About Us

The Clearway Group is a holding company operating a number of businesses in the UK and France, who specialise in the protection and management of property and asset portfolios.

We invest in businesses with a deep commitment to understanding customers and providing the most effective solutions in our market place.

Established in 2016, The Clearway Group is managed by an experienced team with proven industry success and a clear vision for growth. The Group operating companies have a strong presence in the UK and France, both of which were selected due to the opportunities and the headroom for growth. These companies have been operating over the last two decades and over this period have established excellent reputations in their respective fields.

Our Focus

Group Strategy

The Clearway Group strategy is growth-focused, supported by investment in technology assets and solutions, throughout the UK and France. The market for vacant property services and management remains largely fragmented, and we see opportunity for the Group companies to participate in national frameworks as well as provide local services.

We actively seek synergies across the portfolio in customer insight, products, capabilities and technology. This enables us to realise efficiency and share best practice, whilst allowing individual companies to retain their independence and focus on what they do best.

The Group is committed to gaining further market share. While a key part of our growth strategy is driving a holistic solution-focused approach in existing businesses, we are also keen to work with partners who share a desire for growth, offer complementary new revenue streams, and have the capacity and capability to work as part of a larger organisation.

Moving Forward

We are committed to expanding The Clearway Group, by extending our geographical reach and enhancing the product and service solutions portfolio for all Group companies. In 2018, we attained significant investment from BGF and Santander which will support this on-going development and growth.

Group Leadership Team

Stephen Walls


Stephen has worked in private equity since 1996, at Compass Partners (a £1 billion PE fund) and Next Wave since 2004. In 2003 he led the management buy-in of Vacant Property Services Limited. Stephen was Chairman as the company grew from £1m EBITDA to over £20m EBITDA, becoming the world’s largest vacant property security services company with over 45 depots across Europe and the USA. He was a founding member of the Financial Reporting Council in the UK and is an honorary Fellow of the City & Guilds.

Ian Quinlan

Chief Executive Officer

A Chartered Accountant, Ian was formerly a partner in Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst and Young) before becoming the Group Finance Director at the Albert Fisher Group PLC. Further roles included Chairman of Orbis PLC between 1988 to 1999, becoming CEO between 1999 to 2002. He was the founding CEO of VPS Holdings Limited between 2003 to 2011 and Deputy Chairman between 2011 to 2013. In that period VPS Holdings grew from a regional UK group to become one of the largest void property services groups in the world. Ian has also been the driving force in setting up the Clearway Group and creating a clear strategy for its continued growth and success.

Gideon Israel


As the founder of Multi Secure Ltd and Safe Estates Services Ltd, Gideon was personally involved in the development of temporary wireless alarms for the UK market. His clients have included some of the best-known names in the commercial and social property markets and he continues to strive for excellence and innovation in this field. With over 30 years’ experience in this sector, Gideon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all our businesses which is valuable when growing organically.

David Gratton

Corporate Finance Director

David is a commercial Finance Executive with international experience gained in high growth, rapidly changing and global, multi-cultural quoted and privately-owned businesses. He has worked as a senior Director in many organisations including the OCS Group and The Compass Group. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young.

Richard Scully

Group Chief Finance Officer

Richard is an experienced Chief Finance Officer with substantial experience in both listed and private equity backed companies.  He worked for over 20 years in the packaging industry becoming VP & Finance Director of the NYSE listed Chesapeake Corporation before joining Aim-listed API Group as CFO.  More recently he took PE-backed recycling business Metal & Waste Recycling Limited through two successful PE exits.  A qualified accountant, Richard has substantial experience of managing finance in multi-site international companies and supporting operational and business performance improvement.

Anthony Owen

Group Commercial Director

Anthony has over 20 years’ experience working in the security and property services sector. Prior to joining Clearway, Anthony spent 5 years within the VPS Group both as Managing Director of their largest operating company, VPS UK, and latterly as Group Development Director working on the rapid development of the Group’s European operations. Anthony has an extremely strong customer network and is focused on building growth-focused teams and establishing partnerships with key suppliers and customers.

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