Aquila has a diverse and experienced team. We rely on a core in-house team of Surveyors, Architects, Planning Consultants and Lawyers – all with a wealth of experience behind them.


Tony Chambers
Founder and Chairman

Tony is the founding Chairman of Aquila and is actively involved in all company projects.

He has worked at main Board level and as Managing Director since 1991, holding previous roles at Rialto and Countryside Properties. He has an extensive track record in delivering town centre developments, retail parks, large residential projects, West End and City offices and supermarket schemes.

Paul Hirst
Managing Director

Paul has been Managing Director of Aquila since 2006. Previously Group Property Director and Regional Manager of Amey PLC on Facilities Management contracts and Project Manager for Heron Corporation.

Paul has been involved with and responsible for new build and refurbishment of major town centre shopping centres, new build supermarkets and retail warehouse schemes.

Dominic Chambers

Dominic joined Aquila after 10 years in London. Having worked at a niche West End retail agency, advising on shopping centre leasing and investments, he spent four years within the retail development team at Landsec, ultimately leading the leasing of the 800,000 sq ft Westgate Shopping Centre development in Oxford City Centre; a joint venture between Landsec and The Crown Estate. 

Clare Innes
Planning & Development

Clare has over 35 years’ experience in the property industry working in both the public and private sector having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with a specialism in Planning and Development. Clare has worked for both large and small development companies including Countryside Properties, Alfred McAlpine, and Terance Conran.

Neil Ridley
Development/Investment Consultant

Neil has worked with Aquila since 2003.

Previously a Director of Nelson Bakewell for 12 years, Neil’s expertise lies in deal structuring, financing, asset management and development.  He originated an investment vehicle which acquired and holds £150 million worth of hotels in London as well as involvement with other major property acquisitions and developments across London and the South East.


Alan Cook
Development/Investment Consultant

Alan has worked with Aquila since 2008.

He has 35 plus year career based in the City of London, working with the likes of St Martins Property Corporation, as a partner of Richard Main & Co and a Director of Jones Lang LaSalle City of London office.  He has been involved in major office and mixed use schemes mostly in Central London.

Daniel Freedman
Partner, Freedman Hilmi LLP, London

Danny is a partner in his own commercial property law firm based in the West End of London. He has extensive experience of offshore vehicles for property investment and assists Aquila in negotiating, documenting the structuring, finance, acquisition, asset management and disposal of projects.

John R Parling
Development/Investment Consultant

John has extensive experience in both private and public sectors including at Director level at Invista Real Estate Investment Management, Insight Investment Management and Clerical Medical Investment Group. He was also a Senior Manager at Scottish Widows, Hill Samuel Investment Management and 3i plc. John’s specialism is Fund Management including the acquisition and disposal of investments. 

Natalie Woolnough
PA/Financial Administrator

Natalie has worked with Tony since 1996 and is responsible for the day to day financial management of the company and property management of the Aquila and wider portfolio.

Trevor Hollinger
Planning Consultant

Trevor is chartered town planner who has provided planning advice to Aquila from the inception of the company.

He has joined the team  after a lengthy consultancy  career  serving a wide  range of developer, institutional and occupier clients, most recently as a Director in the London office of Turley Associates.  He has extensive experience of successfully promoting major commercial schemes across London and the South East of England.

Roger Borough
Design Consultant

Roger was a partner in FBB Architects practice and has worked with Aquila as both a consultant and through FBB.

He has consulted on many major commercial schemes – including Waitrose Colchester and most recently, our JV scheme in Ipswich to provide a new John Lewis at Home and Waitrose stores and a retail park.

Richard Green
Development Consultant

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, including residential and commercial acquisition and development. Richard identifies and acquires residential development opportunities for Aquila, and began his career at Bermac Properties Plc with Tony in 1994.


VJ Roworth
PA to MD

VJ joined Aquila in January 2014 as Paul Hirst’s PA and is responsible for office administration and management. She has previously worked at Countryside Properties as PA to the Financial Director.