IDI Gazeley’s senior vice-president on Richard Branson, the impact of ecommerce and dog walks.
Accepting an offer from Nick Redwood to join Gazeley in 2005. I consider myself very lucky. I enjoy my job - I haven’t had ‘Mondayitis’ for 11 years.
Turning Magna Park in Milton Keynes from a lorry park into 4.5m sq ft of the prettiest sheds in the world.
In the mid-1990s at Jones Lang Wootton (JLW) we sold Wimpey’s HQ in Hammersmith. We took Henry Moore to the River Café, my first proper deal celebration lunch. Amid the fun, Henry grabbed my arm and said that while it’s great to work hard and be ambitious, don’t look back and wish you’d been there more for your kids growing up. My wife might not agree, but as a dad I do as much as I can.
The annual Concrete Block Awards, attended by a collection of logistics agents, funds and developers, is always a great afternoon with friends. One year there was a press-up competition on the restaurant table to decide who would pay the bill.
When I was a graduate investment agent at JLW, Alastair Hughes asked me to park his car north of Oxford Street and when he went to collect it, it had been ticketed, clamped, then towed away. What do they say about getting the simple things right…?
While sailing to the Isle of Wight in terrible conditions for Cowes Week, our boat narrowly missed getting T-boned and almost capsized. We were below in a cabin with the toilet door open. Nobody went overboard but we all got very ‘wet’.
Richard Branson. He’s a highly successful self-made man running a highly diversified, multifunctional, international business, yet the only photos you ever see of him are engaging in endurance sport, charitable work or sitting on the beach.
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, built as a playhouse for King George IV. It was remarkably ahead of its time, embracing international architecture and interior design.
The people, who in the logistics market are generally without ego, straightforward to deal with and take what they do seriously without taking themselves too seriously.
In my experience, property people don’t see change as part of their DNA. Like the economy and the occupier market we serve, we must be open to evolution in the sector. Change is good.
Anything that didn’t require the use of a mobile handheld device; I have a love/hate relationship with 24/7 information.
We are only at the very beginning of how massive the impact of ecommerce will be on real estate. Shopping centre design, high-street retail, residential and the logistics sector will all continue to evolve and the UK planning system needs to evolve with it.
A black five-door Mini Metro City X. You could pimp that ride as much as you liked and no matter how loudly you listened to Nirvana, you would always look like you’d borrowed it from your mum, which in my case was true.
Collioure in the south of France for the St Vincent Music Festival in August with my wife and children. Hard to beat live jazz on the beach as the sun sets with a bottle of rosé.
To be a pilot, but being colour blind put an end to that.
It’s simple, but nothing beats a family dog walk in the bracing British weather with a flask of tea in the middle of nowhere.
Tom’s Kitchen at St Katharine Docks does a burger called a Cardiac Stack. Need I say more?
In my teens I was a pro-am BMX freestyle rider. These days it’s just off-road mountain biking when I can dig the bike out of the shed.
Anywhere without sideways rain for seven months of the year.