About St James Securities

Founded in 1982, St James Securities is an owner managed commercial property development company based in Leeds. Over the years we have established an enviable reputation for delivering ambitious  developments, on time and to budget, enabling us to develop strong relationships with occupiers, land owners, local authorities and consultants alike.

Our flexible, innovative approach has meant that we have been able to expand the business in spite of three significant recessions throughout this time and we continue to explore new markets.

Following a management buy out in 2013, our current focus is the identification, acquisition and delivery of retail warehouse schemes. We have developed considerable expertise in this area and have well established good working relationships with many of the major retailers.

We are always looking for new opportunities and would be delighted to discuss any sites you are looking to dispose of or are aware will be coming available shortly.

Our work has been recognised both nationally and internationally including the RICS International Project of the Year award in 2005 for The Round Foundry, in Leeds.

Meet Our Team

Oliver Quarmby

Managing Director

Managing Director since 2011 Oliver is involved with all aspects of the development process but with a particular focus on scheme development and planning.

Prior to joining St. James Securities in 2005 he held development roles at Urban Splash and Berkeley Commercial and started his career in the office agency team at Knight Frank in London.

“Oliver aspires to windsurf without getting wet”


Dan Murray

Construction Director

Dan has been with St. James Securities for over 20 years joining as a graduate from Northumbria University and progressing through the company to the position of Construction Director.

Since joining the company, Dan has completed a Masters degree in Project Management, which is where his focus within the business lies, ensuring that all projects are delivered in line with key project deliverables. Dan is involved in the development process from feasibility stage to the point of handing over keys at the end, thereby ensuring a full understanding of the projects’ requirements and needs throughout.

In his spare time, Dan has a passion for cycling and loves nothing better than a long steep climb to burn off excess energy.

“Dan aspires to live in the Alps spending the winter on a snowboard and all of summer on a bike.”

Paul Morris

Development Director

Paul is a Chartered Surveyor with nearly 30 years’ experience in Commercial Property having been active in the development field since 2007 and prior to that as a Director and Head of Agency for Lambert Smith Hampton.

Whilst being involved in the entire development process, Paul’s core skills include sourcing and negotiating land acquisitions, design development, tenant pre-letting with a particular expertise in out of town retail, funding and deal structuring.

Paul lives on a small farm in the Yorkshire Dales with his partner and two Rottweilers who are softer than he is.

“Paul aspires to become adopted Yorkshireman having originally come from Hartlepool as a ‘Monkey Hanger”

John Batty

Financial Director

John began his career with Jolliffe Cork Chartered Accountants before moving to St James Securities in 1988, as a Junior Accountant. He worked up through the ranks to become Financial Controller before being appointed as Group Finance Director in 2011.

In addition to his detailed knowledge and history of the St. James Securities Group, he has gained experience in all financial aspects of the property development and investment sector. Using his data analysis skills, John keeps a tight rein on the Group’s finances and projects through rigorous monitoring, forecasting and modelling, constantly striving to obtain the best returns for the Group and, ultimately, the Shareholders. These skills have enabled him to successfully steer the Group through three financial recessions during his career.

In  his spare time, John is an avid gardener, an experienced traveller and a devoted dog lover.

“John aspires to retire to a hot climate, tend to his tropical gardens, assisted by his loyal and trusted dogs.”

Tracy Leadbeater

Assistant to The Directors

Tracy joined the company in 1999 as a Personal Assistant and since that time has become an invaluable member of the SJS team.  In addition to providing secretarial services to each of the directors, she is the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director, Financial Assistant to the Finance Director and Construction Assistant to the Construction Director.

Tracy is responsible for the day to smooth running of the office and her dedication, support and experience is integral to the success of the Company.

“Tracy aspires to retire to a villa in Tuscany.”