Stephen Ashworth FRICS is Chairman & CEO, major shareholder of Hurstwood Holdings and joint founder and major shareholder of Crystal Property and Land and Queens Square Holdings, all three individual property investor and developers in their own right with Hurstwood having numerous awards for regeneration and business success. He is also a chartered surveyor, receiving his fellowship in July 2016.
During his 23 years in business, Stephen has been involved in many companies ranging from commercial property investment and development, house building, contaminated land reclamation, timber import & distribution, security & CCTV installation and motor dealerships.
The companies that he has been and is still involved with in a key leadership role and operational executive director & shareholder have created over 1000 jobs, constructing over 1000 homes in the North West region, investing over £200 million in commercial property investment and development in the North West, Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands.
At Hurstwood in Stephen’s roles, between the years of 1994 and 2001 as Managing Director and 2002 to 2007 as Chairman and CEO, he took the Group from a £1m turnover company to a £80m turnover per annum, employing at its peak 385 people and generating profits of over £40m between the years of 1998 and 2007, with total gross assets of £200m, all whilst remaining a privately owned and managed company.
The events of the credit crunch in 2008/9 have meant that the group has consolidated and is now focussing its attention on commercial property investment, land strategy and planning with selective development and house building and continues to own property on its 100+ sites across the North, Midlands and Wales, concentrating on providing an excellent service to its 600 occupier clients.
As a result of focus and hard work, the business has once again improved and strengthened and Stephen and his team take great care and pride to run a solid, professional and well financed group of companies, with many new and existing projects to take forward in 2017.
Over the years Stephen has also worked in a number of joint ventures, both alongside other developer investors and financial institutions in contaminated land reclamation, refurbishment of heritage & listed buildings and commercial & residential property investment and development. These joint ventures have been carried out over a number of years and Stephen is very proud of his teamwork approach which allows the collaboration of individual talent and resource to pool together to produce a greater and more successful end result.
Stephen’s excellent track record, both in building companies, leadership, teambuilding (over a third of his staff have worked in the business for over 10 years), generating profits and high levels of service and efficiency over many years has enabled him to build up a wealth of experience. This has been further enhanced by the challenges presented to him in the last nine years following the 2008 economic downturn, guiding his business through these difficult times and ensuring their survival and returning them to full investment and operation health and profitability, indeed making them better than ever.
Stephen, a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and an RICS registered mentor, is very focussed on the property industry, and remains steadfast in his positive approach to business and very focussed on the property industry, draws upon his wide and varied experience, constantly seeking new opportunities whilst concentrating on improving and maintaining his existing projects and commitments. He takes an active role in the RICS, helping others to improve and achieve full chartered status.
Stephen enjoys his family life and is the proud Father of 3 children, Sophie 26, Aimee 24 and Sam 21.
Over the years he has raised over £350,000 for charity, mainly for Derian House Children’s Hospice through corporate events with Hurstwood. Stephen has also raised £100,000 individually through sponsored fund raising trips, cycling across Jordan, from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon in Nevada, from Banff to Jasper in the Canadian Rockies, from Delhi to the Taj Mahal in Rajakhstan, India, across Cuba from Havana to the Che Guevera Memorial, London to Paris, and recently from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. A keen mountaineer, he has also climbed Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe along with Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and Mount Toubkal, Morocco -the two highest peaks in Africa, all for charity. Over the years he has taken on and completed many leadership responsibilities in mountaineering.
2017 will see Stephen walk the route of Machu Picchu with future trips planned in Iceland and Nepal, again for charity.
He is also a volunteer carer and fundraiser for the Destination Florida Charity for disabled and under privileged children and spends time working and fundraising for the charity with his family and business interests.
When he can squeeze some time in for himself Stephen enjoys walking, cycling, skiing and playing tennis.