Our Executive Team

Our team has combined decades of property development and development finance experience. They are on hand at all times to help you and can offer their expertise to help your business grow.

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Ashley Ilsen
Chief Executive Officer

Ashley spent his early professional life working in China in the FMCG sector and completing a Master’s degree in International Business. He then spent five years at development finance lender Regentsmead working his way up through the business to head up the loans division alongside Sam Howard. Ashley has overseen just short of £200m of development funds deployed into UK residential projects and has amassed a wealth of development finance experience and relevant contacts. He is passionate about housebuilding and has previously consulted the DCLG on housebuilding legislation. In February 2017 he was nominated in the ‘One to Watch’ category at the annual Norwood Property Awards which recognises outstanding young talent in the property sector. In his spare time Ashley is an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and a keen boxing fan.


Sam Howard
Managing Director

Sam spent seven years at Regentsmead where he was Chief Operating Officer and Joint Head. He has a wealth of experience in development finance and property law having spent five years at two leading city law firms and an MBA from Oxford University. Sam was highlighted in the 2016 Spears 500 as a catalyst for Regentsmead’s best ever year. He is a passionate advocate for the industry and a regular media contributor and speaker at industry awards. When Sam is not working he spends his time chasing his two young children around the garden and following Manchester United, which is not as enjoyable as it used to be.

Paul Israel

Paul Israel
Chief Financial Officer

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from CASS Business School. Paul was CFO of Cogress – a private equity company from start up in 2014 to 2017. Has has been Finance Director and NED in many successful entrepreneurial companies in both the property and hotel industries taking him to South America, the Middle East and the USA. Paul has experience in raising funds for growth, building models and dynamic KPI’s for decision making, building long term relationships with external funders and leading on financial control and in contract negotiations. Out of hours, Paul likes watching Arsenal, enjoying family life and a fine single malt whisky. Paul is a non-executive director at Lapid Property, Umi Digital Media and Anglo Education Services.

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Debra Lebovits

Debra Lebovits
Operations Manager

Debra is a leader in her sector in the specialist finance industry. She joined Magnet Capital in October 2018 after some seven years working at Regentsmead. She is responsible for the day to day running of the loan book and liaising between borrowers and the Magnet Capital professional teams. Debra has previously worked in the finance department of John Lewis and Barclays Bank.

Jeremy Woolf

Jeremy Woolf
Loans and Operations Consultant

Jeremy graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Masters in mechanical engineering and went on to work at Rolls-Royce for three years. He has always dedicated spare time towards personal property projects and went on to found a property management company in 2016. His passion for property lead him from engineering to the property-finance sector, where he joined Regentsmead to focus on loan underwriting and process improvements. In his spare time, Jeremy is a keen Arsenal fan and tennis player.


Samuel Morris
Sales Executive

Samuel started his professional life working for one of London’s leading property auctioneers who successfully sold in excess of £350m worth of property during the time he worked with them. He later transitioned towards the property development sector as a land, development and investment agent. Sam was responsible for both the acquisition and disposal of development opportunities on behalf of clients and specialised in doing so via off-market transactions. He loves to do a deal, is always keen to be taught something new and enjoys exploring new ideas in such a multifaceted industry. Outside of work Samuel can often be found attending both networking and fundraising events for numerous charitable organisations throughout the year.


Laura Bresler

Operations Consultant

Laura is a Chartered Accountant with 12 years’ industry experience. Shortly after qualifying at Deloitte and Touche, Laura joined EMI Music and spent 8 years working across a number of global roles including responsibility for emerging markets finance. A short career break then followed to start a family. Since then Laura has gained property industry and start up experience working at Regentsmead and Propagator Group. Outside of work Laura enjoys family life, anything food or drink related, all kinds of theatre and anything Japanese.