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Senior Management:

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Craig Hallam

Managing Director

Craig is the Managing Director of Portland Private Office and is responsible for strategy, operational oversight and relationship management.

His accumulation of 20+ years of expertise in the industry, including senior roles at LSL Property Services, Hometrack and Clearsprings Management, has accentuated his in-depth knowledge of the full life-cycle of property ownership; feasibility studies, acquisition, lettings, management, sales, survey and valuation.

Balancing a personable approach with professionalism, Craig specialises in advising clients with high value UK property holdings, and overseas owners and corporate institutions on investment strategy.  Passionate and determined, he focuses on achieving attractive returns for clients by minimising costs and maximising income, whilst mitigating client exposure to the risks of non-compliance – an increasingly complex area in today’s regulatory environment. Craig constantly drives to build long term relationships with his clients that last long after any transaction is complete.

Craig holds an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University. He is an accomplished speaker and recognised in the industry, having spoken at STEP conferences, government assemblies and charity boards.

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Matthew Blakiston

Director

Matthew is a Director of Portland Private Office, responsible for the operational delivery of the company’s Property Services.

He manages both corporate and private portfolios of properties ensuring they are managed as required. No task is ever too large or too small, he approaches all with the same level of discretion and consistently to the highest possible standard.

Working in the industry, Matthew has gained a well-earned robust reputation as a reliable and professional private client advisor in; property management.  A passion for the property market and his natural ability to build a client rapport has led Matthew to be invited often to present at international STEP conferences on private portfolio management and the removal of risk.

Matthew is ideally suited to the fast paced and regulated nature of the London property market.  Having spent an eventful seven years in the British Army, Matthew is solution driven and a strategist with a focus on mitigating risk.  He left the Army after serving in a reconnaissance regiment and latterly working in intelligence. Ultimately he was accountable for directly briefing the Prime Minister, and Secretary of State for Defence on intelligence and security issues. Matthew has a BA in Geography and Politics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Tom Budgett

Director

Tom is a Director of Portland Private Office and has been embedded in the Prime Central London property market since the start of his career.

Tom is primarily responsible for managing residential developments, as well as managing corporate and private client portfolios. He has built a wealth of knowledge in Real Estate through positions in a number of industry leading firms such as The Cadogan Estate, Savills and Knight Frank, as well as running a number of private development opportunities both in and outside of London.

Tom specialises in the management and development of ultra-high-end private residences in super-prime London, balancing an amiable and energetic approach with absolute discretion and professionalism. Tom’s pragmatic and determined nature ensures he consistently exceeds his clients’ expectations, maintaining strong and long-lasting relationships, while consistently delivering successful projects.

Tom holds a BA with 1st Class Honours in business management from Newcastle University as well as a distinction in his Real Estate Masters (MSc) from London South Bank University.

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