Our Team

Mario Carrozzo

Mario Carrozzo

Founder, CEO

Aged 14, Mario showed a natural aptitude for enterprise while still at school, working alongside his father in the family property and catering business. It was here that he gained invaluable life skills and experience, which played an instrumental part in his later success.


Deciding to go it alone, Mario acquired and developed his first property aged 18 and he used the experience to expand his skills in planning, construction and housing, developing a wealth of contacts in the property and banking sector along the way.


Over the past 25 years Mario has continued to run a number of successful property businesses and in spite of the early 1990's recession, he has generated a sizeable self-made portfolio.


His instinctive ability to source an opportunity whilst adding value is fundamental, making him a true entrepreneur and property magnate.


In 2009, following another economic downturn, Mario founded Caridon Property Ltd, having identified a gap in the market to assist individuals hit by a troubled economy. Using his infinite knowledge and experience as a landlord, he pioneered one of the first rent guarantee schemes in London, assuring a reliable income for landlords and a guarantor for vulnerable tenants who were struggling to find accommodation.


Caridon Property continues to thrive and is now part of the award-winning Caridon Group, a multi-million pound property development and lettings company, dedicated to serving the local communities they operate in.


A highly respected property entrepreneur, industry campaigner and dedicated family man, Mario continues to apply the same hands-on approach and determination to every project he undertakes. His passionate conviction towards social responsibility guides the vision of the Caridon Group, whilst pledging a commitment to create new opportunities and fairer housing for all.


“Always lead by example, believe in what you do and why you do it!”
Mario Carrozzo

ABBAS ALIDINA

Group MD

Abbas graduated with a BA Hons in Accountancy and Finance in 2001 and within two years had sold his first successful business for a profit.


He grew up in an entrepreneurial family and after a short career in accounting, Abbas felt he needed a broader challenge that could fulfil his appetite for growth and success. He moved into property management and grew his business to manage 150 properties and employed seven portfolio managers.


Abbas joined Mario at Caridon in 2009 where he took a fundamental role in structuring the business and helped develop the pioneering concept of guaranteed rent.


With expertise in management, negotiation, financial structuring, due diligence and development design, he has been instrumental in helping to maximise revenue and protect investment. He oversees the financial growth and operations of all the Group’s companies.

Jennifer Carrozzo

Managing Partner

Jennifer comes from a finance management background and has over 20 years’ experience in the industry.


She began her career in practice, working for leading firms of chartered accountants, specialising in entertainment, media and high net-worth individuals. She then moved into the pensions industry, as a Pension Fund Accountant, providing financial reporting to multi-million pound pension schemes.


Jennifer joined Caridon Property as a partner and Financial Controller in 2009 and implemented the finance and administration system. She has been instrumental in moulding the ethos of the business and is a key driver in setting up systems from day one. Jennifer has a keen eye for detailed analysis, trouble shooting and managing teams.


She has managed a multi-million pound property portfolio with a practical approach to business and is a big part of shaping the ethos of the company and future developments.


Her varied role involves her overall responsibility for the delivery of the financial reporting and she works very closely with both the CEO and MD as a key decision maker. She also assists in the selection and implementation of new systems and processes.

Akeel Alidina

AKEEL ALIDINA

Managing Director

Akeel showed an early talent inspired by his father for developing business. He started his own company and made a profit aged just 15 years old, before becoming the top seller at a leading telecommunications provider whilst completing his college education.


In 2007, Akeel graduated with a B.Sc in Economics and it was during this time that he began investing and managing a small portfolio of properties in London via professional room shares and HMOs while attaining his Bachelor’s degree.


He gained corporate experience working for GE Money Home Lending as an Intern Project Manager and this is where he attained his Green Belt Six Sigma accreditation and led on a high profile Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) compliance project.


Akeel joined Caridon soon after its inception in 2009 and has played an instrumental role in the strategic development of the organisation. He continues to play an integral part in driving business growth with his strong leadership and management skills.


Akeel writes business articles for magazines such as London Business Matters and publishes his work on LinkedIn. In 2012 he was in the top 5% of viewed profiles across the global LinkedIn platform. He is in the process of writing his first book which is due to be published soon.


In his spare time, Akeel is heavily involved in his local community, mentoring young students with their professional development in preparation for further education and the work place via the local community school and London’s CASS Business School where he mentors undergraduate students.


He is also active in supporting young entrepreneurs and start-up with micro finance, seed investment and mentorship.


Akeel is an active footballer and passionate advocate of community sport, chairing his local football club to success with an FA-affiliated championship.

Mario Carrozzo

LORA BENCHEIKH

Portfolio Director

Lora began her highly successful career in the restaurant industry, refining her management skills at the prestigious Richoux, Whitbread Brewery and ASK Restaurant chains.


Using her extensive experience, Lora later joined the family business and acquired a split residential and commercial property freehold to co-found a new restaurant, which she successfully managed for several years, before profitably leasing it as an operating business.


Lora has always had a passion for property and aged 18, she began building an extensive portfolio of buy to let properties in South London, which she continued to manage profitably.


With her all-encompassing management skills and hands-on experience of both residential and commercial properties, Lora brings a unique perspective and inherent understanding of the rental market, having survived two recessions as an independent portfolio landlord herself.


Lora applied these skills during Caridon’s early growth phase and quickly acquired a large portfolio of independent landlords with her strong consumer relation skills and proactive attitude to excellent client service. Lora has an unparalleled work ethic and commitment to excellence in everything she undertakes.


As Portfolio Director, Lora is responsible for guiding a team of Regional Portfolio Managers throughout London, Sussex and Essex, whilst overseeing the administration of more than 1,000 units, comprising both individual and block developments. 2017 will see an additional 600 units added to Caridon’s growing portfolio and solid future growth plans.

PAUL BENNETT

Group Finance Director

Paul began his career in accounting practice carrying out audit and assurance engagements on a variety of clients ranging from SME’s to PLC’s.

He qualified in 2004 and moved into the Asset Management industry where he held various senior operational and financial control positions over the following 14 years, and prior to joining the Caridon Group, he was Chief Operating Officer at a Mayfair based hedge fund, a very broad role that encompassed Finance, Operational systems, Compliance, HR, and Legal.

Paul’s interests outside of work are varied, and when he’s not with his family or reminiscing about the good old days playing rugby, he can be found captaining his local cricket club and playing football or golf in a distinctly mediocre fashion.

Paul brings the Caridon Group a host of experience within the financial control space and works across the three group companies.

James Evans II

Director of Housing

James is formerly from the United States of America and as a result of being in the American Air Force made his way into the United Kingdom.

His 10 years of military service saw him start his career working the dental clinics on base, and he spent 3 of his 10 years as a military training instructor or what’s fondly known as a drill sergeant.

It was by way of an accident and interest that James began his housing career in 2003 with a large non-profit housing association in London where he played a large part in delivering a much need service for people who required temporary accommodation. James spent an additional 8 years with the organisation changing in the way in which the company worked by implementing new ways of working.

James then took his skill set and knowledge to another ‘not for profit’ housing association where he was the lead for a new flag ship development of over 850 units of mixed tenure which included market rent, shared ownership and outright sales, plus supported housing and student/keyworker accommodation based on long term contracts with the NHS.

An opportunity and approach from a private housing management company presented itself and gave James the opportunity to showcase his knowledge of working and leading teams in the social, private, and supporting housing sector.

James is a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to furthering standards of excellence. His expertise encompasses all aspect of business development and administration from controlling costs and maximising revenues to harnessing team strengths to improve companywide performance.

James brings over 13 years of senior management experience in housing sector to the operations of Caridon with the aims to lead a family led minded business into a corporate led future, continuing the ethos of providing much needed housing to those who need it the most.

James is keen to implement system orientated and KPI driven systems and processes into the working practices of the business, as we continue to expand and grow..

James is a true believer of “There is no I in team”.

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