Howard Woollaston


Howard spent 39 years with Knight Frank LLP, the world’s largest independent property advisor, 32 of them as a partner and 24 as a proprietary partner before retiring in 2014.

He had responsibility for the M25 office and industrial agency and development consultancy, headed the UK commercial regional office network, the professional services group and finally the commercial and residential asset management teams.  He was a member of Knight Frank’s commercial board.

Since retirement, Howard set up Hungerford Consulting Ltd, providing property consultancy advice to charitable bodies, small and medium sized businesses and private clients.  He is non-executive chairman of Lampton 360 Ltd, the trading arm of the London Borough of Hounslow.

He is a Liveryman of the Chartered Surveyors Company, active in politics and country pursuits.  He has been an active participant in RICS committees.

Howard attended the first Story of Christmas a guest and became a vice president in 1991, a trustee some ten years later and chairman in 2014.

Married with three children and two stepsons, he lives in West Berkshire.

Ian Womack

Vice Chairman

Ian began working in the investment industry in 1978 and joined Aviva Investors (Norwich Union) in 1980.  He was chief executive of Aviva Investors Global Real Estate business until 2015, having been appointed in 1998.

He has almost 40 years of experience in the real estate community and is an active and engaged participant in the broader property world.  He was chairman of the highly respected Investment Property Forum from 2006 – 2007.

Ian attended Diss Grammar School in Norfolk, has an honours degree in Urban Land Economics and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

He has supported The Story of Christmas for around 20 years, as a contributor, vice president and now a trustee.


Andrew Braddon


Andrew has a lifelong track record in the property industry.  He was a director of AMEC plc and Bovis, with responsibilities for corporate acquisitions in mainland Europe.  From 1987 – 1992, he was chairman of a Scandinavian family office looking after its portfolio in the UK, Europe, North American and the Middle East.  Currently, he is chairman of the Leander Group of Companies with activities in the UK, Europe and Switzerland.  

He is a trustee of the Lammermuir Trust, founded in 2010, bringing together the finest musicians, local people and visitors at the Lammermuir Festival in East Lothian.

Andrew is involved with local charities in the UK and in Germany, which focus on underprivileged children and his own village church in Kent.  His other serious charitable interest revolves around fundraising for prostate cancer and counselling those diagnosed with  the disease.

Andrew’s involvement with The Story of Christmas began in the early 1980s and he is the second longest serving vice president and trustee.

Stephen Chambers


Stephen has been involved with many aspects of commercial and residential real estate investment and development for 50 years, with over 40 years in international real estate.

He has worked for Coal Industry (Nominees) Ltd (now part of LaSalle Investment Management), the Greater London Council, Hillier Parker May & Rowden (now part of CBRE), Town & City Properties Ltd (the largest real estate developer in the world during the 1970s) and for 26 years at Allsop, where he was an equity partner.

Following retirement from Allsop, Stephen was brought in to head the estates department at St Dunstan’s/Blind Veterans – a charity for blind ex-servicemen and women – and he was, until recently, a trustee of St Dunstan’s pension fund.  In recent years, he was an independent consultant to Lowe Enterprises Investment Management LLC of Los Angeles, a director of Lowe Hospitality Structured Investment Fund, and a member of the Senior Advisory Group of Crosswater Realty Advisors of Los Angeles.  He is a Liveryman of the Bakers’ Company in the City of London.

Stephen became involved with The Story of Christmas in 1980 while at Allsop. Over 25 years ago he initiated the live auction, which he still helps to organise.  He has been a vice president of The Story of Christmas for over 25 years and is a founder trustee.

Tony Chambers


Tony has been involved with the property industry for over 40 years, qualifying as a quantity surveyor before taking a master’s degree at Reading, to be become a chartered surveyor.  He is also a Fellow of the RICS.  

His particular specialism is commercial and industrial development and investment.  He has been a director of Countryside Properties, Which (the Consumer’s Association), Rialto Homes, Cathedral Holdings and is now the founder and chairman of the Aquila group of companies, a property and development company mainly operating in London, the home counties and south east of England. 

Tony has four grown-up children and two grandchildren and, as a keen and active sportsman, when time allows, he likes fly fishing in the Seychelles, New Zealand and the UK’s chalk stream rivers, and salmon fishing in Scotland.

He has been a keen supporter of The Story of Christmas for many years, first as a guest and, more recently, as a vice chairman.  He is delighted to continue his role as a trustee.

Michael Fraser


Michael has been fully involved with The Story of Christmas since its inception and is the only trustee who has attended all the annual events.

Having started as one of the ushers in 1979, over the years he has become more involved in the event and its fund-raising aspects.  He was appointed a trustee in 2011.

Three of his children are now involved in various aspects of The Story of Christmas, including the production of a bespoke Story of Christmas candle by his daughter’s candle company, Wick & Tallow.

Having spent many years in the property industry at Conway Relf, some of this time as managing partner, he is now a consultant to CFK Surveyors and a partner in Find A London Office, a property Website now ten years old.

Nick Howe


Nick headed up the out-of-town retail team at DTZ and then spent 24 years at Edgerley Simpson Howe LLP, specialists in out-of-town retail and the leisure market, 11 years as managing partner.

He is a liveryman of The Chartered Surveyors Company and serves on the Rules of Golf Committee for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.  He is also on the Old Boys Committee of Dulwich College, organising its 400-year anniversary celebrations in 2019.

Nick is married with three grown-up children, he is a regular golfer, swimmer and tennis player.  He attends as many England rugby home internationals as he can at Twickenham.

He is a long-term attendee of The Story of Christmas and has been a vice president since 2004.

Tim Sketchley


After Cambridge University, Tim joined Healey & Baker in 1973 founding the firm’s Amsterdam office becoming its managing partner in 1982.  Extending his international role, he was managing partner in Belgium and Germany before returning to the UK in 1987 to take charge of the central London investment team.  Becoming an equity partner in 1985, he was a UK managing partner in 2000 when the firm merged with Cushman & Wakefield, and an international managing partner in 2003.

In 2009, Tim joined Old Park Lane Management Limited, the family office of the Kadoorie MacAulay family in Europe, which has extensive property investment and development interests in central London.

A fellow of the RICS, he is on the Investment Property Forum and a member of the British Council of Offices.  He is an ex-officio chairman of the continental group of the RICS and a trustee of a number of charitable organisations.  Tim has been a trustee of the Story of Christmas for three years.

A fluent Dutch speaker, Tim is married with three children and lives in Richmond.  When time allows, he can be found in his garden or on a boat, preferably on the lakes and rivers of the Netherlands.

David Turner


David is a chartered surveyor and currently a non-executive director of several companies and a trustee of two charities, in addition to The Story of Christmas.

His previous appointments have included a director of a property development and investment company, divisional director of a leading UK bank and CEO of its property subsidiary, and chairman of a FTSE 250 global engineering and environmental consultancy.

Born in Surrey, David attended the College of Estate Management and Harvard Business School.  He has been involved with The Story of Christmas for over 30 years as a vice president and became a founding trustee.

He is a long-time member of Harlequins Rugby Club and a private pilot.

Foundation Partners 2018