Who we are
Hammond Associates was established in 2009 following the downturn in the economy. The recession left many empty commercial spaces throughout the country. Coupled with this economic decline, Hammond Associates also noticed a fall in community investment and engagement.
Hammond Associates saw this as an opportunity to match empty commercial property with local art and community charities to create business saving for landlords.
Since 2009, we have utilised more than 8,000 commercial properties and today we manage in the region of 400 properties at any one time. The empty commercial property market has changed and we manage more retail outlets than 10 years ago.
Our charity association is changing the face of high streets, shopping centres and retail parks and our vision has seen pockets of regeneration across the UK. Look at our case studies and testimonials.
Meet the team
Paul’s background in construction, as a chartered builder and a degree in business administration, is complimentary to Hammond Associates business model.
Whilst working on a large building project in Yorkshire he recognised a unique opportunity for charities requiring low, or no cost, accommodation and realised that commercial property owners faced large bills associated with their portfolios containing empty commercial premises.
In 2008, utilising his extensive business contacts, he founded Hammond Associates with an aim to make significant, and completely legal savings, for landlords – offering low cost business space to charities.
Under his leadership the group continues to expand promoting art and culture as a way of assisting town centre regeneration.
Jayne is a recognised business administrator and has held senior positions in marketing and advertising including directorships in several associated industries. Whilst working in the voluntary sector she experienced, first-hand, the problems associated with funding charitable projects.
Jayne joined the board of Hammond Associates in 2013 to manage the company financial administration section, and to assist with the overall management of this rapidly expanding business.
In 2016 became Operations Director heading up the recently formed finance, administration and sales departments and fronting the formation of the Property Management division of the company successfully launched in 2018.
Steve has been a well-known figure with the Commercial Property Market throughout the United Kingdom specialising in Development, Distribution and office markets particularly in the North of England in the corporate, private and public sectors.
Initially he worked within the corporate market advising several substantial household names including retailers, distribution companies along with financial and institutional investors.
He founded Sherwin & Co in 2000 working with a number of his numerous business contacts Architects, Developers, Occupiers and investors to cultivate a quality advisory and consultancy business with out the ties of corporate restrictions.
He became a consultant with Hammond Associates in late 2017 to help diversify and expand additional and existing contacts within which Hammonds can continue its role of expanding Art and culture whilst assisting regeneration.
Debbie has over 25 years marketing experience at management level which has involved marketing strategies, planning; budgeting; project management; people management; event management and handling 3rd party supplier arrangements and administration.
Throughout her career, Debbie has used her wealth of skills and strengths to work within various industries and sectors. Among them, financial services and manufacturing, the public sector and the property market, which brought her to the attention of Hammond Associates.
Debbie is our Operations Manager and oversees the day-to-day operations and marketing activity.
Sarah has worked in associated industries in an administrative/secretarial role, including conveyancing within a large firm of solicitors, and with a firm of surveyors in various departments, therefore gaining a good grasp of property management, acquisition and associated legalities.
Joining the Company towards the end of 2018, Sarah is enjoying the new challenge and learning the ropes to assist in the growth of this innovative business, whilst appreciating the charitable side of the operation.
Laura and Anna are both qualified bookkeepers and work closely with Jayne looking after all the day-to-day accounting activities for the company.
Laura is a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, while Anna is qualified with the AAT to Accounting Technician level. Both have many years of experience working in both accounting practice and private business.
Laura joined Jayne’s team in October 2017 and following the successful formation of the Property Management division, Anna also came on board in July 2018 to help with the extra work created by this expansion.
Ann has worked in the creative industries for many years. Firstly, as a museum exhibition designer for the British Museum, and then as company director specialising in museum display design. For the last ten years she has worked in arts management for arts charities including East Street Arts, the biggest provider of space for artists outside London.
Ann ran the spaces for artists programmes, managing over a hundred buildings simultaneously. This work history, in addition to devising artistic programmes, events management and fundraising, gives her a unique position of experience in this work area.
Ann is also an exhibiting artist, undertaking field studies and researching material about mountain and upland environments. She also provides consultancy support for Craven Arts and Keighley Creative Space and is a trustee of the arts charity Settle Stories.