Nick Ekins, MRICS, Director

Nick Ekins

Nick, a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University,  is one of the founding members of the highly successful Gentian Partnerships. This company is now the market leader in developing retail facilities within hospitals, through a combination of public and private partnerships.

He has worked for international retailers and leading real estate advisors in London prior to establishing Gentian Partnerships. 

Nick enjoys cooking and country walks in his spare time. 

Nick Ekins
Nick Ekins
Nick Ekins

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 with a degree in Urban Land Economics, Jason divided his time between the property industry and playing professional football. After retiring from football he became a Director of Scarborough Development Group. Jason established a development portfolio in the South of England and Wales with an end value of in excess of £500m.

In 2005, Jason was appointed as CEO of Sheffield United Football Club. During his tenure he was instrumental in the growth of the club and oversaw it's promotion to the Premier League.

Jason joined Gentian in 2010 and has been focused in the growth of the company. In his personal life he remains a keen sportsman.

Jason Rockett
Jason Rockett
Jason Rockett

Tim Langley, MRICS, Director

Tim Langley

Tim, a graduate of Oxford Brooks University, has worked in the UK property industry for many years at director level . 

He has been closely involved with the development, funding and acquisition of large retail and mixed use schemes 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. Many of the residential developments undertaken have been within conservation areas and have often involved listed buildings. 

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

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

Tim Langley
Tim Langley
Tim Langley

Nick Hanson, MRICS, Development Director

Nick Hanson

Nick has worked in the property sector for in excess of 15 years. He has worked within the property department of a number of multi-national companies including the Booker Cash & Carry Group, Hays Plc and Boots Plc. He has extensive experience in property development, management, acquisitions and disposals. 

Within Gentian, Nick's primary function is the overseeing of the project management of the company's development programme. 

Outside of work Nick is a keen sportsman with cycling being his main passion and he also plays tennis and kite-surfs on a regular basis.

Nick Hanson
Nick Hanson
Nick Hanson

Martin Dare, MRICS, Director

Martin Dare

Martin is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University. He has a broad range of experience working for major developers and leading retailers and subsequently has had a successful career in Investment and Development Agency.

Martin has continued in the Investment and Development field, working on a range of schemes from private school developments to mixed commercial and residential opportunities.

Most recently he was Head of UK investment & Development at the Poseidon Group with emphasis on residential development in London and local retail outlets throughout the UK. 

Since joining Gentian, Martin is concentrating on securing mixed use schemes in Southern England.

As a keen sportsman Martin enjoys playing football, coaching rugby, skiing and running.

Chris Jackson, Consultant

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson joined Gentian as a consultant in 2016. As a former American footballer, Chris played at Southern Methodist University in Texas and in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. Chris subsequently worked on the Chicago Board of Operations Exchange as a financial trader, trading Exchanges around the world.

Chris divides his time between running the niche employment law firm, Didlaw, and working on projects for Gentian, where his primary function is to manage the financial aspects of it's major projects.

Chris enjoys shooting, fishing, cooking and the great outdoors. 

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

e francis architects, Project Architects

e francis architects

e. francis architects was established in 2008 in Winchester, by Ed Francis and Klaudia Leihener as a creative, modern architectural practice in the UK and Germany. 

Prior to establishing e francis architects, Ed was a senior architect at architecture plb and before that an associate at both glas architects and Jeffery Associates in London.

Klaudia was previously an associate director at Reid Architecture specialising in retail led urban regeneration. 

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

Cheryl Allder, PA

Cheryl Allder

Cheryl joined Gentian in Sept 2014 as a PA to Nick Ekins. Prior to joining the group Cheryl worked primarily within Human Resources.

Cheryl enjoys running, walking and trips to the theatre when a busy home life allows!

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

Penny Smith, Project Manager

Penny Smith

Penny is a graduate of Reading University and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. She joined Gentian in 2017 following three years as a commercial agent at Goadsby, Winchester. 

Her property career started in private practice followed by seven years at Prudential Property Investment Managers Ltd. She was an associate director on the Central London team.

Outside work, Penny has a busy home life but enjoys running an occasional half marathon, skiing and cooking.