Meet the team
Deputy Ranger, Windsor Great Park
Paul was appointed Deputy Ranger of the Windsor estate in 2014, and manages a team of around 200 covering activities such as property management, tourism, horticulture, marketing, grounds maintenance and forestry.
Paul is a governor of the Royal School, and sits on the committees of the Royal Chapel Committee, The York Club, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Park Equestrian Club, the Royal Forest Agricultural Association and is a Trustee of the Prince Philip Trust Fund.
He is a qualified chartered surveyor and was previously a partner with Strutt and Parker. He has managed the Duke of Wellington’s Stratfield Saye estate and Lord Iliffe’s estate at Yattendon. During Paul’s tenure Yattendon won the highly prestigious RASE’s Bledisloe Gold Medal for a range of successful diversification projects and a commitment to improving the rural environment. Paul is also a Non-Executive Director of the Duke of Wellington's Stratfield Saye estate.
Paul reports to the Ranger of the Great Park, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and also to Ken Jones, Director of Rural and Coastal portfolio.
Property Portfolio Manager
Catherine joined The Crown Estate in 2015 to run the property management of the estate comprising residential, commercial and rural assets with an annual rental income of £5 million.
Catherine’s role is to ensure the efficient and cost effective day-to-day running of the property portfolio, as well as to identify and implement asset management opportunities, reporting to the Deputy Ranger.
Catherine qualified as a commercial chartered surveyor in 2001, and was previously Director of Asset Management at Mayfair Capital Investment Management Ltd, and more recently involved with the estate management of the Goodwood and Cowdray estates.
Head of Commercial Operations
Nick joined the Windsor team as Operations Manager in 2007. His remit is both to develop the commercial opportunities across Windsor Great Park and to enhance visitors' understanding and enjoyment whilst maintaining a balance with our stewardship activities.
Nick is responsible for the management of our main visitor centres at the Savill Garden and Virginia Water. He also oversees and directs the work of the marketing team, and provides senior support and advice on the identification and implementation of commercial activities across all parts of the estate.
Nick has previously worked in the management of Leeds Castle and Blenheim Palace.
John joined The Crown Estate as Chief Forester in 2010.
John is responsible for the management of over 3,100 hectares (7,800 acres) of forest on the Windsor estate. These forests produce over 12,000 tonnes of timber per annum as well as being internationally renowned for their biodiversity, ancient trees and ground nesting birds. The forests also provide a vital recreational and amenity resource, providing facilities for over a million visitors each year.
A professional member of the Institute of Chartered of Foresters, with a degree in Forest Management from the University of Aberdeen, John came to us with over five years' experience in the forestry industry in Scotland, Wales and England, predominately involved in the management of forests and woodlands for a wide range of investment clients.
Tom joined The Crown Estate as Parks Superintendent at the Windsor estate in 2011.
Tom is responsible for the management of over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of Windsor Great Park including the wardens and visitor services personnel, teams for arboricultural work, fencing and amenity area maintenance. Tom previously worked for the Royal Parks in London for 13 years managing Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
He is a member of the Landscape Institute, with a degree in Landscape Management from the University of Reading.
Lara joined The Crown Estate in 2005.
She has responsibility for the business planning, budgeting and forecasting processes for the Windsor estate. Her remit also includes financial management of the estate, including project evaluations, production of management information and the data integrity of IT systems.
She is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Lara previously worked in mobile telecommunications and the IT industry.
Surveyor of Works
James joined The Crown Estate as Surveyor of Works in 2017.
James is responsible for the conservation and improvement to the Windsor Estate's property portfolio including around 1,000 built structures including 650 residential and 150 commercial properties, bridges, statues, golf courses and let farms.
James joined The Crown Estate from The Duchy of Cornwall where he worked for 16 years as a Senior Building Surveyor and Holiday Cottage Portfolio Manager responsible for all property in the South West of England and Isles of Scilly.
James is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with a Post Graduate Diploma in Building Conservation from Plymouth University.