Expanding property development and investment company Garrison Barclay Estates has appointed a new Head of Property.
The Cardiff-based firm, headed up by founder Andrew McCarthy, has welcomed Jennie Howells into the team to manage its growing property portfolio.
Jennie, 28 from Cardiff, has been working within the property industry since graduating from the University of West England with a degree in property management and investment.
She started her career in Nuttall Parker as a graduate surveyor before moving into the commercial investment team at JLL where she gained her chartership (MRICS). She has vast experience working across Wales and the South West acquiring and disposing of commercial investments for both the public and private sectors.
In her role at Garrison Barclay Estates, Jennie will be responsible for identifying new opportunities and building on the company’s existing portfolio including the 27-acre GE Healthcare site in Cardiff, the 100-acre Westfield Industrial Estate in Swansea and Chartist Tower in Newport which is being developed into a 150-bed hotel.
On her appointment, Jennie said: “When the opportunity to join an established yet expanding property development company presented itself, it was an opportunity that I didn’t want to miss.
“Andrew has an excellent reputation within the industry and I am looking forward to working alongside him, using my experience to maximise and expand Garrison Barclay Estates’ diverse property portfolio. It’s an exciting time to be joining with lots of projects underway and new opportunities being considered across south Wales and the South West.”
Garrison Barclay Estates was established in 1995 and specialises in the acquisition and development of commercial, residential, industrial and retail projects, having developed over 2.5 million sq. ft of space in its lifetime.
In the last year the company has acquired the 27-acre GE Healthcare site in Cardiff in a deal worth £18m.
Founder Andrew McCarthy, said: “There has been extensive growth across Garrison Barclay Estates over the last year, which has led us to strengthening our team.
“We are really pleased to welcome Jennie. Her knowledge of the industry, passion for property and desire to progress the company is exactly what we’re looking for and I’m confident she will be a huge asset to the team.”