Bilfinger GVA, one of the UK’s largest commercial property advisers, part of Bilfinger SE, the global service and engineering group, announces the appointment today of Gerry Hughes as its new Chief Executive.
Based at the Company’s UK headquarters in London, Mr Hughes will now lead the Bilfinger GVA business into the next phase of its on-going business strategy. Currently in the top five UK commercial real estate advisors, the Company is delivering on its vision to be Europe’s leading professional consultancy and management services group in the real estate sector. It will continue to develop its full suite of services to public and private sector clients through its unrivalled UK regional network of offices.
Mr Hughes has worked at the Company since 1992 in a number of leadership roles, most recently as National Head of the business’ Planning, Development and Regeneration team. He also sits on the International Board of Bilfinger Real Estate and will continue to do so. Mr Hughes has extensive expertise in advising on setting strategy for and enabling the delivery of complex development and regeneration projects at all scales. In particular, he has significant experience in establishing public/private joint venture delivery structures and funding mechanisms.
Over the past six years in London, Mr Hughes has successfully helped lead Bilfinger GVA to a position where the Company is currently advising on some of the most significant projects in the Capital. This is exemplified by the launch in the last month of the £2 billion Haringey Development Vehicle and the Winstanley Estate Renewal project alongside Clapham Junction.
Mr Hughes is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He holds a Master of Science degree in Town & Country Planning from Queen’s University, Belfast.
Dr Joachim Ott, Executive President of Bilfinger Real Estate commented:
“We are delighted to appoint Gerry Hughes as Chief Executive of Bilfinger GVA at a time when we see many opportunities across the UK and Europe to accelerate the growth and closer integration of our real estate business. We are especially pleased to be able to make an internal appointment in line with the succession planning process that had already been put in place.
I am very confident that Gerry’s proven track record at Bilfinger GVA since 1992, the versatility of his market knowledge, the strength of his established network, and his expertise in advising on and coordinating complex development projects will prove invaluable in leading our UK business. We are confident that his successful leadership abilities will deliver the continued growth of our business in the UK and internationally.”
Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive of Bilfinger GVA said:
“It is an honour to be asked to lead Bilfinger GVA as we enter the next phase of our business strategy and further build on our recent successes. The market potential for Bilfinger GVA in the UK and Europe is huge and underpinned by our unrivalled real estate consultancy pedigree.
The team has built an enviable reputation as leaders in many aspects of the real estate market in the UK and our pipeline of opportunities has never been stronger. Bilfinger GVA is now taking that success into Europe and beyond and we expect that the wider corporate activity at Bilfinger SE will present us with even greater opportunities. I look forward to working even more closely with all my colleagues to fulfil our full potential as a business.”