The people who make it happen
Ben Coles, Chief Executive
Ben previously worked at Drivers Jonas in London in the Central London Agency and Development team. He joined Wrenbridge in 2004 and now runs the Property team which involves acquiring new opportunities, successfully managing the existing portfolio which has an end value of around £850m. Ben’s spare time which was full of sport is now dedicated to spending time with his wife Emma and his two children Archie and Elodie.
Peter Jarman, Managing Director
Peter Jarman graduated as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture and practiced in London and Cambridge and was responsible for a number of award winning commercial projects. Since forming the company in 1993 he has led the Wrenbridge procurement team developing and delivering major commercial offices, industrial buildings, retail and leisure in London, the South East, Midlands and East Anglia. Peter’s interests include the arts, wildlife conservation and travel, running, cycling, sailing and cars.
Ray Palmer, Chairman
Ray is the Chairman of both Wrenbridge and Palmer Capital both of which were founded in 1993. Ray is a leading UK property professional having built up Lambert Smith Hampton from scratch between 1970 & 1992. Palmer Capital have evolved into a niche fund manager which provides Wrenbridge the funding and buying power required to deliver on their projects. Ray is never happier than when fishing on another continent!
Jeff Wilson, DIrector
Jeff joined Wrenbridge in 2007 and became a Director in 2010. He previously worked in the Drivers Jonas London Development Team having started his career at Jones Lang LaSalle as a retail agent. Jeff’s focus at Wrenbridge is finding and managing development opportunities in the South East. Recent projects include a 108,000 sq ft new build warehouse scheme in Belvedere which was let to Amazon and Bircherley Green, Hertford, a mixed use scheme part prelet to Premier Inn. Jeff coaches youth football, is a keen runner and supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and Northants County Cricket Club. He has two young sons who keep him busy.
Chris White, Director
Chris joined Wrenbridge from Drivers Jonas in 2006, becoming a Director in 2010. Chris’ focus is acquiring and managing asset management and development opportunities in Cambridge, London and the South East. In his spare time Chris is a keen sportsman and a qualified football coach who manages a youth football team in his home town of Hitchin. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and Essex County Cricket Club. Chris is also a keen, but non-productive, vegetable gardener.
John McHale, Director
John joined Wrenbridge in 2007 having previously worked for Arcadis as part of the Commercial Project Management Team in Birmingham. John specialises in the technical and delivery aspects of our projects having an enthusiasm for ensuring they are delivered on time and on budget. John is a keen skier, Coventry City fan and is also a Trustee for a local charity, Jimmy’s .
Ewen McLeod, Director
Having graduated from the University of Reading, Ewen spent 3 years working for Savills in Norwich where he qualified as a chartered surveyor specialising in commercial agency and professional work. Ewen’s focus is finding and managing stock in the South East and East Anglia. Ewen spends his spare time with partner Anna and his two young children Stanley and Lilah.
Steven Preedy, Director
Steven joined the Project Management team at Wrenbridge from Cushman & Wakefield in August 2013. Steven previously worked for Mott McDonald and more recently spent 3 years working in Australia for a Project Management and Development Company. Steven is a keen sportsman and supporter of Northampton Town Football Club. He also has an unrivalled knowledge of 80’s music.
James Feltham, Associate Director
James joined Wrenbridge in 2015 having previously worked at Nash Bond and Colliers International where he focused on retail agency. James’ focus at Wrenbridge is on South East based development and asset management opportunities as well as continuing to utilise his retail expertise. James is a keen outdoor man and enjoys cycling, climbing, surfing and skiing.
Richard Arnold, Managing Director
Richard runs Wrenbridge Sport, which is a specialist business venture focused on development opportunities in and around the sport, stadia and leisure sector. He joined Wrenbridge in 2012 from the Olympic Delivery Authority having been responsible for the delivery of a number of the London 2012 venues. Richard enjoys all sport but particularly football, horse racing and cycling as well as spending time with his family and growing menagerie of animals.
Jessica Gavaghan, Director
Jessica joined Wrenbridge Sport in 2014 following 6 years of involvement in the London 2012 venues and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park development. Before that she was based in Melbourne, Australia delivering large infrastructure projects and sporting and residential venues for the 2016 Commonwealth Games. Jess enjoys alternating between yoga and running to keep fit and travelling to either the ski slopes in winter or visiting family and friends around the world.
Peter Baird, Project Manager
Peter joined Wrenbridge in 2017 having worked for Mott Macdonald where he worked for four years in Cambridge. Peter will cover projects both within the core Wrenbridge portfolio as well as a number of sports and leisure projects for our Wrenbridge Sport arm of the business. Peter is a keen sportsman and enjoys rugby, football and golf.