Baker Estates' Management Team

Ian Baker, Managing Director

Ian founded Baker Estates in 2015 after spending almost 30 years in senior roles with major national housebuilders Galliford Try and Linden Homes. He is a highly regarded figure within the housebuilding industry having been an Executive Board Member of Galliford Try and Group Managing Director of Linden Homes.

Ian oversees the day-to-day running of Baker Estates with his team of Directors. He is formally a Non-Executive Director of Spectrum Housing Group, a large affordable housing provider within the South and South West.

Ian lives with his family in Torquay.

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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.

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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 family in South Devon.

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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.

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Sharon Holder, Sales & Marketing Director

Sharon joined Baker Estates in January 2017 from a major national housebuilder.

She brings over 25 years’ experience of the new homes industry to her role and has extensive experience of successfully marketing and selling new homes throughout the South West. At Baker Estates Sharon is responsible for all Sales & Marketing activity, which includes liaising with potential customers and external consultants.

She lives in Exeter with her family

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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 Galliford Try’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.

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