Board members

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Patrick Bushnell

Non Executive Chairman

Joined the Board in January 2009. Patrick has enjoyed a very distinguished career in the commercial property world and was most recently the European Director of Property Investment at Henderson Global Investors. He is also involved as a consultant to a number of property investment funds both in the UK and overseas. He has a wide and detailed experience of property investment, development, tax and fund structures. Patrick originally comes from Cambridge having been educated at the Leys School, he now lives near Saffron Walden. He is a Fellow of the RICS and a member of the Investment Property Forum

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Nicholas Bewes

BA (Hons)

Nicholas has overall responsibility to the Board and Shareholders for the management of the Howard Group of Companies, encompassing Howard Property Group and Howard Capital Partners. Prior to joining the Howard Group in 1999, Nicholas worked with The BOC Group for ten years, where he held various management positions. His responsibilities included a variety of functions including Change Management, Marketing and Communications, Product Development and Global Supply Management. Nicholas is a Trustee of various Charities and sits on the Board of Cambridge Ahead.

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John Bullough

Non Executive Director

Until his retirement in 2010, John was Chief Executive of Aldar Properties in Abu Dhabi, UAE. There he led a multinational team delivering a $30bn development programme including the 600 acre Yas Island project. Prior to Aldar he was Retail Director with Grosvenor and was responsible for major retail-led, mixed-use projects including Liverpool One, Basingstoke and Dublin. He has been involved in delivering several significant projects in Cambridge including the Grafton Centre, Grand Arcade and Trumpington Meadows. John is on the Board of Aukett Swanke Group plc, on the Advisory Committee of the Hendersons UK shopping centre fund, Non Executive Director of Notting Hill Housing Trust and a Trustee of CSV.

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Dominic Reilly

(Cantab) FRICS
Non Executive Director

Dominic joined the Howard Board in January 2014. He was previously a Director of Corporate Finance at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he moved following the acquisition of King Sturge, where he was joint Managing Partner of King Sturge Finance. Prior to this, Dominic was a co-founder of Kingfisher Property Finance & Partnerships, specialists in arranging finance and collective investments for UK commercial property. Dominic is a graduate of Cambridge University and Treasurer of Cambridge University Land Society and a Director of Ashtenne Industrial (General Partner) Ltd.

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Huw Jones

Finance Director

Huw became Finance Director for the Howard Group in September 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Huw worked for JP Morgan in London where he established their Private Equity and Real Estate Fund service business in Europe. An experienced chartered accountant, Huw has worked within both large businesses and smaller early stage technology companies. Huw spent 8 years with PWC working on M&A work in their Cambridge office and is a Graduate from Cambridge University.

Werner Bäumker

Ph.D, M.Phil, BSc (Hons)
Group Director – Property

Werner joined the Group in October 2018 as Group Director with overall responsibility to the Board for the Group’s property activities. He was previously COO at Co-Mission, a non-profit organisation supporting a network of church communities across London. Prior to this, Werner held a variety of positions at Grosvenor, where he was instrumental in the formation of a real estate private equity team with a global investment mandate. His experience spans strategy and operations, development and investment. Werner holds a Ph.D and M.Phil in real estate from Cambridge University, and a BSc from Warwick Business School. He is currently the Hon. Press Secretary of the Cambridge University Land Society.

Operational Team

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William Jewson

Director – Development

William’s emphasis is on securing new development business and partnerships, in both existing and new markets and sectors. He has significant multi-sector experience, across a wide range of project types and partnership structures.

William joined the company in 2007, and previously worked for Slough Estates plc as Development Manager for 12 years, predominantly on commercial and mixed-use developments around Heathrow and West London.

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Colin Brown

Director – Development

Colin’s focus is on our core development activity and project pipeline, working alongside colleagues to deliver commercially successful projects that have a positive long-term impact on places and the people within them. His development, strategic asset management and agency experience is predominantly in the commercial sector (industrial and office), across the East of England and London.

Colin joined the Group in 2012 and was previously a Development Director with the Easter Group, supervising the acquisition, construction and disposal of a number of industrial and office estates.

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Will Banks

Director – Development

Will’s focus is equally on our development activity and pipeline, working as a key member of the team to develop high-quality and innovative property solutions that inspire those who live, work and interact with them. Will has development experience in the office, ‘beds’ (residential, purpose built student accommodation – PBSA, and private rented sector – PRS) and retail sectors.

Will joined Howard Group in 2015, previously worked for EC Harris as a Senior Development Manager, including a period seconded to Grosvenor. Prior to that he was Associate Director at Howard Holdings (unrelated) managing residential and mixed-use projects.

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Simon Messervy

Director – Property Services

Simon is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Howard Group’s property portfolio, committed to providing exceptional customer experience. Simon joined in February 2007 after working for almost 20 years at Lambert Smith Hampton in Cambridge and Peterborough, where he held a number of senior management and surveying roles.

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Robin Lea

CFA qualified
Financial Controller

Robin joined Howard Group in April 2016 to take on the role of finance controller.  Reporting to the Finance Director, Robin’s duties include overseeing the day-to-day running of the accounts department and producing quarterly management accounts and Board packs. Robin has worked as a Financial Controller and Management Accountant for the last 14 years. He spent 4 years working at Land Securities and Tishman Speyer supporting Development and Asset Managers.

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Magdalena Swierczynska

Accounts Assistant

Magda joined the Howard Group in May 2016 to take on the role of Accounts Assistant.  Duties include reporting to the Finance Controller, looking after the purchase/sales ledger, daily banking and monthly cash reconciliations, plus other administrative duties within the department.  Magda previously worked in London for Crate Brewery Ltd.

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Stephanie Faulkner

Property Administrator

Stephanie reports to the Property Director and Property Services Director, providing administrative support to both the Property and Development teams. Working closely with the Property Estates Manager she liaises with the Group’s tenants, subcontractors and suppliers to ensure the smooth running of the Group’s properties.

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Laura Mills

Property Assistant

Laura joined Howard Group in April 2016 as part of the Property Department.  Working closely with the Property Administrator she provides administrative support to the team, as well as liaising with tenants and suppliers on a daily basis, ensuring the smooth running of both the office and the Company’s properties.

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Sue Hall

Executive Assistant

Sue joined in January 2018 and is responsible for coordinating events as well as providing administrative support for members of the Development Team, the Non Executive Directors and Howard family. Previously Sue has worked for commercial and third sector organisations in London and Hertfordshire.