meet the team
Jason Roper CB:PSB Founder & Managing Director MPG
After nearly 20 years of working in the finance industry, I have seen many changes over this time. The ups and downs in the property market and of course the recessions and now brexit. It is how we come through these changes that make us the people we are today, I pride myself on facing these challenges head on, and seeing how together we can find the right solution.
My vision for the Manchester Property Group (MPG), is to bring together like minded people from all aspects of the property world, offering the right advice, tailored with a range of services capable of supporting a project from "inception to delivery."
The Ambassadors and Partners of MPG are an exclusive few, that bring a wealth of experience and entrepreneurial abilities, to which they will share with our Members through out the year.
My passion and enthusiasm to make MPG the place to be for property professionals is the goal. I hope that everyone associated with MPG will also feel this and look forward to being part of this exciting journey
Clive Gawthorpe Tax Partner UHY & MPG Co-Founder
Clive Gawthorpe is lead tax partner at UHY Hacker Young’s Manchester office. Drawing on over 30 years’ experience in practice, he has advised countless businesses operating within the property sector as well as individuals with property investments, ranging from private individuals, landlords and architects to large property investment groups. Clive is Chair of the UHY UK Property Group and is co-founder of the MPG which was first established in 2015.
Clive’s main work is in tax planning which includes international tax work, group re-organisations, share schemes, property tax planning and creating structures such as Limited Partnerships. He has an extensive international portfolio of clients, and continues to expand his tax work both in the UK and globally. He has completed work for Swiss, French and Belgium companies working in the UK as well as for UK clients with international tax issues. He was recently appointed to the European Branch Committee of the CIOT and is currently in his fourth year as Chair of the UHY Global Tax Group.
Clive’s real skill is to take account of commercial issues which arise during client’s tax planning. Due to the number of selling or buying business deals he has been involved in, he has obtained CF membership.
Chris Clough MPG
Chris began his career working in Commercial Litigation at a top 50 law firm where he gained a vast amount of experience acting for clients across a wide range of business sectors including retail, construction and finance.
Chris’s main area of expertise can be found in Restructuring where he has worked for Insolvency Practitioners and financial institutions on countless administrations. Chris also acted in the successful defence of a high profile bankruptcy matter where a case was brought by the Official Receiver and Trustees in Bankruptcy in respect of a an estimated £70 million shortfall to creditors.
Chris has worked on secondment at a leading bank within a real estate finance team advising on various aspects of recovery during the run down of a £150 million portfolio.
More recently Chris has built up his own recovery business and acted as a consultant for a leading UK Estate Agency since 2014.
Fiona McKay MPG
Fiona McKay is the Managing Director of Lightbulb Leadership Solutions and the Executive Founder at Fiona-Mckay.Com. She understands the forces that drive, disrupt and deny greatness, advancing and improving stand-out leaders, able to solve the toughest business challenges, execute complex change and improve results in performance, people & profits.
Fiona works in partnership with strategic decision-makers to mitigate disruptive factors and forces; to design thinking to support organisations’ aspirations and navigate disruption to empower leaders to govern their markets. She works with all levels of leaders within the property sector from Entrepreneurs, UHNWI with portfolio’s, CEO’s and their teams.
In a results-driven world, she has won international recognition as an executive business mentor, growth partner, conference chair, and keynote speaker as well as leading the expansion of Lightbulb Leadership Solutions into North America, APAC & MENA.