The Court 2019/20
John grew up in Exmoor, son of a country doctor, and was educated at Clifton College. John undertook his BSc in Building Surveying at Southbank Polytechnic and then, whilst working, completed a MSc in Property Investment at City University.
John joined Watts and Partners in 1988 and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with them in 1990. In November 1991 he joined Hollis. He became Senior Partner in 1994, and since then has overseen the expansion of the business from the 15 people to the 430 that work in the firm today across the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Whilst working at Hollis John has also been closely involved with RICS. He chaired the RICS dilapidations working group from 1994 -1999. He was also the first chair of the RICS Building Surveying Faculty (2000 – 2002) and oversaw the transition of the Building Surveying Division to the new Faculty structure that took place at that time. John joined WCCS in 2000 and having finished his spell as Faculty Chairman his focus shifted to Chartered Surveying Company matters, joining the Court in 2005.
John’s comments; “I believe it’s a particularly exciting time for our Company. Our membership is reaching capacity with property professionals keen to give something back, not all of whom are Chartered Surveyors. Much of that is done with their time, but sometimes with money too. Our efforts are focussed primarily on bringing young people into our industry, who without our help, quite simply wouldn’t be able to do that. Our work with young people includes the Livery Apprentice Programme, which we founded in 1986, and has brought more people into Chartered Surveying via an apprentice route than any other programme. We also work with the Livery Schools Link programme of which we were a founding member, and, have a ground breaking new partnership with Building People CIC, which connects young people to work opportunities. In the main our money goes to providing Bursaries for talented young people who simply wouldn’t be able to afford to train to enter our industry without that financial support. All this work helps to address diversity and inclusion, reducing skill shortages and maximising social value.”
John is a keen shooter, sailor and supporter of Chelsea Football club.
John is married to Jenny and they have four children; Archie, Angus, Annabelle and Johnny.
Ken is a first generation chartered surveyor, married to Maria, an accountant who also works in the property world. They live on the Suffolk/Norfolk borders with their two dogs but both work in London.
After graduating from Leicester Polytechnic, now de Montford University, in 1988, Ken joined Royal London Insurance in Colchester. In 1989 he moved to London and joined the then nationalised Electricity Supply Nominees, looking after a portfolio of properties in the pension scheme and completing his TPC in 1991. He moved with the group when the investment mandate was taken on by Foreign and Colonial and remained with them for 11 years.
At the beginning of 2000 he founded Aston Rose along with Tim Richards, John Williams (both fellow Liverymen) and James Coulling. All had been actively involved in the RICS London Junior Branch – Tim, Ken and John all being successive Chairmen. Ken later went on to be Chairman of the national Junior Organisation in 2002.
At Aston Rose, Ken heads the investment team acting for a varied client base built up since the inception of the firm and advising on primarily commercial acquisitions and disposals.
Ken is a member of the East India Club in St James’s where he sits on the main Committee and chairs the Property Committee overseeing an average annual spend of £600,000 on the upkeep and improvement of the grade II* listed property on St James’s Square.
Outside of work Ken is a keen game shooter, also working his Labrador, Pyper (trained by Maria!), and manages to get some fly fishing in during the season. He has a very keen interest in wine and holds a diploma in wines and spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Ken also enjoys his walking which has taken him to places such as the mountain ranges of northern and southern Spain and the Virunga Mountains of southern Uganda.
James grew up in the outer London suburbs and after school carried out a 6 month internship at Jones Lang Wootton in the valuation team surveying acres of industrial estates. Following receiving a BSc (Hons) degree in Urban Estate Surveying from Trent Polytechnic, which included a year placement with JLW, he joined the Hillier Parker graduate scheme successfully qualifying a year later.
In 1993, James was part of the newly created Shopping Centre Investment team and continues to specialize in Shopping Centres advising a range of clients on sales and acquisitions.
After 17 years at Hillier Parker (CBRE), James founded HP Four, a niche firm of Chartered Surveyors specialising in investment transactions.
Notable transactions have included advising the five investors who funded the development of Liverpool One; advising Hermes on the sale of their 7.5% share of Bluewater; advising intu on a number of key acquisitions including intu Merryhill; intu Milton Keynes and intu Derby and advising Criterion Capital on the acquisition of The Trocadero.
James is a member of the Investment Property Forum and Revo, and previously carrying out committee work. James was the Commodore of the Chartered Surveyors Sailing Association and a Trustee of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust. He is a member of the 1894 Club.
Outside of the world of Surveying, James has previously been the Vice Chair of Roehampton Rangers and Chair of the Shrewsbury House School Parents Association. He is currently the Treasurer of the Sandown Park Ski Race Club, has recently become a Level 1 (Assessed) Field Hockey umpire and a Harlequins rugby supporter.
James is married to Hermione with four children, two boys, Toby and Guy, and two girls, Lucy and Kitty. Apart from regularly spectating school and club matches, James is a keen sailor (racing in the Squib fleet); skier; golfer and trying to keep fit through either swimming, walking or running when possible.
Colin has almost 50 years’ experience within both the commercial and residential property sectors in the UK, Europe and North America. He has extensive experience in the serviced and managed office market within the UK.
Formerly a Partner with Weatherall Green & Smith; President of Speyhawk New York Corporation; Managing Director of Higgs & Hill Developments Limited, and Managing Director of Stonemartin PLC. Colin has served on the Board of three listed companies.
Colin formed Stonemartin Properties Ltd in 1997 and it is this private company which is now the primary focus of his activity, specialising in a flexible and serviced approach to both residential and commercial property and supporting other ventures in securing financial backing.
A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Colin is also Chairman of Cygnus Smart Group Limited, Board Advisor to Blencathra Finance Limited, and Chairman of the Property Marketing Awards.
He has two adult children and three grandchildren. An enthusiastic photographer and motor sport enthusiast he spends much of his free time supporting the Livery, the Maidenhead Thames Rotary Club, where he chairs the fundraising committee, and St. Mary’s Church.