Mather Jamie strengthens team with expert in land acquisitions

L-R: Robert Coles with Gary Owens Image courtesy of Mike Sewell

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

Gary Owens MRICS, from Nottinghamshire, was previously Director of Acquisitions for Harworth Group plc, where he sat on the Executive Board since 2014, 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.

In the newly created role, Gary will be tasked with 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.

Gary, 35, says; “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, adds; “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.”