Nick Ekins, MRICS, Director

Nick Ekins

Nick is one of the founding members of the highly successful Gentian Partnerships. A company which is now the market leader in developing retail outlets within hospitals via public and private partnerships.

Nick’s career path to Gentian enabled him to build up diverse experience in all aspects of retail property. He worked for the international retailer, Blockbuster UK, the retail agency St Quintin (now CBRE) and then Cardales. Nick’s focus then moved to hospital retail facilities.

Nick is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

Nick Ekins
Nick Ekins
Nick Ekins

Nick Hanson, MRICS, Development

Nick Hanson

Nick has worked in the property sector for 15 years as a MRICS qualified surveyor for various corporates including the Booker Cash & Carry Group, Hays Plc and Boots. Nick has extensive experience in property development, management, acquisitions and disposals.

Outside of work Nick is a keen sportsman playing tennis and watersports on a regular basis.

Nick Hanson
Nick Hanson
Nick Hanson

Jason Rockett, Director

Jason Rockett

Jason brings a diverse skill set to the group, having excelled in many areas of his professional life to date.

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 1992 with a degree in Urban Land Economics, Jason split his time between working within the property industry and playing professional football. After hanging up his boots, he focused on his career in property development and subsequently became a Director of Scarborough Development Group in 2001. Jason grew and managed a diverse development portfolio in London, South of England and Wales with an end value in excess of £500m.

Not quite able to leave his football career behind, Jason was made Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield United Football Club in October 2005. Over a 4-year period, Jason was instrumental in the growth of the off-field business and oversaw the promotion of the club to the Premier League.

Since 2010 Jason has been focused on the growth of Gentian Development Group – responsible for the Group's acquisitions and on-going expansion programme.

Jason Rockett
Jason Rockett
Jason Rockett

Tim Langley, MRICS, Director

Tim Langley

Tim, a graduate of Oxford Brooks University, qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1984. He has worked for three of the leading real estate advisory companies in the UK, either as an equity partner or statutory director.

During that period he was closely involved with the development, funding and acquisition of large retail led schemes, such as West Quay Southampton, Liffey Valley Dublin, Bon Accord Centre Aberdeen, as well as a number of smaller mixed use development’s throughout the UK.

In 2002 he co-founded Andbury Properties, a private property company which successfully developed a number of retail, mixed use and residential schemes, as well as a substantial retail investment portfolio

Notable developments include Rydon Lane Retail Park, Exeter, and a number of residential developments and refurbishments in the home counties, many of which were listed or within conservation areas. 

Tim enjoys country sports, is an enthusiastic, if slow, triathlete, and has a keen interest in the built and landscape architecture. 

In 2016 he sold his interest in the company to join Gentian Developments.

Tim Langley
Tim Langley
Tim Langley

Cheryl Allder, General Manager

Cheryl Allder

Cheryl joined Gentian in Sept 2014.  Prior to joining the group Cheryl has worked mainly within HR Management for a number of companies including Capital One, Linklaters and National Grid. 

Cheryl enjoys mixing running, walking and swimming with a busy home life.

Please direct any general enquiries to Cheryl by using the contact form or directly to cheryl.allder@gentianpartnerships.com

Cheryl Allder
Cheryl Allder
Cheryl Allder

Chris Jackson, Consultant

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson joined Gentian as a consultant in early 2016. A former American footballer, Chris played college football at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas followed by a brief foray in the NFL, which ended a year later when he was released by the Chicago Bears. Chris then worked on the Chicago Board of Operations Exchange as a financial trader and then traded on many exchanges around the world including London, Singapore and New York.

Chris divides his time between running a niche employment law firm, Didlaw, and working on projects for Gentian where his primary function is to manage the financials.

Chris enjoys shooting, fishing and the great outdoors. Keeping fit by Pilates, cycling and long walks with his wife and dogs. Chris's favourite hobbies are antiquing the London markets, cooking and entertaining for his friends and family. He recently completed the Cordon Bleu Intensive Course at Tante Marie.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

e francis architects, Project Architects

e francis architects

e. francis architects was established in 2008 in Winchester, Hampshire by Ed Francis and Klaudia Leihener as a creative, modern architectural practice in the UK and Germany. Their work is grounded in a careful understanding of client requirements, coupled with analysis of the site and wider context. Sound technical knowledge and a love for detail underpins their work from conception to completion.

Previously Ed was a senior architect at architecture plb and prior to that an associate at both glas architects and Jeffery Associates in London. Projects included the £40 million multi storey John Roan School on the Greenwich Peninsula; "The Hub" an exciting mixed use scheme in Bermondsey, an Altenwohnheim and Wohnanlage scheme in Innsbruck and a series of fast track office buildings at Kings Hill, Kent.

Klaudia Leihener was previously an associate director at Reid Architecture specialising in retail led urban regeneration. Projects included: St Davids Centre, Cardiff, a £350 million mixed use scheme, including the design of the new Grande Arcade and Department Store, apartments and leisure facilities and Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth - responsible for the detail design and construction of this £60 million designer outlet centre with leisure units, offices and sea front restaurants.

Since 2015 Ed and Klaudia have been working with Gentian Developments on their Winchester and Cotswolds projects.