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Capita Symonds Appoints New Energy Director

6 July 2011

Alan SomervilleAlan Somerville has joined Capita Symonds’ real estate division as Energy Director for Scotland & Northern England.

Alan’s remit will be to develop the energy business throughout Scotland and Northern England with particular focus on renewable energy; environmental and carbon strategy; and natural resources.

He joins the company from Scottish Resources Group (SRG) - the largest open cast coal mining company in the UK - where he was Managing Director of Estates & Renewables. SCG has a historic land ownership of 25,000 acres and controls a further 10,000 acres of operational land. Alan managed the portfolio which consists of development land (residential, commercial and industrial sites); operational land (open cast mines, rail terminals and distribution points); agricultural land; forestry; leased commercial and residential buildings; leisure / tourism projects and wind energy / biomass projects.

During his time with SRG, Alan was an integral part of the company’s turnaround, helping to increase revenue by 59%, the workforce by 50%, and shifting operating profit from a loss of £6.2m to a profit of £33.1m. He created two new divisions - SRG Estates & SRG Renewables – which had a combined external valuation of £100m at the time of IPO in 2010.

Alan also had group responsibility for SRG’s media and public affairs, including the introduction of a defined set of corporate environmental principles, as well as leading lead the company’s response to the growing issue of environmental activism.

His other experience includes:

  • London real estate consulting and brokerage where he worked on a number of high profile projects, such as Canary Wharf and Brent Cross Shopping Centre, for a cross section of blue chip clients including Hammerson, Harvey Nicols, Lloyds TSB and Royal London.
  • Managing the £1bn development portfolio for Grosvenor, the private property company of the Duke of Westminster, in the Scottish and Irish Republic markets. While at Grosvenor, Alan worked on a number of joint venture projects with partners such as RBS, Miller, Hermes and the University of Edinburgh including shopping centres (Liffey Valley, Dublin and Princes Square, Glasgow); out of town offices (South Gyle Park, Edinburgh); leisure (Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline); residential (Springside, Edinburgh); and science parks (Edinburgh Technopole). He also spent time on projects across the Eurozone and South East Asia to facilitate the sharing of best practice across the company.

Alan says: “I’m delighted to have joined Capita Symonds at a time when they have committed to developing their energy business throughout the UK. Energy and climate change are two of the critical challenges facing our country in the short, medium and long term and Capita Symonds is well placed to deliver solutions to both the public and private sectors across the energy and carbon markets.”

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