About us

After working for some of the UK’s largest housebuilders, Paul and Mark founded Aviary in 2021 to meet the growing need for high-quality private housing on small-scale, exclusive sites. The team’s passion lies in creating beautiful, traditionally designed family homes with generous gardens.


We are proud to call Essex home, a County steeped in history, adorned with greenery and with excellent connectivity to London. It also has one of the fastest growing populations in the UK with an increasing number of Londoners heading for greener pastures each year. We will continue to focus delivery across Essex and surrounding areas.


Aviary is a family run business benefitting from a private funder who owns one of Malaysia’s fastest growing housebuilders. They specialise in the delivery of sustainable new towns and share Aviary’s core values of quality, sustainability and customer care.


Our vision is to remain a high-quality, innovative housebuilder creating exceptional homes above the industry standard. We want to leave a legacy through our developments and the memories they create for our customers.

Meet the senior management team

Our leadership team has significant experience in the housebuilding sector. Whether working alongside customers, landowners or our partners, we believe in a hands-on, personal and friendly approach.

Mark Bedding

Co-Founder / Land and Planning Director

Mark has significant experience within the development industry, beginning his career at Savills in the West End before holding senior management positions at housebuilding PLCs, including Crest Nicholson. Mark has successfully identified and obtained planning consent on a number of major, residential schemes across the South East, developing close relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers along the way.

His experience in both land and planning disciplines will ensure that Aviary grows an excellent short and longer term portfolio by adding value through the planning process at every opportunity.

Aviary is a family run business benefitting from private funding from Mark’s relative who owns one of Malaysia’s fastest growing housebuilders.

Paul Thompson

Co-Founder / FInance Director

Paul is extremely well respected in the industry following over 25 years’ experience within the property sector, holding Finance Director roles for PLC housebuilders including Barratt Developments and Countryside Properties.

Paul’s experience in both financial management and funding will enable the sustainable growth of the business and ensure that the correct financial and procedural controls are in place.

Paul plays a critical role in terms of decision making and manages all financial transactions, cashflow and procedural requirements including insurance across the entire business.

Jamie McCormick

Head of Construction

Jamie has significant experience managing the delivery of major residential schemes across London, Essex and Hertfordshire. He started at Croudace Homes before being promoted to Site Manager in 2015 where he worked on projects ranging from 20-100 units. He subsequently  joined Troy Homes in 2017 building bespoke, high-quality developments of houses and apartments, before obtaining additional experience at Taylor French and Bugler Developments. Jamie is therefore extremely well equipped to ensure that Aviary constructs homes of the highest quality. 

James Pearce

Head of Commercial

James oversees all material and sub-contract procurement on all projects. With over 15 years’ experience including roles at Bellway Homes and Troy Homes, James is well placed to manage core business relationships with suppliers and subcontractors. He brings a logical and dynamic approach to the commercial function of the business maintaining a high level of financial control whilst ensuring that the quality and specification of Aviary’s homes are significantly above the industry standard.

Bethany Johnson

Head of Sales & Marketing

With over ten years of experience in the property industry, particularly in Sales & Marketing, Bethany worked most recently at Telford Homes, where her responsibilities included managing all marketing and digital marketing in order to promote new homes, maximise off-plan sales, and develop the brand, all whilst creating and implementing lead-generating campaigns to meet ambitious sales targets. Bethany is well placed to lead the Marketing and Sales strategy for Aviary and grow the brand.