ROLE: Richard is the Managing Director of Martin’s Properties, responsible for the overall management and performance of the business and team. He is a member of the main Board, Capital Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Richard graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc (Hons) in Land Management and an MSc in Urban Planning and Development. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and gained a Diploma in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Richard previously worked for John Laing Property and Kier Property undertaking various commercial development projects. He was also Head of Property at RO Real Estate for over 12 years, where he was responsible for doubling the NAV of the investment and development portfolio in excess of £100m over 9 years.
Richard is a keen amateur sportsman including cycling, running, tennis, golf, shooting, fishing, skiing and motorsport (he used to play Rugby and Cricket but now it hurts too much!). He also holds a private pilots licence and enjoys a challenge, having completed the 2015 London marathon in 3 hrs 39 mins, the 2017 Mud Sweat and Tears challenge of 103km in under 24 hours and the 2019 ELIFAR Thames Path 100km Ultra Marathon in 12hrs 30mins – non-stop! Richard has also launched ABLING, a charitable venture that connects a community of people who are terminally ill or under charitable care with members of the public who are able to donate their time, skills and fun activities to make help people in that community to tick off their bucket list or provide help. Additionally during and following the Covid-19 crisis, the community has been extended to include vulnerable members of the public and the NHS front line workers.
Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road
FAVORITE PLACE: Tuscany, Italy – amazing scenery, friendly people and great food and wine.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” Winston Churchill
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Because of my surname it would have to be Matt Damon!
ROLE: David oversees all things financial with responsibility for budgets, funding, cash flow management, accounts and audits.
David graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with a degree in Computer Science, and then completed his professional training as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.
David spent 17 years in senior finance roles at Greene King, before progressing to CFO roles at property company Market Tech, restaurateur Byron Burger and most recently media business Bonhill Group.
David enjoys spending time with his family, endeavouring to wear his two young boys out by cycling them around the City of Cambridge where they live. He can also often be found practicing his punting skills on the River Cam. He is passionate about all things culinary, and obsessive in his desire to make the perfect coffee. While by no means claiming to be fit, David enjoys rolling around in the mud at silly hours in the morning with his military-fitness club.
Chin Chin Labs – best ice cream in London!
Southwold, Suffolk – great for the boys and the best fish and chips around. Who says you need to go abroad?
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Jack Black – he’s very funny and his surname is a colour too!
Tom is Chairman of the Board and two of its key sub committees – capital and remuneration. He has responsibility for holding management to its strategic goals and in ensuring the Board is effective and suitably experienced.
After college, Tom trained as a valuation and development Surveyor with Chesterton. Through his career he has worked both in advisory and principle roles, and has over thirty years of property investment, asset management and development experience. Prior to his current role, Tom was Chief Executive of Grange Management and an Executive Director of Affinity Sutton Group, one of the largest independent providers of affordable housing in the UK.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Abingdon
FAVORITE PLACE: The French Riviera
FAVORITE SAYING/S: Success is where preparation and opportunity meet
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Rick Blaine
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Jane is an FCA who worked with KPMG LLP for over 29 years. During her time with KPMG she worked with a broad range of businesses helping them to develop strategies to realise opportunities and manage threats in fast moving environments. She has built and managed market leading teams and believes in the importance of effective teamwork.
ROLE: Rex is a non-executive director of Martin’s Properties, sharing responsibility with his fellow non-executives for good corporate governance and oversight of executive management. He is a member of the main Board, Capital Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Rex is a solicitor with over 35 years of professional experience in private practice and the long term managing partner of the London law firm, Wallace LLP. He is a trustee of a number of family and philanthropic organisations. As well as a solicitor, he is a member of the New York Bar and an accredited mediator. Rex has been associated with the Martin family and business for over 10 years and was appointed as an independent family trustee in 2010.
INTERESTS: Rex is an enthusiastic walker, a keen skier and a student of political and military history.
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: The Beachcomber at Barton-on-Sea – a great place for breakfast after early morning sailing.
FAVOURITE PLACE: Zermatt, Switzerland to which he returns every year, having learned to ski there aged 10.
FAVOURITE SAYING: “Brevity is the soul of wit”.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Jeff Goldblum.
Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is recognised as one of the key experts in the Central London property market. He is a prolific developer, responsible for a number of the landmark schemes built in the capital in the last 20 years.
Before founding Almacantar, Mike spent seven years at Land Securities plc, the largest property company in the UK, where he was an Executive Board Director with responsibility for the London portfolio and Strategic Land portfolio.
Prior to Land Securities, Mike was responsible for all property transactions at the Canary Wharf Group, as Head of Leasing and Marketing, where his team transacted 9.3m sq.ft (900,000 sq.m).
Mike is a Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Governor of Southbank Centre Limited. He was an Independent Director of Taylor Wimpey plc between July 2011 and July 2018
Emma Carlton-Smith Non-Executive Director
ROLE: Emma is the Martin family appointed Non-Executive Director on the Board. She is chair of the Martin Charitable Trust, overseeing the Martin family’s philanthropic activities and also chair of the Martin Family Council, the interface between the family shareholders and the business.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Emma graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA (Hons) in English and Marketing.
Before becoming a Non-Executive Director, Emma worked for Martin’s Properties for over 13 years and was responsible for all areas of marketing and design, including the interior design of the residential portfolio. Prior to this, Emma headed up the Corporate Sales and Marketing division of Club Med UK. She also worked in marketing at Scott Dunn for 6 years.
EA to Directors
ROLE: Abbie is EA to Tom Martin, Paul Nicholson and Bob Tattar. She is deeply involved in all of their roles, helping them coordinate their schedules, meetings and output. She also coordinates the work of the Family Council and its activities including the Family Council and charitable trust and is a key link between the shareholders and the business. Abbie also takes the lead on our CSR initiative to help ensure that Martin’s Properties are doing all we can to protect and support our local communities and the environment.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Abbie started her career at Routetrader Ltd where she was promoted to an Executive Assistant. Abbie then went on to be the EA at Market Tech Holdings based in Camden where she supported four key members of management.
Whilst working, Abbie completed an Advanced Diploma in Business and Administration, a Diploma in Executive Assistant and Secretary and has a certificate in minute taking.
INTERESTS: Outside of the office, Abbie most enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Eating loads! Whilst also trying to keep fit. (Which isn’t a great combination!)
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Ciao Italia (Banstead, Surrey) – Great Food/Music/Cocktails
FAVORITE PLACE: Mexico, Cancun – amazing beaches and great for a good suntan!
FAVORITE SAYING/S: REALLY!
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Charlize Theron
ROLE: Jemma is PA to Richard Bourne. Jemma is responsible for managing Richard’s daily schedule and assisting with his day to day responsibilities from travel and diary management through to strategy, process and procedures. Jemma assists with writing committee papers and acts as a bridge between Richard, the team, the Board and the shareholders.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Jemma graduated from Kingston University with a joint honours degree in Design and Business. Following from university she joined luxury matchmaking company; Gray & Farrar. In the five years she was with Gray & Farrar, Jemma moved from receptionist to Head of Operations. A geographical move took her from London to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where she worked in luxury property development, with a focus on design and marketing.
INTERESTS: During her spare time, Jemma loves to keep active; keeping fit in the gym, spinning and practicing yoga! She also volunteers for Guide Dogs and likes to take part in charity physical challenges.
Salvos – a family run delicious Italian in Yorkshire.
Abaco Island – paradise!!
Never give up!
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
ROLE: As Design Manager, Chris coordinates Martin’s design strategy as part of the project management team. Working closing with Martin’s Asset and Development Managers, Chris project manages smaller scale projects, whether refurbishment or capitalised repair works, working closely with the design team and contractors from conception to completion and ensuring coordination with Facilities Management and their on-going maintenance requirement. Chris also acts as client representative in the oversight of tenant’s commercial works.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Chris graduated from the University of Kingston with a BA (Hons) in Architecture. He then worked in the film and television industry in both production and AD (directing) roles before taking on the property and facilities management position at Teddington Studios after purchase from Pearson. Following a successful sale and lease-back of the Studios Chris moved into construction project management full-time, focusing on residential and commercial refurbishment in London and the South East, before joining Martin’s Properties.
INTERESTS: Cycling almost anywhere in search of good architecture and design, Chris’s enthusiasm also veers towards a perfectly timed overtaking manoeuvre at Silverstone or a centimetre perfect assist at Stamford Bridge, with that modulated by a Beethoven string quartet or any French Impressionist. That soft focus extends to a well shot film but sharpens at the theatre.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: La Delizia, in Chelsea Manor Street – the perfect Italian restaurant. And La Colombe D’Or, once in a blue moon.
FAVORITE PLACE: Venice’s appeal never tires, Hong Kong’s work ethic never ceases to enthrall, but the development of Portugal’s modern architecture firmly places Porto on the map. Japan is also on the cards.
FAVORITE SAYING/S: “That’s intriguing” to my family’s (and now others) consternation!
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Robert Donat’s role in the original 39 Nine Steps
James is responsible for portfolio analysis, producing portfolio strategies and identifying future areas of investment and development. He is involved in investment origination and acquisition due diligence, portfolio performance and research-led elements of the business.
James graduated from the University of Exeter with first class honours and has an MSc in Real Estate from Cass Business School. He began his professional career at APAM in 2015 as an Investment Analyst focusing on acquiring regional commercial assets across the UK. He then joined Northridge Capital in 2017 where he was an Associate targeting UK office and student opportunities and residential developments in London.
In his spare time, James is a keen sportsman and enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and cricket.
Chez Dany in Verbier – great Swiss food and views of the Alps.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Danielle provides full support to the property team. She performs various property management, facilities management and administrative tasks and is responsible for the coordination of maintenance works
Danielle graduated from the University of Reading with joint honors in History and English Literature. After graduating Danielle went on to work for the Whittington Hospital Imaging department as the MRI Bookings Coordinator and an Ultrasound Assistant in the evenings. After this experience she went on to complete her CELTA teaching qualification and taught English as a second language to children and adults in Madrid, Spain. Returning from sunny Spain, she focused her attention in the property industry and was a Property Manager for over a year at Marsh & Parsons. Here she learnt how to effectively manage all aspects of a property, from reactive emergency works to refurbishment supervision. Having completed her ARLA in December 2019 she felt the need to take the next step in her career in the property industry, which is how she found herself at Martin’s Properties.
In her free time Danielle enjoys running for charity events, reading the latest thrillers and baking to varying degrees of success (according to her family and friends).
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Mem & Laz in Angel, Islington. Best seafood pasta in town!
FAVORITE PLACE: Ile Aux Cerfs, Mauritius – more affectionately (and inaccurately) known as ‘Danielle’s Island’ by Danielle and her family.
FAVORITE SAYING/S: ‘You get what you give.’
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Rosario Dawson
ROLE: Armanda is responsible for building customer relationships; liaising with residential customers in all aspects of property management; furnishing and dressing new and old properties, marketing, letting, retaining customers and disposal of residential assets. She also has the responsibility of minimizing voids, maximizing income and reducing property costs.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Armanda started her career working in a laboratory in Portugal. She then moved to London in 2000 where she began her career in the property industry. In 2001 she moved to Winkworth Estate Agents overseeing the Accounts and Property Management Departments. She became a member of “ARLA Propertymark” in 2007, which gives her credibility of being part of a respected association along with a whole host of other benefits.
In 2009 an opportunity arose at Martin’s Properties to take her career to another level, where she has excelled.
Her focus is always on the wellbeing of our customers, she pursues this with great passion, drawing on her in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in the property industry. She believes that customer service is the foundation of this business and she continually strives to achieve excellence.
INTERESTS: Armanda has a passion for baking but her husband thinks she is a “feeder” so she tends to take her cakes into the office for her colleagues to enjoy.
She is a keen traveler and follows her brother around the world, her last trip was to the Maldives. She enjoys exploring other cultures and loves the odd city break.
Alongside her travelling she relishes spending time with the family, which is very important to her.
Armanda tries to exercise in her spare time, she especially enjoys Boxing; for those long days when everything has tried her patience and she is ready to scream, she gets her hands on some boxing gloves and hits out her frustration.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Yakuza – Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve
FAVORITE PLACE: Brazil, it’s a nation born to kick off its shoes and shake its booty!
FAVORITE SAYING/S: Live life to the fullest!
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Salma Hayek – “fiery character”
Asif supports the Finance Director in delivering a best in class Finance function.
CIMA qualified, Asif has worked in Finance since the mid 90’s. Since 2005, he has worked for several companies in the Real Estate sector (listed, PE and owner managed), and most recently for Imperial Portfolios and Essential Living. Successful track record of implementing financial controls and processes, and managing and developing finance teams. With extensive experience in supporting and developing business partnering across operational & commercial teams and third parties. Sound exposure in supporting executive Board members with all reporting finance matters. Experienced in management of equity and debt finance, and the implementation and streamlining of accounting systems, as well as budgeting and financial modelling.
Spending time with family and friends. Watches a lot of sport, mainly cricket, and also football and tennis. Occasionally plays table tennis and badminton. Asif has recently taken up cycling on a weekly basis and enjoys watching movies and TV shows, mainly action and sci -fi, he also likes to cook.
Do or do not, there is no try
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Hugh Jackman (yeah I know, he looks nothing like me!)
Romina provides finance support to both Martin’s Properties and Obsidian as well as being responsible for reporting on the various development projects within Martin’s Properties. She also supports the finance team with preparation of management accounts, cashflows, forecasts, budgets and board reports.
Romina studied at Brunel University and graduated with BSc Hons in Business Management and Accounting in 2017. She has gained intensive experience in providing quality financial information, advice and management through analysis and reporting from starting her career in the music industry. A long-standing interest in property has led her to continue her journey with Martins Properties.
Interests vary from going Sixes in Fulham to shopping her heart out and chasing sunsets all over the world!
La Petite Maison
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
ROLE: Tom is responsible for the management and planning of the day to day maintenance and operation of our properties, ensuring that our customers have the most suitable working and living environments possible.
Tom has a background in the insurance & finance industry. He studied Business, Law and Product design at A-Level and has a diploma in Business & Finance. Tom joined Martin’s Properties to expand his experience in the property market.
INTERESTS: Outside of the office Tom enjoys spending time with his friends & family whilst squeezing in as many holidays as possible. Tom enjoys skiing, cycling & running having completed the London Marathon twice.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Savoy Grill
FAVORITE PLACE: A snowy mountain or sandy beach
FAVORITE SAYING/S: Too blessed to be stressed
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: He’d like to think Daniel Craig, but in reality, David Walliams
Muna is responsible for tenant accounting, including issuing all monthly and quarterly demands including rent, insurance and on account service. Her role includes credit control and service charges reconciliation. Muna also has the responsibility of updating our Property Management system with new tenancies and reviews.
Muna studied at Middlesex University and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. She then went on to work for a tech company as an accounts assistance to put her degree into practice! Following this, she moved in to a property management company and worked on residential and commercial portfolios.
Muna spends her time with family and friends, going to the movies, comedy shows and going out to eat at different restaurants.
Madera at the Treehouse (great views and amazing Mac n Cheese)
Turkey – the resort was lovely and the chocolate cake was the best thing she’s tasted so far (and still looking for a cake to beat it!)
‘If you ain’t aim to high, then you aim to low’ – J-Cole
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Head of Commercial Asset Management
ROLE: Brook is responsible for setting and implementing asset strategies to maximise the performance of the commercial portfolio. He is also responsible for building on customer relationships; marketing, acquisition, leasing and disposal of assets; minimising leasing voids, reducing property costs and maximising income.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Brook graduated from the University of the West of England in 2004 with a degree in Real Estate Valuation Management. He started his career at Kenningtons where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and worked as a Central London Office Agent. He then joined Hoddell Stotesbury Morgan as an investment agent where he spent 10 years specialising in the acquisition and disposal of commercial property. In 2018, Brook joined Martin’s Properties as Commercial Asset Manager.
INTERESTS: Brook enjoys the outdoors, he’s a (fair weather!) sportsman and particularly enjoys skiing, golf, cycling and fishing.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Hotel Costes (Paris) – A rare treat but worth every penny!
FAVORITE PLACE: Mallorca – 300 days of sunshine a year, need I say more! The island’s dramatic mountain range and costal scenery offers endless activities all year round!
FAVORITE SAYING/S: ‘A goal without a plan is just a wish’
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Leonardo Dicaprio
ROLE: Kirti is responsible for processing BACS payments, generating coding and checking invoices, checking and reconciling bank statements and dealing with all aspects of purchase enquiries, bank enquiries such as new accounts, new users, close accounts, direct debit forms.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Kirti started her career at Intertek Testing Services, Saville Row as Account Assistant. Intertek Testing Services provides innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification services to customers. She studied AAT – The Association of Accounting Technicians whist working at Intertek Testing Services.
INTERESTS: Kirti’s interests are spending quality time with her children and husband.
She is a qualified Hair and Make-up Artist, her works involves creating images through make-up and hairstyles according to a brief for catwalk, media and catalogue models, brides and bridesmaids.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Homemade food – especially her Mum’s food.
FAVORITE PLACE: House full of family & friends.
FAVORITE SAYING/S: Yesterday was history, today is a new beginning and tomorrow is yet to be written.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE: Gina Torres
Ross is the Head of Development of Martin’s Properties and responsible for overseeing all development activities across the business.
Ross has a BA from Liverpool University as well as an MSc in Real Estate from Reading University. Ross has previously worked for British Land, a FTSE 100 real estate company, Battersea Power Station Development Company and Qatari Diar. As part of these companies, Ross was responsible for development activities across a number of projects small and large, including high profile projects like Chelsea Barracks. Ross’ most recent position before joining Martin’s Properties was as Development Director focusing on delivering an innovative affordable build to rent housing model.
Ross has two young daughters that keeps him busy! However, when he has the time Ross competes in motorsport events, and enjoys cycling and skiing. Good food, wine and company does take a priority from time to time, particularly holidays when he likes to keep exploring new places.
Trangallan – Newington Green
Sicily – The best mix of food, drink, scenery and history
The only source of knowledge is experience
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:
Ed Westwick – although he’s not quite Hollywood!