The Portman Estate announces new Finance Director

The Portman Estate has announced that it has strengthened its Board with the appointment of Sophie Meeson as Finance Director with immediate effect.

The Portman Estate comprises 110 acres of Marylebone in London’s West End, including frontages to Oxford Street and Baker Street. It covers 69 streets, 650 buildings and four garden squares all housing over 700 directly managed residential units, 290 office units, 150 shops and restaurants, 27 hotels and seven pubs.

Meeson, who has risen up the ranks in her property funds career over the years, qualified in practice with Baker Tilly (now RSM) before joining M&G Investments in 2009. She briefly worked at Deutsche Asset Management before joining The Portman Estate in 2016 as Director of Finance and Accounts. She then became Deputy Finance Director at the Estate in 2017.

Sophie Meeson follows Mark Southern as Finance Director, whose current role as Chief Operating Officer at The Portman Estate encompassed the Finance Director role which has now opened up for Sophie. She will continue to report into Southern in her new role.

Meeson will manage the financial strategy for The Portman Estate which will see an estimated £250m reinvested Estate-wide over the next ten years to ensure long-term growth and create attractive, vibrant spaces for the Marylebone community to enjoy.

Mark Southern, Chief Operating Officer at The Portman Estate, explained: “Sophie was the clear candidate to take on the role of Finance Director. I am thrilled that she will be taking this finance role over with her excellent track record.”

Chief Executive of The Portman Estate, Oliver Fenn-Smith, said: “I am delighted that Sophie can build on the impact she has already made on the Estate over the past three years. Her wealth of experience in property funds will contribute considerably to our future success. In her former role as Deputy Finance Director, Sophie has supported me, Mark Southern and the rest of the Board very ably. Her appointment as Finance Director is very well deserved and we are all looking forward to working with her in new capacity.”