Sykes Capital is led by seasoned professionals who have successfully navigated all stages of the real estate investment cycle. The executive committee have worked together for an average of 16 years, and with a variety of complimenting skillsets. We believe our team collectively represents exceptional real estate and investment talent with intricate knowledge of the Thames Valley. 

Charlie Sykes

Chief Investment Officer

Annabelle Sykes

Chief Executive Officer

Annabelle is a talented leader and is the key decision maker within the group. Having worked closely alongside our Founder for several years, she was considered the perfect candidate to take on the reigns following the completion of a number of successful projects within the business.

Her major successes have included the re-invention of the business’s IT infrastructure and software, as well as her work in residential asset management where she significantly increased the businesses occupancy ratio to in excess of 96% over a period of 12 months.

Annabelle has a keen interest in sport, is an accomplished swimmer and water skier. However, her passion is running where she competes in long distance road running and triathlon events.


Charlie Sykes

Chief Investment Officer

Having been involved with the investment decisions of the business under the guidance of our Founder for many years, Charlie has developed a natural flair for identifying and acquiring assets which the company, through its in house talent, can obtain solid investment returns on.

Once acquired, Charlie also overseas the implementation of any development angles identified during the acquisition process, with his most significant achievement to date being the major refurbishments of two multimillion dollar beachside residences in The Bahamas.

Charlie is an accomplished private pilot, who first started learning to fly at Blackbushe Airport when he was 14. He became FAA qualified at the age of 17, and has completed many cross country solo flights, both domestically and internationally.

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 the Sykes Family 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, DBA (Hon)


John is our inspirational and visionary Founder with an entrepreneurial instinct, who now spends the majority of his time supporting Reading charities and community groups through the John Sykes Foundation.

Heavily motivated and influenced by his late father and with an underlying passion for Reading, John’s unique drive for success led the company to significant growth, and which is now under the control of his children.

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

Koichi Nicholas

Chief Financial Officer

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