• iSec has a vastly experienced team with a significant track record in bringing forward large strategic development landholdings.

Strength built on quality and professionalism

Stephen Lawrence


Stephen has over 30 years experience in real estate. Before founding iSec in 1995, he was Founder and Managing Director of London-based property company Houston Lawrence.

When the Group expanded its interests into Europe in 2004, Stephen established a team in Luxembourg to assemble an industrial and logistics portfolio across several European countries. Stephen is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Nigel Lax


One of the founders of iSec, Nigel joined Marcol in 1994 to acquire and manage distressed and repossessed stock.

Previous experience includes ten years in private practice with DTZ followed by the roles of Senior Project Manager at Skillion and Development Manager with the Commercial Lending Division at Halifax Building Society. Nigel is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Mike Forster

Development Director

Mike joined the industrial team in 2015 with 28 years’ experience in commercial property development. In his role he will be sourcing new opportunities and leading major development projects in the UK from inception to completion. Mike is working closely with Nigel Lax and the UK based industrial team.

Prior to joining iSec Mike was UK Managing Director at Point Park Properties having also held senior positions at Teesland and Burford. Mike is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Andrew Long

Development Manager

Andrew joined the iSec team in August 2015 to appraise new strategic land deals and manage existing development projects.

Prior to joining Marcol Andrew worked at AXA Real Estate as an Asset Manager on the Asset Management and Transactions team, acquiring and selling assets for existing funds, managing developments and dealing with an existing portfolio of commercial real estate assets across all sectors. Andrew holds an MSc in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School and a BSc in Geology from University of Durham. Andrew is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Scott Ellison

Finance Director

Scott joined the iSec team in September 2018 to head up the financial processes and reporting, for both the asset management portfolio and the development projects.

Prior to joining iSec, Scott has worked for MARCOL since November 2013 and is in charge of the financial reporting for the CGIS Group and CGIS 3 portfolios.

Scott is ACA qualified and holds a Bsc (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Management from Loughborough University.

Sophie Watkin

Planning Director

Sophie joined the iSec team in January 2018 to advise on planning strategy and manage the planning process on a number of development projects across the country. Sophie also appraises new opportunities and assesses the planning potential of existing assets.

Prior to joining iSec, Sophie worked at Knight Frank as Planning Partner managing a number of high profile and complex schemes, covering industrial, residential, commercial and energy uses. Sophie holds an MA in Town and Regional Planning from Sheffield University and a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge. Sophie is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Danielle Lawrence

Senior Asset Manager

Dani joined the industrial team in 2013 to seek and assess new acquisitions for the company and to asset manage existing stock.

Prior to joining iSec, Dani worked at DTZ in their Strategic Real Estate Advisory and Valuation team, working on long- term strategic development sites. Dani graduated with an MSc in Real Estate from London South Bank and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Dani is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Jack Shiel

Senior Associate

Jack joined the iSec team in September 2019 to work on the analysis of acquisitions, disposals and asset management of a variety of asset classes across the UK and Europe.

Prior to joining iSec, Jack worked at Harwood Real Estate as an Analyst responsible for the underwriting, due diligence and financial modelling of all real estate investments and transactions.

Jack holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University and a MSc in Real Estate from Cass Business School.

Tom Kiss


Tom joined the iSec team in September 2016 to work on financial modelling and due diligence of new deals and existing assets.

Prior to joining iSec, Tom completed internships at HM Treasury as a Student Economist, HSBC in Global Banking & Markets and Ardian Investment as a Private Equity Analyst. Tom graduated with an MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Exeter. Tom is currently working towards becoming a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). 

Rob Currie

Development Manager

Rob joined iSec over 8 years ago and oversees development, project and construction management, asset management and business due diligence.

Prior to joining iSec, Rob was Group Technical Director for an international airport company. He was responsible for all technical, development and general business activities.

Rob is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Building Engineer.

Peter Shotton


Peter joined the iSec team in March 2019 as an Analyst to assist Andrew Long, Development Manager, with research and financial modelling.

Prior to this, Peter spent 18 months working as an Analyst at Clarksons Platou, the world’s largest shipbroker and completed internships at Next Wave Partners, Sunbird Group and Silverlight Capital Partners.

Peter holds a MA degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in African studies with Environment from University College London. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).