Our leadership team combines an unmatched understanding of the property market with a commitment to exemplary service.
A born entrepreneur, with over 28 years of rich experience in the global property markets, Santhosh Gowda founded the Strawberry Star Group in London.
He successfully led property businesses in India, the UAE and Singapore before setting up base in London in 2007. In his career covering different real estate geographies across continents, Santhosh successfully created high-value property businesses. Under him, Strawberry Star grew in strength and its aggregate investments totalled close to £1 billion.
With a strong local presence in London and a rapidly growing development pipeline, Santhosh is steering Strawberry Star in realising its volume housing vision of delivering 4,000 homes by 2025.
An industry leader with close to four decades of experience in corporate strategy, sales and service, Anant worked in the US for 16 years in a wide range of functions before taking on various general management positions. He spent a significant part of his career with Cummins, a global power leader, having served in senior roles in the US and India. He was Managing Director of Cummins India Ltd in his last full-time responsibility. He is a member of several prestigious industry organisations, including the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has been a non-executive director for well-known global companies, such as Bosch, KPIT and Tata Group in India.
He received a Master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Tulane University. At Strawberry Star, Anant will undertake leadership mentoring and advise the company on operational excellence.
A financial services consultant with close to 45 years of experience in several senior roles in world class companies, Vinod Tailor specialises in business development, fund raising, creating investment strategies and offering financial guidance.
In his distinguished career, he held important positions, such as, Vice President of Global Business Development for Merrill Lynch and Vice President of Global Business Development, Citibank. He has also worked for Elara Capital and JYVI Consultants. In addition to the UK, he has worked throughout Africa, the Far East and India.
An Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Fellow of Chartered Securities and Investment, he was the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, UK, between 2017-18. He is also the Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.
He advises Strawberry Star in raising equity, debt and supporting our housing vision, particularly with Luton project.
A London property development industry professional, Nick Stonley possesses more than 35 years of experience within the residential industry.
He has a strong London-centric contact base with experience in land acquisition and project management. He holds an Honours Degree in Building.
In the past, he enjoyed long stints with Berkeley Homes as its Managing Director and United House Developments where he was Managing Director for 7 years.
He was the Managing Director-Developments for three years before moving on to the role of Non-Executive Director. He will continue to guide the company on property development.
Chief Operating Officer
A highly experienced senior management professional, Prakash has about two decades of experience of building organisations, improving their competitiveness and productivity, and handling M&A in Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. Prakash is an alumnus of top schools, IIT-Delhi and IIM-Bangalore. Prior to joining Strawberry Star, he was Executive Director with Ernst & Young and successfully led $400 MM investment in building Multi-location project. In the past, he worked for MNCs GE, BELDEN and Delton in the leadership role. At Strawberry Star, Prakash is responsible for improving the productivity of the organisation, enhancing operational excellence, leading the monthly review process with vertical heads, implementing industry best practices and working with the Chairman at the group level for strategic planning.
Group Legal Counsel
Mike started his professional life in banking and subsequently practiced law for nearly 40 years. He recently retired as an equity partner from the Cripps LLP, one of the leading law firms in the country. He was responsible for their international work comprising foreign investment into the UK. He was also a trusted adviser to a number of institutional and private companies focusing on all aspects of property development and investment.
He is considered to be an open, approachable and personable lawyer, dealing with the requirements of individual clients with experience and humour. His main expertise is in areas such as Real Estate Development, Development Agreements, Development Funding, Commercial Property, Joint Ventures (property), Property Sales and Purchases, Property Investment, and Secured Lending (property)
He now provides practical and commercial advice on arrange of matters in his capacity as Group Legal Counsel to Strawberry Star.
Senior Director – Strawberry Star Group
A highly-experienced property professional with 10+ years in leading global real estate hubs, such as London, Singapore and Dubai. With his acute business analytics skills, he has successfully led underwriting and acquisition of iconic residential, residential-led mixed used developments and commercial schemes in Dubai and London.
At Strawberry Star, he is one of the Governance Board directors for all business entities and will be working very closely with vertical heads for the betterment of the business. He plays an integral role in the acquisition of schemes/sites for Strawberry Star Group.
He is responsible for reporting Strawberry Star Group’s financial performance to highly-valued clients, investors and family offices.
Yash has held senior roles in the finance teams of several major multinationals, including Thistle Hotels, Vodafone and Casa Forma (part of Pearl Global), in the past. He has a wealth of experience in M&A, tax and treasury, and oversees the financing of every Strawberry Star investment.
Yash sits on the Investment Committee and the General Partner Board for Strawberry Star Fund. He holds an MBA and is a qualified accountant and chartered secretary.