51 Tom Tyler
Chester Properties director and petrol head Tom Tyler, 35, joined the company in 1999 after five years at Savills. Chester was then restructured in 2002 to form Chester Properties Asset Management, which owns 12 retail schemes worth £400m. Tyler has three small children and a love of racing cars and playing golf.
52 Divyesh Tailor
One year after founding Leicester-based DT Group in 2002, Divyesh Tailor, 32, borrowed from Leicester businessmen to develop Albion Court, a £3m, 106-bedroom hall of residence leased to De Montfort University. Tailor was then named Young Property Personality of the Year at the 2004 Property Awards.
53 Neil Edginton
Birmingham Development company
Neil Edginton, 29, became a director at the Birmingham Development Company, which owns the 1.5m sq ft Mailbox and is developing the 500,000 sq ft Cube, at the tender age of 26. He heads its construction arm, Build Ability, but will focus full-time on new developments and acquisitions next year.
54 Nick Cook
Nick Cook, 30, has been development director at Gazeley for the last two years. He joined four years ago after five years of training and qualifying in Knight Frank’s industrial team.
55 Ailish Christian
Invista Real Estate Investment Management
Invista fund manager Ailish Christian, 30, made it to number 67 in our Top 100 women in property last year. She manages UK listed funds at Invista, having joined the company, then Insight Investment, three years ago from LaSalle Investment Management. She focuses on the Invista Real Estate Opportunity Fund. Outside work, Christian enjoys yoga and describes herself as ‘a fair-weather sailor’.
56 Lillian Chandler
Director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s West End offices team, uber-networker Chandler, 32, is the most high-profile female office agent in central London. Hailing from Ayrshire near Glasgow, she spent three years in JLL’s City offices team before switching to the West End four years ago, giving her a broad contact base. Among her top clients are GE Real Estate, Grafton Advisors, Derwent London and Legal & General. She has shifted close to 500,000 sq ft over the last two years, yet still finds time to learn Italian and run half marathons.
57 Daniel Levy
Mishcon de Reya
Daniel Levy, 35, was headhunted last year by Mishcon de Reya to lead its property litigation department. He was previously a partner at Eversheds, having spent 10 years at Lovells where Prudential and the BBC were among his clients. When he is not holed up in the office, Levy is a keen cyclist with long-held ambitions to open a wine shop, but predicts he will remain in the legal industry for some years yet.
58 Ben Coles
Ben Coles, 31, became a board director at Wrenbridge at 29. Since then, the Palmer Capital Partners-backed developer has gone from having £300m in the development pipeline to close to £1bn. As a keen sportsman, Coles is used to achieving. He started his career at Drivers Jonas where he was associate partner by the age of 27. His ambition is to triple Wrenbridge’s business over the next five years and widen its scope beyond the Midlands, East Anglia and the south-east.
59 Ross Dixon
Ross Dixon, 26, follows the ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy of the property industry.
He began his career at Jones Lang LaSalle then went on to Evans where he handled a 14m sq ft portfolio. Dixon is now property and development manager at Helios Properties, where he focuses on the Helios Gullwing property funds. His achievements extend to being on the winning team of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race from Cape Town to Salvador.
60 Matt Webb-Jenkins
AAIM european director
After leaving university Matt Webb-Jenkins, 34, pursued his ambition of becoming a musician, even bagging a record deal as a singer and songwriter. When that did not work out, he started selling investments through financial websites. His skills caught the eye of AAIM, where he now works in the investment team. He has originated and executed more than €700m of deals most recently the €400m purchase of the Arena Plaza shopping centre in Budapest, Hungary’s biggest-ever property deal.
61 James Jakeman
Lehman Brothers executive director James Jakeman, 31, has a first class degree in property finance from City University. After joining Jones Lang LaSalle in 1995 as an office junior, he moved to Lehman’s principal finance group in 2000. Among the deals he worked on were the £60m purchase of a stake in Chancerygate, a €200m joint venture with Investream and trading the £140m Amadeus portfolio. His personal best was jointly purchasing the €1bn CentrumKompaniet portfolio in Sweden with Boultbee Land, marking their 30th deal together.
62 Caroline McCarthy
Caroline McCarthy, 35, joined the Dublin office of CB Richard Ellis in 2003 to head the overseas investment team. She joined the board there two years later and is now director of international investment. Her team, which has been active across continental Europe, has completed around €3bn of deals. Away from the cut and thrust of the investments market, McCarthy is working at improving her golf handicap.
63 Duncan Senior
CB Richard Ellis
Duncan Senior, 30, is director and head of office agency and development for CB Richard Ellis in Leeds. He is well known as one of the city’s rising stars and a fast climber of the corporate ladder. A senior surveyor three years ago, the former DTZ office agent was poached by global property giant CB Richard Ellis in March this year and gifted the responsibility of heading the company’s offices team in the city. One of his biggest achievements was advising on the re-masterplanning of Leeds’ largest office scheme, MEPC’s 2.7m sq ft Wellington Place.
64 Colin Finlayson
Jones Lang LaSalle
If it was not for his visa running out after a year and a half, Colin Finlayson’s gap year teaching sailing in Australia might never have ended. Luckily, Finlayson, 30, returned to Edinburgh to work at Jones Lang LaSalle in 1999 and was promoted to national director of investment this year. In 2006 he won the Young Property Personality of the Year gong at the Scottish Property Awards.
65 Ryan Springer
With only five years of experience in the property industry, Ryan Springer picked up the Agent of the Year 2004 award at Cushman & Wakefield at just 21. He then became the youngest-ever associate partner at the company at 23. In 2006 he moved to Franc Warwick, where at 25 he is an associate partner. His ambition is to have an honest reputation and to build good relationships with his clients.
66 Derek, Ross and Ryan Bawn
Derek Bawn, 30, and his younger twin brothers, Ross and Ryan, 28, own Formaction, an Abertillery property company that specialises in converting industrial sites. In 2004 they bought the old General Electric aircraft site at Caerphilly for £2.5m and within a year had fully let it. The company, which has around £10m in assets, made a £2m profit on £3.3m of sales last year.
67 Derren McRae
Culverwell retail agent Derren McRae, 28, made such an impression in his first five years at surveyor FG Burnett, and then in his next nine months at Donaldsons, that he was headhunted by Scottish retail specialist Culverwell. He was brought in to work on Land Securities’ retail scheme in Livingston, the Elements.
68 Stuart Blower
Stuart Blower, 32, is the only architect to be voted into the Hot 100. He has already made a name for himself as a partner at Make, Ken Shuttleworth’s practice, and was previously at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners for seven years. A masterplanning specialist, Blower’s biggest client is Candy & Candy, for which he has worked on many central London schemes.
69 James Leach
Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield’s joint head of the business space investment team, 31-year-old James Leach has spent his entire career to date at the company. He started in south-east office agency, then moved to investment five years ago. After hours he likes shooting and plays in the second row for the RICS rugby team.
70 Brett Lovett
Brett Lovett, 35, was headhunted to work for developer Castlemore nearly four years ago. He is now a director of the company’s mixed-use arm, Spring. An architect by profession, he has worked on developments including a 600,000 sq ft, £200m scheme in Bristol called Temple Quay, and West Bar, a 1.8m sq ft, £400m scheme in Sheffield.
71 Mark Davies
After a short spell as a professional football player with Wolverhampton Warriors, Mark Davies, 33, joined Grant Thornton as an accountant in the property team. His biggest achievement was becoming a partner there at just 31. He went on to Pannell Kerr Forster before joining Exemplar Properties as chief financial officer this year.
72 Hussein Aziz
Hussein Aziz, 24, was mixing with property types at just 16 on behalf of Golfrate Property, a family-owned business that controls more than £2.5bn of real estate. Hussein has recently taken on the quirkier side of the business, launching various Golfrate spin-offs, such as a company that buys prestigious London squares and Golfrate Art, an art investment company that owns several Salvador Dalis. Aziz hopes to make his next move into the leisure sector by investing in London nightclubs.
73 Heneage Stevenson
Bee Bee Developments
Heneage Stevenson, 29, joined Bee Bee Developments in 2002 after working in the City of London for a corporate finance group. At Bee Bee he has worked on securing planning permission for the biggest residential scheme in 30 years at the Priors Hall former quarry site in Corby. He loves music and spent his year out learning to play the violin.
74 Heather Smith
Knight Frank south-east office agency team associate Heather Smith, 32, believes the Thames Valley market has a bright future. She has focused on the south-east since she started her property career at Atisreal, and is treasurer for the Office Agents Society.
75 Richard Criss
Richard Criss, 35, is managing partner of retail agent Capital Retail. He worked at Oliver Liggins before leading the renaming of the business to form Capital Retail at 29. He became the youngest partner at Oliver Liggins at just 24 and leads the 13-strong team with offices in London and Nottingham. A motor racing nut, Criss is the brother of Jackson Criss joint founder Andrew.