Jason was born and educated in Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle in 1988, also the year he was elected NSW Young Business Person of the Year.
With a background in facilities management, he has worked on both the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester where he was Project Director.
In 2006 he joined Nice Group as Chief Operating Officer managing an investment portfolio with over 200 residential houses and 1,000 professional tenants in London.
In 2007, he returned to Welcome Gate, a company that delivers independent advice to FMs on electronic security systems as well providing installation and maintenance services.
In the same year he co-founded the Institute of Directors’ Young Directors Forum in London and in 2009 was selected to represent the United Kingdom at the G8 Young Business Summit in Italy.
Jason continues to work with the Government to promote entrepreneurship in the UK and is currently Chairman of the Institute of Directors’ Central London Branch.
His other affiliations include Enterprise UK, London Business School, G4C & Entrepreneurs Organisation. He is an active a committee member of the FMA Young Managers’ Forum as well as a Governor at Greenwich Community College and Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University.
Oliver Jones is a professional business director with a balanced history of working with large corporates, not-for-profit organisations and entrepreneurial businesses. He speaks at events regularly in the UK and overseas and has had many papers & articles published. Oliver is Chairman of The Autism Trust – a fast growing, UK headquartered charity focused on building inspiring, sustainable and real futures for the many children with autism in the world today. He is the commercial and business advisor to The Autism File and co-produces regular radio programmes with Polly Tommey for Autism One Radio & OnFM 101.4. Oliver has specialised in corporate finance and the fast growing management areas of property and business services outsourcing. Today, Oliver’s principal commercial business focus is as Chief Executive of The Asset Factor. His previous business ventures in the sector were each grown rapidly and sold to competitors. In parallel, Oliver is also Chairman and joint owner of Babel Language Consulting, an international training consultancy offering cultural, language and global business support services and in sport, Oliver has been Chairman of SnowsportGB, the British Ski and Snowboard Federation since 2004 and sits as a member of the UK’s National Olympic Committee. He is married to Ann Jones and has a fourteen year old daughter alongside a thirteen year old god-son who has autism.
Lucy is a founder director of Larch Consulting, the independent infrastructure and FM consultancy practice specialising in service improvement and change management. Since its establishment in 1995 the company has worked with a wide variety of clients including household name companies, banks, universities & colleges, government departments, charities and many others. Acknowledged as an expert in her field, Lucy lectures regularly on a range of FM topics and has written articles for many professional journals and publications. She sits on BIFM Members Council and was a founder of the Women in FM group. Lucy has been voted one of the 20 Most Influential Women in FM and a Pioneer of FM.
Matthew qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Richard Ellis (now CBRE) and became part of their advisory team in the embryonic PFI industry. As part of the Goldman Sachs team, Matthew was the first employee of Trillium (on the acquisition of the 18m sq ft DSS, now DWP, portfolio) and was part of the formation of Telereal (the acquisition of the 60m sq ft BT portfolio). As part of Land Securities, Matthew created Landflex - one of the first large scale fully managed office products. Currently, Matthew is a founder director of The Asset Factor, a 50:50 JV with Helical Bar plc specializing in combining property and facilities management to improve property performance. Matthew is also deputy chair of trustees for the national autism education charity 'TreeHouse'.