Marc Vlessing

Co-founder and CEO of Pocket Living

Pocket Living is London’s first private developer that focuses on delivering intermediate housing for the starter market. Pocket Living’s award-winning Pocket housing requires no grant, is secured as affordable in perpetuity and sold outright to people on low to moderate incomes. The company has delivered over 400 homes over the past decade and has a pipeline of over 700 homes that will be delivered across 9 schemes by 2020. Pocket Living is investing c.£200m in affordable homes over the next 4 years.

Marc has had a broad career working in the City as well as the property and media sectors as a CEO, Chairman, NED and consultant.

He started his career as a corporate financier with County NatWest. In 1991, he set up Media Finance, a management consultancy business. In 1997, Marc became Chief Executive of Crescent Entertainment - the West End’s largest group of theatres and cinemas - and in 2000 he became Chief Executive of First Call International.

Marc also has extensive venture capital experience, both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. He is Chairman of ProVen Growth & Income VCT Plc, one of the UK's most successful venture capital trusts for small to medium sized growth companies. In between jobs, Marc has produced a number of award winning feature films. He maintains his sanity by playing the saxophone (jazz).

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