Meet the boss with a life­long pas­sion for prop­erty

A day in the life of Nathan Pri­est­ley, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Pri­est­ley Group.

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As chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Pri­est­ley Group, it goes with­out say­ing that no two days are the same.

We’re go­ing through a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of growth at the mo­ment, so my time is of­ten split be­tween our key busi­nesses – Pri­est­ley Homes, Pri­est­ley Con­struc­tion and Pri­est­ley’s, our new sales and let­tings agency.

At the begin­ning of the week I could be at a site visit in York­shire or at­tend­ing meet­ings all day in Lon­don; while on other days I might be trav­el­ling to meet in­vestors in cities such as Hong Kong or Dubai, or work­ing through the night to get things done.

So here’s how a day of mine typ­i­cally plays out:

6am – 11.30am

I wake up and check my emails for any­thing ur­gent.

There’s time for a quick break­fast be­fore a weekly con­fer­ence call to catch up with one of Pri­est­ley Homes’ sales agents in Hong Kong. I then set off for our Leeds head of­fice about 7am.

I’m at my desk for 7.30am, al­ready half­way through a black cof­fee while re­view­ing my di­ary for the day.

I’ve a busy day ahead, with a few on- site meet­ings, so now’s the time to fo­cus on the tasks through­out the group that need my im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion – sign­ing off on project costs or new de­signs, for ex­am­ple.

Now it’s time to over­see two heads of de­part­ment meet­ings. The first is with the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Pri­est­ley’s – my brother James – to go over the progress of the launch of our new sales arm, which we’re in­cor­po­rat­ing into our suc­cess­ful let­tings of­fer­ing. Ev­ery­thing’s go­ing well – the new sig­nage is in place at our Leeds and Brad­ford branches and we’re on track to get the web­site live.

My next meet­ing is with

Rob, who heads up Pri­est­ley Con­struc­tion.

We use this time to go through the sta­tus of live and upcoming projects – there are 14 in to­tal for Pri­est­ley Homes and ex­ter­nal clients – and look at num­bers.

A key scheme for us at the mo­ment is Con­di­tion­ing House in Brad­ford; plan­ning’s been granted and we’re just set­ting out a few spe­cific de­tails be­fore work starts in a cou­ple of months.

11.30am – 1pm

Be­fore head­ing to this af­ter­noon’s two site vis­its, I have time to fit in a work­out in our of­fice gym, then shower and grab some lunch at my desk.

I speak to my PA to catch up on any­thing that might need my in­volve­ment while I’m out and re­view pri­or­i­ties.

2pm – 6pm

I ar­rive at my first site visit to our Hanover House de­vel­op­ment in Leeds city cen­tre to check on progress and help with any spe­cific is­sues.

All’s go­ing well – we’re on track with con­vert­ing the Vic­to­rian prop­erty into apart­ments, which have all sold off- plan.

So, it’s on to the next one over in Brad­ford – 12 Pic­cadilly – a grade- II listed of­fice space we’re con­vert­ing into 15 apart­ments.

While there I look at some sched­ul­ing changes that have been sug­gested and have a quick call with our new head of de­sign, John, to clar­ify some of the de­tail on the value engi­neer­ing ex­er­cise we un­der­took on the scheme.

Then it’s time to get back on the road; I’m be­ing driven to a late evening meet­ing in Manch­ester with a prospec­tive client.

I take var­i­ous calls from the se­nior team and hold a con­fer­ence call with our solic­i­tors to re­view and in­struct all cur­rent prop­erty ac­qui­si­tions and the sales of our fin­ished apart­ments.

6pm – 2am

I meet them in Manch­ester’s Spin­ning­fields for din­ner to dis­cuss how Pri­est­ley Con­struc­tion can help de­liver a ma­jor res­i­den­tial scheme they have planned for the city cen­tre. It’s very pro­duc­tive, with lots to fol­low up on for both sides.

I then travel back home.

I fit in a brief car­dio ses­sion and then get back to work – a few emails, check­ing bud­gets and con­tract re­views, to free up some time on to­mor­row’s to- do list.

Be­fore bed, I can’t un­wind with­out read­ing a book or watch­ing some TV – I’m cur­rently

The E- Myth get­ting into by Michael E. Ger­ber and work­ing my way through Suits.

I might be trav­el­ling to meet in­vestors in cities such as Hong Kong or Dubai.

We wel­come con­tri­bu­tions for our new Day in the Life col­umn. Please email sub­mis­sions and a pho­to­graph to greg. wright@ jpress. co. uk and is­mail. mulla@ jpress. co. uk

NATHAN PRI­EST­LEY:

No two days are the same for busy chief ex­ec­u­tive.

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