Executive Team

Matthew Byrom - President

Matthew Byrom is founder and President of the First Group with responsibility for the identification of new business opportunities and company investment. Since forming First Industrial in 2009 and First Renewable in 2011, Matthew has continued to build on his reputation for the delivery of major development projects throughout the UK.

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Fergie Taylor - Head of Development

Fergie Taylor is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of the First Group’s development platform. Over the last 20 years he has gained an enviable reputation in the market, with an unparalleled track record for the delivery of large-scale infrastructure, buildings and energy projects. Fergie has procured an extensive range of new-build industrial space for a variety of blue-chip customers.

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Oliver Bertram - Development Director

Oliver Bertram is Development Director at First Industrial and works with a variety of development partners from land purchase through to final delivery. Oliver is well regarded in the development market, and has successfully delivered a number of notable industrial projects for a variety of blue-chip customers.

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Simon Jenkins - Development Director

Simon Jenkins is highly experienced in the industrial real estate market, having concluded over 7 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.

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Ian Anderson - Project Delivery Director

Ian Anderson is a highly regarded and experienced technical delivery director, with responsibility for procuring First Industrial’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.

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Chris Gardner - Finance Director

Chris Gardner is Finance Director for First Industrial with overall responsibility for the financial management of the Group. Having worked with Matthew Byrom for over 12 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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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 Industrial. Peter has over 20 years experience in the project management sector and now specialises in the delivery of large-scale industrial buildings, site infrastructure & remediation.

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Tony Watkins - First Renewable

Tony Watkins is Chief Executive Officer of First Renewable with responsibility for expanding the Group’s low carbon development platform. Tony specialises in the execution and delivery of utility scale renewable energy assets, with responsibility for deal origination, funding and project implementation. Tony has expertise in the solar, on-shore wind, gas, bio-fuel and combustion technology market.

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