Stephen J Ashworth FRICS
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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 £250 million in commercial property investment and development in the North West, Yorkshire, Wales, Midlands and the South West.

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 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 90+ sites across the North, Midlands, Wales and the South West, 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 2018.

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 25% of his staff have worked in the business for over 10 years and 50% for over 5 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.

 

  1. Qualifications and Awards
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) 2016

RICS Registered Mentor 2016

 

  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Property and Construction North Region 2006

 

  • EN Magazine

Best Property Entrepreneur 2006

 

  • Lancashire Young Director of the Year 2005

 

  • North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

Business Person of the Year 2004

 

  • North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005

 

  • Insider Magazine

42 Under 42 Finalist 2006

 

  1. Education

 

2016 –              Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors FRICS

 

2011 – 2015     Completion of diploma and full membership to the Royal Institution of  Chartered Surveyors MRICS

 

1989 – 1990    Graduate Program Building Design Partnership (BDP)

                        Project Management Surveyor

 

1988 – 1989    Graduate Program Fletcher Smith Architects

 

1986 – 1988    University of Central Lancashire

HND Building Studies and Surveying.

RICS Stage 1 (student) member.

 

1984– 1986     Burnley College of Further Education

OND Building Studies

 

1979 – 1984    Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

8 O Levels.

 

 

  1. Personal Information

Stephen enjoys his family life and is the proud Father of 3 children, Sophie 27, Aimee 25 and Sam 22.

Over the years he has raised over £400,000 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.

2018 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.