Meet the team

Adrian Shooter

Chairman

With extensive experience at the highest levels of the rail industry, Adrian provides strategic guidance and keeps the business focused on delivering high levels of customer service.

He was previously Managing Director and Chairman of Chiltern Railways where he oversaw a doubling of passenger numbers through investment in the ambitious development of train services and infrastructure. He has also chaired London Overground, Tyne & Wear Metro, DB Regio UK (Deutsch Bahn), Laing Rail and the West Midlands CBI Council.

Adrian is a career-long railwayman in the pre- and post-privatisation eras in senior commercial and operational roles where he consistently challenged received wisdom and the conventional way of doing things.

Rob Smart

Managing Director

Rob is the Managing Director, of SLC Property and is an experienced director with a proven track record of managing complex capital plans and programmes for several large organisations both as a consultant and client-side.

Rob has previously held director positions at Turner & Townsend and Cambridge Assessment (part of the University of Cambridge).

He has been the Managing Director of SLC Property since January 2021 and leads the team of property specialists, providing advice to clients including local authorities, developers, train operating companies and third-party investors.

Allen Creedy

Planning Director

Allen is an ethically motivated, environmentally passionate, commercially seasoned Chartered Town Planner with a proven track record of delivering major urban and infrastructure projects and commissions on time, and on budget. Allen is a strategic and lateral thinker who always seeks to identify and successfully manage risk. He is a politically experienced tactician, fully versed in the planning process.

Allen has been Director of Planning at SLC Property since 2015 and leads an experienced team of planners and designers. He works with clients, sharing expertise in realising complex development opportunities which require planning permission, listed building consent or environmental assessment. He is focussed on ensuring clients can understand and realise the potential of their land and property-based assets through the planning process.

Allen is currently engaged on a number of high-profile projects on behalf of SLC clients, including: Coventry Station Masterplan – secured planning and listed building consent for the £35m scheme; Transport for West Midlands – managing the multidisciplinary team securing planning permission for the £85m investment in 5 new rail stations; Northumberland Line managing the multidisciplinary team securing planning permission for the £160m investment in 6 new rail stations: Cardiff Hendre Lakes – advising CPDL and investors on the planning and consents strategy for the proposed station and the associated economic development; and Nuneaton Rail Station: advising on the potential scope of the economic development opportunities and assisting in preparing the masterplan.

Russell Mills

Head of Acquisition and Development

Russell is a key member of the SLC Property Team with responsibility for all our activity in the north. He is an accomplished Chartered Surveyor with approaching 20 years’ experience, a large proportion of it within the rail industry.

Russell specialises in land assembly and infrastructure delivery and has played a key role on several major projects such as HS2, Midland Mainline Electrification and East Coast Mainline Power Supply Upgrade.

He has a successful track record working within senior roles and has managed teams both when leading on large scale projects and in delivering diverse and complex case-loads. Russell is the land and property lead on the Northumberland Line project, the major third party led rail scheme.

With a background in regeneration and development viability, Russell also advises local authorities and transport bodies on the redevelopment of property assets surrounding stations, where value can be reinvested to improve passenger facilities.

Susan Fisher

Head of Rail and Regulation

Susan is a rail property specialist. She has over 30 years’ experience working in property and contractual roles within the rail industry including management of the railway estate for various rail franchises.

She supports third-party projects through the highly regulated and complex Station Change and Network Change processes. She is also adept at land acquisition and negotiating leasehold interests.

As a recognised industry specialist, Susan has been part of regulator led working groups to develop new station property lease structures to assist the shaping of ongoing government franchise strategy & policy. She is currently supporting the DfT with a programme to revamp the rail industry.

  • Susan leads the delivery of complex property requirements for projects including those for new stations and station enhancements, including land acquisition, land transfer, negotiation of lease hold interests and regulatory consents.
  • Assists local authorities and developers through the rigorous property and regulatory approvals process required by Network Rail.
  • Advises parties outside of the rail industry on regulatory matters such as Station Change and Minor Modification.
  • Provides advice on contractual matters, including those relating to rail franchising.
  • Provides advice and obtains consents and approval from the rail industry, including Network Rail to enable projects to proceed.
  • Contributes to and provides technical advice in the preparation of commercial business cases.
  • Advises Train Operating Companies on regulatory requirements such as Station and Depot Access Agreements and Qualifying Expenditure.

Matthew Creedy

Planning Manager

Matthew is a Chartered Town Planner with a comprehensive history of managing multidisciplinary teams of consultants and in doing so securing planning permission for complex mixed-use schemes. He is a specialist in assembling applications and gaining consent for developments in designated areas. He has an extensive knowledge of local authorities and has experience of working with both county, district and unitary authorities.

Matthew works extensively with SLC’s clients, sharing his expertise in advising and managing projects that require planning permission, listed building consent and other related consents. He is focused on ensuring the continued high-quality delivery of SLC’s Planning and Environmental Services to meet the demand of an increasing project portfolio. Matthew is currently engaged on various high-profile projects on behalf of SLC clients, with roles including planning and environmental research, advising on the scope of the planning applications, and supervising the contributions of environmental specialists.

Helen Smith

Financial Controller

Helen is a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience in the finance sector in the United Kingdom and overseas in roles as an auditor, project accountant, finance manager and finance director. She prepares management accounts, setting up reporting structures for programmes and overseeing external audits. She reviews existing business processes and standards, developing a risk framework and implementing new disciplines to address gaps, ensuring tight control over clients’ budgets.

She works closely with project teams to understand the client’s specific financial reporting requirements and develop bespoke structures in order to satisfy their stakeholders’ concerns.

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