Professional Experience

2007 To Date

Grosvenor – London Development Director  – Head Hunted From Quintain.
Role

Executive director of Grosvenor’s main operating company and head of the London Development business, with a team of 16 and a capital allocation of circa £360 million.

Responsibilities

Undertaking a major review and implementing changes to the development business.
Establishing a revised approach to managing major projects to provide greater visibility to the Board and to enable more informed decision making.
Instigating a new approach to risk measurement and management.
Identifying and acquiring new development opportunities.
Working-up development opportunities through site assembly, planning, design, pre-construction, joint venturing & funding.
Securing partners and co-investors. Structuring Partnerships and Joint Venture agreements.
Securing Board and joint venture approvals to key project decisions.
Securing bank funding arrangements.
Appointed as Adviser (over the last 12 months) to one of the UK’s largest Banks to assist on the restructuring of distressed property loans.
Achievements

Successfully initiated major improvements in the approach to managing and reporting on development projects with a strong emphasis on financial measures.
Delivered 7 major development projects with a combined end value of over £260 million.
Acquired 2 new development opportunities, 9-13 Kinnerton Street, a development of mews style housing and 16 Grosvenor Crescent, a development of 5 luxury apartments in Belgravia.
Secured planning consent and Bank funding for NEO Bankside, a 229 luxury apartment development in Southwark.
Persuaded Grosvenor Board to approve the £320 million construction of NEO Bankside – during the deteriorating market conditions of Autumn 2008.
Advised on 7 major Property Company loan restructurings for a major UK Bank.
2006

Quintain – Head Of UK Development
Role

Overall responsibility for Quintain’s UK development activities.  This included 2 major urban regeneration projects (at Wembley City and the Greenwich Peninsula) and establishing/expanding a subsidiary, specialising in the emerging market for highly sustainable residential developments.

Responsibilities

To manage a multi-disciplined team to meet key development milestones on 2 major urban regeneration projects, Wembley City (90 acres) and the Greenwich Peninsula (110 acres)
To establish Quintain as the foremost Urban regeneration specialist in the UK.
To identify and acquire new development opportunities.
To manage relations with joint venture partners, Banks and City analysts.
To develop and expand the ‘sustainable’ residential development subsidiary.
Achievements

I successfully advanced the master-planning of Wembley City and the pre construction design for the second phase of residential development.
I acquired a sustainable residential development opportunity at Galleons Reach, in the London docklands.
I organised and motivated key individuals to create a stronger sense of teamwork. The team responded well to my leadership.
I improved the quality and timeliness of reporting to the Board and to joint venture partners – particularly on the key financial measures of project performance.
1994 – 2006

Hammerson Plc – Director UK Offices
Role

Director of UK office business with overall responsibility for Hammerson’s UK Offices business.  With a team of 7, managing a portfolio valued (at its peak) at c £1.4 billion.

Responsibilities

Identifying and acquiring new development & investment opportunities.
Working-up development opportunities through site assembly, planning, design, pre-construction, joint venturing and funding.
Securing Board and joint venture approvals to business plans, strategies and all key financial decisions.
Project delivery and overall financial performance.
Managing all aspects of a substantial investment portfolio.
Sales & lettings.
Tax planning and accounting treatment of all major transactions.
Achievements

Established a highly successful business unit – delivering annual profit of up to £100 million (2003).
Delivered 10 development projects with a combined end value in excess of £1.4 billion.
Acquired the very successful development opportunity at Globe House. Secured the pre-letting to B.A.T Industries and sold for £40 million profit.
Instigated an ambitious capital recycling programme running at up to £200 million per annum.
Managed several large joint venture projects with major investors/partners – such as Henderson Investors, Kajima Corp and the Corporation of London.
Responsible for identifying and reporting on all financial aspects of major development projects – such as the £350 million development of 1 & 10 Bishops Square.
Adept at recognising the practical demands of complicated projects such as the major refurbishment of 99 Bishopsgate, after significant bomb damage.
Highly proficient at communicating with and leading extensive project teams through complicated development projects such as Moor House and 16 Old Bailey.
Able to identify and adapt to changing circumstances easily – such as the pre-letting of 280 Bishopsgate to the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Willingness to become involved in the details where necessary, as with the retrofit works required to satisfy a major European Bank occupier at Moor House.
1991 –1994

Taylor Woodrow Property Company – Senior Surveyor
Responsible for the Central London office development programme and the management/operation of St Katherine’s by the Tower and the World Trade Centre.

1988 – 1991

Hillier Parker – Surveyor
Central London office development and leasing consultancy.

Development Projects

Acquisition

Investment

Portfolio & Asset Managemnt

Education

NACORE
NACORE/ Institute for corporate real estate – MCR Programme , 1999

Westminster University
BSc Upper Second Class Hons , 1986