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Set Your Portfolio Alight with Ignite Invest

The team at Ignite Invest thinks outside the box to find investment opportunities that are performing at above-market levels whilst others are failing. That’s because we are investors ourselves.

From structured property-based investments to unique opportunities in emerging and disruptive markets, Ignite Invest offers a direct route to a truly diverse portfolio.

Ignite Invest’s parent company, Elite Leisure Developments, was founded in 2004 and has since provided specific management consultancy to major development projects both domestically and internationally.

As Elite increased its diversification to include other niche products in the Alternatives market, the team recognised the need to reposition the firm to better represent our objectives, thus inspiring the creation of Ignite Invest.

We believe that a return can be achieved no matter what the economic climate.

We seek out anomalies that show robust growth, especially when markets are volatile or in decline.

Because we actively invest in all our projects, our due diligence is beyond par. We review every offer meticulously before making it available to our clients, with capital security and protection as a priority.

In recognition of the difficulty of investing in the current climate, Ignite Invest avoids unsustainable investments, whether they be short, medium or long-term. We also seek out markets that have zero correlation with others to help you achieve your investment goals, without the risk of losing your shirt.

Throughout our years of operation, we have developed an outstanding network of affiliates and associates within the Alternative space, including investment professionals and FCA-regulated firms. This allows us to provide our clients with exceptional opportunities to diversify their portfolios with low-risk holdings across a number of asset classes and sectors.

Why Ignite Invest?

Ignite Invest stands out from the crowd because our team is dedicated to stepping outside norms to find the best opportunities.

Our approach is always client-driven with our team actively participating in individual investment journeys through the years. We believe in putting our money where our mouth is with solid investment in everything we offer to our clients.

That means we have a shared interest in getting the best deals with the lowest risk and highest possible returns.

Our Senior management team has worked within the real estate and investment sectors since the early 90’s, witnessing markets cycles from boom to bust and back again through the years.

The current economic climate dictates that diversity is vital in investment portfolios and Ignite Invest offers you the tools to build a solid stack of holdings.

We make investing as easy as possible by assisting you through the process and providing as much information as you require to make a considered decision.

When you become a client of Ignite Invest, you are assigned a dedicated account manager who will attend to your requests throughout your investment journey with us.

To provide a comprehensive service to clients, we have invested heavily in both people and processes, following strict protocols before making an investment available. We strongly believe that this intense focus on risk management is our obligation to each and every one of our clients.

Our team

Kevin Prior
Kevin Prior, Co-Founder/ Director

Kevin is a seasoned real estate and investment structuring specialist, leader and strategist with more than 25 years’ experience in the sector.

Mike Ward
Mike Ward, Co-Founder/ Director

Mike has operated at a senior level across a broad spectrum of industries. In the last 20 years he has been exploring investment opportunities across a wide range of sectors and has also acted as an FCA regulated principal.

MĂłnica Barrio
MĂłnica Barrio, Operations Manager

With almost 20 years’ experience in administration and operations within the real estate industry, Mónica Barrio is a key team member.

Victoria Pailegutu
Victoria Pailegutu, Marketing Manager

Victoria has more than 20 years’ experience in the UK and NZ with some of the world’s most successful advertising agencies and prestigious blue-chip companies including American Express, Westpac Bank (NZ), Unilever and Samsung.

Steve Matthewman
Steve Matthewman, Investment Team

Steve boasts more than 40 years’ experience in Financial Services, having started his career in 1976. During that time Steve has worked with various companies including Halifax Building Society, Legal & General, Standard Life as well as a period as a regulated IFA.

Jonathan Pan Gago
Jonatan Pan Gago, Investment Team

Since graduating from the University of Chester in 2012, Jon has dedicated his time to education, coaching and training roles throughout Europe and the US, with specific focus on operational management and planning.

Simon McIntosh
Simon McIntosh, Investment Team

Having been involved in the property and investment related sectors for almost 20 years; Simon recognises that clients’ requirements are varied. His role within the team is to understand the needs of our clients and identify the solutions that best match their investment objectives.


Ken Rooney
Ken Rooney

Most of Ken’s working life has been in Financial Services with more than 25 years as CEO of PRA and FCA regulated companies. Having stepped down from a full time executive position, Ken is now non-executive director of 5 companies including acting as Deputy Chairman of a PRA Insurance Company.

Jennifer Thursfield
Jennifer Thursfield

Jennifer is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years of commercial experience. Based in Stoke on Trent, Jennifer has a natural talent for working with numbers and plays a vital role as Ignite’s advisor on financial matters.

Roxanne James
Roxanne James, Content Adviser/ Market Analyst

Roxanne started her career with Merrill Lynch (Europe), qualifying as a CIMA financial analyst during more than a decade with the bank. In recent years, she has focused on writing specialist financial content, with a growing social media following.

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