About Us

INTRODUCING ROBERT SWAN OBE

Summit Resorts & Developments Ltd (Summit Resorts – the Company) is a Property Finance Company that has an exclusive agreement to fund and develop leisure facilities and outdoor adventure park businesses in the UK, with the initial Peak District site operating as Summit @ PEAK.

The Company operates a standard developer model whereby each development is held in a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). Summit Resorts provides funding to each SPV via securitised commercial loan agreements and all SPV’s are controlled by the Company, who will provide the management for all activities and the developments themselves.

Record-breaking adventurer and sustainability campaigner Robert Swan OBE joins the Summit Resorts & Developments team as the lead ambassador for the project.

As the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles, and through his role as a UN ambassador for young people, Robert brings authenticity, experience and exudes the spirit of what the indoor activity centre will be about: curiosity, education, awareness, enjoyment and progress

‘In Oct 2020, Robert visited the Summit @ PEAK site, located in the Sheffield City Region alongside the Peak District National Park, to experience the land first-hand and meet with some key stakeholders within the local community. During the visit, Robert expressed his excitement for the project and discussed how the business mission to take a conscious and sustainable approach across all areas of the operation were well aligned to his life’s work.

The Company's goal is to set new standards for how our landscape is viewed, developed and enjoyed. We are confident that the partnership with Robert Swan OBE is not only authentic to the Summit brand but also helps to position us as pioneers for this kind of development, both now and into the future.

Directors

Adam Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Adam comes with a long and distinguished career working with some of the leading global financial companies and payment service providers. Mainly focused in the private equity arena, Adam also has over 12 years of fundraising experience and has been a key element to raising finance for successful businesses within the Foreign Exchange, Insurance and Property sectors.

With an in-depth knowledge of the Property sector, Adam is adept at preparing businesses in anticipation of achieving a listed status and will be looking to drive the Company forward in this respect.

Adam is in charge of all the administrative and financial operations from the Company’s Head Offices in London during the Summit @ PEAK development.

Mark Hutchings

Chief Operations Officer

Over the last 15 years, Mark has worked in a variety of sectors within the financial services industry in Europe, South America and the UK. More recently, Mark successfully ran several projects in Brazil that are now available as regulated funds on most major exchanges. Mark has also worked for a number of global commodity-based brokerages which have covered a wide range of commodities including coffee, bio-mass pulp for paper production, livestock (cattle) and sugar to name a few. Mark has also been heavily involved in project fundraising and secured over £250m for businesses and projects alike across the globe.

Mark is overseeing the Summit @ PEAK site project alongside the Construction Team and will be primarily based in Chesterfield for the duration of the development.

Construction Team

The Company boasts a Construction Team who are recognised as the foremost Designers and Engineers of specialist structures in the world. They have pioneered and implemented specialist design techniques and structures around the globe for over 40 years including the Millenium Dome - Greenwich (roof), The Pyramid Stage – Glastonbury (roof), as well as overseeing the design and manufacture of the circus Big Top’s for Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ (2019) and Warner Bro’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ (2018).

Rudi Enos

Chief Structural Engineer

Rudi Enos is one of the foremost designers of special structures in the world. Rudi has built a global reputation over 35 years and is one of select handful of engineers that have specialist expertise in long span structures – in particular long span tension membrane structures that require specialist expertise in design, analysis, manufacturing techniques and installation procedures.

Martin Brown

Checking Engineer

Martin Brown is a Professional Structural Engineer (PE) who has been in the industry of Tensile Membrane Structures since 1981. He personally engineered and managed many of the landmark Tensile Membrane Structures around the world such as the membrane roof on the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, England, the Great Hall Tent Structure at the Denver International Airport and many of the membrane roof stadiums in North America and Europe.

Zareen Rahman

Architect & Designer

Zareen is the Proprietor & Principal Architect at Zendium Design. Zareen studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then undertook a post grad in Computer Aided Building Design at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He completed his professional training in Manchester and is now an RIBA Chartered Architect with over 22 years of experience.

Paul Barthorpe

Paul has been an engineer operating in this specialist sector for over 15 years, spending most of this time both living and working in Italy and Oman whilst delivering some of the most iconic and unique structures ever created.

Ambassadors

Robert Swan OBE

Ambassador for Indoor Activity Centre

Raised in Yorkshire, England, Robert Swan is the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. After seeing first-hand the effects of Climate Change, Robert has dedicated himself to protecting Antarctica and our planet at large. Positive participation and a committed team have enabled Robert to educate and stimulate people across the globe.

His contribution to education and the environment has been recognised through his appointment as United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador (UNEP), United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization Goodwill Ambassador with Special Responsibility for Youth, and in 1994 he became Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO. Robert has been awarded both the Polar Medal and OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is the winner of the Humanitarian Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barney Swan

Ambassador for Indoor Activity Centre

Barney Swan is the founder of ClimateForce and was born in London and raised in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia where he is currently based. Being raised off grid in Australia helped him develop an acute understanding of how valuable energy is, with conveniences often not being an option.

In January 2018, after skiing 600 nautical miles with two fellow explorers, Barney was part of the first team in history to trek to the South Pole powered entirely by renewable energy. This incredible feat marked the launch of the ClimateForce Challenge, a 7-year campaign which is committed to removing 360 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Over the last six years, Barney has developed and applied his skills in alpine mountaineering, risk management, technical sailing, and outdoor leadership.

Project Team