Co-founder & Partner
John founded Westgreen Construction in 1999 — his London-based construction development company which specialises in high-end and super prime projects. He has overseen the successful growth of his London business (which has evolved to include a Royal Instititute of British Architects Chartered Architectural practice) and a portfolio of residential and commercial developments for some of the world’s most discerning brands. John brings with him top quality service delivery standards. He has a naturally innovative and intelligent approach to problem-solving and project delivery and is always focused on achieving optimum results in terms of safety, quality, programme and cost. John divides his time between Lisbon and London, looking after both Westgreen and VerdeOeste businesses.
Co-founder & Partner
Luis is a Senior Project Manager and Engineer with more than 35 years of construction experience within the areas of project planning, project management, technical direction, team supervision and client liaison. With an extensive CV of high-profile Hospitality and Residential projects, Luis has demonstrable expertise in all elements of project management, dominating areas such as constructive solutions and processes, legal requirements, cost management, programme, site management, quality control, contracts management, performance management and inspections & certifications.
During Luis’ illustrious career, he has worked as contractor, client and consultant on a range of high profile and successful project. Luis has strong leadership skills, a multi-task & detail-driven approach to project management, a very effective focus on the client’s needs and expectations and excellent communication & interpersonal skills.
Senior Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of International experience as Chief Inspector, Construction Director and Maintenance Manager in several engineering projects – Housing and Offices Buildings, including hospitals, commercial areas, sports grounds, roads, water infrastructures and sewage and dredging works. Wide experience in teamwork, leadership skills and easy adaptation to new work environments.
Teresa has more than 30 years of experience as an architect working for prestigious residential and hospitality projects in Portugal.
She began her career as an Architect for the Technical Office of the Quinta da Penha Longa where she worked for three years. There, she developed several projects such as Caesar Park Hotel in Sintra, and intervened essentially in providing support for the Single Family Housing projects in the villages under construction, namely the villages A, B and C.
Thereafter Teresa was part of Praia D’El Rey’s Architecture & Engineering Department for sixteen years. While at Praia D’El Rey, Teresa also collaborated in several projects for Quinta da Penha Longa, specifically in Single Family Housing projects, the Convento, SPA and Hotel.
Teresa is a Civil Engineer and Project Manager with 18 years of experience working for Portuguese main contractors in major public and private projects. Having also experience as a Cost Manager, Teresa has worked within several different segments, including high-end residences, major public works such as health units and schools, leisure infrastructures, rehabilitations and extensions.
Teresa’s experience makes it easy for her to understand the different points of view within a project team, anticipating and mitigating potential problems or conflicts and offering people & information management skills that will contribute decisively to the project performance. Also, the multitude of typologies in her portfolio allows her to be comfortable around any project, making use of the right project management tools and solutions.
David has worked with John Gilsenan at Westgreen in London as a Marketing Manager. After an experience of three years in the UK, David returned to Portugal and is now focused on VerdeOeste’s marketing endeavours. David has more than ten years of experience in Marketing, most of them spent in the construction industry, having previously worked in a Lisbon-based consultancy company specialised in cost management for architecture and construction. At VerdeOeste, David oversees all marketing and communication, providing also strategical support to the partners. He is also responsible for assisting the partners with the continuous improvement of VerdeOeste’s service standards.