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Richard Upton
Chief Development Officer, U+I
Richard is a creative entrepreneur
and patron of the arts, who is
passionate about quality of place,
architecture, heritage and
A keen proponent of sensitive
regeneration, he recently fought
and co-funded the campaign to
save Smithfield Market in London
from demolition.

An Honours Graduate of Reading
University’s Land Management
(Development and Planning
Specialism), Richard has
established, built and sold four
property investment and
professional companies in the past
two decades. He has initiated and
developed more than 6 million
square feet of mixed-use
development in his career, to date.
Pioneering Mount Anvil in 1991 –
one of London’s leading house
builders – he delivered 5,000
student bedrooms and regenerated
award-wining social housing
projects throughout London and
the south east.
In 1998 Richard co-founded
Cathedral Healthcare, a specialist
development and investment
company, growing the business into
a leading developer of primary
healthcare facilities. He sold this
company to Primary Healthcare
Properties in 2005.

Richard co-founded Cathedral
Group PLC in 1998 and nurtured the

company to become a market-
leader in public-private partnership

developments, building a pipeline of
over £2bn. In May 2014, Cathedral
merged with Development
Securities, which ultimately became
U+I in November 2015. U+I is a
FTSE listed public company with a
development pipeline of £6bn.
Together with U+I’s Chief Executive
Matthew Weiner, Richard is a driving
force behind the strategic direction
of the company, whose vision is to
create huge, long-lasting social and
economic change for communities
and sustainable value for
On 1st January 2018 the Secretary
of State for Digital, Culture, Media
and Sport appointed Richard as a
Commissioner for Historic England.