New Associate Director brought on at leading Midlands surveyor

Mather Jamie Director Robert Coles welcomes new Associate Director Gary Owens to Mather Jamie’s Head Office. Photograph by Mike Sewell.

An expert in land acquisitions who has held responsibility for leading on the investment of over £100m worth of development and investment deals across the Midlands and the North of England has been taken on by chartered surveyors Mather Jamie, as the firm continues to expand.

Mather Jamie Director Robert Coles welcomes new Associate Director Gary Owens to Mather Jamie’s Head Office.

Gary Owens MRICS, from Nottinghamshire, has started in the newly created role, which will see him identifying and securing new land opportunities for the firm’s clients across the Midlands and North of England, while leading on the sale of residential and commercial land with planning permission.

Previously Director of Acquisitions for Harworth Group plc, where he sat on the Executive Board since 2014, Gary has been responsible for leading on the acquisition of more than 2,000 acres of land, with the potential to deliver over 3,000 new homes and 8,000,000ft2 of commercial space, in addition to commercial investments with an annual rent roll in excess of £5m.

Gary, 35, said; “After more than 14 years involved in successful land acquisition and development management for various private and publicly listed companies, including seven years at Harworth Group, I wanted to make the move to a small, private practice. From working closely with Mather Jamie, I got to know their team and how they worked and was impressed by the quality of their clients and the variety of work they do for them.”

Robert Cole, Director of Mather Jamie, said; “After working with Gary on some high profile projects, I was struck by his professionalism and knowledge of the acquisitions process. I thought he’d make an excellent addition to our team of experts and approached him with this new role, which we hope will help us to expand into areas we had not previously covered.

“He has helped deliver major new housing schemes to regions in which our clients are looking to operate, and his experienced and friendly attitude fits in very well with how we like to work. We welcome him to the team, and wish him all the best.”