Kelly Romero

Kelly has been at Be First for nearly two years and has had a very varied career working in different sectors. Over the past six years she has worked as an Executive Assistant supporting Senior Managers. Her current role as Office Manager focuses on supporting projects to keep the office running to a high standard.

Darren Mackin

Darren has worked at Barking and Dagenham for just over a year, having spent the rest of his career working in roles across housing, strategy and planning for local and central government. In his current role he is the lead for the council for commissioning and working with Be First to ensure their ambitious development …

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Hannah Lock

Hannah joined Be First in 2019 as Executive Assistant to Managing Director, Pat Hayes and she works on a selection of business development projects. Previously she has worked across a broad range of sectors including retail, property, finance and media where she has provided executive support and event management services.

Darren Rodwell

Darren became the Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council in 2014. Since then, he has established the borough as one of the most important growth opportunities in London and both he and the Council have won numerous awards, including LGC Council of the Year for 2018 and the LGIU Leader of the Year Award Since 2016, Darren has served …

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Caroline Harper

Caroline joined Be First from JLL where she worked successfully with both private and public-sector clients, with a strong focus on residential-led development in east and south London. She recently coordinated the submission of the largest full planning application ever – for Metropolitan’s Clapham Park estate regeneration in Lambeth. She also has extensive compulsory purchase, …

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Deborah Aplin

Deborah has worked at a senior level in property development for the past 30 years, specialising in brownfield urban mixed use and mixed tenure schemes.  The majority of her career was spent with the Berkeley Group, particularly St George, where she progressed to become Land and Planning Director.  Deborah is currently Managing Director of Mayfield …

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