Earls Court Project Team

Gary Yardley
Investment Director

Gary gained extensive experience in large, mixed-use developments and investments in his role as Managing Director of King Sturge Financial Services before joining EC Properties Ltd as Chief Investment Officer in June 2007. He was appointed Investment Director in May 2010 and was responsible for the initial acquisition of Earls Court & Olympia.

In his spare time Gary enjoys spending time with his family, struggling round various golf courses across Europe and collecting 1960s Triumph sports cars.

Gary Yardley

Anette Simpson
Director of Planning & Development

Anette has worked in the development industry for over 10 years and has a breadth of experience in managing large, complex residential-led regeneration projects through the planning and development process. Anette has a particular interest in design and delivering sustainable developments and has been involved in numerous high-profile projects across London, including Highbury Gardens in Islington and the Heart of East Greenwich.

Bill Black

Bill Black
Director, Earls Court & Olympia

Bill has been a chartered surveyor for 36 years and joined the company in 1984 after working in private practice for over a decade. In 1994 he was made a Director and was given responsibility over all property investments. He also became a Director of the Earls Court & Olympia Group in 2007 and his responsibilities include EC Properties Ltd’s operational property strategy and the refurbishment and redevelopment of the Olympia Exhibition Centre.

Outside of work, Bill spends time with his family and two dogs and is a devoted fan of West Ham United Football Club and Surrey Cricket Club.

Beverley Churchill
Creative Director

Beverley joined the company in May 2007 to lead the creative, leasing and brand development of the Covent Garden estate. She is also responsible for building the vision behind the Earls Court Project. In her 15-year retail career Beverley has held senior creative and marketing roles for Tesco and Bhs and was part of the team at Selfridges which reinvigorated the once-ailing department store, turning it into one of the most respected retail flagships in the world.

Bev Churchill

Graham Bennet
Director of Project Management

Graham joined Capco in November 2011 as Director of Project Management. With almost 30 years in the Construction and Property Development industry he started his career as a Civil Engineer with Tarmac Construction. This progressed to working in Construction Management on Broadgate in the City of London for Bovis Construction and in Scotland for Bovis and Mace. he worked in the Far East for Jardine Matheson's property arm Hongkong Land for 10 years, developing large Commercial Office and Residential schemes. Before returning to London to work on Earls Court he spent 4 years in Moscow in Property Development of office and residential schemes but also worked for the Russian Government on the Sochi Winter Olympics. 

Graham and his wife concentrate their efforts on re-establishing relationships with friends, family and Godspring and try to indulge in everything that London culture has to offer.

Libbe Raggett
Project Manager

Originally from New Zealand, Libbe joined the company as a Project Manager in 2006, overseeing major projects. She has worked on a wide range of developments for over 10 years and is particularly interested in the environment and sustainable construction.

Outside of work, Libbe loves to travel whenever possible and enjoys running, supporting the All Blacks, reading classic novels and watching films.

Sir Terry Farrell
Terry Farrell and Partners

Terry is an internationally recognized masterplanner, urban designer and architect who set up his practice over 40 years ago. He was awarded an OBE in 1978, a CBE for services to architecture in 1996 and was knighted in 2001 for services to urban design. In 2009 he published ‘Shaping London: The patterns and forms that make the metropolis’ which demonstrates his knowledge of how the city has evolved over the centuries.  Past London projects include the Greenwich Peninsula, Regents Place and Nine Elms. Through his many roles and affiliations he has played a leading role in shaping the debate about the transformation of neglected urban spaces into vibrant new neighbourhoods.

When he’s not working (which is rare), Terry enjoys reading, travelling and refurbishing his house in Kent designed by his favourite architect Edwin Lutyens.


Chris Rumfitt
Director of Communications

Chris advises EC Properties Ltd on the communications for the Earls Court Project, focusing the team on building strong and constructive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including the local community, political leaders and the media. He is a Director of Edelman, which is the world’s largest, independent, full-service public relations agency with over 50 offices worldwide. He was formerly the Head of External Communications for Network Rail.

Outside work, Chris is focusing on refurbishing his new home in South West London and attending far more football and cricket matches than his partner is happy with.

George Cochrane
Community Engagement Manager

During his long career in community regeneration and community engagement, George has worked on a wide range of projects, including Paddington Basin, White City and Tate Modern Bankside. He also has extensive experience in education and was involved in developing Westminster Academy. He is currently education advisor for a new, all-age Academy in Stratford and is a member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) Schools Design Review Panel. In September 2005, he set up his own consultancy and has since worked on many of London’s largest regeneration schemes, including Stratford City and Brent Cross Cricklewood.

Jeroen Bergmans
Brand Manager

Jeroen was a travel journalist for over a decade before being approached to edit myearlscourt.com and became Brand Manager at Capco in September 2011. He was Travel Editor at international design, architecture and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* for 5 years, launched the Wallpaper* City Guides and wrote freelance features for The Financial Times, The Guardian and TIME magazine before moving online as Editorial Director of travelintelligence.com. Instead of writing about destinations, he is enjoying the opportunity to help create one in London, his favourite city where he has lived for 15 years. 

In his spare time Jeroen enjoys photography, arthouse cinema, street art, interior design and travelling to unusual places.