James Cooksey appointed Deputy Head of Urban and Head of Central London

James Cooksey has been appointed to a newly created role as Deputy Head of Urban and Head of Central London, to come into effect from 1 July 2015.


31 March 2015

View over Regent Street and St James's, London

Paul Clark, Director of Investment and Asset Management, said: “As The Crown Estate’s Urban portfolio continues to grow in value, scale and complexity I am establishing a new role on my management team to provide integrated, strategic leadership for our £5 billion pound portfolio in central London. I’m pleased to announce that James Cooksey has been promoted to this role, to continue steering our ambitious plans across the West End in line with our investment strategy and working with our joint venture partners and other stakeholders as we play our role in maintaining London’s position as one of the world’s leading cities.”

James joined The Crown Estate in March 2009 as Head of St James's and the Regional Portfolio and has played a key role in driving activity in these areas – developing the business’s joint venture partnerships with Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), Oxford Properties and most recently Gingko Tree, and re-positioning the Regional portfolio towards dominant prime retail. Before joining The Crown Estate, James spent over 10 years as a fund manager at Norwich Union/Morley Fund Management. James will continue with as Head of St James’s.

David Shaw, Head of Regent Street, continues to spearhead The Crown Estate’s ambitious investment programme for Regent Street, in addition to his external roles as a Director of the Pollen Estate and the New West End Company,and will work closely with James as he steps-up to take on his London-wide responsibility. A new Head of Regional will also be appointed to the Urban Management team.

This move is a clear demonstration of The Crown Estate’s commitment to promote internally and develop talent so that the best people want to join, stay and thrive in its business.