Our Team


Formed in 2006 and based on Fitzroy Square in central London we have been successfully trading for over 12 years. 


Paul Charney LLB (Hons)

Managing Director

Paul is the founder and managing director of Landhold Capital. He is a City trained property finance lawyer with experience from leading law firms and commercial in-house environment. He has headed the Legal departments of property and investment companies for a number of years, dealing with commercial property and strategic land.

He has broad experience in structuring deals for bespoke finance and tax requirements dealing with both private offshore clients and large funds. He deals with the raising of finance through equity based private offshore investors.  Paul sits on the board of a number of charities and is a keen cricket fan.


Brian Smith BA (Hons)

head of land and Planning

Brian is a Town Planner with over 30 years’ experience in the UK planning and house building sector. He spent 10 years as a Director of national developers including George Wimpey, Prowting Projects, Laing Homes and culminating as Managing Director of George Wimpey Strategic Land.

He was responsible for the strategic land divisions of these companies before joining Landhold Capital in 2008. He has also been a director of several joint venture companies set up by various consortia of housebuilders to promote and develop the largest of their schemes, for example Northern Sector Swindon, Quedgley Gloucester, Cambourne Cambridge, Witney and Upper Heyford Oxford.

Brian was a non-executive member of a major Housing Association for a number of years providing guidance and governance focused particularly on planning, site acquisition and a more commercial approach to development. A highly respected industry professional he unwinds on the golf course and is often found on the more temperate coastal courses of southern Spain.




Iain Welsh BSc (Hons) MRICS

Land Director         

Iain is responsible for identifying, appraising and acquiring strategic opportunities across England. He jointly manages the strategic land portfolio and oversees the sales of the consented sites to ensure best value is achieved.

A qualified land agent he spent over 10 years with property consultants Smiths Gore (now Savills) where he headed up the rural agency department of the Darlington office. He specialised in the sale and valuation of development opportunities, land, farms and rural property and was heavily involved in the disposal of in excess of 10,000 acres for UK Coal. After moving south he worked for a leading London developer before joining Landhold Capital in 2016.

He recently handled the sale of our flagship site in Essex. Iain is commercially astute and has a wide network of contacts throughout the UK. A passionate countryman he enjoys fishing, shooting and is a keen wildlife and travel photographer.

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Tel: 020 7874 1599   Mob: 07977 532998



Andrew Dutton BA (Hons) MRTPI

Land and Planning Director

Andrew is a qualified town planner who started his career in Bristol as a planning consultant in private practice and since moving to London has held both Strategic and immediate Land and Planning Directorships with Regeneration Company (NWOC) and with several National Housebuilders (Persimmon, Bovis, McAlpine, Berkeley Homes).  Andrew is responsible for identifying, appraising and acquiring strategic opportunities throughout Southern and Central England.

Andrew is a specialist in sustainability having worked with the BRE on their EcoHome Assessment Scheme and in the promotion of large scale strategic land having successfully obtained permission for over 6,000 homes at Cambourne, 3,500 homes at Whiteley, 2,200 homes at Bishops Stortford, 1,025 homes at Bexhill and many more schemes.

Andrew is motivated by his potential to contribute to addressing the national shortage of homes.

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TEL: 020 7874 1582   Mob: 07517 547997



Anzia Smith


Office Manager

Anzia manages the office and all staff. She plays a key role in finding and assisting processing new site acquisitions including land registry searches, liaising with land agents and managing interested parties. Anzia worked as a civil servant for 12 years prior to joining Landhold Capital.

Anzia enjoys the outdoors including skiing.

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TEL: 020 7874 1591