Gentian started its first infrastructure project in June 1998 building a new main entrance and road way for the University Hospital of Wales. Since then Gentian has contracted with over 25 NHS hospitals all over the UK including some of the largest hospitals in the UK such as Addenbrooke’s and Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. We have built clinical space, car parks, new main entrances and pharmacies all funded by Gentian without any financial contribution from the public sector and often with a substantial financial return to the Trust either as an upfront capital contribution or an ongoing payment. Gentian has retained all of its developments and continues to provide all management services in house.


Gentian expanded into real estate development spanning retail, offices, warehouses and farmland and continues to develop on a selective basis where there is a strong commercial rationale. Gentian has a real estate development team located in Winchester who focus specifically on the South East of England.

More recently Gentian has invested in businesses either setting up new ventures, investing in start ups or acquiring mature businesses outright.

Founders

Stefan Fitzsimmons

Stefan Fitzsimmons

BA (Hons) ACA
Director

Stefan Fitzsimmons is a co-founder of Gentian a specialist developer of clinical and retail space in NHS hospitals. The business has expanded into commercial property development and private equity investments. His latest project is the regeneration of an old Cotswold farm into a mixed use development of residential, holiday lets and leisure facilities. He previously worked at Societe Generale Investment Bank and Ernst and Young and is a qualified chartered accountant.

07775 727 719
stefanfitzsimmons@gentianpartnerships.com
Nick Ekins

Nick Ekins

Director

Nick, a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, is one of the founding members of the highly successful Gentian Partnerships. This company is now the market leader in developing retail facilities within hospitals, through a combination of public and private partnerships. He has worked for international retailers and leading real estate advisors in London prior to establishing Gentian Partnerships.

07768 553 039
nickekins@gentianpartnerships.com

The Team

Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell

Head of Infrastructure

Andrew has a unique blend of over 30 years’ development and operational experience within the healthcare sector and an outstanding track record of building and managing multi-site businesses within NHS Hospitals. Prior to joining Gentian in 2010, Andrew held senior roles within privately owned and corporate organisations including a major high street retailer. Within Gentian Andrew is responsible for the acquisition of new business and plays a key role in the ongoing management and development of the existing portfolio.

07584 702 426
andrewbell@gentianpartnerships.com
Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips

MRICS
Head of Estates

A Chartered Surveyor of over 12 years, Paul joins Gentian from niche high street retail consultancy Nash Bond, where he was Associate Director in the Lease Advisory team.

In his role as Head of Estates, Paul will use his decade of experience in Landlord & Tenant matters to provide strategic advice on the management of, and future development opportunities within, Gentian’s extensive NHS-based portfolio.

Paul will be working closely with NHS Trusts to deliver on their property, infrastructure and sustainability requirements within hospital sites countrywide.

07887457701
paul@gentianpartnerships.com
Mike Harley

Mike Harley

Head of Private Equity

Mike Harley has over 10 years experience in helping businesses grow successfully. After 7 years in the British Army, including two tours of Iraq, he was a management consultant at Booz & Co, followed by a number of years as an independent growth consultant, working for fast-scaling companies including Amazon and Trainline.com. He is also a professional business and leadership team coach, helping small and medium-sized businesses scale using a proven system. Outside of business, Mike is a keen cyclist, runner, triathlete and padel player, dog owner and lives by the river in West London.

07751 789 859
michael@gentian.co.uk

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