Meet our team of property experts

We are a diverse group of professionals who are passionate about property and airspace development, with a commitment to innovation and doing things a little differently.

Arshad Bhatti

Chief Executive Officer

The founder of Apex Housing Group, Arshad is responsible for developing the business plan and delivering consistent growth. He is passionate about delivering innovative methods to help London’s housing shortage, founding Apex Housing Solutions in 2009 and Apex Airspace in 2015. He utilises a hands-on and personable approach to provide day-to-day operational and personnel direction, ensuring functional efficiency and sustainability across the company.

Val Bagnall

Managing Director

Val delivers the company’s strategic ambitions and is a vastly experienced professional, working in the residential property market for over 25 years. He has an extensive knowledge of the affordable housing market, helping to develop and nurture collaborative partnerships with both private and public sector organisations. Val provides direction across the company and is responsible for managing delivery with an approach that is both strategic and hands on.

Chris Phillips


The Chairman of Apex Housing Group since 2017, Chris has over 40 years’ senior executive experience in the London and European property and investment markets, becoming the first managing director of Colliers International. Chris holds a range of non-executive chairman positions in both the private and public sectors. He currently chairs Places for People, as well as social housing REIT, TriplePoint and private developer, London Newcastle.

Rahul Satsangi

Non-Executive Director

Rahul joined the Apex Board in June 2018 and has been part of the Business Growth Fund (BGF) since July 2017, leading on the origination, appraisal and execution of new investment opportunities. He represents BGF on the board of several portfolio companies, with a focus on the Business Support Services sector. Prior to BGF, Rahul was part of the investment team at Rutland Partners and spent five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mohammad Shoaib Khwaja

Head of Operations & Lettings

Mohammad provides operations direction across the company and is responsible for managing delivery including the internal acquisition, property management and maintenance teams. He has an extensive background stretching across 20 years in the London property market, working for a number of Local Authorities including Waltham Forest, Lewisham, Camden, Westminster, Barnet and Watford.

Abishake KC

Head of Finance

Responsible for all financial aspects of Apex Housing Group, Abi’s focus is on running the company’s finance department in a smooth, transparent and efficient manner – working closely with a range of stakeholders and providing regular insights to the senior management team. A strong believer in a healthy work life balance, Abi’s positive and optimistic approach is a major asset to the company.

Farhat Saeed

Senior Property Manager

As the senior member of the property management team, Farhat works closely with a range of local authorities to provide emergency housing solutions. He maintains effective relationships with all of the company’s landlords and is also responsible for managing the property maintenance team and any issues experienced by the company’s breadth of tenants.

Nhut Vu Luong

Research and Development Analyst

Nhut conducts financial modelling and analysis for future and current developments with a strong emphasis on meticulous research and continual data monitoring. He has previously worked in commodities trading where he built a regional team to develop and manage a portfolio of large-scale renewable energy projects in South East Asia, valued at over £300 million.

Mark Kolcular

Senior Marketing Manager

With over 10 years’ experience in marketing and brand development, Mark leads the marketing function at Apex, managing all corporate communications, creative output and the strategic marketing plan for each of Apex’s developments. He has previously held senior marketing roles at award-winning developer Fruition Properties and global real-estate advisory Knight Frank.

Dharmen Chetty

Property Manager

Responsible for managing the company’s properties in South London, Dharmen has over 20 years’ experience in property management, half of which were spent working for variety of a local authorities. He is well placed to provide efficient property management solutions having previously worked on both sides of the fence. Dharmen is a specialist in compliance and is HHSRS qualified.

Simran Advani

Property Manager

Positive, personable and always with a smile on her face, Simran is a vital member of the team who communicates with all councils, occupants, landlords and estate agents on a daily basis. She manages properties a number of locations inside the M25 and her responsibilities range from the organisation of inspection reports to maintenance and property preparation.

Riz Rai

Acquisitions Team Manager

Riz has been part of the Apex property acquisitions team since 2015 and is responsible for managing the acquisitions team, procuring properties from Landlords and Estate Agents across Greater London. He adopts a hands-on and personable approach to all of his clients, and has a breadth of property management experience having worked as an independent consultant and for a range of other property businesses.

Harry Patterson

Property Acquisition Consultant

A specialist in acquisition, Harry manages the procurement of properties in South London, developing and maintaining relationships with a range of multi landlords and high street agents. He has previously worked for several high street agents in both sales and lettings, including Barnard Marcus , Townends and Haarts.

Daria Preis

Business Development Manager

Daria draws on her extensive experience across consultancy, brand management, and business development. Daria works across our business portfolio to maintain compliancy and acts as our key point of contact between Apex Housing Solutions and London borough councils.

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