About us – what makes us tick?
Leading Homes can trace its roots back to the 1930s when our current Managing Director, Ian Walmsley’s grandfather built his first estate in what is now Basildon, Essex. These bungalows sold for £360 – now the bathroom suite alone costs more than that! Whilst the company name has changed, the ethics are as strong today as they have ever been. This page will let you know about us and give you an insight into how we tick.
Leading Homes are specialist property developers, developing new homes in the South West of England. Offering a lifestyle of choice and affordable luxury, blended with high quality workmanship and intelligent design. Using traditional and precision engineered, sustainable modern methods of construction.
We specialise in providing a better lifestyle through our smart approach to spacious living. Our homes are achievable and affordable, value driven and through the use of technology strive to deliver comfort living.
It is our desire to help as many people as possible experience the fantastic feeling of pride you get when you collect the keys to your new home.
Ian C. Walmsley MCIJ
Ian Walmsley is an experienced developer based in the south west of England. He comes from a family that has built property for three generations with his grandfather building an estate in Essex. Ian assisted his father in building and later owning and managing a multi-storey block of offices as well as being involved in the building of the family home in Rayleigh, Essex.
Ian has always had property in the blood having become a landlord at the tender age of 18. He has refurbished and had extensions built on various properties in Essex, Kent, Lancashire and Somerset. He prides himself on delivering a quality product. His first motto is “Would I be prepared to live here myself?” – if the answer is no, he can’t expect someone else to. It doesn’t matter about the location; the end product is always to a high specification and desirable to the new owner.
His second motto is “Is it moving? No? Can I convert it then?” – he loves planning and will take many buildings that others find too difficult, work with the local community and deliver a product that is very desirable. Ian has been described by one of his mentors as ‘a walking encyclopaedia’ – with this knowledge he is able to capitalise on many an opportunity and give an excellent return to his partners and investors. He is also known as the ‘Planning Geek’ and runs the very popular website PlanningGeek.co.uk
Ian has not always been solely in property. His business experience was gained being a third generation funeral director in London and the south-east. Rising to a managerial level he looked after many families in their hour of need from locals to internationally known, they were all treated alike. Ian ran various teams during his time and was part of an 18 man international disaster team. This meant he was on call 24/7/365. Whilst working in the family business he learnt many essential skills of business which he is now using at Leading Homes.
Ian is personally mentored by some of the industry’s heavyweights, including Rob Moore and Mark Homer. He has further mentors that specialise in property construction, listed buildings and business alike. He believes strongly in building a good team to support him and his company.
Ian is a director and the Managing Director of Leading Homes and heads up our internal planning department. Ian takes a proactive role in investor relations and marketing.
Jonathan studied as an accountant in South Africa, achieving a degree in Accounting Science and an honours degree in Accounting and Auditing. Jonathan moved to England in 2003 where he has worked for a variety of companies such as Ansys Europe, RSM, Prudential and Baker Tilly. During his corporate career he was the Operations Manager for the Outsourcing department of Baker Tilly managing a team of 18 people.
In 2018 Jonathan made the decision to move to Newquay, Cornwall, for a lifestyle change with the intention of giving his family a better standard of living and formed Adamo Group with the mission of providing a similar choice of lifestyle for those who wish to have it.
Jonathan has continuously invested in his property and business education by getting mentors that specialise in property construction and development and business alike.
Being a prolific networker, Jonathan continues to build his network by attending regular Property Investment Groups and networking events around the country.
Jonathan is a director and Chief Financial Officer of Leading Homes and heads up the internal development teams. Jonathan takes a proactive role in investor relations and acquisitions.