Howbery Business Park says farewell to retired Chief Exec and welcomes new team

Oxfordshire’s Howbery Business Park, owned by HR Wallingford, announces the appointment of Lauren Patterson as Finance Director who will head-up Howbery’s commercial property team alongside new Group Chief Executive, Dr. Bruce Tomlinson.

Ms Patterson has been appointed to work alongside Dr. Tomlinson, following the retirement of John Ormston who was responsible for Howbery’s development for 18 years.

The new structure will see Ms Patterson’s team deal with day-to-day tenant needs with Dr. Tomlinson leading the ongoing development and implementation of HR Wallingford’s strategic plan for Howbery Business Park in addition to all other areas of HR Wallingford’s business.

Ms Patterson joins Howbery Business Park and HR Wallingford from Systems Consultants Services where she was Finance Director and has 17 years varied experience at both strategic and operational level.

Commenting on her new role, Ms Patterson, Finance Director of Howbery Business Park, said: “I’m delighted to join the team and look forward to the variety this role will bring. In terms of Howbery Business Park, our core objective is to progress our existing development opportunities which will see more businesses join the Howbery community in addition to providing opportunities for our existing tenants to grow whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance.”

Howbery Business Park has planning permission to create 70,000 sq. ft. of new office space and continues to work with commercial property agents Carter Jonas and Strutt & Parker in view of securing a potential new tenant who would like to take advantage of being able to design and build their own office at the park.

With a sustainable working environment set in beautiful grounds providing a stark contrast to many other business parks, Howbery Business Park has been able to attract and retain tenants to consistently achieve over 95 per cent occupancy. Major occupiers include HR Wallingford, the Environment Agency and GTI Media.

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