Meet the team

  • James Cooksey

    Director of Central London

    James joined The Crown Estate in March 2009 as Head of St James’s and the Regional Portfolios. He previously worked for Norwich Union/Morley Fund Management for over 10 years having held a number of posts, including Fund Manager for The Aviva Staff Pension Fund and Head of European Multi Manager.

    Since joining The Crown Estate James has played a key role in driving activity across the St James’s and Regional Portfolios, in particular 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.

    In 2015 James was promoted to Director of Central London, giving him overall responsibility for the Regents Street & St James’s portfolio’s, which combined have a total value of £5 billion.

    James holds a 2:1 degree in Land Management, is a member of the IPF, has passed the full IMC, and is also Chairman of the Westminster Property Association.

  • Bob Dawson

    Head of Regent Street Portfolio

    Bob joined The Crown Estate in 1989 and is currently Head of the Regent Street Portfolio. 

    A chartered surveyor and member of BCSC, Bob is responsible for delivery of the Regent Street portfolio's day to day business plan objectives, reporting both to The Crown Estate and our investment partner Norges Bank Investment Management. The partnership portfolio is valued at £4.85 billion.

    Bob has previously represented The Crown Estate as a Director of the Heart of London Business Alliance and currently is a Business Director, and treasurer, to the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forurm, which is seeking to draft a new local plan for Mayfair.

  • Matt Giles

    Head of Development and Project Management

    Matt joined Urban Development Team in 2013, and was involved in major developments such as the St James’s Market scheme, before being appointed Head of Development and Project Management in 2015. 

    In his current role his responsibilities include oversight of development activity across the business, corporate governance, joint venture partnerships and funds under management through development activity. 

    Prior to joining The Crown Estate he worked at a specialist independent project management business, working with a range of clients delivering a number of high profile schemes and leading a team of construction professionals. He has 20 years’ experience working on complex large scale developments across a number of sectors.

  • Anthea Harries

    Head of St James's Portfolio

    Anthea joined The Crown Estate as the Portfolio Manager for St James's in March 2011 and was promoted to Head of St James's in 2017. 

    Anthea manages the £2.2 billion St James' portfolio, in the heart of the West End, as well as the rest of central London portfolio, which is valued at £470 million. The St James' team is focused on driving revenue and capital performance, through acquisitions, disposals and core asset management initiatives to ensure St James's remains a world class business and shopping destination.

    Anthea was previously at The British Land Company plc, where she worked for 10 years on the West End and City portfolios. She is a Chartered Surveyor, with a degree in Estate Management from Northumbria University.

  • Alan Meakin

    Investment Strategy Manager

    Alan has responsibility for organising the valuation across the entire Crown Estate, measuring its performance, assessing individual investment proposals, forecasting portfolio performance and formulating the investment strategy.

    Alan has a broad knowledge of The Crown Estate garnered through his time working on the marine, urban regional and Regent Street portfolios. His experience ranges from the development of Cambridge Business Park, the introduction of Regent Street Direct to manage Regent Street and developing The Crown Estate's investment strategy.

    Alan joined The Crown Estate in 1986 and has been the Investment Strategy Manager since 2004. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Property Investment and is a member of the RICS.

  • Gary Martin

    Head of Strategy and Operations

    Gary joined The Crown Estate in 2011 as Portfolio Analyst and was promoted to Head of Strategy and Operations in 2017. He works with Alan Meakin in a team responsible for valuation, benchmarking performance, investment and development appraisals across the whole organisation.

    Gary helps define our investment strategy and its delivery across the business; he has supported some of our largest commercial property investment transactions such as The Pollen Estate, the formation of a joint venture on Fosse Park and a partial sale of Quadrant 3. Gary plays a key role in the internal strategic decision-making relating to property acquisitions, disposals and strategic partnerships.

    Previously Gary was at CBRE where he was responsible for central London market analysis and reporting; he holds a BComm in Real Estate from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and qualified as a chartered surveyor whilst working at The Crown Estate.