About Us

Carvil Ventures is an independent real estate consultancy with a focus on strategy and public affairs founded by Kim Humphreys, drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the public and private sectors and providing imaginative and entrepreneurial solutions to complex real estate development issues.

Our core strength lies in a thorough and comprehensive understanding of our clients’ objectives, the community’s needs and wants as well as the creative design process and planning system coming from our years of experience in directly relevant sectors. From our experience we know what methods of communication are required to succeed in taking development concepts from initial advice through the planning process to a success outcome.

CVL is a member of UK Public Affairs Council.

Kim Humphreys

Kim Humphreys is a Board Level Executive with an in-depth knowledge of the public and private sectors and a track record at motivating people to transform services in complex environments.

After a 20 year dual-track career working in both commercial banking, heading Mizuho Corporate Banks European syndicated loan activities and serving as Deputy Leader & Executive Member for Housing at Southwark Council, London’s largest social landlord, Kim founded Carvil Ventures to build on his experience and expertise in order to offer his clients creative entrepreneurial real estate solutions.  

Key achievements included:

  • Leading the housing for Southwark’s ₤1.7 billion on-going re-development at Elephant & Castle, one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects, which was nominated for Local Government Chronicle Awards in 2008.
  • Introducing improvements to increase staff efficiency and transform services provided by external partners through the “100 Days of Change”, generating the highest customer satisfaction increase by a London Council in the 2008 IPSOS MORI Place survey.
  • Spending 20 years working in the financial markets arranging large-scale loans in Europe, Africa and the Middle East including the first loans facility for a South African institution after the lifting of sanctions. Kim was Chairman of the Loan Market Association, the trade association for the European loan markets where he was actively involved in finding new sources of finance for the loans market.
  • Kim has been the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Camberwell and Peckham (1997) and Dulwich and West Norwood (2005). 
  • He was a London Business School Sloan Fellow in 2010 having completed a Masters in Strategy & Leadership.

Kim is an effective spokesman in dealing with local and national media and able to work in challenging environments and is experienced in developing new business opportunities for public and private partnerships.

Kim a member of member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Catherine Bowman
Client Director

When it comes to housing and regeneration, Catherine has a matchless blend of private and public sector experience.  She has hands on experience of delivering complex, high value schemes.  And she is as comfortable debating the finer points of a s106 agreement with a local resident, as with the local MP.

Catherine joins Carvil from the Berkeley Group - London’s largest residential developer - where for two years she was an adviser and speech writer for Chairman, Tony Pidgley CBE.

Key achievements included:

  • Catherine served for 12 years as a senior councillor in the London Borough of Southwark. 
  • Her roles included Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive member for Regeneration.  
  • While leading the Regeneration & Planning Department, she was in charge of delivering complex, high profile schemes at Bermondsey, Canada Water, Elephant & Castle and Peckham. 
  • From 2011 until 2014 she was Chair of the Council's cross-party Overview & Scrutiny Committee.  OSC was responsible for scrutinising an annual budget of £300 million and for holding the Cabinet to account.
  • She has many years experience as a Panning Committee member and was Vice – Chair of Southwark’s Licensing Committee between 2010-11.
  • Catherine stood down from the Council in 2014 but is delighted to be an Honorary Alderwoman of the Borough.
  • Outside of local government, Catherine has worked as a consultant on a number of public affairs campaigns.  Whether centred on urban renewal in industrial Teeside or renewable energy in rural Cambridgshire, all these campaigns have been geared towards helping developers form successful local partnerships and win consents.
  • Catherine is also a freelance writer and has contributed regularly to publications such as the Law Society Gazette.


A non-practising barrister, Catherine is a skillful communicator and an experienced media performer.

Planning Consultant

Independent Planning Consultant Rory Joyce has enviable experience.

Rory is the founder and Principal of Brunel Planning. He was Chairman of Drivers Jonas, and a former Partner at Deloitte.

Rory has given Strategic Planning advice on a wide range of commercial, residential and infrastructure developments to both public and private sector clients for 35 years.

Key acheivements include:

  • He was the President of the Planning and Development division of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and on the RICS Planning & Development Council for 10 years.
  • He was a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Environment Select Committee for five years.
  • He has been a member of the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference Committee since 1996.
  • He was a member of the Expert Panel for the Airports Commission 2014-2015.
Nick Cunningham
Communications Consultant

Nick has worked in the Marketing and Communications field since 1989, working with a wide range of blue chip clients across a variety of business sectors. For the last ten years has has run his own consultancy – Neon Marcomms, and his team provides a range of support services to Carvil Ventures, including : branding, website design and build, advertising, graphics, brochures and printed materials.


Key achievements include:

  • Winner Gold: 1st prize 1987 Marketing Week / Institute of Sales Promotion Student Sales Promotion Awards
  • 1998-2001 Board Director – Marketing Agencies Association
  • 2000 – Marketing Agencies Association Millennium Awards Organiser
  • 1996-2004 Joint Managing Director & Managing Director Group Development at Dynamo Marketing Group
  • 2002-2004 Dynamo Marketing Group acquired by Incepta PLC
  • 2007 Established Neon Marcomms Ltd.

Construction sector and property clients include: Carvil Ventures Ltd., M3 Developments, Conquip Engineering Group and Winkworths

For further details please contact nick@neonmarcomms.com