Five Minutes with Morgan Garfield
Posted by Property Week on 5th Sep 2014
What is the worst travel experience
you've had while working in the property industry?
3 hours in the rain on the
side of the A11 after having a blow out on a site visit to Great Yarmouth,
amazingly we still bought the shopping centre
The best work event you've ever been
Being flown down for a day’s wine tasting at
Chateau Lafite with Rothschild (back in the pre-crisis days.)
Best decision you've ever made?
Opting not to take up a place at Swansea University and to
try and get into Cambridge University, it was not something you did from my
very normal Valley’s comprehensive but it has shaped all sorts of things from
Starting Ellandi in 2008 and managing to make a success of
Best advice you've been given?
When I joined Rothschild as a graduate, an old hand told me
the way to learn was to work with the brightest people where there is high deal
Your favourite property in the UK
(it can't be one you own/manage/advise on)?
blessed in the UK with so many historic buildings, I love the National Trust
properties, but my favourites are probably the central Cambridge Colleges which
are beautiful architecturally and also bring back a lot of great memories.
There are lots of great modern buildings but will they stand a comparable test
What's the best thing about the industry?
The people, the camaraderie and the fact that personality has
not been eliminated by process and procedure, as it has in many other sectors.
And the worst thing?
of analysis is not always as good as it should be given the quantum of money
being invested in our sector. I don’t see any reason the sector can’t have both
personality and high quality analysis.
What one thing would you change about the industry if
A more open and collaborative relationship
between landlords and tenant and a genuine flow of information that would help
If you weren't doing your current job, what would you
like to be doing?
Coordinating an aid programme
somewhere in the developing world (finally using my geography degree.)
What could have the most impact on the industry in the
next ten years?
Reform of the Landlord and Tenant Act
and a move to shorter and more flexible lease terms could benefit landlords and
tenants alike by creating a more dynamic business environment and rewarding landlords
that provide a tenant focused service. Effective business rate reform would
also have far reaching benefits, especially for regional economies and small
businesses. Sadly, we may be waiting a long time for either.
A bright yellow Citroen 2CV, maybe the
reason I’ve never been a petrol head.
you ever had any interesting housemates?
Over the years
I have lived with far too many rugby players, loads of stories none of them printable
What is your
Skiing – snow, sun, 50% sport and 50%
Growing up I rarely thought of
anything beyond my next football or rugby match. I’ve always believed in doing
what I enjoy to the best of my ability and felt that this would take me in the
right direction. I’ve never been a life planner.
way to relax?
Playing in the garden with my kids.
Your favourite book?
not really a reader – currently its Horrid Henry or the Mr Men with my 6 and 4
your old boys
you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
On a hill farm in Wales with loads of space and awesome views,
although I know I will never convince my family or colleagues to relocate.
most annoying habit?
Allegedly I snore when I’ve had a
few beers, which given I work in the property industry is quite often.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Being able to sing, being a tone death Welshman is shocking!