Seasoned Land Professional Joins Mac Mic Group’s South West Team

Mac Mic Group have strengthened its Strategic Land team with a new appointment to support the company’s growth in the South West of England.

The Group’s latest recruit Richard Kelso joins as Senior Strategic Land Manager based out of the company’s Bristol office, working alongside Strategic Land Manager Michael Gooch.

Richard will spearhead the identification and acquisition of strategic land opportunities across the western and South West region. His expertise in navigating complex planning processes will be invaluable in steering the sites with development potential towards successful outcomes.

Raised in Guildford, Richard attended university in South Wales where he graduated in Urban Estate Management. After starting his career in private consultancies where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, Richard moved into the residential development sector.

Richard also brings a wealth of valuable public sector experience gained working for local authorities, most recently Cardiff Council where he was Head of Disposals & Acquisitions in the Strategic Estates department.

Richard said: “I’m delighted to join Mac Mic Group, a company renowned for its exceptional delivery track record and commitment to community engagement. The Group's unwavering professionalism and integrity, recognised by landowners, agents, and local authorities alike, have been fundamental to their success and something I greatly admire."

“The planning process can be frustrating and awash with complexities, yet their hugely experienced team have demonstrated that with the appropriate resources and a carefully considered planning strategy, it is possible to successfully navigate the system to deliver much-need development sites."

Commenting on Richard’s appointment, Andrew Mickel, Mac Mic Group Director, said: "We're thrilled to welcome someone of Richard's calibre to the team. His expertise will be instrumental in building upon our success in the strategic land market across the South West of England. We are proud that Mac Mic Group is a name that landowners can trust and I have no doubt that Richard will further solidify that reputation throughout the region, where we see a very bright future."

Family-owned Mac Mic Group, with a 99-year history of land promotion, investment and a reputation built on both community engagement and placemaking, have operated south of the border for more than 15 years.

Mac Mic Group’s Strategic Land division have a proud record of success in the South West of England, having secured strategic land that paves the way for much-needed new homes- including a site in Keynsham, for which the Group received a Building With Nature Design Award in recognition of the site’s green credentials.

Image (L-R): Michael Gooch, Strategic Land Manager with Richard Kelso, Senior Strategic Land Manager and Andrew Mickel, Mac Mic Group Director.