About Us

Welcome to Opus North Opus North, based in Ilkley, Yorkshire, is one of the region’s most active and successful property companies. The company has a long track record of developing and asset managing property across the north of England. The company’s experience spans from large mixed-use schemes including retail, leisure, residential, hotels and offices through to the development of foodstores, retail parks and motor dealerships. Opus North has completed over 50 schemes has a current development programme is in excess of £150m. Opus North is one-third owned by Palmer Capital, a fund manager with assets in excess of £800m across the UK. This relationship gives Opus North immediate access to a wide variety of capital sources, placing it in a pre-eminent position in the market. Palmer Capital is a long term active shareholder into best in class regional property companies with a current portfolio of nine groups, including Opus North. In addition Palmer Capital acts as an investment manager with oversight for client capital and real estate assets in excess of £1bn across UK, continental Europe and Asia. Through this relationship Opus North has immediate access to a wide variety of capital sources giving it a pre-eminent position in the market within which it operates.

Ray Palmer

Ray Palmer Chairman

Ray is the Chairman of Opus Land North and Palmer Capital. Ray is a leading UK property professional having built up Lambert Smith Hampton from scratch between 1970 & 1992. Palmer Capital have evolved into a niche fund manager which provides Opus the funding and buying power required to deliver on their projects.

Andrew Duncan

Andrew Duncan Managing Director

Andrew is Managing Director of Opus and responsible for the daily running of the company. Previously founder and head of the Leeds office of commercial agents Grenville Smith and Duncan (1991) and more latterly Opus land Ltd with Richard Smith from 2000 till the formation of Opus North in 2008. Andrew has worked in the Northern commercial property market has been involved in many of the most significant schemes around today.


Alex Price Director

Alex is a board Director of Opus and CEO of Palmer Capital. Alex served in the British Army before starting his financial career with Credit Lyonnais Securities in 1997. He joined Palmer Capital in 2003, initially charged with creating the fund management business within Palmer Capital. In 2005 he was voted ‘Property Week Young Property Personality of the Year’. He was promoted to Chief Executive at the start of 2008.

James Farnaby

James Farnaby Development Manager

James is a development manager at Opus North.  As a development manager with technical and project management experience, James will be working across the whole portfolio helping the company expand and embark on new developments.  James previously worked as a building surveyor at Leeds based Projex Building Solutions before being seconded to Land Securities in 2015 as a retail development manager


Ryan Unsworth Development Director

Ryan is the Development Director at Opus North and is responsible for the acquisition and development of new opportunities. Prior to Opus North, he previously worked for Keyland Developments, where he was responsible for the acquisitions and disposals of residential and commercial development sites. Ryan has also worked for Yorkshire Water Services and Eddisons. and Chelsfield.


Robb Smillie Development Manager

Robb is the retail and leisure specialist at Opus North. He works across our whole portfolio, including new projects, together with existing assets. Robb previously worked at WSB as a senior surveyor as well as AccountAbility, a not-for-profit organisation working with multinational companies promoting sustainability and corporate responsibility.


Angela Duggan Asset Manager

Angela is the asset manager at Opus North and is responsible for the properties under management at Opus. Angela has previously worked for a number of local and national firms including Mountleigh Group Services and Eddisons.