After university, Richard spent ten years working in the City for Arthur Andersen, County NatWest, Lazard Brothers and Credit Agricole Lazard Financial Products. He left in 1997 and set up MRP with co-director Mark Willmott. The company focused initially on building up a residential investment portfolio. This was sold in 2002 to enable the directors to concentrate on development. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor with degrees in law from Edinburgh and Oxford Universities.
Mark has worked in private architectural practice since qualifying in 1986. Having worked on various mixed-use developments from inception through to completion in London's Docklands, including a twelve month site-based project architect role, he co-founded Forge Architects and Surveyors Ltd in 1992. Mark spent the subsequent 11 years building up the practise into a successful planning consent specialist before selling his 50% shareholding in January 2003 to concentrate on architecture-led development in MRP.