Award-winning property mentor * investor * developer with a social conscience.
A giant thinking, risk-taking visionary, Lorraine Thomas learnt the hard way about successful property development and investment and she now mentors budding developers through that journey.
Taking a leap from her career in business development for the legal sector, in 2016 Lorraine landed in a new role procuring rental properties for disadvantaged young adults, then started buying and developing properties in this sector. Acquiring a disused plot of garages in Croydon in February 2018 she has put heart and soul into developing Fountain Gates, a new-build comprising two houses and seven flats with Help to Buy.
She’s one of a new breed of landlords who combine commercial savviness with a social conscience.
On a mission to make property ownership and rental available to those for whom it is often out of reach, prioritising high-risk tenants from the vulnerable and young adult sector.
Now an accomplished and successful developer who drives projects from the ground up ranging from £100k to £2.1m. She has gone from a humble £62.50 pw to a growing portfolio of beyond £10m.
Lorraine’s awards and notable achievements:
Lorraine was named in the f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 list for 2020 as one of the 100 top UK businesses led by women who juggle multiple enterprises. A trusted and solid business adviser, Lorraine is a second time judge for the Best Business Awards 2020/2021. Awarded the Lancelot Andrewes medal by the Archbishop of Southwark for Godly service in her community. Announced as one of the top 30 Inspiring women to look out for in 2021 by NYC Journal.
Lorraine has featured in and been interviewed on:
Saturday Telegraph * BBC Politics Live * Platinum Magazine * The Metro* Women&Home * The NYC Journal * BBC Radio* Portrait of Black Britain*
Panels: Google – The State of Black Women UK Summit 2020 * The National Residential Landlords Association – the London housing market * Tide Banking – a tale of female entrepreneurship * BEIS (Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) with the Secretary of State MP Kwasi Kwarteng *
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