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 Expert  728706

Expert in Commercial Property, Tenant Representation, Corporate Real Estate, Flexible Working Strategies


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

London
United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert is a real estate professional with over 23 years commercial practice in the Private, Public and Non Profit sectors in the UK. The past 10 years have been spent as an advisor to numerous high profile organisations. He has latterly become a Property Trustee with a family welfare charity in London.

Areas of work include: Strategic real estate planning, Flexible working initiatives, Master planning, development planning, Tactical property advice, Premises acquisitions, Lease re-gearing, Exit planning and disposals, Lease renewals and rent reviews, Dilapidations, Mitigating business rates, Sustainability, Landlord & Tenant Relationship manangement.

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commercial property management

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commercial real estate

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estate management

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corporate real estate


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1987   BSc Hons   Land Management   De Montfort University  
2001   Diploma   Commercial Practice   Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors   Member

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to 2010

 

Midas Corporate Consulting

 

Managing Director

 

Expert has built the company to be a leading niche practice in the field of corporate real estate in the UK.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Member, RICS; Member, IBC; Committee Member, FCRE.

Licenses/Certifications

Diploma, RICS.

Professional Appointments

Managing Director; Property Trustee.


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1987 to 1988   Property Services Agency   Graduate Trainee   General Estate Management work on Civil and Military Esates in Southern England
1991 to 1992   Property Holdings   Management Surveyor   Managed commercial property held in North West London as part of a commission won by DTZ and Hoare Lee and Partners

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Strategic services provided: Strategic advice in relation to property usage, operational requirements and opportunities for reduced costs and risk reductions in environmental impacts and carbon footprint. Managing multiple stakeholders from SMT to operational staffAdvising Friends of the Earth on a long term strategy for their London headquarters. The initial brief was to appraise a relocation option put forward by a friendly developer. Expert high-lighted both practical issues in relation to the design but also that it did not meet their operational needs. Expert recommended a consulting exercise to understand better the business dynamics and need for premises. His recommendation included a review of the existing premises to ascertain whether short term improvements could be made to improve operational efficiency in a building that was generally regarded as an inhibitor. His process enabled the organisation to consider how it worked together in a way that had not been considered or discussed before. It enabled a recognition that working practices have changed, and that the business process of each department meant that the type of accommodation required was very different from either the existing space or the proposed new build. As an interim conclusion he provided a study identifying options to reduce their initial space requirements by 37%, through improved and enabled team and collaborative working staff. This will have a huge positive impact on achieving their goal of reducing their carbon footprint by reducing space related emissions. To facilitate a transition towards this change he ran staff training workshops within the organisation on flexible working and improved space utilisation.Currently he has been providing advise on developing an exit strategy from the current building given the peculiarities of the existing lease.
  • Professional services provided: Estates and accommodation planning; Workspace reviews; Lease reviews; Strategic advice; Operational planning; Advice on lease acquisition and regearing.Reporting to the Directors' Team (CEO, Heads of HR, Finance, Operations and Fundraising), Expert undertook a strategic review of the 16,500 sq ft of London head office and workspace used in relation to future business planning, leading workshops with senior team leaders, evaluating data, producing financial modelling and reporting by way of formal presentations to Directors' Team meetings.He started advising this leading and rapidly growing humanitarian charity in relation to its view that it needed more office space because of pressure on meeting space. He ascertained a need to properly consider, forecast and manage staff growth from 156 to develop an appropriate strategy to address accommodating its varying growth forecasts of 20-60 people over the next 5 years. He undertook a bespoke consulting process with senior managers and team leaders to identify the underlying operational issues and requirements in relation to the current use of space. This identified that many of the teams work flexibly and that recognition and support for flexible working would enable the existing space to be re-planned to provide sufficient growth space. The issue of meeting room usage was also solved by providing analysis of room usage and creating awareness with team leaders so that they could manage their teams more effectively. The lease review identified a tenant break clause and an opportunity with an otherwise “upwards only” rent review clause, to potentially get a lower rent. The break clause wording is not ideal from a tenant's perspective and we believe that following our advice the client is seeking to improve its terms of occupation as part of a relocation and/or lease re-gearing exercise. As part of this there is a negotiation underway to draw down a further 5,000 sq ft should that be required.Expert's approach and emerging strategy to growth planning by looking at the way the organisation actually and wishes to work has radically altered its assessment of space need as well as its management practices.
  • Review of European Property holdings for major IT company seeking to synchronise its property and facilities management across the European region and company management structures to provide a new operational model.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Planning applications, seeking Counsels Opinion, Landlord & Tenant representations.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2000 to 2001   France   Search for a European Call Centre for a major US credit card company, including site finding, evaluation and master planning, liason with development agencies over grant funding.
2000 to 2001   Ireland   Search for a European Call Centre for a major US credit card company, including site finding, evaluation and master planning, liason with development agencies over grant funding.
2000 to 2001   Belgium   New premise search and acquisition for a UK NGO seeking and office in Brussels, close to European parliament.
2007 to 2007   Europe / Scandinavia   Review of European property holdings for major IT company seeking to synchronise its property and facilities management across the European region and company management structures to provide a new operational model.

Market Research:
Commercial real estate practice in the UK from a tenant perspective.

Flexible working and the impact on the work place and demand for commercial space.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.


Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

A trained seminar presenter Expert has prepared and presented seminars and workshops to clients, trade associations and Business School post-graduate students as well as to his peers.

Topics covered include the importance of a property strategy in business, flexible working strategies as well as technical presentations.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has selected and led a 20 strong multi-disclipinary team of real estate professionals on a number of projects from master-planning an out of town retail centre of some 390,000 square feet to call centre and HQ office site developments in the UK.

At a smaller scale, Expert routinely selects, appoints and manages outsourced suppliers for clients performing specialist tasks as well as for his own internal team.

Other Skills and Services

Expert chairs panels for the RICS providing competency-based Assessments of Professional Competence for aspiring surveyors in the UK.


 

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