Who We Are
The strength of Larch is in our people. Our consultants come from different backgrounds and their collective skills and intellect in a variety of fields provides Larch with a unique perspective on Facilities Management issues and projects. We are experts in a wide range of disciplines, including:
- Facilities & estates management
- Workplace management
- Engineering/technical services
- Property portfolio strategy
- Business infrastructure
- Change management
The key characteristics which all of our staff have in common are a strong work ethic and a focus on customer service. Our way of working is to empathise, listen, understand and talk through the issues. We are all passionate about offering tailored solutions based on our knowledge of best practice across a range of sectors.
We have an established reputation for tackling and solving intricate or highly sensitive Infrastructure/FM assignments – from modest single sites through to extensive international portfolios, with FM staff in their thousands, and supply chains numbering hundreds of contractors.
Michael is one of the founding directors of Larch Consulting. Originally qualified as an architect and surveyor, Mike had already been advising organisations in the UK and internationally on how to achieve a holistic, integrated support service for many years before establishing Larch in 1995, as facilities management was first emerging as an industry in its own right.
Mike has conceived and implemented innovative and successful FM delivery models for organisations as diverse as Sainsburys, Barclays, the Pearl of the Gulf in Doha, Princess Nora Hospital in Saudi Arabia and the Jordan Medical Simulation Centre in Amman. He is best known for his transformational re-modelling of FM and infrastructure services, challenging the traditional approaches that continue to disappoint and frustrate clients on a daily basis.
A leading light of the profession, Mike was the first ever recipient of the PFM Lifetime Achievement Award in Facilities Management.
Lucy is one of the founding directors, and has over 25 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of service delivery and strategy. She has led FM improvement programmes for a wide range of organisations including most recently Natural History Museum, British Medical Association, Ravensbourne University, University of Sussex, Bicester Village and the National Museum of Oman.
Lucy’s particular area of expertise is sourcing strategies, writing books, guides and articles, and advising a wide range of commercial companies and public sector bodies. Lucy has been voted by her peers as a Pioneer of FM, one the 20 Most Influential Women in FM, is a former Midlands Businesswoman of the Year, and set up the Women In FM network for IWFM.
She is Deputy Chair of Corporation at South & City College Birmingham and a member of the RICS FM Strategy Group.
Chris began his career in the construction, design and building sector and subsequently spent 10 years in FM service provision, including the mobilisation of several large multi-site portfolios in both central London and nationally. This supplier side perspective is invaluable in our advisory and procurement work. Since joining Larch in 2011, Chris has been our lead on technical and engineering issues, solving a wide variety of technical services problems for our clients as well as developing hard FM service specifications and tenders.
Chris has led projects for a wide range of organisations including recently Science Museum Group, Imperial College, National Physical Laboratory, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, Imperial College, Rothschilds and Lazards.
Chris was voted a Rising Star of FM, and is a committee member of the IWFM London Region.