Our story & about us

John Sykes founded a small real estate business in April 2000 and helped revolutionise the property agency industry in Reading. Now 20 years on and after a number of strategic moves and entrepreneurship, Sykes Capital has emerged amassing a significant real estate investment business, as well as holding key stakes in other trading businesses across the Thames Valley and beyond.

Sykes Capital today is a Reading and Thames Valley focused private company exclusively managing the assets of John Sykes and his family.

The business primarily holds real estate investments, but also has significant public equity holdings as well as trading businesses across the Thames Valley.

We strive for excellence in everything we do. Entrepreneurial and progressive, we value long-term relationships and today seek investment opportunities focused on Reading and the Thames Valley, which can benefit from our capital, experience, flexibility and broad base of resources. 

The business has strong foundations not only through its real estate portfolio, but also through its people who hold considerable experience across a wide range of skillsets, including commercial, ground rent and residential real estate, through to IT, project management and business leadership.

Today the purpose of Sykes Capital is to invest in the Thames Valley and primarily the town of Reading, making investments that consistently generate superior absolute risk-adjusted returns over the long-term. 

Sykes Capital at a glance

Established since 2000, our portfolio has grown positively year on year
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Koichi Nicholas

Chief Financial Officer

As the CFO for the group, Koichi is responsible for all financial planning, record keeping and reporting to the family, as well as overseeing the finances of John’s charity, the John Sykes Foundation. 

Since joining the company in 2012, Koichi has been promoted from within to his current position and has an impressive flair for real estate accounting, including both residential and commercial service charge management. 

Koichi is a strategic thinker and a keen chess player, previously having ranked amongst the top 100 chess players in the UK. 

Andrew Strong

General Counsel

Andrew is responsible for delivering the highest possible level of legal services to the company, from advising the board on new and existing laws to dealing with all legal/procedural aspects of a transaction once heads of terms have been agreed

Having worked alongside John since 2001, Andrew has a key understanding of the family’s requirements and wishes. In addition to his legal skills, Andrew is also a member of the RICS and has a wealth of practical real estate experience in all asset classes, with particular expertise in commercial and ground rent management.

Andrew is a keen road cyclist and resides in Thailand with his wife Anong and their two children, James and Katie. 

John Sykes

Executive Chairman

John is our inspirational and visionary leader with an entrepreneurial instinct. John guides and overseas the long-term direction of the business and is the key decision maker on all new investments.

Heavily motivated and influenced by his late father and with an underlying passion for Reading, John’s unique drive for success has led to the continual growth of the portfolio to where it is today. 

John is based between Reading and The Bahamas, he is a family man and with his wife Sally they have four children, Annabelle, Charlie, Jessica and Little John.