The Team

Team LogoThe GRE team possess strong Property and FM experience each having operated in customer, contracting and consulting capacities ranging from Board level to operational roles.

GRE ensures the team alternates between interim and consulting assignments – we believe this ensures customers benefit from a multitude of perspectives and latest industry thinking whilst ensuring the support provided is practical. As a team, we have experience in all principal business sectors and this breadth of team experience enables GRE to tailor skills and resources to customer objectives and role requirements.

 

Anne Simmons

BSc (Hons) MBIFM MIoD

Director

Anne originally qualified as a Building Surveyor but her interestinthethenemergingprofessionofFacilities Management (“FM”) has led her career.

With her passion for FM, Anne has worked for a diverse range of FMorganisationsand she is well versed in the development of strategic facilities management solutions as well as their practical implementation.  Anne possesses experience of both hard and soft FM services in a wide range of business sectors within single buildings and national portfolios, the largest property portfolio being twomillionsquaremetres.

In recent years, Anne’s interim procurement assignments have included both Head of Procurement and EMEA Chief Procurement Officer roles;intheserolesshewasresponsible for some £750m of Property & FM related procurement spend including £100m of indirect expenditure. Anne has also consulted in a variety of FM projects including development of FM strategies,procurementprojectsanddiagnosticreviews.

An ambition to own a consultancy practice resulted in Anne’s formation of Global Real Estate Limited in 2004.


Warren O’Leary

BSc (Hons) RICS MCIPS MIoD

Director

Warren joined Global Real Estate as a Director in late 2010.  Originally qualifying as a Quantity Surveyor, Warren is a seasoned facilities management professional, with a particular expertise in procurement, and has over twenty years’ experience in the profession holding Board positions in the UK and internationally.

Prior to joining Global Real Estate, Warren has worked for a number of FM organisations including a strategic property and facilities management consultancy where, as Director, he was responsible for strategic property advice which included acquisitions and disposal of property, project and refurbishment work,estatemanagementandfacilitiesmanagementand has continued to evolve in his career in these capacities.

Most notably, Warren was Director of Purchasing & Facilities of a £580 million turnover serviced accommodation Company with UK and global procurement and operational delivery responsibility for property brokers and agents, construction companies, IT, telecommunications, and furniture and equipment, property, estate and facilities management, office services, churn and change management   This role included sourcing local and international markets, establishing global framework agreements, introducing incentivised contracting mechanisms for capital expenditure and operational costs, developing performance measurements and continuous improvement mechanisms for over 150 serviced office centres with a c. £90m goods and services spend.

Warren is a strategic operator and highly astute commercially with a demonstrable track record in delivering property and facilities management solutions.  He uses innovative solutions to challenge conventional commercial and operational practices.


Helen Holden

BSc (Hons) MSc MBA

Senior Consultant

Originally qualifying as a Chemical Engineer, Helen worked in the oil and gas industry for a number of years both in the UK and overseas before transitioning into Facilities Management.

Having worked in FM roles within both public and private sectors, Helen’s experience covers both operational compliance roles as well as procurement of soft FM services across single site and national portfolios, with more recent experience in procurement within the EMEA region. Helen joined GRE in 2014.


John Wheatman

BEng(Hons) CEng MIET MCIBSE

Associate

John is a chartered engineer working as a multi-skilled consultant with over 30 years’ experience in estates, facilities, maintenance and operational management.

John’s interim and consulting roles have been in both the private and public sector, including manufacturing, social housing, health, construction and property development. He has extensive experience in managing teams and co-ordinating experts as a client leader across operational and capital delivery programmes; John has a dynamic and enterprising approach to supervision and problem.


Matthew Punshon

BSc (Hons) Est Man MRICS

Associate

Originally a chartered surveyor, Matthew qualified with Richard Ellis International Property Consultants (now CBRE).

One of Matthew’s most notable achievements followed his secondment to Goldman Sachs where he co-ordinated six separate shareholders to successfully win the largest single UK PFI property service contract – the outsourcing of the whole Department of Work & Pension Estate.  This success led to the formation of Trillium, the UK’s largest specialist property outsourcer.  As communications director and operations director, Matthew developed a new type of property business, with both facilities and asset management, basedonacusto

merserviceculturein an industry where ‘service’ is considered an irritation!  On acquisition by Land Securities PLC, Matthew created one of the first fully serviced ‘managed office’ products whereby landlords took the full risk of providing property to businesses on a large scale – achieving 8% enhanced returns plus the highest customer satisfaction scores achieved in the Land Securities portfolio.

Today,Matthewspecialisesinmakingproperty work fororganisations– operationally, financially and culturally – with a passion for service to both internal and external customers and an even greater passion forassistingnon-profitorganisationsusetheirpropertyportfolios more effectively.

Matthew is deputy chair of trustees for ‘Ambitious About Autism’ and is a member of the Scrutiny and Audit Committee.


Jonathan Williams

BSc (Hons)BArch RIBA

Associate

In the 20 years since obtaining his RIBA status, Jonathan has worked nationally and internationally for a range of multi-national private architectural practices and a multi-disciplinary property consultancy. A detailed and practical knowledge of design and construction has been strengthened by his expansion into project and facilities management (1993-94).

Jonathan is also a property developer and, as such, has a complete understanding of the gamut of commercial issues underpinning the successful delivery of the built form. His management skills reflect this and are a unique selling point that differentiates the professional service provided by him to his growing number of loyal customers.

An in-depth understanding of development viability and its bearing on the design and delivery of efficient buildings has helped Jonathan to establish his position in the niche role of ‘surrogate employer’ on a number of its customers’ building contracts. This is particularly welcomed by his overseas customers, who rely on a ‘root-and-branch’ service, ranging from the professional team’s appointment, through site acquisition and brief formulation, to the identification of an end-user.