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.
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.
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 a range 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.
CFO – Strawberry Star Group
A highly motivated, strategic financial leader, with a track record of driving innovation and growth, Steven is an expert in implementing robust financial controls, risk management, governance, business planning and forecasting. His core sector experience spans real estate, financial services, investment management, and private equity.
Prior to joining Strawberry Star, Steven was the CFO of Vensyn Group, a London-based private equity group where he led the organisation through a demanding period of high growth and structural change. In the past, he led critical functions at SSE Enterprise, Ignis Asset Management, Ernst Young and Grand Thornton among others. He is a qualified CA and has mentored entrepreneurial P&L owners from start-up to mature business (£5m to £100m turnover).
At Strawberry Star, Steven will be responsible for creating a world-class Finance function for the Group as the CFO.
Senior Director – Strawberry Star Group
An established senior Marcom professional with two decades of strategic leadership experience across geographies in the property sector, technology, FMCG, BFSI, retail, and aviation sectors. Building brands through strategic planning and development contributing to enterprise sales, establishing corporate identity across marketing and public relations channels, market analysis, digital strategy, and crisis communications constitute her core competencies.
She has advised renowned companies, such as, Nike, ABB, Volkswagen, Sikorsky, Intel, Bosch Siemens, P&G, HSBC, Lenovo, UTC, Knight Frank, Ascendas, Deutsche Bank, Axa, Marriott, Lodha Group, Emirates Airlines, and BBC Entertainment. Prior to joining Strawberry Star Group, she was the Vice-President and Member of the Leadership Team at MSLGROUP, one of the world’s top integrated communications firms and part of the Publicis Groupe.
At Strawberry Star, she is responsible for implementing strategic Marketing & Communications mandate and strengthen the organisation’s omnichannel presence, branding, visibility and thought leader space in the UK property sector.