Meet the Laragh team

Our team of approachable, attentive, highly skilled professionals thrive on providing an exceptional service.

Find out more about the people who make Laragh a great company to do business with.

Simon Somerville-Large

SIMON SOMERVILLE-LARGE

Managing Director and Founder of Laragh

With unrivalled knowledge of the Cambridge property market and thirty years’ industry experience, Simon Somerville-Large has successfully directed the development of more than 50 schemes throughout the city and surrounding areas.

Among these high-specification developments are the award-winning Parkside properties in central Cambridge and the Manor Farm CLT project at Stretham, both built in partnership with Peterhouse, together with the ‘art deco’ Tamara House apartments on Queen Edith’s Way and The Pastures luxury homes in Harston, another award-winning Cambridgeshire development.

Prior to founding Laragh in 2007, Simon held high-level positions at Wimpey Developments, Shepherd Construction and Camstead Homes. Galvanising his expertise and experience, Simon handpicks specialist teams for each and every project, creating unique design concepts and inspired solutions to maximise value for land owners and investors.

ANDY HOUGHTON

Director of Laragh, Founder and Managing Director of Houghton Homes Ltd

Andy has many years’ experience in residential development. From self-building his own home in 1984, Andy has always had a hands-on approach to house building, this is directly employed in ensuring that all aspects of property development, including site selection, planning, design, specification, construction and after sales service, are second to none.

Andy was previously Managing Director of his family firm Simpers Ltd, a well-known local Cambridge company, before selling it in 2016.

Andy and Simon have worked together on various projects in and around Cambridge. At the heart of everything we do is the creation of beautiful homes tailored to their surroundings in great locations, which keep our customers as the central focus.

MEET THE LARAGH TEAM

  • Hannah Greenhow

    Sales and Marketing Director

    Professional: Integral to Laragh since 2013, Hannah’s 14-year career includes eight years with Savills development. Her customer-facing role involves key marketing management and taking care of buyers’ requirements.

    Passion: Inspired by the company’s commitment to its clients, Hannah loves working across Laragh’s landmark projects.

    Personal: It’s all about her two children, Bella their pampered pooch, fun with friends and holidays.

  • Claire Bland

    Sales & Marketing Assistant

    Professional: With a career that includes Commercial Manager for the Ministry of Defence and running her own business, Claire brings a wealth of experience gained from roles in the public and private sectors.

    Passion: A love of all things property related, from inspirational interior design to seeing exciting developments through from concept to completion.

    Personal: Together with a full family life, Claire enjoys anything arty and creative, especially when she can combine her organisational skills with creative flare.

  • Caroline Chapman

    Finance Manager

    Professional: In charge of Laragh’s finances since 2016, Caroline brings 20 years’ accounting experience gained across various business sectors.

    Passion: Loves Laragh’s approach to building unique community schemes and being part of a fantastic team.

    Personal: Family, friends and keeping forever busy with two very lively young boys.

  • Fiona Somerville-Large

    Interior Design Manager & Company Secretary

    Professional: A founding partner in 2007, Fiona brings a decade of specialist interior design excellence to give Laragh homes their trademark style and elegance.

    Passion: Takes great pride in the company’s achievements, especially the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for the Manor Farm scheme in Stretham.

    Personal: Time with family, cooking, travelling, theatre and managing the renovation of her family home.

  • Steven Walder

    Group Finance Director

    Professional: Steven joined Laragh as Financial Consultant in June 2019 following his previous role at RBS/Coutts. With 24 years’ corporate banking experience, his professional qualifications and skilled investor relations brings a wealth of real estate sector banking knowledge to the business.

    Passion: Working with Laragh to help deliver exceptional returns through insightful financial management.

    Personal: When not refereeing his daughter’s football team, Steve enjoys travel, running, following the England Cricket team and wine, often together.

  • John Lorimer

    Development Director

    Professional: John joined in 2018 following 23 years with Cambridge estate agencies, including his own business. With an in-depth knowledge of the property market, he knows what Cambridgeshire homebuyers are looking for and how to source the best development locations.

    Passion: Laragh’s unique professional culture and the team’s passion for delivering excellent quality homes.

    Personal: John enjoys running, the great outdoors, and time spent with his family.

  • Paul Lawrence

    Construction Director

    Professional: Paul brings 23 years of construction industry experience working with UK leading contractors. He joined Laragh Homes in 2020 to oversee operations, from pre-construction through to completion and handover.

    Passion: Working with the Laragh team and our chosen contractors to successfully deliver exceptional homes that we and our clients are proud of.

    Personal: Paul enjoys time with his family, often spent on the sideline supporting their football teams or chauffeuring to triathlon events. Keen on most sports, particularly football and Formula 1.

  • Lorna Ryder

    Quantity Surveyor

    Professional: Having worked for 13 years as a successful Quantity Surveyor in housebuilding and M&E, Lorna joined Laragh in 2020 as a leading member of the new Laragh Build team, she has hit the ground running working on The Old Tannery in Ely and is looking forward to the challenge of future projects.

    Passion: Working to procure the right contractors for Laragh projects and being an essential part of creating high-quality homes to be proud of.

    Personal: Lorna loves spending time with her husband and their Goldendoodle Milly. Going to live music and sport events are also on her list of top things to do.

  • Hellena Barnes

    PR Consultant

    Professional: As an editor and writer on national magazines for many years, Hellena brings her own style of communication, PR, marketing and copywriting talents to the team.

    Passion: Sharing Laragh’s latest news, amazing achievements and magnificent projects in the press, online and across social media to build brand awareness.

    Personal: Making the most of time with family, friends, her daughter Angel and their crazy Cockapoo – loves to spa and also does a bit of wild swimming.

  • Marie Baggaley-Gray

    Project Administrator

    Professional: With a strong background working as a director-level PA, Marie’s highly motivated approach and organisational skillset provides professional support for the Laragh Build team across exciting development projects.

    Passion: Marie’s keen interest in renovation, design and interiors is inspired by Laragh’s passion for delivering exceptional developments.

    Personal: Loves long dog walks, great food and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

  • Shaun Taylor

    Senior Site Manager

    Professional: Shaun’s 35-year construction career brings extensive experience with leading contractors, both in the UK and internationally. He joined Laragh to manage The Old Tannery project and is now integral to Laragh Build and its future developments.

    Passion: Delivering beautiful homes, built to the highest standards, by working with the Laragh team and selected subcontractors to create amazing places to live.

    Personal: Family time and travel are top times for Shaun. A keen golfer, he is also a big fan of watching live sports, particularly football, rugby and boxing.