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 Fiera Real Estate (formerly known as 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. Fiera Real Estate 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 London and the South East. Recent projects include Quadron, Dartford a 41,500 sq ft Grade A warehouse development pre-let to Network Rail and sold to Aberdeen Standard and Boxset, Basildon a 230,000 sq ft Grade A warehouse scheme of three detached units. 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. A chartered surveyor, Chris’ focus is commercial property development particularly the office and industrial sectors in Herts, Beds, Bucks, Essex and Cambridgeshire. In his spare time Chris is a keen sportsman and plays football weekly and cricket for Hitchin Town Cricket Club in the summer. Chris a Level 2 FA qualified football coach and manages FC Comets youth football teams in Hitchin. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and Essex County Cricket Club.
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 .
Jamie Garrett, Associate Director
Jamie joined the Wrenbridge team in 2018 having previously worked for Bidwells in Cambridge where he was responsible for the delivery of a variety of commercial projects. Jamie is a keen skier, windsurfer and optimistic life long Northampton Saints fan.
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.
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.
Richard Arnold, Managing Director
Richard runs Wrenbridge Sport having established the business with Wrenbridge Land in 2012 and has now grown the firm to a level where there is in excess of £500m of development either on site or in the pipeline at any one time.
He is very experienced in the development of sports and leisure related projects having worked in this sector for over 20 years. In particular Richard’s expertise is in combining the power and interest of sport in much wider regeneration and place making projects. Prior to setting up Wrenbridge Sport, Richard worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority with overall responsibility for the delivery of a number of the London 2012 venues.
Richard’s focus at Wrenbridge Sport is on finding appropriate funding and development solutions that enable the delivery of new stadia and sports facilities as well as overseeing our major projects.