Henley Real Estate


Passion. Experience. Diligence.

About us

Henley Real Estate is a family-owned real estate development business that combines experience and energy to generate powerful results in the real estate industry.

The team behind Henley Real Estate are the same people who have completed some of the UK's most forward-thinking real estate developments, including a major leisure and retail scheme at Cheshire Oaks. 

Henley Real Estate was founded with the aim of nurturing a new generation of talent to leverage on this experience and drive the next generation of real estate development.


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Key People


co-founder & Director

John Henley

John qualified as a solicitor, before founding THI plc. As its CEO, John grew THI plc into the largest leisure developer in Europe. During his tenure, John developed more than two million square feet of real estate throughout the UK and Europe.

John has unrivalled experience in all aspects of real estate development, and this experience has been vital to the success of Henley Real Estate.



University of Sheffield
Law, B.A., 1983


Key Information

• Over 25 years of experience in real estate
• Expert in all aspects of development
• >£390m of completed projects


• Horse racing, Skiing, Cars


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Chris Henley

Since founding Henley Real Estate, Chris has secured the company's flagship £50m redevelopment on Plymouth Hoe. Chris joined Goldman Sachs at the age of 18, likely making him the youngest employee globally at the firm. After university, Chris decided to combine his interests in finance and real estate by launching his own real estate development business.



University of Warwick
Politics, Philosophy & Economics, B.A, 2015

St Paul's School, London

Key information

• Focus on development pipeline growth
• Strong experience in finance
• >£50m of new projects


• Tennis, Football, Politics




Denis O'Neill

Denis has spent 40 years in the construction industry with experience of senior positions with major contractors Mowlem and Wates, but also with developer THI, where he was Construction Director. As a contractor, he has been involved in many major projects including Theatres, Shopping Centres, Apartment blocks, Leisure and Hotels.

At THI, he was responsible for overseeing the construction of Leisure Parks throughout Europe totalling 2 million square feet. 

Key Information

  • 40 years experience in real estate
  • Both contractor & developer expertise
  • Specialises in major large-scale projects


  • Golf, Rowing, Travelling


University of Glasgow
B Sc (Civ Eng), FICE, CEng