Directors & Management
Real Estate Investors Plc has assembled a highly experienced management team with in excess of 100 years of market experience operating in the Midlands property market, across all sectors.
William joined Caledonia in 1997 from Close Brothers Group Plc. He was appointed a director in 2005 and Chief Executive in 2010. As well as Caledonia and REI, he is a non-executive director of Cobehold S.A., Chairman of Newmarket Racecourses and a Trustee of The Rank Foundation.
Peter is a consultant for a leading firm of lndependent Financial Advisers. He has a lifetime of experience in providing independent financial advice to high-net-worth individuals and sold his IFA company to a Swiss Bank in 2007. Peter is also Non-Executive Chairman of a number of property related companies.
Ian is a chartered surveyor who has nearly 40 years’ experience in the property sector. Ian’s career started in 1983 at Grimley and Son and he has stayed with the business in its various incarnations throughout his entire career, during which, he acted as Regional Managing Director for the Midlands office for over a decade whilst also heading up the UK Offices Team and UK Markets Division. During a total of 22 years on the company’s board, Ian was elected by the partners as Non-Executive Chairman and served in this capacity from 2005-2008 until GVA was incorporated. Ian currently serves as Principal of Avison Young, following its acquisition of Bilfinger GVA in 2018 and spends much of his time in a client advisory capacity.
Paul is also Non-Executive Chairman of Likewise Group Plc, listed on the International Stock Exchange, Non-Executive Chairman of Bond Wolfe and formerly Non-Executive Chairman of CP Bigwood Chartered Surveyors, Regional Chairman & Strategy Adviser to Coutts Bank (West Midlands) and past President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Appointed High Sheriff for the County of West Midlands for 2009 and Deputy Lieutenant, Paul has received Honorary Doctorates from both Birmingham City and Aston University and was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.
Marcus is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years of experience in advising clients on strategic matters and corporate planning, particularly in the property sector. He has responsibility for all financial and group accounting matters, together with corporate finance matters. Marcus is also formerly Non-Executive Chairman of the Tipton & Coseley Building Society.
Ian is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 24 years’ experience in the property market and is responsible for co-ordinating asset management strategy across the portfolio. After qualifying with a niche practice, Ian joined GVA Grimley, acting for institutional landlords. Prior to joining REI, for 10 years, Ian worked for Argent Estates Limited as Asset Manager and was responsible for the Asset Management of the 1.5 million sq ft Brindleyplace Estate.
Andrew qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1997 and specialises in property investment activity. Prior to joining REI in June 2014, he worked for a property associated subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. He began his career as an Investment surveyor in the commercial markets team at CBRE and as a Property Fund Manager at Canada Life and a Regional Director of Highcross in Birmingham.
Jack joined REI Plc in July 2016 following a short time at BNP Paribas Real Estate where he assisted corporate clients with the management of their residual properties when they became surplus to their day to day business requirements. Prior to this Jack spent 5 years at Bilfinger GVA where, after qualifying in 2013, he began working in the Occupational Management team on behalf of a major national bank, focusing on their northern retail and office portfolio.
Anna has over 20 years’ experience within the legal, financial, accountancy and property sectors. Anna started her career in financial services, before joining Ernst & Young as PA to the managing partner in Birmingham. Anna joined REI in 2007 to provide executive support to the Board and now oversees operations within the business, to include regulatory announcements and investor relations.
Donna has had a long and varied career as a Personal Assistant within Insurance, Advertising and Accountancy, most recently supporting members of the UK&I Leadership team within Corporate Finance and Tax at Ernst & Young LLP. Donna joins REI plc to take up position as Front of House / Administrator and to provide additional support to the Executive team.