26 Fergus Farrell
Director Fergus Farrell, 34, joined Quinlan Private in 1999 after working at KPMG and developer Dunloe Ewart. Over the last few years he has been involved in large deals in the UK and Europe, including the €530m purchase of the Estate in Knightsbridge in 2005 and the €300m acquisition of the Diagonal Mar shopping centre, Spain’s biggest-ever deal.
27 Ciaran Bird
Ciaran Bird, 35, took on Malcolm Dalgleish’s role as head of UK retail at CB Richard Ellis when Dalgleish became head of retail in Europe. Bird, who rose up through the ranks at Dalgleish before CBRE bought the company in 2005, was previously a professional rugby player for London Irish. The highlight of his rugby career was playing for the Barbarians against Argentina.
28 Grant Rawlinson
After walking away with the Young Property Personality gong at the Scottish Property Awards two years ago, 33-year-old Rawlinson has risen to investment director for Scotland and the north at Kenmore, John Kennedy’s £1.7bn investment and development company. In the last two years Rawlinson has personally transacted over £300m. Among the highlights are the £90m purchase of Skypark, the 12-month purchase and sale of Citypoint and the £35m speculative funding of Taylor Woodrow’s Cuprum scheme in Glasgow. His personal highlight, however, will be his forthcoming wedding to Helen on 29 December.
29 David Maxwell
David Maxwell, 29, is not only a UK champion point-to-point jockey but a co-chief executive of AIM-listed German property specialist Deutsche Land, which has a €529m portfolio. Armed with a Cambridge University masters in real estate finance, he started his career at Bee Bee Developments before setting up investor-developer Cleland Group. He founded Deutsche Land two years ago and counts the flotation of the company as one of his career highlights so far.
30 Ian Sherry
UK Land & Property
It has been a great 2007 for UK Land & Property and its development director Ian Sherry. Not only did Sherry, 35, triumph at the North-west Property Awards by walking off with the prize for Best Newcomer in February, he scored a significant coup by wresting Liverpool’s Exchange Flags office building from long-time owner Bill Davies in September for £20m. Outside work, Sherry is an avid golfer and skier, and somewhat shamefully, he admits a Manchester United fan.
31 Charles Baigler
Less than two years since joining Catalyst Capital from the Royal Bank of Scotland, Baigler, 31, has found himself leading the company’s rapid expansion into central and eastern Europe.
He has masterminded more than €100m of investment in Poland, Hungary and Romania from Catalyst’s Warsaw office, which he set up over the summer. The former Leeds student was previously at King Sturge after his first stint in property at Nelson Bakewell.
32 Harm Meijer
JP Morgan Chase
He has only been a real estate analyst at JP Morgan Chase for two years, but 32-year-old Harm Meijer has already attracted a big following in the City. He studied econometrics in his native Holland and went on to become a property analyst at ABN Amro in 2000 before moving to London. Meijer says: ‘Despite the weakness in the direct market, I hope the real estate equity markets continue to develop themselves through M&A activity, IPOs and improved REIT legislation.’
33 Felix Rabeneck
Felix Rabeneck, 35, joined Savills in 1995 and moved to the City office two years later. Since then he has made a name for himself advising on the acquisition of the Pinnacle office tower site for Arab Investments, as well as on Mitsui & Co’s £135m sale of the Royal Bank of Canada Centre on Queen Victoria Street. Away from the City, Rabeneck retired last year as the reigning champion of Lambert Smith Hampton’s annual ski challenge.
34 Mark Parker
Approaching his second anniversary at Liverpool-based Maghull Group, 31-year-old Parker is projects director, presiding over its £400m north-west development portfolio.
He started his career at Manchester-based quantity surveyor Tozer Gallagher, and went on to work at Bucknall Austin and Walker Sime, where he first encountered Maghull as a client.
35 David Tudor-Morgan
David Tudor-Morgan, 31, is British Land’s head of management for the entire retail warehouse division. Since the acquisition of the Hercules portfolio, the division’s holdings have grown significantly to more than 9.5m sq ft, valued at around £6bn. In 2005, Tudor-Morgan, a Cass Business School graduate, joined British Land from Colliers CRE, where he was named Young Surveyor of the Year at the company’s awards.
36 Harry Stokes
After five years as an analyst at Citi, 33-year-old Harry Stokes switched from insurance to property last year. ‘It is much more exciting, and it’s tangible,’ he says.
‘The sector is facing a certain amount of stress and panic. It’s very cyclical – property doesn’t drift, it drops.’ Stokes trained as a chartered accountant and spent four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In his spare time he can be found in London’s galleries, museums – and pubs.
37 Celine Tracey
Celine Tracey, 30, joined Derwent London 18 months ago from Cushman & Wakefield where she was an associate partner in West End agency. She started her career with four years at Jones Lang LaSalle, before leaving to travel in Australia and New Zealand. ‘I’ve got the travel bug out of me now,’ she says. ‘There is still a lot of work to do at Derwent London.’
38 Gareth Lewis
Gareth Lewis,33, is director of finance and investment at the British Property Federation. He played a crucial role in the launch of REITs on 1 January, leading an industry working party that advised the Treasury. Lewis has a similar role in the creation of a new tax-efficient vehicle, a property authorised investment fund, which he hopes will be launched next year. Lewis joined the BPF in 2005 after nine years in the real estate division of accountant Ernst & Young. On Saturdays he plays scrum half for London rugby club Old Colfeians, which should quash any prejudices about wimpy accountants.
39 Charlotte Eddington
CB Richard Ellis
As property goes Green, 27-year-old Eddington’s expertise will be in greater demand. She set up CB Richard Ellis’s energy and sustainability team in May as part of the corporate advisory services department. Her duties range from advising clients on sustainability and how to align it with their property strategy, to advising CBRE itself on its plan to be carbon neutral by 2010.
40 James Mannix
Knight Frank partner James Mannix, 33, founded a dedicated department for residential investment 18 months ago, having been with the firm for nine years. He estimates that it has transacted around £1bn of deals since its inception, including the £300m sale of the Church Commissioners’ Octavia Hill portfolio in London to Grainger Trust and the £170m sale of Dolphin Square in Pimlico to Westbrook.
41 James Mead
James Mead is the 34-year-old director of shopping centre leasing and investment at Churston Heard. He acted for private clients last year in the sale of the Vancouver Centre in King’s Lynn to the Murdock Group for £75m. He was headhunted in 2000 from surveyor Oliver Liggins to become Tchibo’s UK acquisitions manager, and spent two years leasing the German retailer’s first 40 shops.
42 Dan Gallagher
Stoford Developments director Dan Gallagher, 29, has done a sterling job maintaining the family name in the Midlands property market. He is the nephew of Gallagher chairman Tony Gallagher. Dan became a director at Stoford at just 27 and leads its shed development programme and office pre-sale and prelet negotiations. This summer he secured the largest office prelet in the M42 market for 10 years to Lafarge Cement.
43 Zoe Bignell
Cushman & Wakefield
Zoe Bignell, 32, is a partner and head of West End development at Cushman & Wakefield. Her biggest achievement has been working for the US government. Having sold 20 Grosvenor Square, she is busy looking for a central London site for the US embassy. Bignell moved to Cushman & Wakefield two years ago from DTZ. She now heads the development brokerage and development management and consultancy team. She also has a four-month-old son.
44 Mark Stafford
Mark Stafford, 32, became the fourth generation chief executive of Irish family company Stafford Group in January 2004.
The group’s interests include fuel and property. Stafford is looking to establish the Lifestyle Sports retail brand in the Czech Republic to expand in central Europe.
45 Nick Deacon
Watersports enthusiast Nick Deacon, 32, graduated from Reading with a masters in land management to become a West End investment agent for Slade & Co before moving on to Atisreal and eventually to Henderson. He has acquired over £600m of stock over the last three years for its central London office fund.
46 David Margolis
Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield partner and auctioneer David Margolis, 34, drifted into property after studying at Oxford Brookes. After joining Healey & Baker in 1995 and serving his time in the south-west lettings and investment teams, he was drafted into auctions in 2002. It is easy to see why he was selected for the rostrum. His infectious style gets the room buzzing, even at a time when the auction market is going through a period of change. Highly respected within his sector, he has already brought down the hammer in more than 30 auctions.
47 Dan Burn
Since joining City slicker BH2 from Chesterton in 1997, 35-year-old Burn has not looked back. Now a partner, he jointly leads a team that has acted on close to 2m sq ft of disposals and acquisitions in London’s Square Mile in the last two years. This year, his two biggest deals were letting 175,000 sq ft at 5 Aldermanbury Square to Fortis Bank and 130,000 sq ft at Hayes Galleria to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
49 James Gulliford
At the age of 28, head of out-of-town retail investment at Savills, James Gulliford became the youngest surveyor to achieve directorship at Savills. Now 32, he has spent his entire career at the company since joining in 1997. Outside the office, he was a keen rugby player until his knees gave out, and last year he took part in a charity white-collar boxing event.
50 Mark Quinn
Quinn Estates director Mark Quinn, 33, was an international ski racer at 18. By 23 he had built his own health club and by 27 he had sold his first business for more than £1m. With partner George Wilson, he has developed more than 300,000 sq ft of commercial space. One of Kent’s youngest and most prolific developers, Quinn bought a £1.2m care home in Hythe in 2005 and developed it into a £5m residential scheme overlooking the English Channel.