Nick Ekins, MRICS, Managing Director

Nick Ekins

Nick, a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, is one of the founding members of the highly successful Gentian Partnerships. This company is now the market leader in developing retail facilities within hospitals, through a combination of public and private partnerships.

He has worked for international retailers and leading real estate advisors in London prior to establishing Gentian Partnerships.

Nick Ekins
Nick Ekins
Nick Ekins

Nick Hanson, MRICS, Development Director

Nick Hanson

Nick has worked in the property sector for in excess of 15 years. He has worked within the property department of a number of multi-national companies including the Booker Cash & Carry Group, Hays plc and Boots plc. He has extensive experience in property development, management, acquisitions and disposals.

Within Gentian, Nick's primary function is the overseeing of the project management of the company's development programme.

Nick Hanson
Nick Hanson
Nick Hanson

Alex Hirst, MRICS, Retail Director

Alex Hirst

Alex is a graduate of the University of the West of England and a qualified Chartered Surveyor. He joins Gentian following a period at national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH). Prior to this Alex worked as a Senior Acquisition Consultant for Lidl and in the agency team at Goadsby.

Alex has dealt with a wide range of projects throughout his career, with a more recent focus on the delivery of road side and out of town retail schemes.

Within Gentian, Alex will head up the acquisition of road side retail opportunities and providing retail centres for new housing schemes across the South Coast as well as work on our existing portfolio.

Alex Hirst
Alex Hirst
Alex Hirst

Aiden Murray, MRTPI, Planning Director

Aiden Murray

Aiden is a graduate of The University of Manchester and a Chartered Town Planner. He joins Gentian after working for global property consultancy JLL for a number of years. Before JLL Aiden worked at Plymouth City Council within the Strategic Planning & Infrastructure Team.

Aiden has worked on a variety of schemes throughout his career largely advising clients on urban regeneration and brownfield land developments including mixed use commercial and residential opportunities.

Aiden adds an in-house planning function to the Gentian team whilst overseeing the strategic delivery of projects through the planning process.


Aiden Murray
Aiden Murray
Aiden Murray

Penny Smith, Property Manager

Penny Smith

Penny is a graduate of Reading University and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. She joined Gentian in 2017 following three years as a commercial agent at Goadsby, Winchester.

Her property career started in private practice followed by seven years at Prudential Property Investment Managers Ltd. She was an associate director on the Central London team.

Penny Smith
Penny Smith
Penny Smith

Alison Earl, Office Manager / PA

Alison Earl

Alison joined Gentian in April 2018 as Office Manager and PA to Nick Ekins.

Please direct any general enquiries to Alison by using our contact form here.

Tim Langley, MRICS, Project Director

Tim Langley

Tim, a graduate of Oxford Brooks University, has worked in the UK property industry for many years at director level.

He has been closely involved with the development, funding and acquisition of large retail and mixed use schemes throughout the UK.

In 2002 he co-founded Andbury Properties, a private property company which successfully developed a number of retail, mixed use and residential schemes, as well as a substantial retail investment portfolio. Many of the residential developments undertaken have been within conservation areas and have often involved listed buildings.

In 2016 he sold his interest in the company to join Gentian Developments.

Tim Langley
Tim Langley
Tim Langley

Chris Jackson, Consultant

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson joined Gentian as a consultant in 2016. As a former American footballer, Chris played at Southern Methodist University in Texas and in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. Chris subsequently worked on the Chicago Board of Operations Exchange as a financial trader, trading Exchanges around the world.

Chris divides his time between running the niche employment law firm, Didlaw, and working on projects for Gentian, where his primary function is to manage the financial aspects of it's major projects.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Martin Dare, MRICS, Director - Oxford & Cambridge Properties Ltd

Martin Dare

A long time director and consultant at Gentian, Martin is now focused on Oxford & Cambridge Properties (www.ocproperties.co.uk).

This new venture is financially supported by Gentian and is targeting the many development opportunities which are outside the primary locations and sectors targeted by Gentian for its own portfolio. Oxford and Cambridge Properties will also have access to external third party investment.