Founder and Head of Development
After hanging on for as long as he could to the dream of a career in professional Rugby, the birth of his first daughter in 2008 gave him the kickstart he needed to begin his journey into the world of property.
With commitment, passion and most of all tenacity at the heart of his success on the Rugby Pitch he turned these attributes to his new path into the world of property. After having early successes on a few small developments in the midlands during his Rugby career it was actually property maintenance where the journey started and where Empire was born.
Maintenance turned to construction, construction turned to Design and Build and then on to development. The rest is history.
Co-founder and Head of Search and Acquisition
Martyn graduated from Southampton University with a BA Hons degree in Business and Finance. After completing his studies Martyn started his career in banking working for The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Martyn moved into residential estate agency in 2004 working for Foxtons and then moving to Knight Frank in Notting Hill where he built up a wealth of knowledge in the central London market place.
Martyn takes an entrepreneurial approach to business, always looking for innovative ways to associate new ideas and new business practices into the company. With a strong belief that the introduction and adoption of new technologies can give the business a competitive advantage.
Co-founder and Head of Design
Starting her working life in the city working for a investment bank, Zara left in 2009 to pursue her 'calling in life' and Enrolled at the KLC Design School. This is where her Journey into the design world began...
Working her way up from the bottom within a small design and build family office Zara gained a vast knowledge through all sectors of the property industry, from maintainace to development Zara has done it all. It is this knowledge that now sets her apart from the rest...
"To know the mechanics of how something is constructed especially when designing, really gives a different dimension and the ability to provide the client with a functional concept, lasting the test of time"
Co-founder and Head of construction
Born and bred in Devon, Keith decided to fly the nest - or rather his parents farm - at a relatively early age. Having trotted over most of the habitable globe, he finally decided to settle in New Zealand where he discovered his passion for design and building.
After several years honing his trade in the Antipodes, Keith returned to London to set up a Construction Company focusing on Residential properties as well as Commercial fit out.
Keith's strengths lay not just in running and managing a successful construction business but also maintaining and nurturing strong client relationships throughout the build and design process. This is greatly helped by his passion for design.
Co-Founder and Head of new business & investment
Educated at Harrow and graduating out of Newcastle university studying Estate Management, Bear spent many years training as a chartered surveyor at Savills before undertaking roles in project management, property search & acquisition, and latterly development projects on behalf of clients.
His reputation for diligence, integrity and loyalty precedes him, with much of his work to date being repeat business on behalf of former clients or on recommendation.
In his spare time, he is involved with countless charitable events, as well as sitting on the panel of a number of charities. His drive to put others before himself is one of his most defining characteristics . Bear has a keen interest in sports, a thirst for adventure and a nose for a good bottle of red wine...