Palace Capital has built an experienced team that supports its’ regional property strategy focused outside London.

The Board is made up of three executive, a non-executive chairman and four non executive Directors. The Board meets as and when required and is satisfied that it is provided with information in an appropriate form and quality to enable it to discharge its duties. All Directors are required to retire by rotation by seeking re-election each year.

The Company has adopted a code based on the Model Code for Directors’ Dealings and will take all proper and reasonable steps to ensure compliance by the Board and relevant employees.

Our Team

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Stephen Silvester

Finance Director

"Scaling up the business and ensuring we deliver on our financial goals is at the very top of my agenda"

Expertise

Stephen Silvester, a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years in finance, joined Palace Capital in 2015 as Finance Director and brings over ten years’ experience working in real estate. Prior to joining Palace Capital he served for three years as Group Financial Controller at NewRiver REIT, who specialise in the UK retail sector.

Stephen started his career at Menzies Chartered Accountants in the UK before moving to Sydney, Australia for five years where he served as a senior accountant and business advisor for PKF Chartered Accountants and then joined St Hilliers Pty Ltd, a large real estate company based in Australia with construction, fund management and property development operations in both the residential and commercial sectors where he worked for four years during which he became Group Financial Controller and ran the 15-strong finance team.

Stephen has experience across many areas in property finance including capital raising from both debt and equity markets, hedging, securing credit facilities from major institutions for both investment and development finance, as well as listed corporate experience including investor relations, REIT compliance and corporate transactions.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 301 8334

Richard S

Richard Starr

Executive Director

"We maintain regular contact with our tenants and can adapt our asset management initiatives quickly."

Date of appointment

October 2013

Expertise

Richard has extensive experience of sourcing and managing commercial investments throughout the UK. After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 2000, he developed his experience working as a fundamental team member of four Central London property firms including the corporate real estate division of what is now CBRE Global Investors. In 2011, Richard established his own boutique property consultancy, successfully negotiating sales and acquisitions on behalf of a wide variety of institutional & private clients before joining the board of Palace Capital in October 2013.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 301 8332

Stanley Davis

Stanley Davis

Non-Executive Chairman

"Palace Capital is without a doubt one of the most exciting businesses I have put my name to in the last 20 years.”"

Date of appointment

Co-founded the Group in 2010

Expertise

Stanley is a successful serial entrepreneur who has been involved in the City of London since 1977. His founding company was company registration agents Stanley Davis Company Services Limited which he sold in 1988. In 1990 he became Chief Executive of a small share registration company which became known as IRG plc and acquired a number of businesses including Barclays Bank Registrars and was sold for a substantial sum to The Capita Group plc.

External appointments

  • He is Chairman of Stanley Davis Group Limited specialising in company formations, property and company searches.

Contact details

+44 (0)20 7554 2264

Mickola Wilson

Mickola Wilson

Senior Independent Director

"My career has been focused on managing businesses which advise and implement real estate fund management; developing strategies, driving expansion and growth and delivering superior returns and I would like to bring this experience to Palace Capital."

Expertise

Mickola is currently a Joint Owner and Director of Seven Dials Fund Management responsible for providing consultancy, research and investment management advice to the property fund management industry in the UK and worldwide. Prior to this role, Mickola was CEO of Teesland Plc for six years, having joined the business in 2002.

From 2008-2013 Mickola served as Non-Executive Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Investors, the investment management arm of Cushman and Wakefield, and was a member of the Property Advisory Panel at the Social Stock Exchange from 2016-2018.

External appointments

  • Mickola is an ambassador for Women in Property, an organisation that creates opportunities, expands knowledge and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry.
  • Chairperson of the Nominations Committee and member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Contact details

+44 (0)20 7240 8008

Anthony Dove

Anthony Dove

Independent Non-Executive Director

"With my City background and professional view on both corporate law and strategic matters, I believe we can move the business forward with the experience and depth the team has."

Expertise

Anthony has over 30 years experience in the corporate sector. He was a partner at the international law firm Simmons & Simmons from 1977 until 1999. In 1998 he joined the board of Tops Estates plc, a fully listed company, and remained so until 2005 when the company was acquired by Land Securities plc.

From 2004 to 2013 as a Managing Director of Locate Continental Properties Kft a private Hungarian company, he undertook a number of property renovations in Budapest for investment purposes and was a trustee of the Gynaecology Cancer Research Fund from 2002 to 2009. Anthony read law at Cambridge, was admitted as a solicitor in 1969 and retired from practice in 1999. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, and Member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

Contact details

+44 (0)20 8293 0736

Kim Taylor Smith

Kim Taylor-Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director

"We focus on UK towns with sustainable tenant demand and a supply and demand imbalance as they offer more attractive returns."

Expertise

Kim, a Chartered Accountant, brings to Palace Capital over thirty years’ experience as a company director for a range of businesses, with a particular background in property management, investment and development.

He was Finance Director and latterly Chief Executive of Birkby plc, a manager of serviced workspace (IMEX) and indoor markets (Inshops), between 1983 and 1999 and continued as Chief Executive of the enlarged Group after the agreed takeover by Mentmore plc, at that time Europe’s leading records management and self storage company where he remained until 2001.

Since 2001, Mr Taylor-Smith has undertaken various property investment and development projects including the establishment of a successful serviced workspace operation which was sold to Highcross Group in 2006. Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

Contact details

+44 (0)207 751 5530

Paula Dillon

Paula Dillon

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment

1 March 2020

Expertise

Paula joined the Board on 1 March 2020 and is a qualified lawyer who specialised in the real estate sector for more than 30 years. During this time Paula worked on some of the largest developments in the north of England. Paula recently retired from Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, which she joined in 2013 and where she spearheaded the growth of the firm’s Leeds office. Paula served on the US/UK board of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP and was the board sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion.

Outside of her extensive legal career, Paula served on the board of Opera North between 2009 and 2017 before stepping down to become the first female President of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce in 2017.

External appointments

  • Paula currently serves as vice-chair on the board of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Contact details

+44 (0)20 7240 8008

Daniel Davies

Daniel Davies

Senior Asset Manager

Date of appointment

2003

Expertise

Daniel has joined Palace Capital as a Senior Asset Manager having qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2003. Daniel brings extensive experience of asset management having spent 12 years at Telereal Trillium, one of the UKs largest property companies. His end-to-end capabilities encompass asset management, investment acquisitions, project management, disposals and development, as well as day-to-day estate operations. In his last 18 months at Telereal Trillium, Daniel was seconded to NHS Property Services to setup, run and expand their professional services team. Prior to this position, he spent four years at Nelson Bakewell, where his role included investment, agency and property management for blue chip companies such as AXA and Boots.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 3931 9171

Abigail Rowton

Abigail Rowton

Asset Manager

Expertise

Abby joined Palace Capital in March 2019 from Aberdeen Standard Investments where she had responsibility for a £450m diversified portfolio across three client mandates. She started her career as a graduate surveyor at GVA, moving to Lothbury Investment Management as Assistant Fund Manager in the Property Wealth Management division before joining Strutt & Parker where she acted on behalf of Ultra High Net Worth individuals, seeking investment in the UK.

Abby has an Msc in Real Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University and a BA Hons in Geography from The University of Leeds.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 3301 8333

Tom Hood

Tom Hood

Asset Manager

Date of appointment

September 2019

Expertise

Tom joined Palace Capital in September 2019 from Mansford LLP where he was a Director in the Asset Management and Investment Team, responsible for the full life cycle across a diversified UK portfolio. He held previous roles at GVA and BNP Paribas in their Central London Investment Teams.

Tom is a Chartered Surveyor with an MSc in Real Estate from The University of Reading and an LLB from Durham University.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 3301 8336

Nicola Grinham

Nicola Grinham

Company Secretary

"We continue to develop our stakeholder and industry relationships to enhance the company’s growth opportunities and create brand recognition for the firm."

Expertise

Nicola is a Chartered Secretary with a range of experience in the property sector. Having a legal background, Nicola most recently operated at a senior level within Crest Nicholson plc, a FTSE 250 property developer. In addition to working on a range of corporate transactions, Nicola has overseen the implementation of a number of legal and regulatory compliance programmes. Holding a strong governance ethos, Nicola will ensure the Board is equipped to achieve its growth objectives in accordance with the law and best practice.

Contact details

+44 (0)20 3931 9174

Matthew Simpson

Matthew Simpson

Financial Controller

"I am pleased to be adding my experience and proactive approach to the Palace Capital financial management strategy, with special attention paid to changes we will see over the next 5 years in commercial property management."

Expertise

Matthew Simpson, ACCA qualified, brings a fresh approach to the financial management processes at Palace Capital. Previously part of the financial management team at Private Equity firm CIT Group Partners LLP, Matthew is focused on detail and enhancing the structures to ensure the business manages its finances as proactively and effectively as possible. Matthew Simpson is also an avid sports fan, a passion he brings into his work ethos as a competitive and determined individual that enjoys challenges. Matthew is happy to be part of the Palace Capital growth story and help deliver the systems to ensure no detail is forgotten. Matthew has an extensive understanding in commercial property transactions in Central London and across Germany having worked with regional offices in these parts of the world, and looks forward to bringing these experiences into Palace Capital’s regional investment plan.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 301 8340

Andrew Wolfe

Andrew Wolfe

Finance Manager

Expertise

Andrew Wolfe, a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, has joined Palace Capital as a Finance Manager. He spent 3 years working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Financial Services sector, having an array of investment banking and private equity clients, most notably Barclays Investment Bank. Andrew was also selected to spend 6 months in Stockholm, working at SEB bank, one of the biggest investment banks in Scandinavia.

Following on from his time at PwC, he spent 2 years as a Group Finance Manager for a listed hotel property group, easyHotel Plc, where he was responsible for the restructuring and implementation of new finance systems, preparing the management accounts and board packs, managing the finance team, and preparing property investment proposals.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 301 8338

Tom Stimson

Tom Stimson

Assistant Management Accountant

Expertise

Tom joins the Palace Capital team as an Assistant Management Accountant. He has strong knowledge of financial procedures relating to properties from his time working in the private health sector. Tom studied Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Surrey, where he was awarded an Upper Second-Class Honours degree.

Contact details

+44 (0)20 3301 8339

Chanese Griffin

Chanese Griffin

Executive Assistant

Expertise

Chanese is the Executive Assistant at Palace Capital Plc. She joined from Kingsley Capital Partners LLP where she was the Office Manager for 5 years and has previously worked as a Portfolio Administrator at Citibank & Operations Assistant at Flemings Capital Management.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 301 8335

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Neil Sinclair

Chief Executive

"We continue to find excellent opportunities to acquire commercial properties in the regions where we can apply our brand of asset management to grow income and build value"

Date of appointment

Co-founded the Group in 2010

Expertise

Neil has over 50 years’ experience in the property sector. He was a founder of Sinclair Goldsmith Chartered Surveyors which was admitted to the Official List in 1987 and subsequently merged with Conrad Ritblat in 1993, when he became Executive Deputy Chairman. Neil was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Baker Lorenz, surveyors in 1999 and which was sold to Hercules Property Services plc in 2001. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Tops Estates plc, a fully listed company, in 2003 and remained so until it was sold to Land Securities plc in 2005. He was one of the founders of Mission Capital plc, now Watchstone Group plc, which was admitted to AIM in 2005, and was Executive Chairman until February 2008. He was also featured in ‘Top 100 Property People in Property Week’ in 2003.

External appointments

  • He was elected Chief Barker (Chairman) for 1991 for Variety the Children’s Charity one of the country’s premier charities and is still a Trustee.
  • He co-founded ‘the PROPS’, one of the industry’s leading events which has raised nearly £9 million for Variety’s Wheelchair Program.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 301 8331

neil.sinclair@palacecapitalplc.com

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