 143 468
Amy joined HDH in 2017 as PA to the UK Team after working as a Secretary for a Specialist Recruitment consultancy based in the City.
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Amy Marchant

Personal Assistant

T: 020 7462 8712
Ana joined HDH from retailer Desigual in 2016. She has over 16 years' experience working worldwide with both landlords and brands. Based in Madrid, Ana speaks four languages, including English, French and Italian, as well as her native Spanish. She is active across continental Europe and takes care of Skechers European expansion.
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Ana Mendi

Director

T: 020 7462 9100
M: 0034 661 834 102
Andrew heads HDH's International Team. With 30 years’ experience working in Europe, the USA and other worldwide markets, he specialises in advising retailers on cross-border expansion. His clients include Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith, Superdry, Skechers, Columbia Sportswear, Baccarat and Reiss.
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Andrew Bathurst

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9105
M: 07771 674 857
Andrew is the lead Director of the Lease Advisory division of HDH, which he founded in 2000. He specialises in professional work for retail clients in Central London, including regional shopping centres and large stores, dealing with Agency and Investment matters as required.
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Andrew Peters

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9113
M: 07870 570 844
Andy has worked in retail property for over 15 years and heads HDH’s Consultancy & Analytics team. He advises retailers, landlords and investors on the optimal strategy for their brands and shopping centres, using data and analytics to enable informed decision-making. He has worked for a wide range of clients, such as Estee Lauder, Holland & Barrett, Westfield and Sheffield City Council, and across many markets around the world.
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Andrew Metherell

Director

T: 020 7462 8708
M: 07920 862 637
Angus joined HDH as a graduate in 2019.  He graduated on a First from Oxford Brookes University and his dissertation research on turnover leases and omni-channel retail was later published by the University.  Angus works within the Investment and Agency teams.
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Angus Harper

Surveyor

T: 0207 462 9133
M: 0777 560 5519

Barbara Walsh

Secretary

Ben joined HDH in February 2020 and works within the Leisure Retail team. Ben joins from Shelley Sandzer and brings over 6 years of experience working with a variety of operators within the UK market. These include London Cocktail Club, Ahi Poke and Roasting Plant.
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Ben Freeman

Senior Surveyor

T: 020 7462 9100
M: 0798 334 2077
Ben joined HDH in 2021 after completing an undergraduate degree in Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University. Ben is currently working towards his APC while working within the UK Agency and Investment teams.
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Ben Thompson

Junior Surveyor

T: 020 7462 9124
M: 07443 190 302
Charlotte completed her MSc in Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University in September of 2021 and joined the HDH office agency team in February 2022. Prior to this she went to the University of Warwick and did an undergraduate degree in History of Art.  Charlotte is looking forward to working in the office agency team whilst completing her APC.
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Charlotte Penrice

Junior Surveyor

The Dennis in Harper Dennis Hobbs, Chris co-founded the company in 1993. He has a background in retailing, franchising and surveying, and runs the administrative side of HDH as well as advising a number of retailers in the UK and Ireland.
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Chris Dennis

COO

T: 020 7462 9110
M: 07831 537 824
Chris joined HDH in 2009 and specialises in retail, professional and agency work. He undertakes rent reviews, lease renewals and restructuring, together with shop acquisitions and disposals on behalf of retailers throughout the UK.
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Chris Walters

Director

T: 020 7462 9125
M: 07833 092 674
Dan is an Equity Director and leads the UK Retail team. He has spent his career advising retailers on their UK launch and ongoing expansion working with brands such as Ralph Lauren, Swarovski and Rituals. Dan has an excellent track record in central London having recently acquired key stores for Reserved, Rag & Bone, Belstaff, Club Monaco and Canada Goose.
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Dan Hildyard

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9104
M: 07800 910 380
The Founding Partner and former CEO of Harper Dennis Hobbs, David has been at the forefront of European and USA retail property for 35 years.  David has been an active market leading agent since the business started. From Covid assistance to leasing prime stores in Oslo and buying shopping centres in Leeds.  David is active and fully engaged with both the occupational and the investment market.
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David Harper BSc FRICS

Chairman

T: 020 7462 9107
M: 07973 220 707
David heads the offices team at HDH. He has over 31 years’ experience in the industry, and has worked with a number of high-profile brands such as Ford, Apple, Gucci, Thomas Pink, Peloton, Tag Heuer, Prada, Harvey Nichols and JW Anderson.  David’s office acquisitions have ranged from 7000 sq. ft for Louis Vuitton in New Bond Street to 125,000 sq. ft for HSBC’s Private Banking division in St. James’s Street.
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David Hume

Director

T: 020 7462 9128
M: 07973 248 756
David is a longstanding Equity Director of Harper Dennis Hobbs specialising in UK and European retail real estate. His clients include River Island, Aldo, Hotel Chocolat and Typo. He is 100% committed to representing the retailers/occupiers and has successfully implemented multiple UK store roll-outs for several clients in recent years.
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David Purslow

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9111
M: 07977 404 888
Debbie joined the company in 2014, having previously worked at another property firm for nine years as an accountant. She deals with all financial and accounting matters at HDH.
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Debbie Clarke

Accountant

T: 020 7462 9132
Gemma joined HDH in June 2021 within the Travel Retail wholesale team. She has over 10 years’ experience within TR and UK grocery. Her previous roles included working for an award-winning drinks company plus International Account Manager for a leading publication within Travel Retail. Gemma also brings with her a wealth of experience within the cruise sector, both at sea and on land having previously held the role of Global Duty-Free Buyer for a worldwide cruise retailer.
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Gemma Aldridge

Senior Travel Retail Executive

T: 020 7462 9705
M: +44 7776 964 649
HDH’s Vogue enthusiast. Hannah joined in 2011 and is primarily focused on the central London market advising brands such as El Ganso, Zimmermann, Microsoft, Acqua Di Parma, J.Crew, West Elm, Carolina Herrera and Thomas Sabo.
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Hannah Mahoney

Director

T: 020 7462 9134
M: 07557 283 273
Hazel joined in 2019 as Director in the Travel team. Previously she spent 10 years heading Heathrow’s fashion category, as well as extensive buying roles for Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. As head of womenswear buying at Harvey Nichols, she was responsible for the delivery of the new women’s luxury floor in the Knightsbridge store. With her experience in travel retail and fashion brands she advises both airports and brands on all aspects of retail.
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Hazel Catterall

Director

T: 020 7462 9115
Heather specialises in professional work, dealing with rent reviews and lease renewals for high value retailers mainly in Central London. She also assists new and existing clients with their business rates liabilities, assessing their property portfolios and advising on appeals and rate mitigation where appropriate.
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Heather Swain

Associate Director

T: 020 7462 9109
M: 07824 016 012
James joined HDH in 2014 after studying for an MSc in Real Estate at Sheffield Hallam University. He works in the UK agency team and advises a wide range of brands, from tech giant Peloton, to luxury label JW Anderson. James was born and grew up in Hong Kong and still keeps an eye on the Asian market.
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James Bradstreet

Director

T: 020 7462 9130
M: 07956 454 779
James joined HDH in July 2004 and stepped up as the CEO in October 2018. Since 2004 he has been instrumental in advising American retailers on their expansion into Europe. He advises brands such as Peloton, American Eagle, Forever 21, J.Crew, Microsoft, Samsung, Williams-Sonoma, Uniqlo, Carolina Herrera and Thomas Sabo. In his new role as the CEO he is bringing a fresh vision and direction for HDH during the next exciting phase of the company's journey.
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James Ebel

CEO

T: 020 7462 9108
M: 07973 121 751
James joined HDH in 2017 after completing his MSc in Real Estate at the University of Reading. He now works in the UK agency team having previously worked for 18 months providing lease advisory and business rates advice.
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James Hiscox

Associate Director

T: 020 7462 8716
M: 07717 191 791
Jamie joined HDH in 2004 and specialises in Central London Investment. In the last 5 years he has been responsible for the acquisition of more than £2 billion of retail-led investment property in locations including Bond Street, Oxford Street, Hanover Square and the City. He also represents retailers such as Bestseller, LVMH and Petit Bateau on leasing matters.
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Jamie Strachan

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9116
M: 07786 634 311
Jennifer joined HDH in 2021 as a Personal Assistant to David Purslow and Andrew Bathurst.  Jennifer has worked in property since 2018 and was previously a PA within a Commercial Property Investment and Management firm based in the City.
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Jennifer Bond

Personal Assistant

Jessica recently joined HDH as a Director within the Travel Division.  Jessica led the Global Travel Retail team at McG Consultants for 10 years. Jessica specialises in identifying, launching and building brands into global Travel Retail markets including airport stores, cruise, ferries and inflight.
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Jessica McGratty-Singer

Director

M: 0777 696 2157
John joined HDH in 2013 and has spent the last 7 years in our International Team, where he works with retailers such as Ganni, Skechers, Superdry, Rapha, A Day’s March and Carolina Herrera. John speaks fluent French and Spanish and is active across continental Europe.
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John Corlett

Director

T: 020 7462 9112
M: 07741 247 364
Julia joined HDH in 2018 as PA to David Harper.  Julia has spent most of her career in the property industry, with her last role as a PA at an Investment Management firm in the West End.
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Julia Dowd

Personal Assistant

T: 020 7462 8710
Laura joined HDH in 2015 and deals with the day to day needs and management of the office and reception. She is our first point of contact, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere to all visitors.
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Laura Wilson

Facilities Manager

T: 020 7462 9100
With the launch of its Out of Town Retail and Leisure team, Peter joined Harper Dennis Hobbs in 2017 as a Director based in its Regent Street office. Peter joins from Harvey Spack Field and brings over 11 years of experience. His previous clients include Aviva, British Land, Land Securities, London Metric, M& G, Little Waitrose, Tapi and Wilko’s. Peter heads the Out of Town Retail and Leisure team at Harper Dennis Hobbs.
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Peter Schaverien

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 8711
M: +44 7825 827 992
Raquel joined the HDH team in 2021 to support the CEO and agency team. She facilitates the organisation of their clients expansion projects by managing the programming of their works and interfaces with landlords to manage technical queries. Raquel has 10 years’ experience managing luxury store openings throughout Europe as well as travel retail stores in South Africa and globally.
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Raquel Da Silva

Project Manager

T: 020 7462 8720
M: 07435 981 291
Rebecca joined HDH in 2008 and works in the International team where her language skills are used to full advantage. She specialises in pan-European strategic retail development but also works further afield advising on acquisitions in the US, Asia and Australia. Her clients include Ganni, Paul Smith and Agent Provocateur, helping to develop their international retail presence.
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Rebecca Blenkinsop

Director

T: 020 7462 9126
M: 07920 712 012

Richard McGratty, Consultant to HDH TR,  has over 30 years’ experience in global duty free and travel retail, including McG Consultants which he founded in 2000.   Richard is best known for bringing innovation and newness to the industry offering a showcase of globally desired brands.

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Richard McGratty

Director

M: 07771 985 662
Rob heads up the Business Rates division at HDH. He has over 30 years experience, starting his career in the Valuation Office in 1988, where he worked for over 10 years before moving to the private sector. He also works on rent reviews and lease renewals and is a qualified Arbitrator and Independent Expert.
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Robert Clifford

Director

T: 020 7462 8701
M: 07968 435 733
Rochae joined HDH in 2021 as PA to Travel and Leisure Teams. After gaining a BSc degree in Communications and Media at Brunel University in 2015, Rochae joined a pharmaceutical company as a Logistics Agent.  Her latest role was for an architectural technology firm where she was PA to the CEO whilst also assisting with HR and Events.
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Rochae Cook-Anderson

Personal Assistant

T: 020 7462 8705
Sharon joined HDH in 2017 as an Associate Director in the Travel Retail team. Sharon has enjoyed an extensive career in travel retail working for the former British Airports Authority (BAA) and most recently Heathrow Airport  working with a variety of retail brands from the UK high street to global luxury.  She was responsible for the development of the retail experience across many of the UK’s key airports, including the new Heathrow Terminal 2, and Terminal 4’s new luxury area.  
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Sharon Daley

Director

T: 020 7462 8715
M: 07464 829 071
Simon heads HDH’s Travel Retail Team. He is a leading travel retail specialist and has enjoyed a 17 year career, working for and with some of the world’s leading brands. Most notably during his 8 years at Heathrow Airport leading the luxury category. Simon specialises in advising both airports and retailers on their travel retail strategies across the globe and can lead the implementation of a retailer’s travel retail strategy.
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Simon Black

Executive Managing Director – Travel Retail

T: 020 7462 9136
M: 07391 415 938
Simon heads HDH’s Leisure Retail Team. He has been in the industry since 2010 working with various renowned brands both internationally and locally to the UK Market. These include By Chloe, Paramount Lebanese Kitchen, Speciality Hospitality Group, Shake Shack & Teds Grooming Room.
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Simon Carson

Director - Head of Leisure

T: 020 7462 9103
M: 07866 385 930
Tim joined HDH in 2005 & is an Executive Director in the UK Agency Team.  He has considerable Central London & shopping centre experience & in department stores & food stores. Retail clients include Next, Schuh, Benetton, Lindex, Planet Organic, Casa Madre, Geox & Montezuma’s.  Leisure clients include Little Lion, Merlin, Dept Studios, KX Gym, Hartshorn Hook & Deep Dark Labs.  Tim has brought many brands to the UK & is advising several clients on international expansion.
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Tim Newman

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9119
M: 07966 306 888
Toby has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with rent reviews, lease renewals, restructuring, acquisitions and disposals on behalf of retail, leisure, business space and warehouse occupiers throughout the UK.
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Toby Smith

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9129
M: 07500 797 243
Whitney joined HDH in 2018 as a Surveyor in the business rates department. Previously, she spent 4 years working within residential property and has an extensive experience in managing and advising clients on their property portfolio. Whitney works with clients on business rate appeals, rates liability schedules and monitoring of property portfolios for possible rate mitigation.
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Whitney Ige

Consultant

T: 020 7462 8701
Will joined HDH in March 2022 and works as an Analyst in the Consultancy & Analytics team, using data and analytics to enable informed decision-making. He graduated from James Madison University with a degree in International Affairs in 2020 after studying across North America, Europe, and Asia. During his time at HDH, Will has contributed catchment assessments and provided analysis for a variety of projects, including work for Fenwick, Nike and Watches of Switzerland.
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Will Churchill

Analyst

T: +44 2074 628 717
M: +44 7553 897 546
Will joined HDH in September 2021 after completing a MSc in Real Estate at Henley Business School. He sat in the Lease Advisory team assisting occupiers with their rent reviews, lease renewals and business rates appeals across the UK. In January 2022, he rotated to UK Agency.
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Will Knight

Surveyor

T: 020 7462 9129
M: 07593 511 214
Will has 15 years of experience advising retailers on their real estate requirements across Europe. His clients include; Baccarat, Burberry, Canali, Richemont, Sergio Rossi and Zadig & Voltaire.
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Will Machin

Executive Director

T: 020 7462 9106
M: 07786 330 724