Baker Estates

Management Team

Ian Baker

Ian Baker

Managing Director

Ian founded Baker Estates in 2015 after spending almost 30 years in senior roles with major national housebuilders. He is a highly regarded figure within the housebuilding industry having been an executive board member and group managing director.

Ian oversees the day-to-day running of Baker Estates with his team of directors. He has also been a non-executive director of Spectrum Housing Group, a large affordable housing provider within the south and southwest.

Ian lives with his family in Torquay.

Jason Knight

Jason Knight

Operations Director

Jason has more than 30 years’ of experience in housebuilding, civil engineering and construction. Before joining Baker Estates, he spent 15 years with a national housebuilder, where he served as commercial and technical director.

As operations director, Jason is responsible for the financial management of Baker Estates, whilst he also contributes to the business’ forward strategy, including the valuation of new land acquisitions.

He lives with his family in Barnstaple.

Richard Ayre

Richard Ayre

Land & Planning Director

Richard is a chartered town planner with close to 20 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry. During this time he has successfully managed multiple complex planning applications and site acquisitions.

As land and planning director, Richard assesses all new land opportunities. He also manages the planning process before negotiating successful planning consents. His focus is on both short term land opportunities as well as longer term strategic investments.

Richard lives with his wife and two daughters in Bovey Tracey.

Graham Hutton

Graham Hutton

Development Director

Graham is a chartered structural engineer with 20 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry, during which time he has held both planning and technical board positions. As a result he has extensive experience in land remediation, sustainable housing design and all aspects of design and planning management.

He is a well-respected industry figure and most recently he worked as group technical director for a national PLC. Further to this, he has served on the HBF national technical committee, working for government to develop housing policy. At Baker Estates Graham is responsible for the technical delivery of all developments and the design of the homes.

He lives in Exeter with his wife and son.

Michelle Watson

Michelle Watson

Office Manager

Michelle has 17 years’ experience of management with a leading national house builder.

Previously she worked as an affordable housing manager and she has experience of all aspects of this sector, dealing with registered providers, local authorities and the Homes and Communities Agency. During this time Michelle was responsible for managing a national housebuilder's affordable housing programme, as well as its allocations for HomeBuy, FirstBuy and Help to Buy.

As well as managing relationships with affordable housing providers, Michelle oversees the day-to-day running of Baker Estates’ office.

Michelle lives in Teignmouth with her family.

Anita Southcott

Anita Southcott

Finance Director

Anita has been a part of the house building industry for nearly 30 years and currently leads the finance team here at Baker Estates. After leaving college she started working for several national housebuilders including Linden Homes and Sidney Pratt Builders, until she started working for Baker Estates in 2017. 

 

She grew up in Exeter and is currently living in Liverton with her family. 

Annie Williams

Annie Williams

Head of Sales

Annie joined Baker Estates in 2019 as Head of Sales at Baker Estates and has worked in the new homes sector for 23 years. She has worked with National Housebuilders including Redrow Homes and Persimmon Homes. Her outstanding knowledge in the industry has helped drive the sales & marketing team. 

She lives with her husband in Newton Abbot. 

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

Head of Technical

Sarah has worked in the housebuilding industry for 36 years and is the head of technical at Baker Estates. She has worked for several national housebuilders including Barrat Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Linden Homes. Her wealth of knowlege and experience has helped drive the technical team through projects from start to finish. The teams involvement starts from land aquisition all the way through to supporting site and sales. 

Formally from Bristol, Sarah now lives with her family in Okehampton. 

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Head of Development

  

Alison Chalk

Alison Chalk

Head of Customer Services

  

Mark Sexton

Mark Sexton

Production Director