A search beyond

Thomas Cole Kinder is a retained executive search firm focusing on the real estate and infrastructure industries that looks beyond the obvious to identify the exceptional.

To do so, we don't limit our search to the far and wide. We look deeply too, drawing on our knowledge and insight to create a fuller picture and find a better fit.

Founded in 1992 and with over 1,300 successful assignments to our name, our network and experience spans the entire real estate and infrastructure sectors and covers roles ranging from Chief Executives, Main Board and Non-Executive Directors to divisional and functional leaders.

  • "Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.""

    Malcom Forbes

  • "The team with the best players wins."

    Jack Welch

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    Warren Buffet

Insight over information

Our advice on appointments within the real estate sector is not just well-informed, but better-informed.

With the breadth of our experience and depth of insight into all areas of the industry, we know how crucial the right appointment will be to the future success of all concerned, and so build relationships that last. It's a commitment that's earned the confidence of our clients, with over two thirds of our assignments being for people we've worked with already.

Our diligent research allows us to identify transferable skill sets, with a reach that covers a range of roles and sectors, from property companies and investment managers to banks and retailers.

It's this ability and desire to go further and look deeper that gives us our competitive edge, as well as a sharper one.

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    Woodrow Wilson

  • "Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers."


  • "My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's."

    Oscar Wilde

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Market Coverage

We advise a diverse group of organisations across all channels of the real estate and infrastructure markets on appointments that are crucial to their future success. Clients include:

  • Property Companies and REIT's
  • Investment Managers
  • Investment and Retail Banks
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Family Offices
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Retail & Corporate Occupiers
  • Agency & Advisory
  • Construction Groups
  • Housebuilders
  • Major Infrastructure Projects
  • Public Sector & Not For Profit
Asset Coverage

Our knowledge and access extends to experienced professionals investing in, developing, financing and managing all key property and infrastructure asset classes:

  • Commercial / Office
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Hotel & Leisure
  • Industrial / Logistics
  • Mixed-Use
  • Power & Utilities
  • Residential
  • Retail
  • Transport
Function Coverage

From Finance Directors to Fund Managers, Capital Markets to Construction, we provide our clients with broad international coverage across all functions of the real estate and infrastructure industries, including:

  • Asset Management
  • Capital Raising and Investor Relations
  • CEO/C-Suite
  • Construction
  • Debt and Specialist Finance
  • Development
  • Financial Officers & Directors
  • Fund Management
  • Investment
  • Legal, Risk & Compliance
  • M&A
  • Non-Executive
  • Operations
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Management
  • Property & Facilities Management
  • Research & Strategy
  • Sales / Marketing
Process, not processed

Finding talent that excels, is a talent in itself, with every search as unique as the role it seeks to fill.

At Thomas Cole Kinder, we don't just focus on present and past performance, but on potential too, using an extensive and exhaustive process that combines research, legwork and inspiration in equal measure.

It's an approach that leads us to the stars of the future as well as the talent of today.

  • "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."


  • "Knowledge is the process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification."

    Martin Fischer

  • "The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing."

    Isaac Asimov

Step 1: Engage

Initial briefing to fully understand the role, required competencies and ideal profile. Challenge client assumptions and advise on alternative strategies. Develop a detailed assignment brief for client review and agree the appropriate search strategy and timetable.

Step 2: Explore

Lateral coverage is vitally important to every search in the real estate market as key industry knowledge, contact base, technical, transactional and leadership skills are all highly transferable. Analyse client's business and corporate culture and structure as well as define target markets and geographies.

Step 3: Identify

Conduct discreet market sourcing and targeted research to develop a long list of the most relevant prospects. Present and discuss profiles and agree on a set of  "high-potentials" to approach. Develop bespoke approach strategies and engage candidate interest.

Step 4: Screen

Combine rigorous competency-based interviews and confidential third party referencing to accurately gauge suitability. Present a final short list of candidates, providing balanced candidate reports covering fit against the brief, market insights and guidance on any aspects to explore further at client interview.

Step 5: Appoint

Oversee and support client interview schedule and negotiations. Manage the offer process, take formal references and advise candidate through the resignation process.

Step 6: Nurture

Follow up with both parties once the search is closed, to check the progress of transition. Maintain partnership and support growth and success of both the client and candidate.


Thomas Cole Kinder has ties to the real estate market the world over and identifies talented candidates nationally and internationally for roles in the UK, continental Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

If you would like to learn more please contact us at:

Thomas Cole Kinder
24 Old Bond Street
London, W1S 4QA
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    Sir Winston Churchill

Graham Cuninghame
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1602 | M: +44 (0)7887 641 490
Graham has worked in executive search within the real estate sector for almost 20 years, focusing on senior executive and non-executive appointments covering all functions for major REITs, property companies, fund managers and retailers. Prior to joining Thomas Cole Kinder in 1998, Graham worked for an international recruitment company, where he initially worked in the real estate practice. He was later appointed Managing Consultant for the finance team. His early career was spent working for a firm of chartered surveyors.
Andrew Shestopal
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1605 | M: +44 (0)7939 038 851
Andrew has worked in executive search since 1997, specialising in real estate since 1999. He has an excellent track record in the industry having successfully completed searches for Board Executives, senior management and functional heads within the property company, investment banking, investment management, private equity, corporate owner/occupier and professional services environments. Prior to joining the firm Andrew was a Partner at Whitehead Mann where he established the firm's Real Estate Practice. Earlier in his career, he focused on financial appointments across a broader range of industries. Andrew has a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA in Business Analysis from Leicester University.
Lesley Fletcher
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1606 | M: +44 (0)7766 915 253
Lesley has worked in executive search in the real estate sector for over 20 years, focusing on senior appointments covering all functions for a wide range of organisations, including major property companies, fund managers and corporate occupiers. She joined Thomas Cole Kinder in 1996 and was appointed a Partner later that year. The early part of her career includes teaching, working for Manpower plc and then for Herman Miller in the commercial workspace market, managing a new business team focused on global accounts, before becoming its UK Marketing Director.
Edward Wilkinson
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1607 | M: +44 (0)7879 827 005
Edward has 25 years’ experience in executive search, focusing on senior executive, partner and non-executive appointments across the infrastructure and advisory sectors. His network and coverage extends to specialist markets including smart cities, economic consulting and project strategy, finance, development and delivery. Earlier in his career, he spent 8 years working in Asia Pacific supporting General Electric across their industrial business units and assisting IBM Global Services in developing their front end consulting practices. On his return to the UK in 2004, he held a Sector Leadership position with Whitehead Mann. He subsequently established his own specialist infrastructure consultancy which was acquired by TCK in 2016. Edward is an NED and Advisor to a Data Analytics ‘Smart City’ technology start-up.
Alexander Goodwin
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1608 | M: +44 (0)7879 171 416
Alexander is an established search consultant with over 10 years’ experience operating in the senior finance market. He has partnered with clients ranging from leading brands and institutions to bespoke private businesses on financial leadership appointments including CFO, FD and key direct reports. Alexander joined Thomas Cole Kinder in 2017 to further expand the firm’s specialist offering across the real estate, private equity, hospitality and Infrastructure markets. Previously, Alexander was part of the Global CFO practice for an international search firm and earlier in his career led the financial appointments team for an international recruitment business. Alexander holds a BA (Hons) in Business from University of Kent.
Nikita Thomson-Webster
Head of Research
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1604 | M: +44 (0)7854 192 440
Nikita joined Thomas Cole Kinder in 2013 and was made Head of Research in 2017 where she is responsible for leading the research function to support the Partners and business. Previously Nikita spent five years working within the architectural, design and construction sectors in a range of office support and marketing roles. She has practical experience in estate agency, facilities management and property management gained in both London and South Africa. Nikita holds a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Culture.
Tom Evans
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1603
Tom joined Thomas Cole Kinder in 2018 as an Associate working closely alongside the Head of Research and supporting the Partners across real estate and infrastructure assignments. Prior to joining TCK, he held roles in the leisure and retail sectors. He holds a 2:1 LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Hertfordshire where he largely focused on International Commercial Law and Company Law. During this time, Tom was a Student Ambassador representing both the University and the School of Law, Criminology and Political Science.
Michelle Atkins
Administrative Manager
D: +44 (0)20 7290 1600 | M: +44 (0)7876 458 314
Michelle has extensive real estate experience having worked in a support function within the sector for almost 20 years. She joined Thomas Cole Kinder in 2001 and is responsible for the overall administrative management of the office as well as providing research support to the in-house research team. Prior to joining Thomas Cole Kinder, Michelle worked for an international property consultancy and a firm of consulting engineers.
Valued remuneration

TCK Reward is an associated reward consultancy that offers expert advice on all aspects of remuneration across the real estate sector, including listed businesses, funds and private companies.

We specialise in benchmarking compensation levels of key Senior Management, as well as those in divisional, functional or technical roles.

It's through Thomas Cole Kinder's experience and understanding of the real estate market, along with having immediate access to the most current data, that has allowed TCK Reward to develop a unique and effective role-evaluation model.

By focusing on the scope and scale of each post, rather than merely a job title, we create bespoke reports that make precise and accurate comparisons enabling companies to attract, retain and motivate top talent.

For further information on TCK Reward, please contact Andrew Shestopal or Graham Cuninghame on 020 7290 1600, or email info@tck.co.uk

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    Dave Brailsford

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains what Thomas Cole Kinder (TCK) does with your personal data, how we collect, use and process it and how we comply with our legal obligations to you. Your privacy is important to us and we are committed to protecting and safeguarding your data privacy rights.

This Privacy Policy applies to the personal data of our candidates, clients, suppliers and other people who we may contact. It is important to note that we may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any changes will be published on our website www.tck.co.uk.

Types of Data We Collect

1. Candidate Data

In order to provide the best possible employment opportunities that are tailored to you, we need to process certain information about you. We only ask for details that will genuinely help us to assist you, such as your name, contact details, education details, employment history, diversity information and details about your current remuneration arrangements. We may also hold extra information that you choose to tell us.

2. Client Data

If you are a Client of TCK, we may need to collect and use information in the course of providing you with our services. The data we collect about Clients is usually limited to the details of individual contacts at your organisation (names, telephone numbers and email addresses) to enable us to ensure that our relationship runs smoothly.

3. Supplier Data

We need a small amount of data from our suppliers. This includes contact details of relevant individuals at your organisation as well as bank details so we can pay for the services you provide.

How We Collect Your Personal Data

1. Candidate Data

We collect Candidate Data in two primary ways:

  • Personal data that you, the Candidate, gives to us
  • Personal data that we receive from other sources. We may obtain information about you from searching for potential candidates from third party sources such as LinkedIn, your referees may disclose personal information about you and our Clients may share personal information about you with us following an interview.

2. Client Data

We collect Client Data in two primary ways:

  • Where you contact us proactively, usually by phone or email and/or
  • Where we contact you either by phone or email or through our consultants’ business development activities  

How We Use Your Personal Data

1. Candidate Data

Our main area of work is recruitment, connecting the right Candidates with the right roles. We have listed below various ways in which we may use and process your data for this purpose. Please note this list is not exhaustive.

  • Collecting your data from you and other sources such as LinkedIn
  • Storing your details (and updating them when necessary) on our secure database so that we can contact you in relation to recruitment
  • Providing you with our services and to facilitate the recruitment process
  • Assessing data about you against roles which we think may be suitable for you
  • Sending your information to Clients to assess your eligibility for roles
  • Verifying details you have provided, using third party resources (such as psychometric evaluations) or to request information (such as references)

We may use your data for the above purposes if we deem it necessary to do so for our Legitimate Interests.

2. Client Data

We have listed below the various ways in which we use your data to facilitate providing you with executive search services.

  • Storing your details (and updating them when necessary) on our secure database so that we can contact you in relation to recruitment activities
  • Keeping records of our conversations and meetings

We may use your data for the above purposes if we deem it necessary to do so for our Legitimate Interests.

We keep records for as long as required to provide the relevant service, and in accordance with legal, tax and accounting requirements. Where your information is no longer required, we will ensure it is disposed of in a secure manner.

Who We Share Your Personal Data With

1. Candidate Data

We may share your data with potential employers and third parties who we have retained to provide services such as psychometric evaluation.

2. Client Data

We may share your data with potential employees.

How We Safeguard Your Personal Data

We are committed to taking all reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the personal information that we hold from misuse, loss, or unauthorised access. We do this by having in place a range of appropriate technical and organisational measures. These include measures to deal with any suspected data breach.

If you suspect any misuse or loss of or unauthorised access to your personal information please let us know immediately. Details of how to contact us can be found at the end of this Privacy Policy.

How You Can Access, Amend or Take Back the Personal Data You Have Given Us

Even if we already hold your personal data, you still have various rights in relation to it. Please contact us using the details at the end of this Privacy Policy if you would like to access, amend or take back any personal data we hold. We will seek to deal with your request without undue delay and in any event in accordance with the requirements of any applicable laws. Please note that we may keep a record of your communications to help us resolve any issues which you raise.

1. Right to Object

If we are using your data because we deem it necessary for our Legitimate Interests to do so, and you do not agree, you have the right to object. We will respond to your request within 30 days (although we may be allowed to extend this period in certain cases).

2. Right to Withdraw Consent

Where we have obtained your consent to process your personal data for certain activities, you may withdraw your consent at any time.

3. Data Subject Access Requests

You have the right to ask us to confirm what information we hold about you at any time, and you may ask us to modify, update or delete such information.

4. Right to Erasure

You have the right to request us to erase your personal data. We will respond to your request within 30 days. We will delete your data but will assume that you would prefer us to keep a note of your name on our register of individuals who would prefer not to be contacted. That way we will minimise your chances of being contacted in the future if your data is collected in unconnected circumstances (for example via a LinkedIn search). If you would prefer us not to do this, you are free to say so.

5. Right to Lodge a Complaint with a Supervisory Authority

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the local Supervisory Authority, details of which can be found at the end of this Privacy Policy.

Our Legal Basis for Processing Your Data

Legitimate Interests

Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR says that we can process your data where it is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights or freedoms of you which require protection of personal data.

We do not believe that any of the following activities prejudice individuals in any way. However, you do have the right to object to us processing your personal data on this basis. If you would like to do so please contact us using the details at the end of this Privacy Policy.

1. Candidate Data:

We think it is reasonable to expect that if you are looking for employment you are happy for us to collect and otherwise use your personal data to provide our services to you, share that information with prospective employers and assess your skills against roles. Your prospective employer may also want to double check any information you have given us, such as results from psychometric evaluations, or to confirm your references and qualifications. We need to do these things so that we can function as a profit making business, and to help you and other Candidates get new roles.

2. Client Data:

To ensure that we provide you with the best service possible, we store your personal data and/or the personal data of individual contacts at your organisation as well as keeping records of our conversations, meetings and assignments. We deem these uses of data to be necessary for our Legitimate Interests as an organisation providing recruitment services to you.


For the purpose of applicable data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation, the company responsible for your personal data is:

Thomas Cole Kinder Limited
Registered Address: 8 Kean Street, London, WC2B 4AS
Office Address: 24 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4QA
Company Registration Number: 08278142
Telephone: 020 7290 1600
Email: info@tck.co.uk

The Local Supervisory Authority is:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF