Geoffrey Lander – non executive Director

A highly respected figure in both the business and property worlds with an established reputation in providing strategic advice.

Geoffrey Lander BA Geoffrey is a Non Executive Director of Plato Estates Limited. His remit includes advising the Company on strategy and performance. Geoffrey is also retained as a consultant to Plato Property Investments LLP in a similar role.

Summary

Geoffrey is a solicitor who retired in 2003 (aged 52) after 30 years in private practice with a large law firm in order to pursue a second career. He has an acknowledged track record in helping others solve problems and make deals. He now has 12+ years experience as a non-executive director for a wide variety of companies.

With an extensive network, he has a proven record of fostering productive links with influencers.

During his legal career, Geoffrey established a reputation in providing strategic advice to corporate occupiers. Geoffrey’s legal career was with one firm Nabarro, who he joined in 1973 and became a partner in 1980, aged 29. He headed the firm‘s Commercial Property Department between 1995 and 2000 and then became responsible for international business development particularly in the United States. Geoffrey continues his transatlantic business links and his strong connection with the real estate world.

Whilst at Nabarro, Geoffrey handled a wide range of commercial property transactions on behalf of both real estate investors and landlords but more often, corporate occupiers.  Geoffrey’s clients included HSBC Group Plc, JPMorgan (and separately Chase Manhattan Bank prior to its merger with JPMorgan), Gap Inc, GE Capital Global Consumer Finance Ltd, London Electricity plc, BUPA , Cable & Wireless plc, WPP Group plc, Hammerson plc, Quintain Estates & Development plc, BBC Pension Trust Ltd, Peabody Global Real Estate Partners, L.P., GIC Real Estate and Capital & Counties plc.

Interests

Geoffrey’s hobbies include playing golf badly, bridge and following Manchester United.

Geoffrey has lived in London since 1972 and is married to Lynn.

Current Non-Executive positions:

  • Non-executive Director of Plato Estates Ltd, a private property company specialising in the investment in roadside and trade counter properties.

  • Non-executive director of Davitt Jones Bould, a law firm focussed on real estate.

  • Non-executive Director of Dolphin Square Trust Ltd.

Previous Non-Executive positions include:

  • Chairman and a founder member of CoreNet Global UK; Chairman of the European Advisory Board of CoreNet Global

  • President and founder member of the British Council for Offices

  • First Chairman and founder of 4 Holborn Business Improvement District

  • Board Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ Shadow Regulatory Board

  • Board and Executive Committee Member of British American Business Inc

  • Deputy Chairman of Stonemartin Plc, a managed office business

  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of Oracle Group Limited, a mixed use developer

  • Non-executive Director of Modus Holdings Limited, a construction company focussing on the internal fit out of commercial buildings

  • Non-executive Chairman of FireChill Holdings Ltd, a company which will manufacture and sell energy efficient plant for cooling buildings

  • Non-executive Chairman of Make Life Easy Ltd, a company which specialises in coaching and personal development

  • Non-executive Chairman, Business Legal Services, at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, London

  • Non-executive Chairman of the Strategic Development Group at OCS Group UK Limited, a total facilities management company

  • Strategic adviser to Harmsen Tilney Shane Limited, workplace specialists providing strategic analysis, office interior design, consultancy and fit out services

  • Non-executive director of i2 Office Limited, a company providing offices on flexible terms