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Devono Team

A Growing Family with Big Ambitions

Working together as one team in partnership with our clients.

Our business thrives because of our people. Working collaboratively to meet all of our clients’ needs, we’ve created an environment where we encourage our people to let passion and personality show in the work that we deliver.

We are proud to be working together because at the core of everything we do, we care about leaving a lasting and positive impact on both our clients and our business family.

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Chris Lewis MRICS

Equity Partner & Head of Occupier Advisory

Chris is an Equity Partner at Devono and is responsible for leading the Occupier Advisory Group.

Previously a partner at Deloitte, Chris has 20 years’ experience in the UK and overseas property markets and has always specialised in supporting occupier clients with strategic as well as transactional advice. He works with a wide range of clients from multiple sectors and is passionate about providing the best possible advice.

Chris is also a member of Tech London Advocates and has for some time been focussed on the growth of tech in business.

Why did you choose to join DeVono Cresa? 

I am unashamedly an occupiers man so being part of a firm that shared my values and focus was really important.

What is unique about your team in relation to your peers in the market?

I think our experience, knowledge and total occupier focus is our point of difference.

What has been your most interesting/proudest project to date?

I love complex and challenging projects. The small ones can be as hard (or harder!) than the big – trying to single out any in particular is impossible!

If your friends had to describe you in only three words, what would they choose and why?

Focused, determined & pragmatic. Because I am!


Ben Grave

Director, Dthree

As the Director of Dthree, Ben is responsible for overseeing the team and ensuring the smooth execution of all client projects.

He is passionate about creating fantastic working environments, big or small, and always looks forward to handing over the finished project to every client he works with.

Having spent many years working in the design and build industry both in business development and as a project director – Ben has vast experience of managing projects from start to finish.

How did you come to join Dthree and the DeVono team?

I was a Project Director at Dthree’s sister company, ThirdWay, for two years before being asked to move across and head up the Dthree team – naturally I jumped at the chance!

What is most important to you and your team?

Delivering quality projects for our clients, there is no better feeling than that doing what we do.

How best do you like to work with clients?

Collaboratively – it is great working with clients that challenge us but are also up for being challenged by us.

If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to design a space like our Dthree designers can but it’s best I leave it to them (the experts)!


Robert Leigh

Equity Partner

Robert is an Equity Partner and the founder of DeVono.

Having worked in the property industry for over 17 years and having previously been a partner at a niche West End firm, he created a firm to specialise solely in providing objective, unbiased advice exclusively to corporate occupiers. 

Robert deals with all aspects of office agency and leasing advice, providing front-end strategic expertise to occupiers across the full spectrum of services that DeVono now specialises in.

Why did you decide to start the business?

Throughout my career, I have endeavoured to provide transparent and quality advice to clients. Yet I have seen first-hand how occupiers don’t always receive this from landlord focussed firms. My drive for setting up DeVono was to level the playing field and empower occupiers with unconflicted advice that puts them first.

Where do you see the company heading over the next five years?

We’ve come a long way since we devised the concept of an occupier-only consultancy that in the words of others, ‘disrupted’ the market. We couldn’t have grown without the dedication of our team and the constant evolution of our client offer. The next five years should build on the changing nature of the post-COVID workspace, whilst continuing to provide best-in-class service to our clients.

How would you describe your leadership style?

Leading by example. There isn’t one aspect or task at DeVono that I wouldn’t be prepared or willing to do myself. Leadership is about fostering and enhancing team spirit and the individual strengths of the team towards a collective goal. It is this very ethos that has carried us this far and allowed us to grow into the award-winning consultancy we are today.

What’s your all time favourite memory and why?

There are too many to talk recount, but an overriding memory is being fortunate enough to travel for over a year around South East Asia and Australasia. It was one of the most enriching periods of my life, learning about different countries and their diverse and wide-ranging cultures.

 

Robert is an Equity Director and founder of DeVono.
Having worked in the property industry for over 17 years and having previously been a partner at a niche West End firm, he created a firm to specialise solely in providing objective, unbiased advice exclusively to corporate occupiers. 
Robert deals with all aspects of office agency and leasing advice, providing front-end strategic expertise to occupiers across the full spectrum of services that DeVono now specialise in.
Away from the office Robert loves travel, skiing and his weekly game of 5-aside football 

Shaun Dawson

Head of Insights

Shaun leads research and thought leadership at DeVono as Head of Insights.

Previously Head of Real Estate Insights at Deloitte, Shaun is an experienced property analyst having worked within the industry for nearly 15 years. Shaun was responsible for market leading industry publications including the flagship Deloitte “Crane Survey” quarterly report and the London Business Footprint series.

Tell us about your role at DeVono?

As Head of Insights, it is my role to provide clients, colleagues, and peers alike with market leading research, in-depth perspectives, and a unique point of view on the workplace and workforce, to inform the real estate decision-making process. This can take the form of our regular series of reports, presentations, one-on-one discussions, and bespoke client projects.

 How do you see your role and team expanding over the next few years?

The evolution of the workplace has picked up significant pace in recent years leading businesses to make decisions that will impact the workforce and business operations. I believe that the role of Insights will increasingly be harnessed by businesses throughout their real estate strategy process, and not just at the transaction stage, as such DeVono Insights will evolve accordingly.

What would you recommend to someone looking to get into commercial property?

The office is more than a physical space providing a desk for someone to do their work, it is a place for learning, sharing, creating and importantly personal growth. A job in commercial property is not just a role in the real estate industry, it being part of a wider workplace ecosystem that you can help to shape. 

If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

As a child I was fascinated by ancient Greece and Rome and how they built such great structures and civilisations, intrigue that has not waned into adulthood. In a world where we can access info at the touch a button, there are still somethings that remain a mystery. 


Stephanie Cowles

Director, Client Services

As the Director of the Client Services team, Stephanie initiated her career in property by providing corporate occupiers with advice on their real estate needs in Central London, and is now responsible for overseeing sales and sales operations across the business.

Over the last 9 years in which she has worked at DeVono, Stephanie has grown her position to actively support all departments and project initiatives, focusing on operational efficiencies, strategic growth and cross-departmental integrations, whilst also managing a team of consultants and researchers specialising in client relationship development.

Stephanie is a Director in the Client Services team at DeVono Cresa.

With a passion for property, she joined DeVono Cresa to realise her long-term ambition of working within commercial real estate. Her role is ultimately to provide corporate occupiers with advice in connection with their existing and proposed property needs in Central London.

In her spare time Stephanie loves to travel and socialise with friends and also volunteers at several charities promoting activities such as dance and sports for young people.


Ian Rudland

Chairman

Ian brings with him over 30 years’ experience in providing real estate advice to occupiers across the UK and overseas, most recently at Vail Williams as the Chief Executive Officer for over 18 years.

In terms of business growth, Ian has specific experience in transforming businesses into full service advisory firms and has provided a portfolio of services, including: Office Agency, Valuations, Building Surveying, Business Rates, Asset Management and Town-planning across nine locations.


Luke Philpott MRICS

Equity Partner

Luke is an Equity Partner at DeVono. Over the past 15 years he has established a reputation for successfully executing large-scale real estate projects for high-profile corporate occupiers, across Central London, the UK and EMEA.

Today he maintains relationships with a handful of key clients and is heavily focused on driving the strategic growth of the business.

Tell us about your journey at DeVono?

I joined the firm in 2006 at a time when it was three years old and had three other people working in it. Over the past 15 years that I can speak to, we’ve quietly built an award winning firm, full of interesting, thoughtful people that collectively bring a broad range of experience, expertise, creative thinking and intelligence to the business that we are today. That’s gratifying to look back on, and a source of inspiration for what we do next.

What’s your favourite thing about working at our company?

The people and the pace. We have developed a great culture in our business and have always adapated quickly and successfully to the ever-changing business and market climate.  

How do you see the business changing over the coming years?

Someone once told me that experience is what you get right after you needed it. Throughout Covid I’ve thought about this every so often, and we’ll certainly make some moves that directly reflect what we’ve witnessed and learnt from this period. We’ll be better for these changes, for our people, our clients and hopefully our families too.

Describe your perfect day?

Early rise for some exercise, back briefly to see the house waking up and then in to London for an early breakfast meeting. Further meetings throughout the day with colleagues, venture partners and clients, looking at all manner of things in and out of the business in my inherently elusive search for perfection within it.  If my children have any school fixtures in the late afternoon I’ll want to be there for those. Finally home for the family’s ‘carbonara Monday’ and a catch up with everyone’s day.


Sham Khush

Finance Director

Sham joined the team at DeVono to establish the Finance Division and support the financial strategy of the business.

He has over twenty years of experience in accounting and finance, predominantly working for businesses in the SME sector to assist with strategic and financial growth.

What work challenges have you faced over the last 12 months and how did you overcome them?

The major challenge has been the isolation from work colleagues and the only way to overcome this has been regular dialogue over Zoom, Teams and by phone. Lately though the face to face interaction has been very welcome.

What aspects of the business do you value the most?

The people is what I value the most. We work closely together as a team and all employees feel like they are valued members making a genuine contribution.

What key projects have you been working on to improve the business?

The major project has been to ensure we trade through the pandemic while maintaining a strong financial position. As we exit the pandemic the focus will switch to how we maximise revenue and performance through our business strategy

What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?

Outside of work my interest is watching sport and attending live sporting events. Most recently this has involved watching england at Wembley in Euro 2021 and India in the test matches at Lords and the Oval (all extremely welcome after 12 months of not being allowed to attend).


Join the Team

Consistently voted one of the best places to work in property.

At DeVono, we put a lot of effort into ensuring that we provide a great environment in which to work. Every employee enjoys a wide range of benefits, from complimentary breakfasts to private medical care, and electric car schemes. We offer a host of additional perks for our staff to enhance their working life, because we know that happy staff deliver their very best work – and that’s good for our clients.

We offer a vibrant and dynamic working environment and thrive on continuous collaboration and idea exchange across the company. Our attitude towards our work, our clients and our values are what binds us together, and helps us to establish a collective understanding of what we are doing for clients, and why it’s so important. In return for the hard work that we all put in, we prioritise investing and supporting each other, in every sense of both words. Our family always has room to grow so if you would like to know more about DeVono’s culture and work opportunities, please contact our Head of People, Ruth Lynch at rml@devono.com.

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Building Surveyor

The individual within this role is responsible for carrying out the full range of professional building surveying duties on commercial property to clients. Focus areas that will be expected from a Building Surveyor include: Receiving client instructions and liaising with clients throughout, Carrying out building surveys, giving summary advice and producing full written reports, Preparing, negotiating and agreeing schedules of condition and dilapidations, Contract administration, Carrying out feasibility studies and reinstatement cost assessments, Preparing and agreeing Party Wall awards, Management of fees, Client Cultivation and more. To find out more about this role along with the skills and experience required please download the job description or contact our team. To apply for this role, please email your CV by clicking the button below.

Occupier Advisory Group

The role involves senior participation within DeVono's Occupier Advisory Group. The role is to advise clients on landlord and tenant matters, predominantly in the central London office market. The focus will be concentrated on rent reviews and statutory renewals for occupiers only. The successful candidate will be MRICS qualified with a minimum of 8 years PQE, with at least 5 of those years’ working within lease advisory in the London offices market, specifically on L&T matters. To find out more about this role along with the skills and experience required please download the job description or contact our team. To apply for this role, please email your CV by clicking the button below.

Business Development Consultant

This role sits within DeVono’s new business team focusing on both the traditional leasehold and serviced office markets, targeting companies in London across all market sectors, ranging from SME’s to global corporates, operating in a highly competitive industry, involving, 100% new business, research calls into DeVono strong in-house database, lead qualification/generation from cold calls, skilfully presenting our inhouse services to clients at a senior level, management of new opportunities and allocating them to senior team members, 100% office based.