I’m Head of Business Rates here at Gerald Eve with responsibility for co-ordinating and organising our extensive rating business. I’ve been with the company for over 30 years and have experience in most property sectors. I’m regarded by key industry, trade and think tank organisations as the leading independent advisor to industry in the debate with government about business rates. I’m a regular conference speaker on business rates as well as appearances on the main TV and radio news media.
In addition to leading our 60+ rating surveyors who have saved clients over £3bn since the 2010 rating revaluation, I devise and implement strategies to minimise rates liabilities for vacant property. I also oversee a specialist team dedicated to rates payment management services, taking over responsibility for paying clients’ rates bills and managing their liabilities, removing all the hassle of rates. Our rapidly growing team is responsible for managing and paying over £1.3 billion in rates liabilities for over 40,000 client properties.
I’m regularly called on to assist the British Retail Consortium, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses, the British Property Federation, Revo, London First, and the Flexible Space Association to inform their policies on business rates as well as assisting with government lobbying.