Michael Booth BSc MSc MBA FRICS is principal and managing director of Clare Consulting. He has more than 25 years’ experience with businesses, voluntary organisations and public sector providers. He advises on business, heritage and property issues throughout the UK. Michael has worked in the NHS, throughout HE & FE, for local and central government and for a number of building preservation trusts. Many of his assignments look at the impact that business, funding and economic issues have for occupiers, community groups and public providers.
He has particular interests in building conservation & heritage, estate strategy, resource utilisation, business organisation and estate planning. One of his key successes was the largest single successful Strategic Development Fund (SDF) bid up until 2009. Several years ago, he was involved in the review of the English Estates industrial portfolio and in planning how the estate of the NHS in Wales should be managed following reorganisation.
He has worked for such diverse agencies as Drivers Jonas Deloitte, Cushman & Wakefield (DTZ) and EC Harris LLP before setting up Clare Consulting in 2009. Collaborative working is the watchword of Clare Consulting and Michael and his team continues to work closely with other agencies that are strong in the sector such as Warwick Economic Development, Miller Research, Sigmoid Management Services, Concept PM, etc.
Some examples of projects that Michael has been involved include:
- Property valuation and funding advice in relation to two heritage assets for a building preservation trust.
- Property business case for consolidating facilities on a cost-benefit basis.
- Development strategy for a local authority occupier.
- Feasibility of a new student centre including user needs, space need and design.
- Estate strategy for a central government department’s specialist agency.
- Due diligence to validate a planned merger considering property factors and costs.
- Survey of the rooms of an ancient university to find best-fit for a proposed relocation.
- Feasibility, competitive analysis and business case for rescue plan to save heritage asset at risk.
- Over 30 Higher Education Institutions including the universities of Bristol, Hull, Liverpool, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Durham and Central Lancashire.
- Numerous funding organisations, stakeholders and policy organisations around the country.
- Several local and central government departments and agencies including: departments of Transport and Trade & Industry; Essex CC, Wrexham CBC.
- Building Preservation Trusts in London (HOLTOP), Dumfries etc.