Directors and Management

Ishil Mehta

Managing Director



  • Ishil is the founder and managing director of the IMA Group of Companies. He has built and guided IMA to a sizeable company with strong foundations and a track record during the last 10 years.
  • Prior to IMA, Ishil was involved in equities, then real estate wealth management at Killik and Co.
  • He started his career at Citigroup.

Role at IMA

  • Management - Ishil structures and directs the overall strategy for the Group
  • Origination & Structuring - He is heavily involved with joint venture agreements and raising debt:equity structures
  • Acumen - Ishil’s attention to detail and entrepreneurial drive grows the Group from an earnings and a profitability perspective

Meer Shah

Head of Research & Acquisitions



  • IMA associate consultant prior to joining Group
  • IMA staff for over 5 years, rising from Analyst to Head of Department
  • Prior career experience includes Administration and Compliance at an IFA; and as a trained and widely published journalist, including a Merit from London School of Journalism

Role at IMA

  • Deal Origination – sourcing; relationship management to present IMA as a preferred buyer; negotiations
  • Research Analysis – viability and sustainability of a site/project; unitary mix based on planning policy and market demand; historic and current trends; future area development, including infrastructure and capital growth; competitor analysis
  • Disposal – pricing; marketing strategy; agent analysis, negotiation and selection; buyer qualification; offer negotiation

Ian Shorter, BCA, ACA, IFA

Chief Financial Officer



  • In excess of 25 years experience of full finance functions, currently responsible for Group Treasury, Financial and Compliance function, and individual project financial strategy
  • Prior career experience includes working for some of the largest organisations in New Zealand, Australia and USA; primary sectors worked in were land and property development, commercial and residential construction, motor industry and manufacturing and FMG
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Financial Advisors, and Institute of Directors

Role at IMA

  • Financial Reporting and Modelling
  • Sensitivity and Risk Analysis
  • Forecasting and Group Profitability
  • Group Strategy and Growth Implementation
  • Legal, Accounting and Tax Compliance

Adam Binns, ACA

Group Accountant



  • In excess of 25 years experience of financial control and finance team management, currently responsible for day-to-day management of IMA accounts
  • Prior career experience includes 17 years at a FTSE 250 Property company, where roles included Head of Investment Management, Divisional Director (Finance) and Controller (Finance and Projects)
  • Prior career experience includes Financial Controller roles at large corporations

Role at IMA

  • Group Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Accounts Payable & Receivable Management
  • Policy & Procedure Management

Stephen Byrne, FRICS

QS and Monitoring Surveyor



  • A Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 40 years’ experience in the UK construction industry
  • Previously a partner of two national quantity surveyor practices
  • Extensive experience of commercial, industrial and high end residential projects across the UK

Role at IMA

  • Professional advisor on procurement and contractual arrangements
  • Early cost advice
  • Dispute advice and resolution

Kieron Murphy

Divisional Preconstruction Director & Head of Strategic Bid Management



  • An experienced Construction Director with over 40 years’ experience in the sector
  • Previously involved with two major national Groups in the following roles; Senior Contracts Manager, Senior Project Manager and Project Director on major projects within the leisure (hotels) and high end residential sectors.
  • Experience in technical, logistics, programming and supply chain / procurement strategies alongside Risk & Opportunity evaluation

Role at IMA

  • Project and market sector focused Technical, Commercial and Risk / Opportunity evaluation and control
  • Focus on risk averse, management centric practices using best supply chain and manufacturing technique platforms to maximise end result
  • Providing strong, clear and solid project leadership to ensure project outturn achieves expectation
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