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Edward undertook his professional training at Jones Lang Lasalle and Cushman & Wakefield before joining the development and investment company, London & Metropolitan. He was then seconded to Value Retail to work on their European site-search programme and the development of Bicester Village Outlet Centre.
In 1995, he joined BAA Lynton Plc to work on their extensive development programme and in 1997 was invited to join their Executive Board. He was charged with overseeing a development portfolio of circa £200m.
Edward left Lynton in 2001 and formed Ifield to undertake a number of joint ventures and commercial property projects including Crawley town centre with Hammerson Plc and a consortium of private and Plc investors. He also formed Garden Park Investments (GPI) in 2002 which secured planning for retail schemes in Bicester, Sheffield, Andover and developed a 10,000 sq.m scheme in Peterborough which opened in 2010 and was awarded the BCSC Gold Award for Best Out of Town Retail Scheme. A phase two foodstore was secured in 2016 and the scheme was successfully sold in the same year. GPI also co-owned garden centres with Lasalle Investment Management which were successfully sold in 2015.
Ifield is also the principle developer and promoter of Broadland Gate, Norwich which has consent for 75,000sq.m of mixed commercial uses and an allocation for 400-500 houses.
Edward currently holds Directorships in Ifield Estates Ltd, Ifield Projects Ltd, Ifield Trust, Victorine Estates Ltd, Melfort Estates Ltd and various Garden Parks companies.
John has over 35 years property experience in the UK and overseas.
John worked at Richard Ellis (CBRE) and was involved in a variety of projects including the Trocadero in London’s West End and HSBC’s Head Office in Singapore.
John joined London & Metropolitan Plc in 1987 and undertook a number of retail projects. John was closely involved in the development of Bicester Village and Kildare scheme for Value Retail Plc and remains a consultant to them. John has also worked for Deeley properties Ltd on a number of schemes in the Midlands.
At Ifield John has been instrumental in Broadland Gate, where with he has helped navigate a successful planning consent for 64,000sq.m mixed-use park in Norwich and negotiations with Norfolk County Council on £21m of road improvements to service the Park.
Ian began his career as an industrial and retail agent in Birmingham before moving on to work at both Lidl Foodstores and Focus Wickes as a Development Manager acquiring and developing retail units.
In 2002 he moved to Capital and Regional Plc in London and became Development Director within its Junction Retail Park Fund. Whilst at The Junction he was responsible for the development of Morfa Retail Park Swansea, Leckwith Retail Park Cardiff, Aylesbury Retail Park and significant re-developments at Wembley and Thurrock Retail Parks.
In 2009 Ian formed Wolford Ltd, a specialist Development Management and Consultancy Company advising on and managing a wide scope of retail and residential mixed use developments and has acted for Clients such as Hammerson Plc, Estates and Agency Plc, DTZ Investment Management Ltd, Mercian Developments Ltd and MPAM Ltd on all aspects of the development process from inception to completion.
Eighteen years of development experience on an extensive range of schemes has given Ian a keen understanding of all the strategic and day-to-day planning, legal, construction and occupational issues involved in the development of major projects and the expertise to deliver them.
Mel originates from Essex and Hertfordshire and now oversees the accounts & books of Ifield and offers general administrative support. She keeps Ifield carefully in check!
Val is PA to John Holmes and has put up with his rigorous attention to detail for many years. Val also provides general office support to Edward and the team.
After leaving the Accountancy profession in 1982, Paul joined George Wimpey Plc, and in 1985 was appointed Finance Director of Wimpey France. In 1988, he was appointed Commercial Director of Wimpey Construction Developments and was responsible for the development of over 500,000sq.ft of commercial schemes.
In the late 1990s Paul joined Rotch Property as a Director of their Structured Financed team and then joined David Toplas at Mill Group in 2000 and led Project Agreement and Subcontract negotiations on the Newham and Redbridge PFI Schools projects and the Farnham and Darlington PFI Health projects for the Norwich Union Public Private Partnership Fund (NUPPP).
Since 2009 Paul has been Managing Director of Mill Asset Management (MAMG) which provides fund and asset management to IIC and asset management to NUPPP and a number of other PFI Fund investors including IRCP, Uberior and JLIF.
Paul acts as an SPV director on all IIC Fund companies and is MAMG Main Board Director with ultimate responsibility for financial management of all PFI projects managed by MAMG.