Meet the team

Daren Whitaker

Daren Whitaker

Founder & Chairman


Having worked on major international and domestic construction projects at the beginning of his career, Daren founded Renaker Group in 2006. With a vision to build a positive legacy in Manchester city centre and to change the Manchester skyline, Renaker was founded on an ethos of honesty, integrity and working in a straight-forward manner. These values form the pillars of the culture of the business today.

Over that period the journey to change the skyline is well underway with numerous developments now completed. Recently completed developments include; Deansgate Square, Crown Street and Castle Wharf.

Andy Lofthouse

Andy Lofthouse

Chief Executive Officer


Andy has been with Renaker since its inception. In a career including a variety of commercial roles across several construction sectors with Tier 1 contractors, Andy has demonstrated an ability to manage any challenge, and is an accomplished problem solver with the capability to co-ordinate the diverse business needs required to be an effective self-delivering developer.

His passion and focus lie in building strong, innovative, and capable teams to continue Renaker’s success in driving delivery of 5-star developments across Manchester and Salford city centres.

Dave Gough

Dave Gough

Operations Director


Dave is responsible for leading our in-house production team across the group. Dave has driven both the quality and the reputation for delivery which Renaker has gained in the market over the past 15 years. Dave and his team have delivered over 7,000 new homes.

Andrew Floyd

Andrew Floyd

Finance Director


Andrew joined Renaker as Finance Director in April 2019, having previously held senior leadership positions at Bruntwood and Relentless Group. He has approaching 20 years’ of property industry experience, with significant exposure to both investment and development funding, structuring property and corporate transactions, and leading finance operations within construction, development and property investment businesses.

Andrew began his career at Deloitte in Manchester, is a qualified accountant and graduated from Birmingham University with a BSc in Accounting and Finance.

Martina Collins

Martina Collins

Sales & Marketing Director


Martina is responsible for the Sales and Marketing function at Renaker, providing strategic direction for our sales, marketing and customer relations teams. She works closely with our international and UK sales partners across our developments.

Martina has worked on major regeneration mixed-use schemes in Manchester, London, Leeds, and York over the course of her career. Martina has a BSc in Property Economics, a MSc in Marketing, and an MBA.

Mark Schilling

Mark Schilling

Investment Director


Mark joined Renaker in 2013. After qualifying with a BSc (Hons), Mark started his career in quantity surveying. A skilled negotiator with a depth of commercial experience, Mark prides himself on working collaboratively with partners and building long-term relationships. Mark works closely with funding partners across our business, raising capital to invest in future projects. Mark has lead the PRS deals across the business, and is also responsible for the disposal of assets.

James Sidlow

James Sidlow

Development Director


Joining Renaker in 2019, James leads the development business and is responsible for the design, planning and progression of new property developments from conception through to completion. James works closely with consultants, partners and key stakeholders directing the vision for each development, ensuring ideas become a reality, and has a passion for creating high-quality sustainable places.

Prior to joining Renaker, James was a Director at Allied London and Deloitte LLP. James’ experience stretches cross border, having worked in locations across Europe, the Far East and the Middle East. James qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2011, holds a Diploma in Surveying and a BA (Hons) in Geography and Planning.

Lee Walne

Lee Walne

Commercial Director


Lee has been with Renaker since 2009. Prior to his appointment as Commercial Director, Lee started as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, and has held a variety of positions within the Commercial department, both at site level and within the pre-construction team. During his time within the business, Lee has demonstrated his ability to lead the Commercial function. Lee’s goal is to continue to successfully develop high-quality developments alongside colleagues, and to help nurture the next generation of talent. Lee holds a degree in Quantity Surveying.