people and culture

People & culture

We are a business full of fantastic people. We believe if you work together, work smart and work hard that the opportunities are limitless.

Our team of experienced and dedicated property professionals have expertise in every aspect of property development and management.

Collectively we believe that work should be something to look forward to, which is why cultivating a positive and engaging culture is ingrained in our core values. Every individual is treated with equal respect and we are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion.

Our commitment extends beyond our organisation. We are determined to make a positive and lasting impact on communities across the UK. Our teams are united in their shared mission to transform spaces and create inspiring, sustainable places for the benefit of future generations.

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The team

Downing team, George Downing

The driving force behind Downing’s growth, George is also widely credited for playing a significant role in Liverpool’s regeneration. An early pioneer of city centre student villages, he moved the business into the office and mixed-use development markets in the late 90s, where his passion and vision continues to breathe new life into city centres.

George Downing


Downing team, Sally O'Brien

In addition to being strongly involved in the growth and development of Downing, Sally is responsible for building many of the company’s key commercial and financial relationships. 

Sally O’Brien

Joint Chief Executive

Downing team, Ann Lodge

Ann plays a leading role in deciding the strategic direction of the business alongside George and Sally. With responsibility for marketing and business development she has been instrumental in establishing the Downing brand and developing the company’s reputation across the UK.

Ann Lodge

Joint Chief Executive

Downing team, Paul Houghton

Leading the group’s urban projects division, Paul is responsible for co-ordinating Downing’s growing portfolio of mixed-use development activity across the UK. He has a track record for overcoming complex planning issues, working in partnership with public authorities and development partners and known for achieving maximum potential from challenging inner city sites.

Paul Houghton

Development Director

Downing team, Ian Orton

Ian has vast experience across the property and construction sector. Prior to his non-executive role, Ian spent 24 years at Downing where he headed up our construction arm.  Today, he works closely with the team to advise on new developments.

Ian Orton

Non-Executive Director

Downing team, Simon Garnett

With a career history that includes senior financial positions with national developers and house builders, Simon has an excellent working knowledge of funding large scale residential, commercial and regeneration projects. At Downing he oversees the financing of the company ensuring it has a strong platform for growth.

Simon Garnett

Finance Director

Downing team, John Clegg

John leads Downing’s in-house property management team, with direct responsibility for letting and managing the commercial and residential portfolio.  

John Clegg

Head of Property Management

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Andy Thomas

Operations Director

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Company culture

We’re an ambitious business, full of fantastic people and together we achieve amazing things. It’s important to us that our people feel wanted, secure and motivated to give their all. There should be no limit to where your talent can take you, which is why we create an environment for you to thrive.

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Work for us

Our people are our success and there has never been a more exciting time to join Downing as it enters the most significant expansion for three decades.

Our team is united in a mutual respect and a desire to move the business forward. Here you’ll find all our latest job vacancies. If you’re excited by opportunity and want to be valued for your contribution, take a look at what we currently have available.

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