Dorothée Dembiermont


Dorothée is a founding partner of Voltaire and is primarily focused on property located in the UK and specialises in both developments and site acquisitions ranging in size from £3m to £800 million. Dorothée has experience with mixed-use developments, prime residential, and numerous hotel projects. She also arranged funding for the acquisition of substantial sites in London.

Dorothée has arranged numerous investments packages including industrial, retail and leisure portfolios. Over the past few years, she has been particularly active in the fields of student accommodation and social housing arranging both debt and equity for private companies and listed funds.

She began her career in real estate with a prominent London real estate broker. 

Dorothee graduated from ISC business school in Paris.

James Thomlinson CeCM


James is a founding partner of Voltaire with a background in arranging complex real estate transactions. For a number of years James specialised in arranging structured investment facilities for requirements across all asset classes.

During the last few years James has increased his focus on facilitating equity injections into both development and investment transactions – often as part of arranging the entire capital structure. He arranges finance on behalf of some of the most dynamic mid-sized developers in London and throughout the country using his strong relationships with a broad range of senior, stretched-senior and mezzanine lenders.

James began his career in real estate finance with CLP Structured Finance where he placed both investment and development requirements. Immediately prior to the formation of Voltaire James was valued for achieving significant success for clients throughout the downturn.

James received a BA degree in Politics with Economics from Loughborough University and has a Certificate in Commercial Mortgages.

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Dominic Haworth


Dominic joined Voltaire in August 2017 to assist in the origination and placement of real estate transactions across all sectors.

Dominic was previously acting as Finance Director for Tenhurst Limited, a prime central London residential development company which he joined in 2012. During his time at Tenhurst he was responsible for all debt raising and debt management of existing projects with an estimated GDV of £250m including the acquisition of new residential and mixed-use opportunities.

Prior to Tenhurst, Dominic worked at The Royal Bank of Scotland in their London based Real Estate Finance Group, focusing on the house-building and residential development sector. The role involved arranging senior debt finance for existing and new clients.

Prior to joining RBS, Dominic worked at Native Land Limited (a prime central London residential developer) where his principal responsibilities were focusing on site identification, acquisitions and investor relations.

Prior to Native Land Dominic also worked at Rockpoint Group’s London office as an Associate where he focused on commercial property investments in the UK across all sectors.

Previous positions have also been held with Bear Stearns International, in the European Real Estate Finance Group, where he worked as a Senior Analyst on Pan-European CMBS transactions and at Invista Real Estate Investment Management in the UK and European Property Team, where he worked as a Graduate.

Dominic graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2004 with a degree in Financial and Business Economics. He also went on to gain a Master of Science in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School, London in 2007.

Andrew Hosford

Director - Head of Bridging

For over two years Andrew has been responsible for short term and bridging finance via the dedicated Voltaire Bridging offering.

Andrew has developed key partner status relationships with a select number of mainstream short term lenders. In addition he has access to a suite of private and family office sources enabling him to assist with the most complex of requirements. Andrew has been recognised by a variety of industry bodies as being one of the leading brokers of short term finance in the marketplace.

Prior to joining Voltaire Andrew spent 6 years advising on the launches of multi-million pound leisure businesses in London and around the UK.

Andrew received a BA and a BSc degree from the University of Leeds.

Brian Dunk


Brian retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in April 2011 having spent over 25 years advising HNW and UHNW individuals on taxation matters. Before joining PwC he spent 10 years at HMRC where he worked on the administration of Inheritance tax at the Capital Taxes Office and subsequently at Head Office where his responsibilities included advising Government ministers in relation to capital gains tax policy matters.

Brian regularly features in the Citywealth Top 10 Leading Accountants awards. His particular areas of expertise include:

  • General capital tax planning (CGT and IHT)
  • Planning for non UK domiciled residents
  • Offshore trust planning
  • Planning for tax efficient private company sales
  • Use of financial instruments and structured products for individuals
  • Brian has an in depth knowledge of the various ways in which efficient tax structures can be applied to, and benefit, real estate transactions and ownership structures.

Colin Jones


A career banker with 30 years’ experience of providing property finance loans, including investment and development facilities.

Colin commenced his career in 1979 with HSBC where he spent 7 years in various clerical positions gaining general banking experience. In 1986 he left to join the specialist property funder, First National, where he spent 11 years providing investment and development loans. 

He has subsequently held various senior property finance positions including: Head of Property Finance at Israel Discount Bank, Head of Development Finance at Bradford & Bingley and New Business Director at specialist development finance lender BLG.

Colin has a wealth of experience in the sector, including mezzanine and equity situations for property developments.


Daniela Sevelius


Daniela joined Voltaire Financial in June 2017 and primarily assists the partners with the analysis and financial modelling of prospective transactions.

With a background in property through a family business in development and investment, Daniela has gained experience in the industry from a young age. Daniela worked in real estate sales and marketing in Miami where after she managed her family portfolio in Finland. Prior to joining Voltaire Financial, she raised finance for a boutique property developer in west London. 

Daniela graduated with a Master’s degree in Management from Cass Business School and a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Business from the University of Miami.

Christine Johnston


Christine studied Business Management in Cape Town, before moving to London in 2011.

She worked as PA for a US law firm and in 2013 joined property developer Almacantar, where she worked as PA to the investment director, and as assistant to the development and marketing teams.

In 2015, Christine joined Voltaire Financial and works on marketing, events and as a PA to the executive team.