Helen Butcher mba FRICS

  • London UK
Helen Butcher mba FRICS

SUMMARY

Senior executive offering  experience in strategy development, delivery and performance management, process reengineering, contract negotiations and people development in complex and dynamic markets (property, travel medical technology ,leisure ) across EMEA, US and Australia. A qualified  Surveyor with an MBA .Adept in utilising commercial and operational background as well as project management and IT skills to identify,  develop and implement risk mitigation initiatives. 

KEY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Over 20 years of  corporate real estate experience designing and delivering innovative solutions that drive change, add value, improve service and manage risk.
  • Global knowledge of different property  sectors including development , investment , land use policies , management and transactional services. 
  • Led a new global integrated Real Estate &  Facilities Management Programme, across more than 20 countries in EMEA developing strategic and tactical solutions with a total value of over £40M delivering 12% cost reduction in year 1.
  • Re-designed contract performance, business processes driving improvement by 25% in service quality and safety.
  • Revitalised a £3M IT project, placing a Property Management system on the "desk top" of every member of the RE & FM team.
  • Transformed the real estate teams of recently acquired companies with multiple facilities including headquarters, data centres, R&D facilities, training centres and sales offices with an operating a budget of £45M Opex and £20M Capex.
  • Developed  a 10 year envisaged future plan alongside a 3-5 year strategy plan and created a clear pathway and a roadmap  for a 21st Century Knowledge Exchange programme.

CORE COMPETENCIES

Skills

  • Budgeting/P&L Management
  • Cost Reduction and Productivity Improvement
  • Innovations and New Concept Development
  • Leadership and Multi Functional Team Management
  • Contract Negotiations/Deal Structuring
  • Performance Management and Optimisation
  • Excellent relationship at C+ level
  • Fluent in French some understanding of Spanish

WORK HISTORY

Work History
2014 - Present

Interim Commercial Director

Skills Holidays

Responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and management of Holidays Division - Retail Sales, Product,  Customer service, Marketing, Data Analysis, Finance

2002 - 2012

Communications Director

Corenet Global

Global property organisation that exists to develop networks, research, exchange and share knowledge.

Voluntary  position (elected ) on UK Board

2007 - 2014

Commercial Partner

Vail Williams

Outsourced EMEA Real Estate and Facilities Director to Danaher Corporation 

Deployment of resources from a central point of contact, to deliver a customer aligned strategy  across a portfolio of 240 facilities in  25 countries  

Key Activities

  • Directing multidisciplinary / cross-functional teams including IT, Security, EH&S, Country  Legal Representative, Country Finance Representative, Interior Architect / Construction Manager, Insurance Manager and alliance partners
  • Selecting and managing Real Estate and Legal partners ensuring conformity to established operating agreements
  • Preparing feasibility studies using market intelligence for strategic planning in conjunction with business requirements
  • Creating detailed financial models in multiple currencies for analysis – including CAPEX KPI’s, Total Cost of Occupancy (TCO) Lease v Buy analysis
  • Formulating forecasting and controlling capital and expense budgets
  • Developing, implementing and co-ordinating policies, procedures and practices in region
  • Defining uniform procedures, guidelines and checklists and education programmes relating to space planning/usage, company image and technical building (e.g. Laboratories including clean rooms) and facility requirements.
  • Creating and maintaining the lease database including the management of critical dates and their resulting actions together with lease abstractions
  • Evaluating and analysing opportunities for site selection lease negotiations, and disposition requirements
  • Management of all transactions resulting from strategy or market planning in accordance with standardised procedures.

                                          

2001 - 2007

Real Estate & Facilities Manager EMEA 

Medtronic

Head of Real Estate & Facilities for Canada, Europe, Emerging Markets (Middle East, Africa and India). Accountable for the strategic, tactical and operational management of a portfolio of over 200,000 sq m across 28 countries, 35 cities.

Key Accomplishments

  • Development of Customer Training Centre at International HQ in SwitzerlandThis included physical set up of virtual cath labs, echocardiography stations and labs for surgery simulations together with soft services for customer training facilities.
  • Relocation and development of new sites e.g. European Operating Centre, The Netherlands 22,000 sq.m facility (including Distribution Centre). Sales office for Italian Business (8,000 sq.m) Responsible for coordination of purchase of  planning, construction and interior design and exit strategy including move and change management from former sites.
  • Consolidation of surplus property in EMEA. Reduced portfolio by 50 facilities over two financial years. Programme included occupancy and space utilisation strategies, standards affecting occupancy, personnel deployment and corporate guidelines.
  • Led the review of alternative methods for the supply of facilities services. Resulting in the choice of an out sourced supply.
  • Set the stage and headed the team for the choice of data application system for Real Estate and Facilities group which facilitated a 34% increase in capacity for team when servicing the business units.     

EDUCATION

Education

OTHER

External Assessor for Post Graduate Course in Real Estate at Reading University UK   www.reading.ac.uk