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Meet the Danescroft Team
David Civil

Managing Director


David Civil is a Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in the UK property development industry.

Since forming Danescroft in 1997 he has successfully overseen the Company’s continued growth. In particular he has been responsible for establishing and maintaining important relationships with joint-venture partners, land owners and occupiers.

Prior to this he worked as a development surveyor with Speyhawk PLC, London & Edinburgh Trust, and Canary Wharf Limited, where he was responsible for the delivery of a number of major and diverse development projects.

Raymond Palmer



Ray Palmer has specialised in development and investment for over 40 years, starting his career at Lambert Smith & Partners, serving as its Chief Executive and guiding their sale to Abaco. He stayed on as Chief Executive and masterminded a series of acquisitions culminating in the creation of Lambert Smith Hampton one of the UK’s top agencies. In 1991 he led a management buy-out before resigning in 1992 to establish Palmer Capital. Ray, through Palmer Capital has a minority stake in Danescroft. This backing provides a range of support, non-executive guidance, operational assistance and direct access to the full range of Palmer Capital funds.

Dominic Fryer



Dominic is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in UK property and development. Having started his career working in construction he moved into consultancy and then to Bass in 1996, where he spent over 9 years working in property acquisitions and development.

He has particular expertise in development management and in the coordination of complex planning negotiations for residential and mixed use development.

Dominic is a visiting Fellow of Nottingham Trent University.

James Trelfa



James is responsible for sourcing residential and mixed use opportunities for the Company; principally within Greater London and the South East.

Having previously worked for Shanly Homes in a similar role, James brings considerable experience in identifying profitable land and development opportunities and the expertise and hard work required see them through to a successful conclusion.

Paul Kucewicz

Development Manager


Paul is a Chartered Surveyor with over 7 years’ experience in property development in the UK and Australia.  He started his career with Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, in acquisitions before moving into development management.

Previously, Paul was an integral part of the Knight Dragon development team where he was responsible for managing residential and mixed-use developments on the Greenwich Peninsula regeneration project.

Aidan Robson

Associate Director – Planning


Aidan is an experienced Planning Manager with over six years’ experience in the industry, with the last year at CALA Homes and previously Linden Homes in their South East Office.

He has managed the planning process on a range of residential sites of between 30 up to 770 units. He has experience in liaising with local authorities and residents’ s73, s96a and s106 negotiations and submissions; site analysis prior to land acquisition and budget management.

Ria Trent

Office Manager


Ria is an experienced Office Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. With over 7 years’ experience within the construction/property industry as well 9 years’ experience as a PA and specific project administrator.

Ria provides support throughout the business over a broad range of areas.

Emma Cullen

Legal Counsel

Emma trained at Frere Chomeley Bischoff and qualified into the commercial property department. She held the role of Legal Counsel at Ascent Media Group Limited for seven years before joining Palmer Capital in 2007. Emma provides Danescroft with valuable legal advice in both property and corporate matters.

Financial Control

Danescroft have an in-house accounts team. Together they ensure that the company maintains rigid financial controls. They are responsible for creating and updating project cash flows and accounts for both in-house a joint venture companies.