Public equity investments

Capital utilisation and diversification

Although real estate is our core business, we see the need to diversify while benefitting from the opportunities that the global economy present. We study international markets and invest in public listed companies for the long term with the goal of capital preservation and growth. Our decades of business experience and network of professional resources allow us to drive value creation for the multiple arms of our investment office.

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Capital to invest

Approach and strategy

We invest in companies in multiple industries with long term, sustainable growth potential, partnering with IG Markets to allow for a high quality execution of trades. We unlock value by identifying great companies and markets with distinctive potential to yield long term returns. In unique situations, we may take short positions where we see over-leveraged companies with unsustainable cashflows whom are positioned in shrinking industries. Our flexible investment approach and bureaucratic free structure encourages quick decisions and executions and the ability to adapt to changing markets.

Investment criteria

When electing companies to invest in, we study their key fundamentals and growth prospects, with a core philosophy predicated upon investing in sustainable business models with upward growth outlooks. We seek companies that value legacy preservation and have the ability to ride through any economic situation with proficiency. In instances, we also invest in ETFs to harvest gains from movements in the overall economy of a nation.

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. 

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.