Meet the Team



Adam Ghadiali

Business Development Manager

Adam joined YOO in April 2018. His main role is to identify and collaborate with global developers on branded-design, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

Adam works across the company’s international roll-out program including residential, hotel, and shared-working/ living schemes.

Prior to YOO, Adam worked for the British Chambers of Commerce, helping organisations diversify in the SME landscape in the UK; as well as having spent several years in real estate, with a focus on residential sales in prime Central London.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Management from King’s College London.


Alexandra Head

Executive Assistant to Lloyd Lee & Andrew Thorpe

Miss Head is responsible for administration including its existing investors, joint venture partners and third party advisors.

Prior to Yoo Capital, she has worked extensively within major family offices in a Private PA capacity.


Andrew Pang

Managing Director Asia Pacific

Andrew, who is based in Hong Kong, is responsible for creating business opportunities within the Asia Pacific region as well as the day-to-day running of the office. He has over 17 years of property experience in the Asia markets: he was a founding Director for Cushman & Wakefield in Hong Kong and, prior to joining YOO, the Executive Director for International Investments at Knight Frank Hong Kong overlooking all the cross-border transactions between their international offices, including residential developments and marketing, hotel investments and resorts developments.

Out of the office, Andrew is a “green” origami artist using environmental friendly or recycled papers. He has created a series of large sized origami lanterns for a well known Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong and published a book in 2000 for Paramount Movies – Star Trek Paper Universe (Simon & Schuster).


Andrew Thorpe

Managing Director - YOO Capital

Andrew has been involved in real estate for over 20 years at all stages of the development process as a Quantity Surveyor, Contractor, Project Manager and Developer. He has worked with John Hitchcox for over 14 years both at Manhattan Loft and at YOO since inception.

Andrew heads up the development and investment side of the business and has been instrumental in delivering many of YOO 's more profitable developments - carrying out much of the due diligence and risk assessment work required prior to any YOO investment. With his extensive knowledge of the development process he is ideally placed to evaluate new project partners and ventures.


Andy Colman

Finance Director - YOO Capital

Andy Colman currently serves as acting Finance Director at Yoo Capital Management during its recent launch of Yoo Capital Fund II, L.P. Additionally, Mr. Colman works closely with the partners on managing its current investments with respect to tax structuring, financing as well as corporate governance and financial reporting and administration.

He previously served as Finance Director for CBRE Global Investment Advisors, and has also served as advisor to specialist funds and major family offices on complex transactions and structuring.

Prior to investment fund management, Mr. Colman worked at PWC advising global private equity firms on structuring complex transactions across the UK and Europe. He has considerable commercial, transactional and structuring experience as well as broad finance, accounting and tax skills.

Mr. Colman is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over thirty years experience in the investment management and real estate markets.


Anthony Agnew

Development Director - YOO Energy

Anthony’s mix of sustainable engineering, project development and finance have him ideally placed to help grow the Yoo Energy portfolio. Having successfully developed his own 23 Acre Solar farm in Cornwall in 2014, he went onto to work under JV with Yoo Energy on both wind farms and solar projects.

As an entrepreneur, Anthony has run his own businesses over the last 14 years, in both the UK and Asia. Including starting and running for six years, a sustainable heating and power business, installing for domestic and commercial clients. He is also active in project and finance broking globally in the sustainable energy sector.

Having introduced Yoo to an Energy from Waste project, he was invited to join the team to further develop opportunities in the UK, Ireland and further afield.

Yoo Energy continues to develop and look for opportunities in energy from waste (UK and Ireland), solar (Western Europe), wind (UK & Ireland) and energy storage (UK). Supporting the global paradigm shift towards our sustainable energy future.


Blair Pollock

Hotel Development Manager


Blazhka Marnikova

Junior Designer


Claire Rizzi

Senior Designer

Claire, an internationally experienced interior designer, graduated from the prestigious Parisian school Nissime de Camondo.

After her studies, she decided to work outside Europe. She spent time working in China for renowned architectural offices (Architecture Studio / Standardarchitecture) and São Paulo, where enjoyed the freedom of working as an independent designer.

Claire credits her international experience and trips as a key inspiration in her design approach. During her career, Claire has worked on a wide variety of projects including hotels, theatres, commercial spaces, offices and residential design.


David Grossniklaus

Head of Hotel Operation and Development


Diana Nehrych

Accounts Assistant


Dominic Holmes

Director of Development - YOO Capital

Dominic is a chartered surveyor with extensive experience at all stages of the development lifecycle. Prior to joining Yoo Capital, Dominic has led and managed teams delivering commercial, residential, retail and educational schemes for Capco, Mace and the Met Police. Dominic began his career as an officer in the British Army.

Dominic is responsible for development activities for Yoo Capital.


Eoin Conroy

Development Director


Freya O'Malley

Project Marketing Consultant


Giovanna Gallo

FF&E Designer

Giovanna joined YOO in November 2012 as part of the Furnishings team to work on the logistics for the Mira Moon Hotel and Great Northern Hotel projects. She became part of the YOO design team in April 2013 with a strong focus on FF&E selection and styling. Giovanna has worked on many YOO project across the globe bringing to life the vision of many YOO Inspired by Starck and Jade Jagger for YOO projects.

Prior to joining YOO Giovanna worked for a London-based property investment fund and was responsible for all aspects related to the set-up of their luxury residences around the world.


Glecy Mae Bernardo

Video Editor


Ignacio Corredoira Jack

Senior Designer


Iona Bourke



Jagdish Johal

Managing Partner

Jag has extensive experience of working with individuals at all different levels of the real estate sector, from property consultants and investment managers to developers and financiers. Prior to working with YOO he was UK controller of the Dutch financial institution ING Real Estate.

With an auditing and commercial background Jag has excelled in combining finance, legal, management and commercial expertise in various industries, from small start-ups to large multi-nationals.

Jag has comprehensive experience in dealing with international tax, legal, cultural and management issues and plays a key role in negotiating, advising and managing YOO's

partners globally.


James Snelgar

Partner & Head of International Business Development

James has been with YOO since the company’s inception in 1999. He previously joined Chairman John Hitchcox in 1994 at the Manhattan Loft Corporation as Sales & Marketing Manager during which time he gained extensive experience of working closely with design and construction teams. Earlier real estate experience included ten years in the residential sales sector, where he was the principal of a West London real estate agency.

James has played a key role in developing YOO's international presence as a branded lifestyle and design orientated place maker. He is a partner in the business and heads partner collaborations and the company’s business development team globally.


Jean Pierre Bandeira

Vice President of Business Development - YOO Hotels & Resorts


John Hitchcox

Founder / Chairman

John Hitchcox’s rare combination of entrepreneurship and design savvy has had an unparalleled effect on property development worldwide. In 1991 he co-founded the Manhattan Loft Company, bringing to market incredible domestic living spaces, carved out of generous post-industrial buildings, the like of which had not been offered in London before.

In 1998, with his great friend, design giant Philippe Starck, Hitchcox set up YOO, a ground breaking property design and development company. YOO is now the largest residential design and development brand in the world. YOO homes have been designed and developed in large scale projects with partners across 27 countries. Designers Jade Jagger, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Anouska Hempel and Steve Leung have all joined the YOO family, creating a portfolio that offers luxury design in many different forms, from the cutting-edge to the most enduringly classic. YOO has won many industry awards for design, development, community building, hotels and residences.

John was born into a family of creatives; his father was the highly respected architect, Brian Hitchcox OBE. John entered the world of property development aged only 19, starting on his own with a house in South London. John lives in London with his family.


Jonathan Hall

Development Director - YOO Energy

Jonathan hails from a surveying pedigree. Having worked with our chairman John Hitchcox for over 25 years, Jonathan was responsible for a large number of development site acquisitions; both during their Manhattan Loft Corporation days (bringing incredible domestic living spaces to market), along with a number of larger projects by Yoo. He has also been instrumental in forming some of the longer-term investment strategies here at Yoo.

His experience in investment lead him naturally towards renewable energy projects. Post Credit Crunch, Wind and Solar markets in the UK, with non-correlated index linked returns, made perfect sense. With early mover advantage, having developed an aggregated portfolio of wind turbine projects, he then led the successful sale of the portfolio to a well-known intuitional investor.

Jonathan saw the near-term opportunity for the Energy from Waste sector in the UK and added this to the solar, wind and energy storage projects being created by Yoo Energy. Working with developers and end holders of assets, he continues to grow existing projects and develop new opportunities in the space.


Justin Dunne

F&B Concept Curator, APAC


Lloyd Lee

Managing Partner - YOO Capital

Mr. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in real estate principal investing and advisory. He has been involved in real estate acquisitions and asset management across the US, UK, Europe as well as India and Latin America. Mr. Lee has been active in the European markets since 2001.

Most recently, Mr. Lee oversaw European real estate private equity at Marathon Asset Management, a multi-billion global investment fund. In addition to managing a number of Marathon’s real estate investments across Europe, India and Latin America, Mr. Lee was responsible for Marathon’s European real estate strategy and relationships.

Prior to Marathon, Mr. Lee worked at Starwood Capital for 9 years, where he served as Managing Director of Starwood Capital Europe in London and where he opened the firm’s office. Previously, Mr. Lee worked in the Real Estate Advisory Group at Ernst & Young in New York and worked on numerous transactions advising opportunity funds, mezzanine lenders and distressed debt buyers.


Mara Unsoeld

Group Marketing & PR Manager

Mara oversees the sales, marketing and distribution for YOO Hotels and Resorts. This includes Branding, Collateral, Communication, Digital Marketing, Pricing and Owner Relations.


Maria Filar

Senior Designer


Mark Davison

Head of Design

Mark completed both parts of his studies (parts 1 and 2) at the highly respected architecture school at the University of Canterbury. He started working with John Hitchcox as soon as he had graduated, helping to set up the Manhattan Loft Corporation. Within five years, he was Creative Director, responsible for every design issue from building development to corporate design.

After a few independent years running his own highly successful and profitable practice, Mark once again joined John Hitchcox to assist him in setting up YOO with Philippe Starck. Mark’s architectural background and hands-on experience in the area of cutting-edge development has given him an unusual and valuable insight into the commercial machinery of the property industry, as well as the expectations of the clients. Mark, who lives between London and Sussex, oversees the quality of the output from the YOO Design Studio all over the world.


Marta Zaforteza

Executive Assistant to John Hitchcox


Michelle Montefusco

Senior Designer

Michelle joined YOO in September 2016 and is currently leading proposals for projects in Bali, Jade Jagger for Yoo, and in Istanbul, Yoo inspired by Starck.

Of Canadian origin she moved to Italy where she studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, graduating with honours. During her 20 year career, Michelle has worked in the USA for NBBJ, as well as in Italy, for leading designers such as Piero Lissoni and Matteo Thun, amongst others. She has worked on a large number of high end interior projects, and her experience in Italy has given her a strong knowledge of the product design industry.

Michelle has also worked on many residential projects from conception to finish, as well as developed concepts and FF&E for several hotels, ranging from boutique hotels in Japan, to wellness hotels in the European alps, to global budget hotel roll outs.


Monika Piatkowski

Studio Manager

In her role as Studio Manager Monika works across many varying projects simultaneously, co-coordinating the design team and ensuring the highest quality output at all times.

Throughout her 20-year career in the design industry Monika has worked in various creative fields as a multidisciplinary designer including graphics for print, TV and web design, product, furniture and lighting design. She has delivered innovative design work, collaborated on projects involving design retailers and manufacturers, interior designers and architects in the UK and internationally.

As a prolific designer in her own right Monika's own work has been recognised through several national and international awards. Hailing from Norway, with a rich and varied cultural background, she is also fluent in English, Norwegian and Polish.


Nicholas Rush

YOO Capital

Nick Rush serves as Asset Manager at Yoo Capital Management and specializes in acquisitions, asset management and capital raising.

He joined the team in 2018, having previously been at The Townsend Group since 2011.

Nick will be assisting Lloyd Lee and Andrew Thorpe in the regeneration of Kensington Olympia as well as analysing future acquisitions.

Nick has extensive experience working in indirect property fund management, interacting with fund managers on a global basis.

The Townsend Group

Prior to working with Yoo Capital, Nick spent 7 years working for The Townsend Group specialising in portfolio management and investment underwriting duties. He was responsible for managing, identifying and sourcing both indirect and direct investments for The Townsend Group’s discretionary global portfolios (working across portfolios with a total AUM of c. £2bn) and participating in all aspects of portfolio management.

Henderson Global Investors

At Henderson Global Investors Nick worked in Real Estate Client Services where he was responsible for the completion of requests for proposals and product development for global mandates.


Nick began his career at Blackrock working in the institutional sales support team, acting as the main focal point for all support to the UK sales and dealing team which included liaising with independent financial advisers and third party administrators.


Olivia Dejeu

Social Media Executive


Patrick Macnamara

Director of Business Development

After a degree in mechanical Engineering, specialising in carbon fibre structural properties, Patrick began his career in 1998 at UBS London.

After six years on the proprietary trading desk trading asset swaps, credit default swaps, convertible bonds and strips, Patrick Moved to CQS where he would eventually head the North American capital structure book in excess of $5Bn of assets ($1bn levered).

From there he presided over a start-up credit advisory business eventually ending up at Kleinwort Benson. He was a founding member of Private Equity firm MBU. Patrick is a keen sailor and has competed for great Britain.


Penelope Ferdinand

Legal Advisor


Pia Hitchcox

Acquisitions & Development Manager - YOO Living


Rachelle Munsie

Project Marketing Consultant


Rea Patel

Finance & HR Manager


Rich Millar

Vice President of Business Development, APAC


Robert Allen-Mersh

Asset Manager - YOO Capital


Rosanna Lawn

Acquisitions & Development Manager - YOO Living


Songah Choi



Sophie Grosset

Executive Assistant


Tarek Merlin

Senior Designer


Tim Potts

Technical Services Director


Wassim ElBizri

IT Manager

Wassim came to YOO in 2008, after working as an assistant to IT Director in a small business. He is responsible for all YOO group Network & System Infrastructure, IT Budget, IT Projects Strategies, Planning and Implementation. Waz has an interesting string of countries to his name. He grew up in Beirut. He got his first degree in computer science from the Technical University of Riga, and attended the University of East London for his MSc in computer systems engineering.


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