An analysis of the property market in post-crisis UK: present and future outlook

128th Monthly Meeting

3rd May 2011 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Brian D’Arcy Clark
Director – Savills

Brian D’Arcy Clark, joined Savills in 2007. Following formal training, Brian joined what is now Savills in 1978 and obtained his qualification as a chartered surveyor two years later. He then set up his own company, Chesterfield, and with David Forbes set about trying to raise the standard of agency in central London. Brian was responsible for the professional side of the firm’s services looking after valuations, leasehold advisory work and of course investments, rentals and management.

On a more general front Brian is a founding director of CLEA, the body representing the central London estate agents which set up and still runs The London Magazine. It was from this base that he, along with Victoria Mitchell, began the process of establishing Primelocation, remaining on the board as a founding director until its subsequent sale to the DMGT group in 2004.

Chesterfield began to be clearly recognised as one of the leading agencies in central London and Brian was delighted when Savills announced the further expansion of its business with the acquisition of his company in December 2006.

Becoming part of an international marketing organisation was the obvious next step for Chesterfield and with a global network of over 200 offices and associates worldwide, Savills was the correct match.

Prior to setting up The Private Office to cater to this broader selection of Savills clients, he continued to work in the prime central London markets for Savills.

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Director General, British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce

127th Monthly Meeting

1st February 2011 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Mr. Martin Johnston
Director General, British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce

Martin Johnston is the Director General of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, which gives him a particularly
unique insight into the business aspects of the present relationship between the UK and Iran.

Martin Johnson has had a varied career, with extensive experience in many corporate functions including management, marketing, sales, Human Resources and financial responsibilities in a wide array of industries such as insurance, leisure, steel and banking. At Lloyds Bank, he came to know Iran through his work, particularly in running a project finance and financial sector advisory consultancy.

He was the Independent Member of the Audit Committee at Thames Valley University for a number of years and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Family business: key challenges and opportunities

126th Monthly Meeting

7th December 2010 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Mr. Grant Gordon
Director General, Institute for Family Business

Grant Gordon is the Director General and a co-founder of the Institute for Family Business (UK), established in 2001 as an independent not-for-profit association promoting the success and sustainability of family firms.

He has been on the board of Laurent-Perrier SA as a non-executive Director since 1999. Laurent-Perrier S.A. is the leading family controlled Champagne house and is quoted on the Paris Stock Exchange. Grant's experience in the drinks industry extends to spirits. He served for sixteen years as a board member at his family's firm, independent Scotch Whisky distillers William Grant & Sons Ltd.

His other interests include philanthropy where he is Chairman of the Thames Community Foundation, a charity serving local needs in seven boroughs of South West London.

Pre-Dinner Presentation:

Mrs. Faryaneh Akhavan
Founder and Trustee, Snowflake School for Children with Autism.

Snowflake is a new independent school which provides quality services for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Snowflake opened in September 2008 and is based in Earls Court.

The Road to Success - Story of a British-Iranian Entrepreneur

125th Monthly Meeting

2nd November 2010 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Jahan Abedi left Iran for the UK in 1979. Jahan qualified from Cardiff University in Electronics and went on to do a MSc in Electronic Design. He set up his property company, Imperial Services in 1993 and has built up a large property portfolio. He has also featured in numerous business and charity related TV programmes including ""The Secret of my success"" (June 2009) and The Secret Millionaire (March 2010). Click here for more information

Many of the projects that Jahan was involved in, on The Secret Millionaire in Leicester are now being implemented in Cardiff. This includes Fareshare Cymru where he is a board member; the project aims to eradicate food poverty and decrease food waste and landfill in Wales.

Jahan established The Chameleon Group in 2009 that consists of Restaurants and Gastro pubs within Wales. The Group is synonymous with quality, providing welcoming environments where the customers are treated with the highest quality of service an affordable price. The group has shown the possibility of growth in this recession.

During his speech, Jahan will talk about his experience as a British-Iranian entrepreneur as well as investment strategies during unfavorable economic climate.