Richard Gibbs early entrepreneurial background was grounded in the retail sector where he successfully developed a number of retail businesses. He went on to lead the buyouts of major chains including Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Somerfields. Subsequently, he undertook major consultancy roles in the public, commercial, and not for profit sectors including holding senior interim roles for Oxfam and Royal Mail.
Over the last 10 years he has gained a reputation for developing new real estate solutions as follows:
In 2012, he was responsible for winning the bid to convert the Olympic Park broadcast centre into the UK’s largest digital/media/creative hub – Here East.
Between 2016 and 2018, he successfully secured Albert Island, a 25 acre dockland site, for London and Regional Properties. With planning consent secured from Newham Council earlier this year (2021), this site is set to become a 750,000 sq.ft. mixed use industrial and urban logistic centre. It will also see the development of London’s first ship yard in more than 200 years.
In addition to the above, Richard is pioneering a new residential proposal called “Harvest” which is targeted at the wealthy empty nesters (55-75 year olds) looking to downsize but not wishing to “downquality” and without any ambition to consider the
“retirement/sheltered” sector. Also, since 2017, he has been a non exec Director of Jennings of Garsington – a developer and operator of business parks in the Thames Valley area.