Board Members

OpenLand is operated by a voluntary board of its members.

Paul Barker - Co-Chair

Paul has been a property litigator for over 13 years, and is ranked as a Leading Individual for Property Litigation in the West Midlands. He joined Higgs & Sons as a Partner in June 2015. Prior to this, he worked at two leading national law firms where he acted for major developers, house builders, corporates, funds, public and private sector landlords and a number of well known high street retailers.

Rob Hudson - Co-Chair

Rob is the Group Finance Director of St. Modwen plc, responsible for Finance, IT and Investor Relations. Rob joined St. Modwen in September 2015. Rob has over 20 years’ experience in finance, and most recently was the Group Financial Controller at British Land PLC from 2011. Rob joined PWC on graduating and then moved to Experian PLC in 2000 where he held a number of senior financial roles, including Global Finance Director of its Decision Analytics business and UK Finance Director. Rob is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Rob is also a member of the Board of Governors of the English National Ballet School and chair of its Finance Committee.

Neil Anderson - Marketing & Communications

Neil is the Director of Marketing, Communications and Events at Millennium Point Trust and Millennium Point Property Limited - a position he has held since December 2013.  With a wealth of experience in audience development and engagement strategy / implementation he has worked within the private, publicly-funded and not-for-profit sectors.  He is Trustee of Birmingham LGBT and Chair of its SHOUT Festival and was elected Chair of the Midland LGBT Employee Network in 2015.

Tim Evans - Membership Support

Tim is a Senior Associate in the Residential Development practice at Gowling WLG UK specialising in land acquisitions and disposals.  Previous to this, he worked at Harvey Ingram Shakespeares. 

Anthony McCourt - Events & Publicity

Anthony is the CEO and Founder of Court Collaboration and its group companies, Anthony established Court Collaboration in 2010.  In 2008, Anthony joined the company behind the £100 million ‘The Cube’ development in Birmingham City Centre, which he led out of administration on behalf of Lloyds Banking Group and through to completion in 2010. Prior to this, he acted for development clients such as Salhia Kuwaiti Sovereign Fund, CBRE and Jones Lang La Salle as a Commercial Development Solicitor with international law practice Wragge & Co.

Alison Grunstein 

Alison is a Director within CBRE’s Birmingham Valuation team and  has experience in providing valuations for both accounts and loan security purposes. Since 2007, Alison has headed up the investment valuation side of the department, providing valuations to major institutions including AXA, Threadneedle, M&G, Standard Life and Legal and General. Her team values over 500 commercial properties spread across the Midlands on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. These have a value in excess of £2.9 billion. In addition to this Alison provides valuations to property companies and Banks who require valuations for accounts purposes.

Stewart Sherman 

Stewart was elected as a Member of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors on 29 November, 1996 after training with the Valuation Office Agency in Birmingham.

Stewart established Chamberlains Chartered Surveyors in June, 1999.  The Company is a small but perfectly formed practice based in Harborne, and is proud to have been accredited as a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Inclusive Employer. He provides a range of Surveying and Valuation services to the private a public sector.

Stewart sits on the West Midlands Regional Board of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.  Stewart is Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Calthorpe Academy, is also actively involved with Lions Clubs International and The Careers Network LGBT Mentoring Programme at Birmingham University.