The people behind ESG
Estate Strategy Group is made up of an experienced team of consultants with extensive management and executive backgrounds.
Learn more about Directors Mark Johnston-Wood and David Gilbert below, as well as the rest of the ESG team.
Operations Director Cmgr FCMI
David is the Operations Director, highly skilled in needs assessment, strategic and operational planning, leading organisational change and overall business development.
With over 20 years senior management experience, David has worked in six different service industries, in pressured environments, where both compliance and high performance are critical.
For the last six years, David has applied his skills and experience of estates and facilities management within the public and private sector. At ESG, he brings clarity to the implementation of the solution. He helps our clients with prioritising and delegating facilities management tasks. He motivates and inspires teams to develop their portfolio and keep project momentum to ensure success. David is a structured, organised and energetic professional who operates with high integrity and honesty, making him an incremental asset to the group.
What is unique about ESG?
“ESG allows me to do what I love doing; making sense of a reactive and fast moving environment, working out what needs fixing and then putting structure and order in place to help the client make things happen.”
Managing Director MRICS, FIoD, BSc
Mark is the Managing Director of Estate Strategy Group and has over 15 years senior level experience in the strategic management of estates and facilities.
Over the years, Mark has assisted a number of organisations in delivering their transformation and strategy, coordinating change management plans, developing management teams and planning for future capital and revenue programmes.
Mark has been a Trustee of the Salvation Army where he was responsible for their portfolio across the UK and has also directed the portfolios for Inner Temple, St Andrews Healthcare, Homerton NHS Trust, Wexham NHS Trust, Frimley Health and Queen Victoria NHS Trust.
Other organisations that Mark has worked for include Care City, CDS (Bedfordshire), Eden futures, Disabilities Trust, East Area Health Service Network, North East London Foundation Trust, NHS National Services Scotland.
As Managing Director at Estate Strategy Group, Mark leads the team in analysing initial estate problems. Mark works closely with our clients to carry out what we call a root cause analysis. It’s from this data we offer options and proposals, test the appropriate solution and oversee its implementation.
What’s unique about ESG?
“ESG is unique because it gives the owners and operators of property the whole picture of what is really going on. We go on to offer help and reassurance in growing and improving the portfolio. With our diagnostics tool, our clients get the very latest review of property and facilities information.”
Estates Management Consultant
Jeff is managing Estates on behalf of ESG clients in order to ensure they are compliant and efficient. With an estates background covering over 30 years, Jeff has a wealth of experience both in traditional estates maintenance and mental health environments. Jeff is also a Director on the Board of the Design in Mental Health Network.
Accounts and Project Support
Kate has had a long career in administration in Local Government, Primary Health Care, Education and the private sector. She brings a wealth of experience and practicality to the Company. She supports our Finance Lead on our accounting system and provides project support as necessary.
“I am very excited and proud to be a part of a Company that is innovative and clearly going places.”
Lauren Johnston-Wood is the Marketing Manager for Estate Strategy Group. She studied for an Art Foundation course at Suffolk New College and Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University.
Lauren manages the social media, marketing and communications for Estate Strategy Group and is using her creative skills to help clients and staff understand the values and services that ESG offers.
Project Manager and Financial Support Officer
Michael is supporting the Clients of Estate Strategy Group with his financial and project management skills. Michael is a Chartered Accountant who brings a creative, adaptive approach to the change management process. His background is in finance and business support within innovative, demanding and deadline driven organisations such as the NHS. He has experience in matching organisational objectives to finance team structures, promoting staff development and training.
Sarah Smithurst MBE
Project Support Manager / Business Development Manager
Sarah worked for Nottinghamshire Police for 14 years running the Nottinghamshire Crimestoppers office in the Force Intelligence office as Crimestoppers Officer.
She worked with the public, Agencies, partners and Crimestoppers Charity developing and raising the profile of Crimestoppers. Her work also involved working in Ghana with the Police, The British High Commission (The BHC) and the Serious and Organised Crime unit.
Sarah took Aid containers to Ghana and raised money in the UK for Crimestoppers and CVOC – Child Victims Of Crime.
She received the MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list for her Police work in Nottingham and Ghana, her work for The BHC and for various charities.
Sarah brings to ESG her customer relations knowledge, empathy and over 15 years of Business development and project knowledge. She has been involved in managing various events from start to finish and has media experience with the BBC and Central news.