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 three 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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Steven Owen

Interim Executive Chairman

Date of appointment

Steven was appointed by the Board as independent non-executive Chairman in December 2021, becoming Chairman on 1 January 2022

Expertise

Steven is the Non-Executive Chairman of FTSE 250 property investment group Primary Health Properties plc (“PHP”) having been appointed Chairman in April 2018. He was appointed to the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in January 2014 becoming chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director in April 2014. Steven has overseen PHP’s significant corporate activity in the period including its merger with MedicX Fund Limited in 2019 and the internalisation of its management structure in January 2021 with both transactions creating significant shareholder value.

Steven began his earlier career with KPMG before moving into property with Brixton plc where he became Finance Director and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive. Steven is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Matthew Simpson

Matthew Simpson

Chief Financial Officer

"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, oversees the operations of the finance team and has responsibility across the Group as part of Exco. Matt is also involved with the ESG Committee as well as overseeing the Workforce Advisory Panel.

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

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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

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)20 3931 9171

Tom Hood

Tom Hood

Investment 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. He also holds the CFA UK IMC.

Contact details

+44 (0)203 3301 8336

Chris Petrie

Chris Petrie

Asset Manager

Date of appointment

2021

Expertise

Chris joins Palace Capital Plc as an Asset Manager after three years at Maybrook Properties Ltd. At Maybrook Chris was responsible for the performance and day to day running of a diverse portfolio of commercial & residential UK assets. Chris brings considerable experience from both client-side and consultancy with previous roles at the City of London Corporation and Cushman & Wakefield , with clients including Royal Bank of Scotland, Unilever and BT amongst others. 

Chris is a Chartered Surveyor with an MA in Management from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Real Estate from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. 

Contact details

+44 (0)7960 784 791

Jonathan Butcher

Jonathan Butcher

Associate Asset Manager

Date of appointment

September 2020

Expertise

Jonathan joined Palace Capital plc in September of 2020 as an  Associate Asset Manager. He previously spent nine years at Allsop where he worked across all sectors, advising on commercial property investment outside London. He is now focused on the asset management of Palace Capital's regional portfolio and assists the investment team in sourcing new opportunities

Jonathan is a chartered surveyor with an MA from The University of Reading and a history degree from The University of Warwick. 

Contact details

+44 (0)20 3301 8333

Andrew Wolfe

Andrew Wolfe

Financial Controller

Expertise

Andrew Wolfe, a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, has responsibility for Group accounting and tax, including managing the REIT requirements, preparing Group annual budgets and forecasts, quarterly debt compliance, acquisition modelling and providing the Executive team with up to date financial and property metrics for Board meetings and investor presentations.

Andrew 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

FP&A Analyst

Expertise

Tom has oversight of Palace Capital's monthly management accounts, quarterly VAT reporting to HMRC, rent collection reporting and financial interaction with the Managing Agents. He also knows every statistic and data point relating to every property, tenant and lease at all times! Tom has overall responsibility for maintaining data integrity within our portfolio database, supporting the wider team with modelling and the data provided to MSCI for our semi-annual benchmark reporting.

Tom 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

Olivia Blow

Olivia Blow

Management Accountant

Date of appointment

November 2019

Expertise

Olivia is responsible for preparing monthly management accounts, statutory accounts, quarterly VAT reporting to HMRC and rent collection reporting, alongside managing all aspects of both accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Olivia was awarded an upper second class honors degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Brighton.

Contact details

+44 (0)20 3301 8337

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Phil Higgins

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."

Date of appointment

Phil was appointed Company Secretary in December 2021.

Expertise

Phil was previously acting Company Secretary at Kier Group plc and has significant experience in the listed property sector having been Deputy Company Secretary at Land Securities Group plc and interim Deputy at intu properties plc. Phil has senior level experience in FTSE100 and FTSE250 retail, utilities and engineering companies and professional services firms during his over 20 years as a Chartered Secretary. Phil is a Fellow of the Corporate Governance Institute. 

Contact details

+44 (0)20 3301 8334

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