Aramark, one of Europe’s largest award-winning companies in property management, facilities, and food services, has appointed Louise Phillips as Managing Director of Property. Her appointment comes as Aramark implements ambitious plans for continued growth in Ireland, the UK, and Northern Europe.
Aramark Property is the largest dedicated property management provider in Ireland, with over 40 years’ experience of office, retail, residential, leisure, industrial, and mixed use developments.
Louise leads a team of 120 people with responsibility for the management of over 28m sq. feet of buildings, with a combined rent roll of €325m p.a. This includes retail schemes ranging from Dundrum Town Centre to the English Market in Cork, major office developments such as Georges Quay, the Irish Life Centre, and various parts of the IFSC in Dublin, all IDA estates throughout Ireland, as well as large residential and mixed use developments .Also managed are a range of smaller district retail centres, business/ industrial parks and residential developments. In retail alone, members of the team have managed or led the development of over 50 shopping schemes in Ireland, and have managed the only three Irish centres to have won European Shopping Centre of the year.
Louise has worked in commercial property and asset management for over 25 years in Ireland and the UK. She also has wide ranging experience in property development, lease re-gears, service charge analysis and challenge, and in dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant relationships.
“I’m delighted to be appointed as MD of Aramark Property at a time of expansion across Northern Europe” Phillips said. “We have an unusually diverse skill set, as key members of our team have not only managed large property schemes but have also led major development projects from inception. They have also been responsible for decision making and strategy on complex asset portfolios. This gives us a different perspective to the norm. The other key factor is that we have constantly evolved and improved over recent years, something which has been key to strong business retention as well as growth prospects.
“Aside from core property management services, we provide a full building surveying and consultancy service, and are also very strong in terms of energy consultancy. In addition, we have a specialist procurement team whose role is to drive efficiencies in over €50m of services we procure across property schemes each year”.
Phillips said that one of the Aramark Group’s key strengths was its multi-services ability which reduces the day-to-day stress of managing property and other non-core services for many different types of companies, allowing them to instead focus on core activities -“We are seeing a rise in clients looking for this type of one-stop-shop, with a desire to outsource a range of services to a single operator – from property management, managing the sourcing and divesting of properties, facilities management, project management through to being the food services provider. Whilst Aramark obviously has competitors across individual business operations in Ireland, there are few, if any, able to offer this sheer scope of services from one company”.
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