Our Team

The management team at Step Forward is comprised of fully committed and dedicated individuals with a unique mix of backgrounds.

A combination of experienced property investors, finance professionals and military veterans with many active service tours of duty in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

The Step Forward team is focused on delivering 500 new build homes by 2023 and providing mentoring support to our specific user group.

Home Ownership

Joanne Smith

The Home Ownership Team is headed by Joanne Smith dedicated to ensuring all purchasers enjoy the highest level of service throughout the complete process from initial property viewing to key handover.

Property Acquisitions

Lawrence McNickle

Lawrence McNickle heads up the property acquisition team and negotiates each site acquisition with panel house-builders and land owners. An experienced property professional with an in depth knowledge of the housebuilding industry. With responsibility for an annual budget spend of £60m per year,Lawrence understands the quality of product that Homebuyers expect and deserve. Lawrence oversees the complete acquisition process from initial house-builder meeting to Practical Completion.


Gary Metcalf

Gary Metcalf is responsible for the smooth running of the business. Liasing with all key members of the team ensuring all clients are completely satisfied with the range of services provided from initial property viewing to key handover and move in. Also responsible for reporting to key stakeholders on a monthly basis with particular emphasis on the social impact made amongst the Primary User Group.

Business Development

Chris Metcalf

Chris Metcalf is responsible for both establishing and growing key relationships within the group business. Chris ensures the growth plans for the business are achieved and key stakeholders are fully informed of all progress. With an in-depth understanding of institutional investor requirements Chris ensures client targets are met and the business achieves set targets.


Leanne Kinsey

Head of the accounts team with a background in finance, accounting and administration.

The Military Advisory Panel

Uniquely, we have an advisory panel made up of former military personnel who are fully committed to supporting current and former military servicemen and women.

Andy Reid

Andy Reid served for 13 years as an infantry soldier and section commander both in the Queens Lancashire Regiment and The Yorkshire Regiment, members of the Kings Division, with active service tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Tuesday 13 October 2009, Andy was severely wounded by a Taliban improvised IED.

Andy lost both legs and his right arm, whilst the index finger on his left hand was almost completely removed.

Andy now devotes the majority of his time to inspiring others including military veterans to overcome adversity demonstrating that hope can overcome despair.

Gary Metcalf

Gary Metcalf served for 6 years as an infantry soldier in the Kings Regiment, members of the Kings Division, with active service tours of West Belfast, Northern Ireland 1984 and Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1987.

He has also served tours of The Falkland Islands, Germany, Kenya, Guard Duty at Buckingham Palace and Chester.

Gary was a non–commissioned officer and member of the Kings Regiment boxing team throughout his military career.

John Kelley-Quinn

John Kelley-Quinn served in HM forces for over eight years on variable active service duties.

John reached the rank of sergeant and had a decorated and intensive military career before being medically discharged for sustained injuries in the line of duty in 1994.

John has since gained two masters degrees in Management and Business Administration and is currently pursuing his PhD in Middle East Business Affairs.

John resides in the Middle East and is currently the CEO of an international total facilities management and security group.