Harrogate-based Lateral Property Group has named Sylvia Bowden as its new chief operating officer, bring with her a unique cross-boundary experience of the UK commercial property industry to the group.
Prior to joining Lateral – which operates in the UK food store, retail, restaurant and leisure sectors – Sylvia held a number of senior roles across the property and financial sectors. She was East Regional head of structured property finance with Clydesdale Bank until December 2011 and relationship director with Barclays Capital until December 2006.
Earlier in her career she was managing director of the Hanover Property Unit Trust, a co-founder of a chartered surveying practice bought by Savills and managing director of a Yorkshire based construction and commercial development company.
As Chief Operating Officer, Sylvia will oversee the continuing growth of Lateral Property Group within its key markets.
The Group, based in London and Harrogate, has completed 28 developments, refurbishments and acquisitions comprising 250,000 sq ft since 2008. The Company works with retailers including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Pizza Express and Jamie’s Italian.
I was impressed by the results that Lateral has delivered, both for themselves and their corporate and private equity partners. The calibre and sheer creativity of the Lateral team is driving a winning strategy for operating effectively in this cyclical industry.
This is clearly demonstrated by their track record to date and their pipeline of 350,000sq ft comprising over £100 million of developments over the next 2 years, an activity level ahead of our peer group.
Steven Redshaw, Joint Managing Director of Lateral Property Group, said:
Sylvia is a superb addition to Lateral enhancing our already strong and creative team of property investment and development professionals. Her experience and expertise are second-to-none and she will play a key role in the future direction of the business.