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About Development Discovery

Development Discovery is helping to solve the acute UK housing crisis by building residential developments in areas with significant demand. We are preparing to expand our unique model, by training a new breed of developer to supply the market with quality, reliable housing stock.

Specialist Guidance

All of whom operate under the guidance of our internal developments team. Together we are growing a national network of highly skilled small and medium developers, actively acquiring and building quality investment opportunities.

Well-Rounded Services

Our area of expertise is medium sized developments and high cash flowing properties. We are proud to offer a specific but well-rounded range of services, including investment advisory solutions, asset management, asset value enhancements and specialist investor/developer training.

Attractive Returns

With the ability to deliver attractive returns on both loan and equity based investments, we are seeking to establish long term relationships with like-minded individuals who share our core values. To those partners, we offer transparency, integrity and the promise of solid returns in a strong asset class.

Our Directors


Alan Christie

Alan Christie

(The Lead Developer)

Involved in property development since the early 1990’s, Alan heads up our internal development team. During his time he has created multiple estates that hundreds of families now call home, ranging from small 12 home rural communities all the way up to developments of 75 homes. Having developed across Scotland and England he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our senior team.

He has been involved in every aspect of the development (and economic) lifecycle, including residential, commercial and industrial developments. With further experience managing construction teams and developments for other people he knows how to get the job done.

Eduardo Prato

Eduardo Prato

(The Systems Guy)

Eduardo has a passion for building successful businesses that are efficiently run by a loyal team and a strong customer base. Eduardo started his business ventures in the UK in 2004 with a property business and before that was a Navy helicopter pilot instructor and examiner.

Initially enrolled in the Venezuelan military, for the past 17 years he has worked in the Oil and gas industry in the North Sea. Where combining discipline and standard operating procedures in a high-stress environment is the only way to complete a task successfully. Eduardo now actively applies that same mentality and skill set to Development Discovery as it expands.

Pauline Heron

Pauline Heron

(The Business Psychologist)

With a strong entrepreneurial and creative streak, Pauline has run a number of businesses alongside a 25-year military career. In the early 1990’s she began actively investing in property, primarily focusing on single lets and title splits. As her portfolio grew and after her husband left the military they established a letting agency that has since expanded to multiple locations across the Midlands.

Working in a number of different sectors as a business psychologist after leaving the military, Pauline has been instrumental in growing stable and successful businesses across the country. She is now dedicating that experience to growing Development Discovery.

Aidan Heron

Aidan Heron

(The Tech Head)

Aidan was brought up in the property industry, with his parents investing since before he was born. After graduating from Loughborough in Physics he set up a property business and focused on high yielding assets.

Aidan transitioned away from a full time PhD in Quantum Technologies to focus on expanding Development Discovery and it’s sister companies, spending his time focused on the technical or ‘geeky’ aspects of the business.

Charles Zhao

Charles Zhao

(The Finance Guy)

After graduating with a 1st class honours in Economics from the  University of Cambridge, Charles has specialised in risk and finance by assisting top tier UK banks (including HSBC, Barclays and Lloyds) in setting up post crisis risk management systems.

Charles is now applying that risk and finance expertise to the field of property development and investment.

Our Story


There is a huge shortage of small and medium developers in the United Kingdom right now and Development Discovery started as a means of tackling that chronic issue. We had a simple idea, more SMD’s (Small/Medium Developers) would mean more property stock delivered into a market that desperately needed it.

After the crash of 2007 many SMD’s were obliterated and have been wary of getting stung again. But not only that, other potential entrants into the market saw the consequences and decided there were easy opportunities elsewhere. With no sign of slow down in demand an opportunity presented itself.

Could we introduce new SMD’s into the market place in a coordinated manor by leveraging our combined 60+ year experience and specialist commercial contacts?

Since then, we’ve grown to a network of over 30 developers, raised millions of £’s in private investment and have a growing pipeline of quality developments. Focusing on build to sell and high yielding build to hold opportunities, we are collectively taking steps towards building a strong bedrock of SMDs that underpins a strong house builders market.

Our Partners

Danny Phillips

Danny Phillips

Class of 2017

A 35-year career police officer in the Metropolitan Police Service, London. He had a number of diverse roles within the police including being a front line operational officer, Family Liaison Officer, recruitment specialist, public speaker and police trainer. During this time, he achieved Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills status. Danny is also a qualified lifeguard trainer and swimming teacher. He is the owner of FAB Training a first aid training company and has over 200 clients. In the last 2 years with his wife Jo Phillips they have become property investors with their company, Phillips Real Estate Ltd.

Jo Phillips

Jo Phillips

Class of 2017

Jo had an 8-year career as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Service, London, UK before changing direction. After graduating with a Masters of Art from Camberwell University of the Arts – London, she created her own greeting card company. After great recognition and having her cards sold in a top London Oxford Street department store, John Lewis, she successfully sold the business to a competitor. In the last two years she has together with her husband, Danny Phillips started their own property investment business, Phillips Real Estate Ltd. She is the visionary of their and creative side business and uses her analytical ability enjoys research and creating systems.

Pete Adamson

Pete Adamson

Class of 2016
Development Partner
Cohort: Two
Neil Ainsworth

Neil Ainsworth

Class of 2016
Development Partner
Cohort: Two

Neil’s engineering education and early career in manufacturing management give him a strong product and project management background, combined with business management skills and a keen eye for profitability and ROI.

With an MBA and multiple businesses, he has a broad range of skills to draw on in his continuing property journey; from his first HMO in the mid 90’s, through multiple single lets, high end refurbishments and more recently new build developments.

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez

Class of 2017
Development Partner
Cohort: Six
Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh

Class of 2017
Property Partner
Emil Damouk

Emil Damouk

Class of 2016
Development Partner
Cohort: One
Nell Boughey

Nell Boughey

Class of 2017
Property Partner
Lukas Princ

Lukas Princ

Class of 2017
Development Partner
Cohort: Four
Hung Tran

Hung Tran

Class of 2017
Development Partner
Cohort: Five
Blake Heron

Blake Heron

Class of 2017
Property Partner
Midlands
Virginia Siles

Virginia Siles

Class of 2017
Development Partner
Cohort: Six
Sara Dawson

Sara Dawson

Class of 2017
Property Partner
Eva Prato

Eva Prato

Class of 2017
Development Partner
Cohort: Six
Josh Readfern-Gray

Josh Readfern-Gray

Class of 2016
Development Partner
Cohort One
Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson

Class of 2016
Development Partner
Cohort One

Andrew was in operations management for several years and is profound at identifying ways to streamline organisations and improve company performance. Armed with an MBA he has experience in large scale businesses, successfully turning around the profits of a multi milion dollar revenue business.

He has been enjoying success in property refurbishments since 2001 and became a full time developer in 2017 applying his vast experience to this new business domain.

Robert Kigozi

Robert Kigozi

Class of 2016
Development Partner
Cohort: One
Rob joined us in 2016 as an inaugural member of Development Discovery
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