James Saunders, Quintain
James Saunders

James Saunders was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Quintain in October 2019 and since then has led the company through the Pandemic, during which Quintain achieved the biggest construction completion year in their 30-year history. Starting with just 141 apartments for rent in 2016, James has led the team to reach 3,651 homes under management, noting the 2022 year-end occupancy across the entire rental portfolio sat at over 98%. Since then, Quintain’s tenth build to rent development has opened at Wembley Park. James was previously Chief Operating Officer of Quintain and has been a main board director since 2017. As Chief Operating Officer, James led the place-making and estate management at Wembley Park, commercial partnerships, group marketing, IT and health and safety. During his time at Quintain, James has led the repositioning of Wembley Park from an event destination to an exciting new neighbourhood for London. He has created the strategic direction for marketing, communications and place making that has led to dramatic reconsideration of the area, increase in footfall, improvements in press coverage and word-of -mouth, plus new partnerships including with Boxpark, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Troubadour Theatres and Second Floor Studios. He has managed key stakeholder and commercial partner relationships with GLA, London Borough of Brent, Wembley Stadium, the FA, AEG and Realm. He was responsible for the renegotiation of agreements with adjacent landowners that unlocked the Wembley Park site from a development and operational perspective. Prior to joining Quintain, James was the Chief Marketing Officer at The Cloud Networks, a consultant to Vodafone Europe and Brand Director at Coca-Cola Great Britain. He holds a Sloan Masters from London Business School, a Law Degree from Cambridge University and is a barrister-at-law.