Sebastian O’Kelly was the Mail on Sunday’s property editor for 10 years. In 2011 he wrote about the plight of retirement flat residents facing inflated fees and unacceptable, peremptory management practices. Since then he has been writing about leasehold issues concerning high-end London riverside developments, such as the £1 million settlement to leaseholders at St George’s Wharf, Vauxhall, in September 2011, which was obfuscated by a confidentiality agreement; the £500,000 re-payments at Charter Quay, Kingston, and the right to manage victory at Chelsea Bridge Wharf, in Battersea. He jointly set up LKP with Melissa Briggs in January 2012.
Melissa is a sales and marketing professional, IT consultant, political activist and veteran campaigner. She is a co-founder of the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation (Carlex) and stood as an independent candidate at the last general election.
Martin Boyd had a career in IT and subsequently became a property investor. As a leaseholder at Charter Quay in Kingston, Surrey, Martin orchestrated four Leasehold Valuation Tribunal victories against his landlord, winning back more than £500,000 in over-paid service charges. The cases amount to devastating criticism of current leasehold practices and are reported on this site. Search ‘charter quay’
Imogen brings important financial expertise to the LKP team. Imogen is a chartered accountant having trained at a London Big-4 accountancy practice and having been accepted into the ICAEW back in March 2002. She has worked as a Group Financial Controller of a UK plc and also in accountancy training before establishing her own accountancy practice in 2006. Through this work in practice Imogen has experience of company formation, corporate and individual accountancy and tax issues, including statutory company administration and filing, tax filing and tax efficiency and financial management and control.
Board member. Chairman of the Federation of Private Residents Associations
Bob agreed to become involved with LKP from the start when his expertise was called on in the design phase of the accreditation documents. He is one of the most knowledgeable people in the UK in the Leasehold sector, and has extensive knowledge of the regulations that managing agents are supposed to comply with. He is about to become Deputy Mayor in Worthing and, most importantly, he is the Chairman of the FPRA, the Federation of Private Residents Associations (see www.fpra.org). He has also been a panellist at several leasehold events, spoken personally to hundreds of leaseholders on a wide range range of related leasehold issues and has attended many meetings with Carlex and LKP.