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.
John has a variety of business, community and charitable interests, predominantly in the West Midlands. Until 2003, he was senior partner of Wragge & Co – the leading Birmingham based national firm of solicitors. He is currently Chairman of Glenn Howells Architects, Staffline Group plc, SLR Management Limited, TruckEast, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, Brandauer Holdings Limited and Finch Consulting. John is a former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry, previous High Sheriff of the West Midlands, and a Deputy Lieutenant. In 2014, Government Secretary Eric Pickles named John as Chairman of the Birmingham Improvement Panel, charged with supporting the council as it pursues vital reforms.
William joined Caledonia in 1997 from Close Brothers Group Plc. He was appointed a director in 2005 and CEO in 2010. As well as Caledonia and REI, he is a director of Cobehold S.A., Chairman of Newmarket Racecourses and a Trustee of The Rank Foundation.
Peter London is currently Managing Director of BIA Financial Planning Limited, part of the Capital and Professional Group. He has a lifetimes 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 a Non-Executive Chairman of a number of property related companies.
Paul is non – executive Chairman of Bond Wolfe and formerly non-executive Chairman of CP Bigwood Chartered Surveyors. Paul was formerly the Regional Chairman & Strategy Advisor to Coutts Bank (West Midlands), former Director of the Birmingham Hippodrome and past President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Paul was 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 20 years 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 non-executive Chairman of the Tipton & Coseley Building Society, and formerly non-executive director of CP Bigwood Chartered Surveyors.
Ian is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 21 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 specialises in investment acquisition and disposals of commercial properties having worked in commercial property since 1994, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1997. Prior to joining REI in June 2014, he worked for a property associated subsidiary of Goldman Sachs as an asset manager. He began his career as an Investment surveyor, before working 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 nearly 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.
Catherine joined REI Plc in February 2015 having spent 8 years with Northwood Investors (formally Highcross Strategic Advisers), where she was involved in the day to day administration and management of properties across all sectors. Her skills and experience bring a broad range of property related support in areas of Health and Safety, System Training and Property/Asset Management.
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.