• The Team

Martin Helme

Mr Helme is Group Chief Executive of the Robert Holmes group of companies, and is tasked with managing the group’s expansion. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and spent 10 years in Senior Finance Director roles in the UK and the Far East with blue chip Plc companies, and was Group FD of a quoted distributor of fashion and textile group.

In 1990, he organised a management buy-in of the retail company Global Village and wholesale business and built this up with a multi-branch network across southern England. More recently, he opened another retail business based in South East and he has further specialised in UK property development companies and raised £50 million for a developer in London of commercial to residential conversions.

A message from Martin Helme, Chief Executive Officer of Holmes Investment Properties Plc

“I am proud to represent a long-standing and successful family business to create a style of leisure centre that combines hard to find, but easy to enjoy activities that are fun for everyone.
The Holmes family, the biggest shareholders in HIP Plc deliver property expertise to the business, having 60 years’ experience and excellence in the property market, specializing in property development, surveying, financing and an Agency office. The family set the tone for the business that looks to build long-term value in the Company, the Brand and each and every leisure centre, so that generations of families and friends can enjoy themselves time and again.
We have skilled leisure and entertainment experts like Grant Wright and David Dean who together with a team of professionals, will use their extensive experience to source good locations to site our adventure centres, which Holmes Investment Properties will finance, purchase the land and develop into ground-breaking new activity-driven leisure venues.
In addition, the HIP’s growing expertise in land discovery, financing, land ownership and the leisure sector allows HIP to sign a series of partnerships. HIP has signed memorandum of understandings with four leisure companies: Two of the UK’s largest trampoline operators on a non-exclusive basis; and a similar, non-exclusive contract with the biggest go-karting brand in the country, and a boxing led gym. We will actively search for more partners, broadening our opportunity and amortising our costs base across a number of different leisure providers.
Our profits in the short term will come from asset appreciation, as HIP will own the land where each venue is sited. Once our leisure outlets are established, profits will come from revenue too.
Holmes Investment Properties is an asset-backed company in a growing leisure market, with the most successful entrepreneur in the industry as our partner, along with other big operators. Our company is in a strong position to benefit from this exciting segment of the property sector.”

Martin Helme

Chief Executive Officer
Holmes Investment Properties Plc”

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined the family business, Robert Holmes & Co, full time recently to maintain service excellence in the age of technology. Customer expectations now includes device-driven communications and Nick is driving this forward to maintain current clientele and expand the company’s client base.

Aged 40, he provides family succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always focused on building client relationships and sales. He has an entrepreneurial spirit, proven by the building up of his own art gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists. Since 2014, Nick has been actively involved in developing properties and acting as a Director in HIP Plc will be a seamless extension of his current duties and business activities.

David Dean

David is a marketeer of thirty years’ experience with a track record of making great brands even better and building the commercial side of businesses from scratch. He is renowned for award-winning strategies across a variety of industries delivering genuine ‘win-win’ scenarios for shareholders, customers and staff alike.

With a blue-chip background, David’s claims to fame include re-launching Tango, the soft drink and UK Head of Marketing at a Disney division as well as re-launching Captain Morgan Spiced Gold in the UK, making it one of the fastest growing spirits in the 90s.

As a senior consultant, he has worked globally with some of the biggest companies in the world, including The Coca-Cola Company in the USA, Procter and Gamble in China and the rest of Asia, as well as a Japanese automobile supplier in Africa, Inter-Continental Hotels across the world and many more blue-chip clients.

Arno Sardelic

Non-Executive Director

Arno is an expert within the commercial mining sector and a senior director within the financial markets.

Martin Eberhardt

Mr Eberhardt is a chartered accountant, with significant experience working for a number of large accounting firms before moving into industry where he held a number of FD and CFO roles. Most recently, Mr Eberhardt has being involved in two property based businesses, including, as FD of i2, a leading UK based serviced office business, as well as his own residential property company. Mr Eberhadt is fluent in English and German.

Mr Michael Simmonds

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Grant Wright

Grant Wright is a leisure Chief Executive with excellent relationship and entrepreneurial skills. With 25 years’ experience in the leisure sector, he has proven skills in creating high performance teams that develop new ideas and methods that drive revenue and profit. Grant has strong analytical skills and business understanding gives a rounded, commercial leader.

Grant was a senior director at David Lloyd Leisure between 2000 and 2007, where his roles included Operations, Sales and Marketing and International Ventures. In his time at David Lloyd Leisure, he almost doubled the number of venues, doubled the Return on Capital Employed and vastly increased satisfaction rates.

In 2008, Grant became Chief Executive of World of Golf, turning around a business that had ceased growing. Under Grant’s tenure, the Return on Capital employed has doubled.

Mr Wright is also the part-time CEO of NMGC Ltd – a golf and leisure companies; owns World of Golf, Croydon; is a director of Adventure Experience, an outdoor leisure companies; a non-exec director of Running Unlimited, a provider to the health and fitness sector; and a Trustee of Moray Sports Centre.