Trammell Crow Company Makes Four Senior Hires Expanding Its UK and European Team

November 26, 2021


Trammell Crow Company (TCC), a global commercial real estate developer and investor, has made three senior UK hires and one European hire, expanding its fast-growing logistics development team. Matt Jones has been appointed UK Development Director, Sophie Watkins as UK Planning Director, Mike Freeley joins as UK Construction Director and Julan Shah as Associate Director, Senior Finance Manager for Financial Planning & Analysis Europe.

Matt joins Trammell Crow Company with over eight years of agency experience in the UK logistics sector. He has worked for Lambert Smith Hampton, CBRE and more recently JLL as director in the UK ‘Big Box’ logistics team. As UK Development Director, he will support the Head of UK Logistics, Mike Forster, and identify and secure commercial development sites demonstrating the viability and target returns for investment partners.

Sophie brings 16 years of industry experience in the UK planning system and has in-depth knowledge of the industrial and logistics sector. Within her role as UK Planning Director, she will provide planning advice from site inception through to construction and occupation. Prior to Trammell Crow Company, Sophie worked for iSec, Knight Frank and Gerald Eve.

Mike brings 30 years of experience to his new role as UK Construction Director having worked on large-scale development and construction projects throughout the UK and Europe. He joins Trammell Crow Company from DHL (Real Estate Solutions) where he was Senior Project Manager and, prior to this, he was Senior Project Manager at Hammerson. Within his new role, Mike will provide expert project management and technical leadership to customers and project teams to ensure high-quality and sustainably conscious projects are delivered.

Julan joins from GL Hearn, where he was a Finance Manager. He brings over ten years of experience to Trammell Crow Company having worked in finance for property firms such as Mace and Native Land. Within his new role, Julan will provide the senior management team with budgets and financial analysis to aid strategic decision making.

Ian Worboys, Managing Director and Head of European Logistics at Trammell Crow Company said: “The appointment of Matt, Sophie, Mike and Julan demonstrates the ambition of our fast-expanding UK and European offering. This is an exciting time for the business as we continue to gain exposure throughout Europe with proactive investments and actively seek further logistics development opportunities. All four will be major assets to the team and I look forward to seeing what successes we create together.”

Mike Forster, Head of UK Logistics at Trammell Crow Company said: “I’m excited to welcome Mike, Sophie and Matt, who are all major players in the UK logistics sector. These three new senior hires will provide leadership in the core areas of logistics development and help us fulfil our rapid UK growth plan.”

Trammell Crow Company

Trammell Crow Company (TCC) is a global commercial real estate developer and wholly-owned subsidiary of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas. Founded in 1948, TCC has developed or acquired nearly 2,900 buildings valued at $75 billion and over 655 million square feet. As of September 30, 2023, TCC had $15.4 billion of projects in process and $14.5 billion in its pipeline. It employs 650 professionals in 28 major cities throughout the United States and Europe. The company serves users of and investors in office, industrial/logistics, healthcare, life sciences and mixed-use projects, as well as multi-family residential through its operating subsidiary High Street Residential. For more information visit