About us

Founded by John Finlan, Morbaine is a highly successful, family owned, UK Property Development and Investment Group with over 60 years’ experience of designing, building and managing commercial property.

We pride ourselves on adopting a realistic and deliverable approach and are keen to help unlock difficult sites or facilitate complicated but viable building solutions.

Given the complex processes involved in securing successful and viable developments, we understand that significant time and resources are often required early on in the development process.

This is where Morbaine’s team of experienced professionals provide invaluable support and advice from the outset.

Our Track Record

Morbaine is a well-respected and highly professional organisation whose key focus is on construction and delivery. Since the Group was formed, it has delivered more than three and a half million square feet of commercial development, working with over 50 trusted clients.

  • 60+

    years in business

  • 100+

    assets owned and operated

  • 3.5m+

    sq ft constructed

  • 50+

    trusted clients

Our People

Morbaine has a well-established and highly experienced ‘in-house’ team of professionals. The team provides the necessary skills required at all stages of the development process from site identification and assembly, through to planning, construction and finally hand-over or sale.

  • John Parle

    Managing Director

    As Managing Director, John is responsible for the day to day management of Morbaine Limited as well as providing a strategic input to ongoing developments and investments. John has extensive commercial property and contractual knowledge having worked in the industry for over 60 years. He has helped to deliver numerous high profile development projects and his hands-on approach helps provide invaluable support to Morbaine’s Development Directors.

  • John Finlan

    Development Director

    Since joining the company in 2010, John has developed key skills in relation to securing and delivering commercial development, including site assembly, option appraisals and agreements for lease.  More recently, John has worked on several successful retail schemes for both Lidl and Aldi, helping to support the delivery of these projects from inception through to hand-over.

  • Adrian Crossdale

    Development Director

    Adrian spent 4 years at Safeway before joining Morbaine in 1994. As a Chartered General Practice Surveyor, Adrian has considerable experience in identifying and securing development opportunities.  He has managed complex retail/leisure schemes from conception and planning through to securing end users and where appropriate, achieving the final sale.  During his time at Morbaine, he has worked closely with many national operators including Safeway, JD Gyms, Aldi, Lidl and Sainsburys.

  • Graham Adams

    Development Director

    Graham has a property development career stretching back over 35 years. He has worked for leading retailers Whitbread, Asda and Tesco in the UK and internationally operating at Board level, before joining Morbaine in 2008. Graham has delivered numerous retail projects managing all facets of the process through from site identification to completion with hand-over to the end user and the final onward sale. He has an extensive network of relations including with retailers, consultants, agents and local authorities.

  • Keith Nutter

    Group Planning Director

    Keith is a chartered town planner with over 30 years’ experience in the development industry. Throughout his career, Keith has advised a wide range of clients from major developers and large blue-chip companies through to local and regional government. He is also an experienced expert witness representing clients at numerous Public Inquiries.

  • Simon Felce

    Group Legal Director

    Simon is an experienced commercial property conveyancer. Since qualifying over 35 years ago, he has handled a wide range of complex property-related legal matters (both freehold and leasehold), including option agreements, conditional contracts, development agreements and agreements for lease.

  • Chris Parle

    Group Finance Director

    Chris is a qualified Chartered Accountant with almost two decades’ experience operating as European Finance Director in a global financial services business. He also founded his own financial consultancy practice. After recently joining Morbaine as Group Finance Director, Chris brings with him a wealth of strategic experience and financial governance. His role on the Board has helped to promote change and to manage the company’s accounting processes.

  • Robert England

    Project Management Director

    Robert is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 40 years' experience working for national/international contractors as well as private Project Management consultancies. For the past 30 years, Robert has managed complex and large-scale developments for Morbaine, including numerous B&Q superstores and Sainsbury’s superstore in Edinburgh.

  • Mat Forde

    Project Management Director

    Mat is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 28 years’ experience working in Project Management. Before joining Morbaine, Mat worked for an international Project Management consultancy firm. For the past 20 years, Mat has been responsible for the delivery of numerous complex construction projects for Morbaine, including Tesco’s superstore in Widnes and Sainsbury’s new superstore in Kendal.

  • Ian Hughes

    Asset Management Director

    Ian is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of experience in commercial property. Ian's career began in private practice in the northwest, later he joined the Out-of-Town Retail and Supermarket teams at two national property advisors in London. In 2002 Ian returned to the northwest where he continued to specialise in large space retail and leisure property and advised landlord and tenant clients nationwide. For over 15 years Ian also sat on the President of the RICS’ panels of Independent Experts and Arbitrators deciding numerous commercial property rental disputes. Ian has recently joined Morbaine and his wide experience of commercial property enables him to oversee the management of Morbaine’s portfolio.

Our Clients

The Group has established long-standing relationships with blue chip companies many of whom are also tenants of our substantial property portfolio.