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. Mario acquired and developed his first property aged 18, from his own savings. He used the experience to expand his skills in planning, construction and housing, and over the years developed a strong contact book in the property and banking sectors. Over the past 25 years Mario has continued to run several successful property businesses and he has generated a substantial self-made portfolio. Mario has fine tuned the ability to source an opportunity and to see it's as yet unapparent value, making him a true entrepreneur.
In 2009, following the recession, Mario founded Caridon Property, having identified a gap in the market to assist individuals hit by the economic downturn. Using his acquired knowledge and experience as a landlord, he pioneered one of the first rent guarantee schemes in London, assuring a reliable income for landlords and acting as a guarantor for vulnerable tenants who were struggling to find accommodation. Caridon Property has grown rapidly 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 it operates 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 passion towards social responsibility guides the vision of the Caridon Group, which aims to create new opportunities and fairer housing for all.
“Always lead by example, believe in what you do and why you do it!”
Co-Founder/Group Managing Director
Abbas grew up in an entrepreneurial family and graduated with a BA Hons in Accountancy and Finance in 2001. Within two years of graduation he had sold his first successful business for a profit. After his short career in accounting, Abbas sought a broader challenge that could fulfil his appetite for growth and success. He moved into property management and grew his business, eventually managing 150 properties and employing seven portfolio managers.
Abbas joined Mario at Caridon in 2009 where he took a fundamental role in re-structuring the business and developing the pioneering concept of guaranteed rent.
Abbas's expertise includes management, negotiation, financial structuring and due diligence. He oversees the financial growth and operations of all the Group’s companies.
Akeel showed at an early age. a natural appetite for business. He started his own company and made a profit aged just 15, before becoming the top seller at a leading telecommunications provider whilst completing his tertiary education.
In 2007, Akeel graduated with a B.Sc in Economics. It was during this time that he began investing in property and eventually managing a small portfolio of properties in London via professional room shares and HMOs, while attaining his degree.
He gained corporate experience working for GE Money Home Lending as an Intern Project Manager where he attained his Green Belt Six Sigma accreditation and led on a high profile Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) compliance project, skills that would become invaluable later in his career.
Akeel joined Caridon Property soon after its inception in 2009 and has played an instrumental role in the strategic development of the organisation. He continues to drive business growth with his strong leadership and management skills.
Akeel writes 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 involved in his local community. He mentors young students, assisting them with their professional development in preparation for further education and the work-place. He volunteers at a local community school and London’s CASS Business School.He is also active in supporting young entrepreneurs and start-ups on accessing with micro finance, seed investment and mentorship.
Akeel is an active footballer and chaired his local football club to success with an FA-affiliated championship.
Jennifer has a finance management background with over 20 years’ experience in the industry.
She began her career in practice, working for leading firms of chartered accountants, initially specialising in entertainment, media and high net-worth individuals. She then moved into the pensions industry, and as a Pension Fund Accountant, provided financial reporting to multi-million pound pension schemes.
Jennifer joined Caridon Property as a partner and Financial Controller in 2009 to implement the finance and administration system. She has been instrumental in moulding the ethos of the business and is a key driver in setting up and implementing systems and processes. Jennifer has a keen eye for detailed analysis, trouble shooting and managing teams.
She has experience in property portfolio management, takes a practical approach to business and continues to help shape the company and future developments.
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 management experience, Lora later joined her family's 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 managed profitably.
With her considerable 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.
Lora applied these skills during Caridon’s early growth phase and quickly built up a large portfolio of independent landlords for Caridon, also employing her strong consumer relation skills and excellent client service. Lora has an unparalleled work ethic and commitment to excellence in everything she undertakes.
Lora is responsible for guiding the Director of Housing and a team of Regional Portfolio Managers throughout London, Sussex and Essex, whilst overseeing the administration of more than 2,000 units, comprising both individual and block developments.
Group Finance Director
Dipak qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant 1986 and has many years of experience working in M&E Contracting, Facilities Management, Cleaning, Software and Property businesses. He moved from his Finance role into an Operations role as a Facilities Director managing a property portfolio for one of the major airlines in the UK, where he has achieved major successes in setting up an open book finance model which has benefitted clients as well as contractors.
Dipak was involved in M&A activities in his previous roles and brings a huge depth of knowledge having worked in various industries to the Caridon Group as a Group Finance Director.
In his spare time he enjoys taking his dog Simba for a walk, & socialising with family and friends.
James Evans II
Director of Housing
James is from the United States and made his way into the UK through the American Air Force where he gave 10 years of military service.
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 needed service for people who required temporary accommodation and changing in the way in which the company worked by implementing new strategies. Following this he moved 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, including supported housing and student/keyworker accommodation based on long term contracts with the NHS. An opportunity 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's expertise encompasses all aspect of business development and administration, from controlling costs and maximising revenues to harnessing team strengths to improve company performance.
James brings over 13 years of senior management experience in the housing sector to Caridon, continuing the ethos of providing much needed housing to those who need it the most.
James is a true believer of “There is no "I" in team”.
Group HR Director
Prior to working in Human Resources, Anthony worked as a Legal Executive for several reputable City Law firms, practising property law for several years.
Anthony has over 13 years of experience in Employment Law, Recruitment, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations and HR Policy & Procedures.
He has led on key human resources initiatives, advising line managers on recruitment best practice, employment law and policy & procedures.
Anthony is adept at motivating executive business partners, managers, cross-functional groups and teams to deliver outstanding business results in line with company visions.
Away from work, Anthony likes to spend time with his family, playing football and travelling.