About Astute

Astute Capital Plc provides Senior Debt Real Estate Funding across the UK. Based in London, Astute has provided funding to a wide network of Real Estate developers and has a unique understanding of what is required from both a lender’s and developer’s perspective.

Management Team

Adrian Bloomfield - Chairman and Director

Over 40 years experience in UK property lending, founder of the Association of Short-Term Lenders (ASTL) and expert witness for major UK banks having been instructed on more than 300 cases.

David Symondson – Managing Director

Lending experience for over 30 years and has built and existed two regulated financial services start-ups and has advised in excess of 30 SMEs on growth strategies and assisted with their funding requirements.

Tim Mycock – Non-Executive Director

Director and Senior Management experience in real estate private equity and development, both in the UK and overseas and was responsible for north of £1.8bn of GDV for development and investment projects in the UK, Europe and North America, until early 2020 and c. £450m of GDV since that point. He has extensive experience across all tenure mixes delivering speculative residential developments, socially affordable housing, PBSA, BTR, Permitted Development, Hotel and PRS schemes. Tim, uniquely, has significant experience as a financier as well as a developer and brings significant expertise to the team.

Richard Symonds – Head of Investment and Structuring

With over 18 years experience in property development, finance and short-term lending, he has worked with several major UK funds specialising in fixed income investments in both commercial and residential property sectors. He has significant experience in both short term real estate lending and capital raising and has structured and listed multiple fixed income securities across several European Stock Exchanges. He has an in-depth knowledge and experience of both the legal and compliance areas of lending, investment structuring and operations in his field.

Gideon Shawyer - Head of Finance

ACA qualified whilst at Deloitte and has over 10 years post qualification experience. His experience is in SMEs and FTSE 100 companies in several industries including telecoms, media and property. Strong finance professional with a Bachelor of Economics.