Amit is a founding partner of Summix Capital. Alongside his executive and investment responsibilities at Summix, he also oversees investor relations and public affairs.
Prior to joining Summix, Amit founded and was the Executive Chairman of Hope Construction Materials, then the largest independent building materials company in the UK. It was during this time that his interest in the UK's housing market developed. He sold Hope to publicly listed Breedon PLC in 2016 but has continued to serve on its board as a non-exec since. He is now the non-executive Chairman of Breedon plc.
He holds a second non executive position as Chairman of his local football team, Queens Park Rangers FC.
He has previously served on the Advisory Board of Metro Bank in the UK, the Board for Internationalization of Cornell University, and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Air Asia in Malaysia.
Amit was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Theresa May in 2013, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Executive and Young Director of the Year in 2014.
Tareq is a co-founder of Summix and has overseen the day-to-day activities and progress of the firm since its establishment in 2006. Tareq is also a partner of Initial Capital, a leading early-stage venture capital firm. He has held finance and operational roles at a number of technology companies including Playfish, the social games company, in which he invested and served as Finance Director until its acquisition by Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) in 2009, following which he served as VP Finance (EMEA) until 2011. Prior to Playfish, he was Finance Director at Macrospace, one of the industry’s earliest mobile games companies, subsequently merged with a US competitor, to form Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) , where he continued in the capacity of VP Finance (EMEA) until 2006. Previously, Tareq worked in Mergers and Acquisitions at Bear Stearns (London) following qualification as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with Arthur Andersen (London). He holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering (University of Reading).
Niamh joined Summix in 2016 to drive the firm’s expansion in the student accommodation and PRS sectors where she is responsible for all aspects of origination and execution of investments. Niamh is also a board member at Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity providing housing and support for young people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East. Prior to Summix, Niamh founded and ran NOC Consultancy, an independent advisory firm to property investors, developers and construction companies. She was previously the Head of Business Development and co-owner of TPI Limited, a UK based Project Management firm and Quantity Surveyor. Niamh started her career in the construction industry in the Cayman Islands. She holds a BA (Hons) in French Literature from University College London.
Shukri is a co-founder of Summix and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its establishment in 2006. Shukri is also a partner and co-founder of Initial Capital, a leading early-stage venture capital firm and serves on the boards of several of its portfolio companies. Previously, he was Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder of Playfish, a leading developer of social games, up to the company’s acquisition by Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) in November 2009. Before Playfish, he was Managing Director and Co-Founder of Macrospace which merged with Sorrent to become Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU), a global publisher of mobile games. Prior to Macrospace, he was Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Domainia, an Internet services provider, after starting his career at accounting firm Westbury Schotness. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the American College, London.
Executive Planning Director
Greg joined Summix in 2021 to set up an in house planning team, moving from Frampton Town Planning Limited where he was a Director. He has over 35 years’ experience in town and country planning, principally within the private sector and development industry. During this time, he was a Planning Director with Gallagher Estates, one the UK’s largest private development companies. He was also a senior Director with Turley Associates Ltd with nationwide responsibility of the company’s Housing and New Communities sector group and a member of the company business board. He has extensive expertise in providing planning advice across a wide range of development situations and acting as an expert witness. He holds a BA(Hons) in Geography and a post graduate diploma in Town Planning. He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Peter joined Summix Capital in February 2021 as Planning Director. Peter brings over 20 years’ experience in town planning and project management gained in both private consultancy and Local Authority sectors. Most recently Peter was Associate Director at Framptons Town Planning where he gained a proven track record in delivering planning permission for a variety of major developments on complex sites. Regular clients included those active in the residential, commercial, renewable energy, commercial horticultural and strategic land promotion sectors. Peter is experienced in managing complex projects through all stages of the planning process including: pre-application; public consultation and engagement; preparing and submitting major applications including that are Environmental Impact Assessment; negotiating S106 and CIL; and discharge of conditions. Where necessary Peter is experienced at Instructing Counsel; participating at Examinations in Public as well as submitting and managing Section 78 Appeals. Peter holds a Master Degree in Town and Country Planning from Birmingham University (2006) and has been a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2008.
Mark joined Summix in April 2023 as Planning Director. Mark has experience in land acquisition, strategic planning, and development management on both small- and large- scale mixed tenure development projects. With over 30 years’ experience, Mark has put together and led multi-disciplinary planning and development teams for both private residential developers and for the public sector including regeneration projects and mixed- use communities and has a strong track record of successful delivery of projects across the South-East.
As a Development Director for leading residential developers, including Countryside Partnerships and Crest Nicholson, Mark worked on complex residential and regeneration projects, and built productive relationships with key stakeholders, such as Local Authorities and Housing Associations, to ensure a high quality integrated mixed tenure development and creation of new settlements. He has won an MRTPI award for Development Delivery.
Before moving to Summix, Mark worked as the Assistant Director of Housing at Gravesham Borough Council, where he led the Housing Development and Enabling team. Whilst in this role he implemented a new Investment Partnership with Hill Partnerships to enable the Council to meet its housing delivery aspirations. Mark’s commercial background enables him to recognise with clarity development risk and opportunity.
He holds a BA(Hons) in Geography and a post graduate diploma in Town Planning. He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Associate Planning Director
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Planning and is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI). He has over seven years experience working in consultancy, and has been involved in various large and strategic scale residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes.
His work has predominantly involved being part of multi-disciplinary teams securing planning consents and local plan allocations across London and the south east, providing strategic planning advice and co-ordinating project teams throughout the entirety of the planning process. Alongside this he regularly advised on site disposals and acquisitions, providing planning strategy advice to maximise development potential.
In addition, he's worked on appeals in respect of major residential and mixed-use projects, which have been determined through Public Inquiry.
· Hybrid planning permission (called in by the Secretary of State) and Local Plan allocation for Dunsfold Park, a new settlement of up to 2,600 homes in Surrey on behalf of Trinity College Cambridge.
· Reserved Matters consent for a phase of over 400 dwellings for Urban Splash, working with Homes England, at the Northstowe new town in Cambridgeshire.
· Draft Local Plan allocation for the North Uttlesford Garden Community, a new settlement of up to 5,000 homes for Grosvenor in north Essex.
Stuart joined Summix in 2018 to contribute to the firm’s growth in student accommodation, PRS and associated sectors. Stuart has wide experience of acquisitions, development and disposal, having previously worked in the role of Development Director responsible for a large number of successful student accommodation projects across the UK. Previously he has held acquisition and development positions for a regional developer and a UK national student housing company and spent 15 years in the University sector in a variety of property and commercial roles. He holds a BA (hons) and an MBA from London Metropolitan University
Head of Responsible Investment
Barry joined Summix in 2017 and has more than fourteen years of experience in the construction industry emanating from a diploma in Architecture. His previous roles include project architect and construction consultant before establishing himself as one of the UK’s most prominent BREEAM and sustainable design experts. Barry co-owns GWP Project Services, a leading sustainability consultancy and has been named BREEAM Assessor of the Year on two occasions. His clients include the NHS, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Jaguar Land Rover, DHL and a number of the country’s leading universities, including the University of Leeds and Kings College London.
Barry brings with him a detailed knowledge of the pre-construction process and design efficiency as well as a network of respected professionals who he has collaborated with on numerous award winning developments including the first Passivhaus student residential building in the UK. Barry is also guest lecturer for the BRE and the University of Newcastle and was recently awarded a fellowship of the BRE Academy.
Henry joined Summix in January 2023 with a primary focus on urban mixed use regeneration developments, to support the firm's continued growth. Henry was previously an associate at Round Hill Capital, gaining a breadth of experience in PBSA, BTR and the wider living sector across the UK & continental Europe. Prior to Round Hill Capital, Henry was Expansion Manager at Lavanda and established partnerships with some of Europe's leading owners and operators of PBSA and BTR. Henry started his career at Savills and holds a BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University.
Chief Financial Officer
Ben joined Summix as CFO in September 2023. With over 25 years of experience, he has spent the past 21 years building and leading finance teams within the private equity and real estate sector.
Prior roles include CFO at Deutsche Finance International, Finance Director at Henderson Park, CFO at Brockton Capital and Head of Fund Reporting at Doughty Hanson. He began his career with roles at Mace Group, AXA Investment Managers and UBS Private Equity. Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA and CGMA).
Andre joined Summix in 2018 to lead the in-house finance function. He brings with him sixteen years of property related experience from Financial Controller to Director. He began his career in the UK in 1989 working in a variety of sectors including Media, PR and Pathology. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1987, having been articled to Deloitte Touché Johannesburg. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) degree.
Lee-Anne joined Summix in May 2018 providing support to both the finance and business teams. Lee-Anne has valuable experience in the commercial and finance industries, initially spending over 10 years working as a Commercial Assistant and then Commercial Manager for Tubelines/TFL, following which she spent 6 years as a Lettings Client Accountant in the property sector.
Edwin joined Summix in 2019 as an Accounts Assistant; providing support to both the Finance & Business Development teams. He began his career within Retail & Business Banking at Metro Bank, before joining Summix. Edwin holds a BSc in Accounting & Finance.
Chloe has worked alongside Amit for the majority of her career in multiple capacities. Since 2011, Chloe has been providing crucial support across a variety of businesses including Swordfish Investments, Hope Construction Materials, Breedon PLC and Queens Park Rangers FC. Her excellent organisational and communication skills, paired with her ability to work under pressure have been instrumental in ensuring the smooth operation of both Amit’s personal and business schedules.
Chloe is an alumnus of the University of Birmingham. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography.
Team Assistant & Receptionist
Mas joined Summix 2022 as the receptionist and team assistant providing support to the various teams within the company. She graduated from Bournemouth University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies with Marketing.
Since 2013 Nadia has provided administrative assistance for Amit Bhatia, whilst also overlooking office management of the London office. During her university summers, Nadia has worked at an events planning company and office of a top French jewellery house, acquiring strong organizational skills and extensive research abilities, which assist her in daily multitasking. Nadia graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2013 earning a degree in History & Politics.
Lord Matthew Taylor has advised successive governments on planning and housing policy. In 2006-8 he conducted the Government rural planning review “Living Working Countryside’, which laid many of the foundations for the National Planning Policy Framework and especially Neighbourhood Planning, both of which he helped draft. In 2011-12 he led the review creating the National Planning Practice Guidance suite. In 2015 he developed his ‘Garden Villages’ proposal, adopted as national policy in March 2016 as the Garden Communities programme. He advises both public and private sector on creating successful new communities based on mixed use, sustainability, and effective community engagement. Formerly MP for Truro and St Austell 1987-2010, chair of the National Housing Federation and President of the National Association of Local Councils, Matthew is an Honorary Member of the RTPI and Visiting Professor of Planning at Plymouth University
Adrian is a consultant specialising in strategic land use planning and growth strategies. He has led Local Plan preparation including the Oxfordshire 2050 Plan. He has been ‘Executive Director for Place and Growth’ across 2 Councils, Special Adviser to the First Minister of Scotland (2001-2007) & worked in the European Parliament, House of Commons and US House of Representatives.
Addrian has also published extensively and presented evidence to Parliamentary enquiries by the Scottish & European Parliaments, Select Committees of the House of Commons & House of Lords.
Tarek AbuZayyad is a director of Rezayat Group, a family-owned diversified industrial group based in Saudi Arabia. He is also an investment committee member of Rezayat Investment Company, a private investment office.
Tarek is a director of Smit Lamnalco, Lorne Stewart, Orient Real Estate, MH Luxe, Initial Capital and Eighteen48 as well as a council member of the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University.
Tarek earned an AB Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John established JR Capital following a 15 year career as an Investment Banker working for HSBC Investment Bank and Barclays Wealth in London where he held senior management positions responsible for marketing the Middle East and specialised in the UK property sector. Fluent in Arabic, a speaker of Spanish, Italian and French, he has lived and travelled extensively throughout the region and has built up a large network of high level institutional and private clients in the Middle East over the past 25 years. A seasoned deal maker John has completed numerous deals in his career to date, including the sale and structuring of Riverlight (www.riverlightlondon.com) purchased by Berkeley Homes with a current Gross Development Value (GDV) of over £1 billion. John heads up the team and takes overall responsibility for investment strategy.
Aditya Mittal, 42, is the President and Chief Financial Officer of ArcelorMittal. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal Europe. Following the formation of ArcelorMittal in 2006, Aditya held various senior leadership roles, including managerial oversight of the Group’s flat carbon steel businesses in the Americas and Europe, in addition to his role as CFO and membership of the Group Management Board.
Aditya joined Mittal Steel in January 1997, serving in various finance and management roles. In 1999, he was appointed Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. In this position, he led the Company’s acquisition strategy, resulting in Mittal Steel’s expansion into Central Europe, Africa and the United States. Subsequently, he was also involved in post-merger integration, turnaround and improvement strategies of the acquired companies. Between 2004 and 2006, Aditya was the President and CFO of Mittal Steel. In 2006, he initiated and led Mittal Steel’s offer for Arcelor, creating the world’s first 100 million tonnes plus steel company.
In 2008, Mr. Mittal was named ‘European Business Leader of the Future’ by CNBC Europe and was ranked fourth in Fortune magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ list in 2011. He is an active philanthropist with a particular interest in child health. Together with his wife Megha, he is a significant supporter of the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, having funded the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, and in India, the couple work closely with UNICEF, having funded the first ever country-wide survey into child nutrition, the results of which will be used by the Government of India to inform relevant policy.
Mr. Mittal serves on the boards of Aperam, Iconiq Capital and Wharton School and is Chairman of India’s second largest oil refinery, HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL). He is also a trustee at Brookings Institute and an alumni of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader’s Programme. Mr. Mittal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with concentrations in Strategic Management and Corporate Finance from the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, United States. Mr. Mittal is a citizen of India.
Jamie Reuben was formerly Chairman of Reuben Brothers Resources, the natural resource and energy platform of Reuben Brothers Group.
He has sat on the boards of numerous companies including Metro Bank, Detroit-based real estate and metals business Metro Warehousing, as well as Arena Racing Company which holds 40% of UK racing fixtures and includes courses such as Royal Windsor and Doncaster. As of 2015 Jamie was appointed the Vice chairman of the Metro Bank Advisory board.
Jamie Reuben is also a real estate investor and developer, primarily in London where he has been instrumental in the redevelopment of entire districts within the West End, in particular Mayfair (including the world-renowned ‘In & Out Club’). He founded Iconic Hospitality, owner of a portfolio of freehold hotels in London and strategic locations in Europe.
Separately he founded a private equity vehicle, Melbury Capital which specialises in emerging markets such as Mongolia, Indonesia and Myanmar.
Jamie also served as committee Chairman for Mayor Boris Johnson’s successful re-election campaign in 2012.
Education: Bachelors, international business degree. Regents business school.
Jamie Ritblat is Founder and Chief Executive of Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company founded in 1998, and which includes a diverse portfolio of retail, residential, office and corporate assets across London and the UK, from the Alpha Plus Schools Group to the former London 2012 Athlete’s Village. Mr Ritblat began his career at Morgan Grenfell in 1986, and prior to founding Delancey joined The British Land Company PLC in 1990 as a Director with responsibility for real estate investment.
In addition to his role as Chairman and Chief Executive of Delancey, Mr Ritblat has also been a committed trustee and supporter of a number of other organisations and boards, including Tate Britain, the Southbank Centre, Kings College University London, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Maggies Cancer Caring Centres. All of which he has now retired from, with the exception of the Bathurst Estate – an 15,000 acre estate in Gloucestershire – where he is currently an active Trustee, and the Heritage of London Trust. Mr Ritblat is also Non-Executive Chairman of Mitheridge Capital Management and sits on the board of Brown Advisory.
A keen supporter of the arts, Mr Ritblat organised and oversaw Delancey’s role as the first ever sponsor of the National Portrait Gallery’s Schools and Learning programme and more recently its Hospitals Programme across London. Mr Ritblat also leads other core CSR initiatives at Delancey such as the principal sponsorship of the British National Alpine Ski Championships (one of the key events on the International Ski Federation (FIS) British alpine racing calendar), sponsorship of the British Olympic Snow Sports Team, and sponsorship of the UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, the largest chess tournament in the world.