Prestbury Investments LLP
The Company is solely advised by Prestbury, a team of property and finance professionals who have extensive experience in the UK real estate market built over more than 30 years. Prestbury has a track record of successfully creating value for shareholders through previous economic cycles, including significant market out-performance during the recessions of the early 1990s and late 2000s. Further detail of Prestbury’s past performance can be found here.
The Prestbury Group is very significantly invested in the Company, providing strong alignment with all Shareholders’ interests. The Team comprises Nick Leslau, Mike Brown, Tim Evans, Ben Walford and Sandy Gumm. Nick Leslau, Mike Brown and Sandy Gumm are all non-executive Directors.
Standing: Nick Leslau, Ben Walford, Tim Evans
Seated: Sandy Gumm, Mike Brown
Nick Leslau, 59, BSc (Hons) Est Man, FRICS, is Chairman of Prestbury Investments LLP, Investment Adviser to the Group. He is a Chartered Surveyor who has been Chairman and Chief Executive of Prestbury Investment Holdings Limited since it commenced business in 2000 and Chairman of Prestbury Investments LLP since its establishment in 2006. He was Chief Executive of Burford Holdings Plc for approximately ten years up to 1997 and Group Chairman and Chief Executive of Prestbury Group Plc from 2008. He has sat on many quoted and unquoted company boards including, most recently, Max Property Group Plc, and is a Member of the Bank of England Property Forum.
Ben Walford, 39, BSc (Hons) Est Man, MRICS, is a Chartered Surveyor of more than ten years’ experience. Ben joined Prestbury Investment Holdings Limited as a Trainee Surveyor in 2002 and became a Prestbury partner in 2011. Ben has a wealth of experience in property investment, refurbishment and design.
Tim Evans, 49, MA Hons (Cantab), MRICS, is a Chartered Surveyor of 25 years’ experience. Tim joined Prestbury Investment Holdings Limited as a Senior Surveyor in 2002 and became Property Director in 2005. Prior to joining Prestbury, Tim held positions with Jones Lang LaSalle, Hill Samuel Asset Management and MEPC plc. Tim is the Property Director of Prestbury Investments LLP.
Sandy Gumm, 52, BEc, CA (ANZ) is an Australian-qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience and Chief Operating Officer of Prestbury Investments LLP, Investment Adviser to the Group. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 and worked for KPMG for nine years in Sydney and London before becoming Group Financial Controller of Burford Holdings Plc in 1995. She was Finance Director at the time that Prestbury Group Plc was established in 1997 and became Chief Operating Officer of its successor company, Prestbury Investment Holdings Limited, and of Prestbury Investments LLP in 2007.
Mike Brown, 58, BSc (Land Man) MRICS, is Chief Executive Officer of Prestbury Investments LLP, Investment Adviser to the Group. A Chartered Surveyor with 35 years’ experience, he joined Prestbury in 2009 at the time of the flotation of Max Property Group Plc, a limited life opportunity fund which was sold to Blackstone in 2014. Previously he was Deputy Chief Executive of Helical Bar Plc with responsibility for all its investment and trading activities from 1998 to 2009 and a Director of Threadneedle Property Fund Managers running their largest property fund from 1992 to 1998. Mike is also Chairman of the Property Advisory Committee to Weybourne Partners.