Meet the committee

Role: Chair
Company: The Milton Group
Position: Director Investment

Tim Baker

Tim is responsible for the Investment Strategy for the Milton Group. Having joined in 2007, Tim is responsible for sourcing, selecting and coordinating the Group’s purchases and sales, covering both development and investment transactions. Tim’s background includes nearly 10 years’ experience in the UK investment market, with high profile references including Jones Lang LaSalle where he spent 9 years working in the Capital Markets, Investment Management and Corporate Finance teams, finishing his time there focusing on the UK investment and development market where he worked with a variety of international investors and developers.

Established in 1989, The Milton Group have since raised a successful profile as one of the UK’s most reputable industrial commercial investors in London and the South East.  The Group has established a refreshing reputation in the market place for reliability and performance which along with a knowledgeable specialist management team, offers a sound platform from which the Group anticipates future growth.

Whilst The Milton Group predominantly act as an investor, they have an ongoing development and refurbishment programme and are continually seeking new opportunities to expand the portfolio.

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Role: Treasurer
Company: Gifford Grant
Position: Managing Director

Nicola Forgette

Nicola has been involved in the commercial interiors industry for twenty years as a director of Gifford Grant since 2000, and as managing director since 2005, and has seen the company go from strength to strength.  In addition to her management role, Nicola’s focusses her time on establishing relationships with new clients, pursuing new business as well as building on her strong relationships with existing clients which ensures all their commercial interior needs are met.

Gifford Grant delivers quality office refurbishment and office fit-out projects across London and the South. Their focus is on design led projects whilst maximising available budgets and space which over the years has earned them an enviable reputation within the industry. Gifford Grant takes a practical approach and offers a professional, friendly attitude, making clients feel at ease throughout the entire duration of their project.

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Role: Tours and Talks
Company: Lewis Ellis LLP
Position: Partner

Matthew Brown

Matt works at Lewis Ellis one of the leading niche investment practices. Matt joined Lewis Ellis as a Partner in 2010 and became an Equity Partner in 2017. He primarily deals with commercial property outside of central London and is well known for both portfolio investment transactions and his knowledge of the regional office markets.

Lewis Ellis provide sales, purchase, development and asset management advice to a focused client base including institutions, property companies, private investors, family offices, banks and developers. Since its formation in 1993, the Partnership has transacted in excess of £18bn of property across all sectors.

Prior to Lewis Ellis Matt worked in the National Investment department at JLL and has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Portfolio investment highlights include the off market acquisition of the Clifford Portfolio (£90m) for Threadneedle, sale of Project Brace (£170m) for BAM Properties and the sale of Brunel Portfolio (£216m) for Alony Hetz. Office investment highlights include the acquisition of Enterprises House, Uxbridge (£52.25m) for M&G Real Estate and the acquisition of 75 King William Street, London EC4 (£67m) for Aberdeen Standard.

Key clients include Columbia Threadneedle, Aberdeen Standard and M&G Real Estate.

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Role: Charity Officer
Company: Latchmere Properties
Position: Director

Mark S Eshelby

Mark originally qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2000 and has since moved on to become Director and stake holder of Latchmere Properties Ltd following a two year stint as a Surveyor for Stiles Harold Williams. His current role involvement covers everything from initial land acquisition, planning and construction process to new home sales co-ordination.

In the past Mark has been Chairman of both the RICS Surrey branch and The 100 Property Club and has also sat on the RICS South East Board.

Latchmere Properties has become one of the leading developers of fine homes in Surrey. Outstanding architecture, exceptional design and luxurious, contemporary specification are all hallmarks of the individual homes created by the company. Their continued success has been driven by the creation of traditional homes constructed from high quality materials and by displaying careful attention to detail in every project they take on. They are regularly recognised for their high-quality work across a range of sectors by the judging panels of numerous prestigious property awards.

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Role: Dinner Officer
Company: Vail Williams
Position: Head of Investment

Richard Dawtrey

Richard is Head of Investment for Vail Williams LLP, a national leading property advisors with eight offices based throughout the south-east and midlands. With over 17 years’ experience, Richard has been involved in excess of 500 transactions ranging from sale and leasebacks of distribution warehousing to forwarding funding advice relating to town centre regeneration projects. He is responsible for the acquisition and disposal of commercial property investments in the UK, providing advice to a variety of clients ranging from private investors to institutional funds. Prior to Richard joining the firm in 2014, he worked for Chancerygate a high quality industrial/ distribution developer and property investor.

Vail Williams LLP is a multi-discipline property consultancy currently employing 146 people. The firm has a long and successful track record of advising property owners on all aspects of property in order to generate the maximum returns from the assets. We act for a wide range of clients including private individuals, significant land owners, business occupiers, developers, schools, charities, institutional funds and public bodies including Local Authorities and housing associations.

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Role: Communications Officer
Company: Chapman Consulting Ltd
Position: Managing Director

Sarah Chapman FInstSMM FCIM

Sarah has a track record spanning 25-years refining her marketing and business development techniques and knowledge working with leading property, design, fit-out and construction companies. Sarah’s previous roles include Board level positions within Morgan Sindall plc and Willmott Dixon where her focus was developing sales achievements and profit growth before founding Chapman Consulting BD Ltd in 2005.

Sarah was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management, and regularly lectures on the subjects of Marketing, Communications and Business Development to industry professionals.

Chapman Consulting has spent the past 14-years improving marketing and communication strategies for some of the industry’s most prestigious companies. They work with a wide variety of clients, including consultancies, private practices, SME’s and corporates, to advise and support them through devising and executing their marketing strategy and in turn achieving goals and ambitions for business growth.  Chapman Consulting have a wealth of industry expertise and experience and offer a bespoke, flexible and confidential service using their unique five stage process which analyses the key elements of the marketing mix.

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Role: Social Officer
Company: Barlow Robbins
Position: Partner

Jo Farr

Jo Farr is a Partner of specialist law firm Barlow Robbins and heads up the Commercial Property team at Barlow Robbins’ Guildford office.

Jo has worked as a property lawyer for over 15 years building up technical know-how and wide connections with property professionals both locally and further afield.  Her work usually involves one or more of the following: sales and acquisitions, commercial leases; development work and property finance.

Jo deals with a wide client base from local independent retailers to investment landlords and from property developers to banks, which means she is able to see transactions from various perspectives.

Jo prides herself on taking time to get to know her clients and their businesses so that she can understand their priorities and concerns.  Jo states “I don’t stand on ceremony and have always found that a no nonsense approach gets the best results!”

At home Jo enjoys all kinds of sport including rock climbing and triathlon.  She has a sense of adventure and likes to travel as often as she can. Otherwise she is kept busy with her lovely children.

Role: Secretary
Company: Alpha Asset Management
Position: Managing Director

Nick Moore

Nick Moore has over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. During this time his breadth of expertise has encompassed agency, asset management, fund management and real estate finance.

Nick is a Member of the RICS and actively involved with Investment Property Forum. He is also on the Committee of the 100 Property Club and a Mentor for the RREF Mentoring Programme.

Outside work Nick lives on past sporting glories, as a former Captain of Harlow Rugby Club, Master PADI Diver and previously active golfer, until now spending time with his young family

Alpha Asset Management is an independent asset manager focusing primarily on London and the South of England. The company has built a reputation as committed, creative and commercial advisors, driving value and exploiting angles on a range of investment and development projects.  Nick is also at the forefront of the movement to design buildings for optimum wellbeing and passionate about placemaking to reflect the changing built environment.

Role: Sports and Social
Company: Lewis & Co

Alex Lewis

Alex is a South West London Commercial Property specialist, acting for institutional and private clients.  Alex has over 15 years’ experience, including time with major property advisory practices DTZ and Donaldsons in their investment and occupational teams. Most recently, Alex founded Lewis & Co in 2017.

Lewis & Co are a niche commercial property agency, that specialises in all aspects of office, retail and industrial properties, in Wimbledon & South West London. The company offer a full range of property services and advice, including investment, leasehold acquisitions & disposals.

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Role: Attendance Secretary
Company: Jansons
Position: Development Manager

Tom Janson

Tom joined the team in January 2019 having enjoyed 3 years at Commercial property consultants and agents Bray Fox Smith where he worked in the West London and Thames Valley occupational and investment market. Previous to starting at Bray Fox Smith he completed a Masters degree in Real Estate at London Southbank University and obtained RICS Chartered Surveyor status in May 2018. Tom’s role at Jansons is to focus on acquisitions across all sectors and also undertaking asset management for schemes when required.

Jansons Property is a highly experienced property developer and investor with a diverse portfolio and a slew of versatile industry professionals in its ranks. Jansons established in 2003. The company prides itself on having skilled professionals with decades of multi-industry acumen to offer. The partnership consists of the tenacious and innovative approach of Andy Jansons with the financial might of William Pears Group.

80% of our projects are located in West London and Thames Valley, however, we do follow particular sectors further afield.

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