Taylor Brooks is a niche property consultancy formed by Geoff Player, a Chartered Surveyor with over 28 years real estate transaction experience specialising in investment acquisitions and disposals, strategic asset management and corporate real estate across all property sectors. Geoff has unrivalled experience in the strategic management of property both operationally and as an investment asset, applying an entrepreneurial approach to asset management and the creation of value.
Prior to forming Taylor Brooks, Geoff worked client side at the Co-operative Group for over 22 years. He was a member of the Co-op’s Estates Executive for 17 years and was appointed Director of Commercial & Investment Property in 2009. The early part of Geoff’s career was spent in private practise at Hillier Parker (now part of CBRE) in the City of London office agency market.
From single properties to entire portfolios, Taylor Brooks can offer strategic advice tailored to achieve your specific objectives. Should we have a conflict of interest or a project fall outside of our core skills and experience, we will assist you to identify suitable alternative advisors with a track record in that specialism.
Whilst at the Co-op, Geoff’s responsibilities included freehold property assets worth £800m; a residential portfolio of 2,400 units; a trading portfolio of 2,000 predominantly retail units and a surplus lease portfolio of circa 600 units carrying a balance sheet provision of over £200m.
A key accountability was the fund management of the Co-op’s Investment Portfolio which Geoff grew over a number of years through proactive acquisition and asset management activity. He also led the subsequent controlled divestment of the portfolio, releasing over £500m of capital back to the Co-operative Group, including a single portfolio sale of 41 assets to Harwood Capital for £119.5m.
He also led the real estate workstreams on each of the Co-op’s main corporate acquisitions and disposals including Somerfield (£1.6 bn); Co-op Pharmacy to Bestway (£620m); Co-op Farms to Wellcome Trust (£250m); and the Co-op Bank corporate separation from the Co-operative Group.
In bringing this experience to your business, we aim to work closely and confidentially with clients to understand their aims and provide clear, honest strategic advice and action plans. We pride ourselves on being hands-on and pro-active and can, if requested, act in a virtual property director role for SME’s with agreed aims, objectives and delegated authority parameters.