Founded in 2018
by Damian & Harold

Our Combined Experience

years of business experience
companies started in our careers
million personally invested in property
million bank lending +
projects completed
properties developed

Select & Build was originally formed to enable us to identify and acquire quality property investment and development opportunities for ourselves.

As things evolved, we realised that it would be great to be able to share our experience to help others. We subsequently decided to launch our Portfolio building service to provide support for investors looking to find their next UK property investment.

Clients can choose to invest in their very own property investment deal or if they’d prefer not to have the hassle they can simply invest in one of ours.

Our portfolio building service specialises in sourcing Buy to let properties throughout the UK but with a strong focus on the Scottish Market where we have a lot of contacts and hands on experience. In particular we have an appetite for high yielding assets and property portfolios.

We invest with our heads and not with our hearts and in order to help us find the best deals available we have a rigorous selection process that we follow every time.


Our real passion is helping first time investors taking their first steps on their property journey, but we are equally adept at working with more experienced investors.

Along the way we were fortunate to be joined by Raj, Duncan, and Maria all of whom bring a real wealth of experience in their chosen fields.

Our team now consists of a close-knit group of five seasoned professionals with a fantastic range of experience; from property investment, development and construction to real estate sales, lettings and management, and also financial services. And we surround ourselves with competent partners and advisers.

However, despite this experience we like to keep our feet firmly on the ground. No matter whether you are a Client, an Estate Agent, or a Tradesman, we deal with everyone exactly the same way we like to be treated; fairly, respectfully, and always with a smile.

It is this combination of experience and our approach that we believe gives our investors comfort that they are in safe hands.

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Damian McShane

Our Managing Director and co-founder Damian lives in Brighton and has over 20 years of experience within the Real estate and investment sectors both in the UK and Middle East. He ran an Estate Agency branch, subsequently worked as a UK wide Property Buyer before spending the next 8 years raising tens of millions of pounds of capital for Start Up companies throughout the World. He has worked with hundreds of private investors throughout his career both large and small.


Harold Gittelmon

Harold lives in London and is co-founder and a non-exec director for the company. He has worked for many large financial institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, including 3i, before starting his own small private-equity firm. Today he is an investor, chairman and mentor with a keen interest in the property sector. He owns a property portfolio in the South East and is also helping to build a portfolio in San Francisco. 

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Duncan Milne

Duncan lives in Edinburgh and has been a landlord and investor for a number of years. He excels at using his extensive network and knowledge of the property development and investment sectors to find and analyse quality investment opportunities for the business and for our clients. He is responsible for vetting new Property ventures and runs our Portfolio building service ensuring that our clients are well looked after at all times.

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Raj Shah

Raj is very much the safe pair of hands on the tiller ensuring that S&B’s strategy reflects the current market conditions. He is involved in creative planning and design, risk management, procurement and construction and is also involved in project management for the more complex development projects. To ensure that the company only takes on projects that fit with their strategy and that are financially viable he works very closely with Duncan and Damian.

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Maria Pracchia

Maria is responsible for ensuring that the company meets its financial targets across all sectors of the business and looks after the purse strings for Select & Build. 


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