James is a chartered surveyor and has over 35 years' experience in commercial property. He joined MEPC in 2008 as a main Board Director and Managing Director for Milton Park and Silverstone Park before being promoted to CEO in 2014. In a previous role he led Milton Park’s modernisation between 1997 and 2001, and was instrumental in developing a number of well-known business parks in the UK whilst a commercial partner at Strutt and Parker. James has a keen interest in architecture and the built environment. He is a mentor for students studying Land Management at University of Reading where he gained his degree. In his spare time James enjoys sailing and cycling.
Philip is the Park’s Commercial Director responsible for leading the on-site team and continuing to improve Milton Park. He joined the team in 2006, is a Chartered Surveyor and has over 25 years in commercial real estate. He is passionate about helping businesses with their evolving accommodation needs and enjoys simplifying complex real estate issues. Philip is an active figure within the local community and can often be seen jogging round Milton Park at lunchtimes.
Business mantra: Never assume.
Favourite colour: Blue, of course.
Likes working at Milton Park because: of all the amazing people, working for amazing companies, doing amazing things.
Tom has been at Milton Park for nearly two years now and has a broad background of experience in commercial property having previously worked for consultants King Sturge (now known as JLL). Tom looks after the SME companies across the Park and is often seen visiting an occupier on one of our loan bikes. In his spare time, Tom helps manage his family farm in Woodcote, near Reading.
Business Mantra: Team work makes the dream work.
Favourite colour: Yellow and green (think John Deere tractors!)
Likes working at Milton Park because: I get to meet and work alongside lots of interesting people.
Clare is the newest member of the asset management team, having joined in August 2019, with previous experience working in the property and asset management team for a multi-national property consultancy that dealt with a wide range of clients and occupiers across the country.
In her spare time Clare likes to go away for weekends in the Lake District with her black labrador, read thrillers, go to the theatre and travel as much as possible.
Business mantra: Good better best, never rest until your good is better and your better is best.
Favourite colour: White.
Likes working at Milton park because: It offers an all inclusive community that everyone can be a part of!
Nicola looks after the Commercial Team very well: keeping them in check and making sure they’re in the right place at the right time. Nicola helps out the whole team from organising occupier leases to helping out on marketing and event activity. In her spare time, Nicola enjoys spending time with her family and visiting the Isle of Wight.
Business Mantra: I can and I will.
Favourite colour: Red.
Likes working at Milton Park because: I love the feel of the place, it’s not like a business park at all, more like a community.
Phil is a Chartered Surveyor and Director at CBRE, the onsite management team for all things property and facilities related at Milton Park. He has extensive knowledge of Estate Management having previously managed a UK portfolio of business parks predominantly in the South East. Phil leads the property and facilities management teams on service delivery and operates the service charge account for the estate. In his spare time he plays, umpires, and coaches teams at Reading Hockey Club.
Business Mantra: Attitude is everything.
Favourite Colour: Red.
Likes working at Milton Park: Because it is a vibrant community promoting a healthy and sustainable environment to work in.
Emma is the Milton Park Property Manager within the Property Management Team and works alongside the Facilities Management Team. Her role consists of ensuring all elements of Lease obligations are adhered to, financing is in order (yes your rent and service charge billing), occupier’s applications for alterations are reviewed, approved and documented correctly and liaising with occupiers on queries they may have. In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with her son Charlie helping out with his school events, leading 12th Didcot GWP Beaver Scouts and studying towards her MRICS qualification.
Business Mantra: If you want something done, ask a busy person.
Favourite Colour: Pink.
Likes working on Milton Park because: I get to meet a ton of interesting people doing some truly amazing things which could change people’s lives!
Shirley has managed finance functions and teams across the Park for nearly 15 years and has a strong network of professional and personal contacts within The Milton Park Community.
In her spare time Shirley loves to sing and spend lots of her time supporting her Son and Daughter with various musical productions.
Business Mantra: Work in unity, not conformity!
Favourite Colour: Blue.
I like working at Milton Park because: Loves the community feel of working at Milton Park.
Derek is Estate & Facilities Manager at Milton Park, he is responsible for all building and landscaping maintenance. He’s great at keeping contractors inline as he has a military background. Derek is a helicopter pilot in his spare time and enjoys spending time with his family.
Business mantra: If it’s quiet, you should probably check why…
Favourite colour: Green.
Likes working at Milton Park because: It’s a challenge.
Lucy works with Derek & Jo on the facilities team and lives local to Milton Park. Lucy is out and about across the Park a lot – making sure everyone is happy with their buildings. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys spending family time with her partner and three children and socialising with friends.
Business Mantra: Don’t make tough decisions until you need to. Most will solve themselves with time.
Favourite Colour: All shades of grey.
Likes working at Milton Park because: It is great to be part of something so impressive!
Zoe mainly works alongside Emma in the Property Management department. She contributes with the general day to day running and ensures all lease information is up to date and easily accessible. She also assists the facilities team with services billing including electricity and water. Zoe is a horse enthusiast and often takes part in one day eventing.
Business Mantra: Don’t be afraid to ask.
Favourite Colour: Purple.
Likes working at Milton Park because: A scenic business park with ease of access.
The Innovation Centre wouldn’t be the place it is today without Nikki. It’s a lively, innovative and exciting place to work and that’s reflected in Nikki’s personality. Nikki heads up the Innovation Centre team and oversees everything from meeting companies space requirements to operations to Friday coffee mornings! Nikki is an “am dram” lover, so regularly treads the boards in her spare time, in between keeping fit and to equal that out baking and eating lots of cake.
Business mantra: Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
Favourite colour: Yellow.
Likes working at Milton Park because: My son attends the fantastic nursery just meters from the office and I love the facilities to keep fit in my lunch breaks. It is an exciting place to work and I love being part of it.
Lorna joined the Milton Park team as Innovation Centre Manager in September 2019. After 14 years of working within the travel industry, Lorna was seeking a change – she now has a role that means she can have a health work/life balance but still enjoys a varied, fun and fast paced role.
In her spare time, Lorna still loves to travel and her favourite place in the world is Barbados. Lorna also works with Oxfordshire & Berkshire Shared Lives where she offers respite and support for adults with learning disabilities.
Business Mantra: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take; so to succeed take action and opportunities!
Favourite Colour: Purple.
Likes working on Milton Park because: of it’s great location and being able to work with a variety of companies.
Nicola is the Assistant Innovation Centre Manager and helps Nikki on all things operational. You’ll sometimes see her giving a helping hand on the reception desk and often visiting occupiers to make sure everything is as it should be in the busy corridors of the centre. In her spare time Nicola enjoys spending time with the family, socialising and a good book.
Business mantra: Always remember the silver lining!
Favourite colour: Purple.
Likes working at Milton Park because: The variety of companies and people.
Veronica is Milton Park’s Specialist Travel Advisor, assisting the Milton Park team with encouraging more sustainable travel to and from the Park and reducing single occupancy vehicles. Veronica has over 20 years’ experience in encouraging people to walk and cycle for health and transport. Her expertise lies in behaviour change approaches and demonstrating the impacts of interventions through pragmatic evaluation. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Exercise and Health and Psychology from the Oxford Brookes University.
Now that her grown up sons have fled the nest and are forging their own careers, Veronica spends her spare time nurturing her garden, growing vegetables and walking and cycling. A keen skier and food lover who now spends as much time in the mountain restaurants as on the slopes.
Business mantra: Embrace change.
Favourite colour: Purple.
Likes working at Milton Park because: There’s always something new and exciting happening here.
Paul joined MEPC in 2008 as Development Manager, having built up 15 years’ experience working as a Project Manager in several London based consultancy practices. Paul now Heads the Development Team at MEPC reporting directly to the CEO and is also a member of the MEPC Executive Board. Much of Paul’s time is spent on Wellington Place, Leeds, where he is working with his team to deliver a masterplan of 1.4million square feet of commercial and residential development.
Miles is part of the development team and primarily works on projects at Wellington Place which is MEPC’s city centre business destination in Leeds. He oversees major development projects there and has previously been involved in impressive developments at Milton Park including 60, 55 and Park Drive East.
As well as being on the go at work, Miles is also on the go outside of work, often enjoying a trip away – kayaking, skiing and mountain climbing. In 2018, Miles ran the London Marathon on behalf of MS Therapy Centre, based right here on Milton Park.
Hannah is PA to the Development Team and Office Manager at Milton Park. The development team are spread across all three MEPC estates – Milton Park, Wellington Place and Silverstone Park so Hannah is involved in many of the projects taking place across the MEPC portfolio.
Hannah is a keen equestrian and spends a lot of her spare time with her horse, competing in showjumping and sponsored rides.
Business Mantra: Great things never came from comfort zones.
Favourite Colour: Grey.
Likes working on Milton Park because: The weekly visit from the Wandering Feast.
Gemma looks after the Development Team covering Hannah’s role whilst she is on maternity leave, ensuring the team has everything they need and that day-to-day office operations run smoothly. Gemma is a family focused person who enjoys spending time with close friends, eating good food and drinking nice gin!
Business Mantra: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
Favourite Colour: Purple.
Likes working at Milton Park because: It’s a friendly yet professional environment to work in.
The reception team here are liked by everyone and are the friendly faces of the Innovation Centre, they’re also the first people you meet when you visit the Milton Park and MEPC teams. They are the source of knowledge for almost anything on the Park and at the Innovation Centre.