Our team

“We have a dedicated team and work with the best professionals to create investment opportunities”
Sven Topel, CEO, Brookgate

Colin Rutherford

Colin Rutherford

Chairman

Colin has 30 years experience as a corporate financier and as a principal over the last decade. He currently holds a number of Public and Private senior board positions in the UK and overseas. He has strong relationships in the financial and education sectors.

Sven Töpel

Sven Töpel

Chief Executive

Sven was formerly Group Development and Investment Director at Hammerson Plc where he spent ten years and was an integral member of the senior management team shaping and driving Hammerson’s strategy and performance. Sven is a Chartered Surveyor and holds an MSC. He was previously in the office investment team at Jones Lang Wootten (LaSalle).

Jon Wooles

Jon Wooles

Group Finance Director

Jon is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA and first degree in civil engineering. Jon was previously Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of Metropolitan Housing Partnership, where he was responsible for the organisation’s financial strategy.

Ivan Bennett

Ivan Bennett

Construction Director

Ivan was formerly head of the Commercial business unit for project and development management at Turner & Townsend for the London and South East region. Ivan brings with him a wide range of construction delivery experience and expertise having worked over the past 25 years in contracting, consulting and also developer / investor organisations, more notably Hammerson Plc where he led the project management of a number of high profile major mixed use schemes.

Simon Wallis

Simon Wallis

Development Director

Simon has wide ranging real estate experience having worked for developers, property companies and consultants over 25 years. He brings particular experience on residential led mixed use schemes plus retail development having been Development Executive for Hammerson plc on Bullring Birmingham. Simon is a Chartered Surveyor and holds a degree in Estate Management.

Alan Barrett

Alan Barrett

Project Manager

Alan oversees commercial and mixed use development projects. A member of the Association for Project Management Alan has a wealth of experience from commercial, residential, leisure, CHP power and civil engineering sectors. Prior to joining Alan worked with leading consultants Turner & Townsend and Capita Symonds.