Executive Team

Matthew Byrom
Managing Director UK

Matthew Byrom is Managing Director of First Panattoni with responsibility for the identification of new business opportunities and company investment. Since forming First Industrial in 2009 (that merged with Panattoni Europe in 2017), Matthew has continued to build on his reputation for the delivery of major development projects throughout the UK. He has a creative & entrepreneurial approach to business with a wide range of commercial interests.

Fergie Taylor
Head of Development Delivery

Fergie Taylor is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of the First Panattoni development platform. Over the last 25 years, he has gained an enviable reputation in the market, with an unparalleled track record for the delivery of large-scale industrial buildings and infrastructure. Fergie has procured an extensive range of new-build logistics space for a variety of blue-chip customers.

Oliver Bertram
Development Director

Oliver Bertram is lead Development Director at First Panattoni, with responsibility for the national transactional platform. In the last 5 years, Oliver has executed over £400m of new build projects and is now recognised within the sector as a market specialist. Oliver is known for his personable approach to business and has earned a reputation for his commitment to customer service.

Tony Watkins
Development Director

Tony Watkins is Development Director at First Panattoni with responsibility for expanding the company’s land and speculative build platform. Tony specialises in the execution and delivery of major industrial schemes, with responsibility for deal origination and project implementation. Tony is highly accomplished in a variety of surveying sectors, with over 20 years of development expertise.

Simon Jenkins
Development Director

Simon Jenkins is highly experienced in the industrial real estate market, having concluded over 8 million sq. ft of transactions for some of the market’s leading retailers, manufacturers and third party logistics operators. Simon has executed a number of high profile industrial developments and has overseen the delivery of some of the UK’s largest build-to-suit projects.

Andrew Preston
Development Manager

Andrew Preston has over 15 years’ experience in the industrial real estate market. Andrew’s role at First Panattoni is to accelerate the UK land acquisition programme for speculative development and strengthen the national development team. Andrew has a broad breadth of experience in the commercial property sector with a detailed knowledge of the leasing and development process, having successfully delivered a range of build-to-suit projects.

Ian Anderson
Project Delivery Director

Ian Anderson is a highly regarded and experienced technical delivery director, with responsibility for procuring First Panattoni’s land acquisition, build-to-suit and speculative build programme. Ian combines his practical and commercial approach, with a keen eye for detail, ensuring that all projects are delivered to the highest standard. Ian has particular expertise in the negotiation and contract tender for large-scale industrial buildings, with a back ground in structural engineering.

Peter Carter-Wall
Construction Director

Peter Carter-Wall is in charge of the on-site delivery and quality control of all construction projects at First Panattoni. Peter has over 20 year’s experience in the project management sector and now specialises in the delivery of large-scale industrial buildings, site infrastructure & remediation. Peter is highly regarded in the market, with a reputation for his meticulous and diligent approach to construction management.

Chris Gardner
Finance Director UK

Chris Gardner is Finance Director for First Panattoni with overall responsibility for the financial management of the UK. Having worked with Matthew Byrom for over 17 years, Chris has successfully managed and presided over a period of unprecedented growth. Chris brings to the business a prudent and circumspect approach to company expansion, having now navigated his way through three recessions.

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