The Crown Estate names Oliver Smith as Head of St James’s

Oliver Smith has been appointed as Head of St James’s for The Crown Estate’s central London portfolio. He will report directly to James Cooksey, Director of Central London. 


28 February 2018

Previously Head of Investment for central London at The Crown Estate, Oliver has spent more than eight years with the company working across its offices holdings and development pipeline in central London.

In his new role, Oliver Smith will lead the St James’s team and continue The Crown Estate’s transformation of the area. The Crown Estate owns around half the buildings in St James’s, some 4m sq ft, which includes St James’s Market, the £450m joint venture with Oxford Properties.

It is one of London’s most historic neighbourhoods, with a rich heritage that sets it apart from other destinations. Together with the team, I will continue to build on the great work that has already taken place and ensure St James’s is a one of a kind destination for the future.”

Oliver Smith, Head of St James’s at The Crown Estate

 In the coming year, Oliver and his team will launch the new Princes Arcade, a revival of the traditional shopping arcade for modern brands and visitors, and complete the redevelopment of Duke’s Court, a £100m mixed-use office and retail development on Jermyn Street.

Oliver Smith, Head of St James’s, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this new challenge and to lead St James’s into the next phase of its evolution. It is one of London’s most historic neighbourhoods, with a rich heritage that sets it apart from other destinations. Together with the team, I will continue to build on the great work that has already taken place and ensure St James’s is a one of a kind destination for the future.”

James Cooksey, Director of Central London, said: “Oliver’s appointment recognises the significant contribution he has made to the St James’s team and the wider business over the last eight years. The St James’s portfolio is in a fantastic position and this provides a great platform for Oliver to build even greater success for the portfolio looking forward.”