Introduction to Cityheart

About Us

Founded in 2005 by Managing Director, Mark McNamee, Cityheart specialises in working with the public sector to deliver and manage regeneration projects across the United Kingdom. We have also successfully delivered specialist healthcare, judicial, extra care, education and student accommodation buildings.

Whilst Cityheart is primarily a development company, we also provide development consultancy advice and invest in the property market, in addition to delivering private sector projects.

Cityheart has a strong ethos of working closely with its partners, understanding their needs and aspirations and delivering sustainable, cost effective solutions on time, offering real ‘value for money’ to its partners.

Property Development

Cityheart is an established property development, consultancy and investment company, which has been developing and delivering public and private sector projects for more than a decade.

As a relatively small company, we benefit from being able to develop innovative and bespoke solutions for our clients, particularly in design and funding. Through this we are able to drive value for money into projects by testing all aspects of the market as well as seeking the most competitive funding terms through institutional and other mainstream funders to ensure we deliver best value for our partners.

We are able to provide our partners with a full development service including site identification, acquisition, design, planning, funding, construction and ongoing asset management services.

Cityheart Team

Mark McNamee

Managing Director

Mark is the Founder and Managing Director of Cityheart, which he formed in 2005 to deliver and manage developments in partnership with the public sector, in addition to providing development consultancy advice and investing in the property market.  Cityheart has since successfully delivered developments across the UK in various sectors with a range of public and private sector partners.

Mark was previously Managing Director of David McLean Developments where he was responsible for delivering over 5,000 student beds. He was also UK Regional Director for Equity Bank and has a breadth of knowledge of medium and large-scale regeneration projects, including Princes Dock Liverpool; Masshouse Circus, Birmingham; St. Austell Town centre; Rotherham Westgate Demonstrator Project and Lime Street Station regeneration in Liverpool.

Mark brings to the company a wide array of experience of working in Partnership with the public sector including Liverpool City Council, many NHS Trusts, the Welsh Assembly Government, SWERDA, Liverpool Vision, Yorkshire Forward and English partnerships.

Mark McNamee - Cityheart Partnership

Warren Taylor


Warren is a Director at Cityheart, where his responsibilities primarily focus on the company’s various public private partnerships working to deliver regeneration across the UK, in addition Warren is a Director of Cityheart Living and Cityheart Homes.

He has over 17 years’ experience working with the public sector at Director level, having previously held roles at Morgan Sindall Investments Limited, Community Solutions and Morgan Sindall Construction plc. Warren’s experience spans strategic development partnerships, property development and estates management across various sectors, including healthcare, commercial and residential.

Warren is currently leading on delivery of the £135m Wigan Galleries masterplan in partnership with Wigan Council and the £60m Foundry Lane redevelopment with Halton Borough Council, amongst other private and public sector developments.

Warren Taylor - Group Operations Director - Cityheart

Jonathan Wrigley


Jonny is Director of Cityheart Homes with responsibility for the delivery of its significant residential pipeline across the UK, in addition to leading on regeneration schemes in partnership with the public sector, such as Old River Lane in Bishop’s Stortford.

Jonny has extensive experience in the residential, extra care and supporting housing sectors, having previously held the position of Managing Director at HB Villages, a development company specialising in providing supported housing, specifically for young adults with brain injuries and learning disabilities.

Having worked with the Directors of Cityheart for many years, in 2019 Jonny and Cityheart set up a joint venture, Continuing Care Communities, to develop care and extra care housing across the UK. The success of this partnership led to Jonny taking on a full-time role within Cityheart in 2020.


Lauren Gavaghan

Development Manager

Lauren joined Cityheart in 2021 to assist in the delivery of the company’s pipeline of regeneration and development schemes.

Having previously worked for Genr8 Developments where she was development manager for the £130m Rochdale town centre redevelopment, Lauren specialises in delivering long-term regeneration in partnership with the public sector. Prior to this, Lauren held roles with Peel Land & Property and JLL.

Lauren is currently working with Halton Borough Council to deliver the Foundry Lane masterplan, in addition to supporting Cityheart’s Directors with various developments across the UK.


Jon Sawyer

Strategic Advisor

Jon is a retained consultant for Cityheart providing strategic advice on affordable housing, grant funding and financial modelling.

Jon has successfully led and advised on the delivery thousands of new market and affordable homes, primarily delivered through public private partnerships on brownfield sites with a blend of public and private funding sources. Jon has previously held non-executive roles across the social housing sector, including Chair of ‘HouseMark’, Audit Chair of Nottingham City Homes and a Government endorsed appointee to rescue Cosmopolitan Housing Association.

Jon’s strong relationships with MHCLG, Homes England and Registered Providers nationally and locally bring a current and in-depth knowledge of the affordable housing market, assisting Cityheart in the delivery of housing across the UK through their housebuilding arm, Cityheart Homes.


Eleanor Leslie

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Eleanor plays a pivotal role in ensuring the daily operations at Cityheart run smoothly, including management of monthly drawdowns, accounts, billing and invoicing.

Additionally, Eleanor draws upon her strong customer service record to liaise with Cityheart’s clients and third party suppliers to manage contracts and maintain relationships.

Eleanor joined the company in 2019, with vast managerial and administrative experience mainly gained in the education and finance sectors, including specifically estates and facilities management expertise.

Eleanor-Leslie - Office Manager - Cityheart

Denise Smith

Management Accountant

Cityheart’s management accountancy function is led by Denise, which includes responsibility for all financial reporting and payment functions for Cityheart and its subsidiaries.

Denise’s role involves managing Cityheart’s management agreements, operational budgets, our SAGE accounting system and payment systems, including invoice reconciliation. Additionally, due to Denise’s experience in SAGE, she oversees all training and processes for Cityheart and its staff.

Prior to joining Cityheart, Denise held positions at high profile companies which saw her working across the world, including Morrison & Company, McLintocks Chartered Accountants and West Coast Energy Limited.

Cityheart's Denise Smith

Siân Evans

Marketing & Operations Manager

Siân leads on Cityheart Living’s operational and marketing activities across all student accommodation sites, supported by the regional accommodation team leaders and the finance team.

Siân works closely with the operations teams and University and HEI partners to develop and mobilise marketing campaigns, events calendars and operational plans to maximise occupancy across the portfolio. In a number of instances, this has resulted in achieving 100% occupancy within the first two years of operations.

Prior to joining Cityheart Living, Siân gained student accommodation experience working for Victoria Halls and Host Students, following a role managing marketing campaigns for serviced business centres across the UK.

Siân Evans - Marketing & Operations Manager - Cityheart

John Hughes

Accommodation Manager (Blackfriars Residence)

John is Accommodation Manager at Cityheart Living’s Blackfriars Residence student accommodation in Gloucester, bringing with him extensive experience in managing similar types of accommodation.

Having initially joined Cityheart Living in 2016 as Summer Lettings Manager in the Fort William student accommodation in Scotland, John successfully managed the summer lettings business where he exceeded the target income. This led to John transferring to Cityheart Living’s Inverness student accommodation, before relocating to Gloucester to manage the Blackfriars Residence.

John manages the commercial aspects of the property, including liaising with subcontractors and third party providers, ensuring their compliance with the performance requirements of the facilities Service Level Agreements. His role involves working with the on-site team to maximise occupancy through the academic year, in addition to overseeing the student experience, health and safety, maintenance management and rent collection.

John Hughes - Accommodation Manager - Cityheart

Kathryn Brimfield

Accommodation Manager (No.1 Station Approach)

Kathryn joined Cityheart Living in 2018 as Assistant Accommodation Manager in preparation for the opening of Cityheart Living’s Blackfriars Residence student accommodation in Gloucester.  With No.1 Station Approach opening in 2021 in Hereford, Kathryn was promoted to Accommodation Manager to oversee the mobilisation of the new site along with all the operational duties when the scheme opens in September 2021.

As Accommodation Manager, Kathryn interacts with students on a daily basis and ensures that the accommodation is managed to a high standard at all times whilst liaising with University and HEI partners.

Prior to joining Cityheart Living, Kathryn managed in excess of 1000 beds as accommodation manager for NHS North Wales, ensuring that the accommodation needs of medical professionals and students were met.

Kathryn Brimfield - Assistant Accommodation Manager - Cityheart