Meet The Team
Joe McCormack - Founding Partner
Joe is an experienced property professional having held senior positions in property development companies across Middle East, Europe and Africa. He spent 4 years as Managing Director in Africa with one of Dubai’s leading property development companies, having previously been based in Kuwait.
Joe has an expert eye for emerging markets and specialises in bringing safe and secure investments that will deliver consistent long term income and wealth creation for its clients.
Gavin Smyth - Founding Partner
Gavin Smyth brings a wealth of international property expertise to Crowngate and he is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering on the business and marketing strategies of the company.
Prior to becoming a Partner of Crowngate International, Gavin was responsible for the delivering on the international marketing operations of a large UAE developer. Gavin possesses a global perspective gained during a career which has spanned North America, the Middle East, West Africa and Europe.
Gavin is the former managing director of one of Ireland’s most successful mortgage finance and property companies, gaining a wide range of experience from finance, property and asset management.
Chris Cina - Sales Director
Christopher brings with him a vast array of knowledge and expertise in the property industry. He has specialised in both residential and commercial property on a global scale, having held senior positions with leading Real Estate organisations in both the UK and the UAE.
For the last 5 years Christopher's focus has been in the sales and marketing of investment property in the UAE. He prides himself on his customer focused approach and is always available to discuss Crowngate's exciting investment opportunities with our new and existing clients and agents alike.
Tahir Awan - Chief Financial Officer
Tahir has a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership skills gained through a dynamic career in a complex business environment. He holds a first class honors degree & certifications from UK & US.
Tahir brings to Crowngate a diverse mix of business management as well as investment experience. Most recently, as the CFO, he had management oversight and responsibility for all financial functions for holding & its subsidiaries, overseeing all revenues, costs, capital expenditures, investments and debt positions.
Tahir has Handled various assignments with Internal Audit and carried out recommendations smoothly, and has an in depth knowledge in legal and contracts matters which in invaluable to the maintenance and growth of the business.
Tom Farmer - Marketing & Brand Director
Tom brings a wealth of Marketing experience to Crowngate International, having worked in the Dubai Real Estate sector for the last 3 years. His expertise covers all aspects of the Marketing mix - both online and offline channels to promote Crowngate's ever expanding portfolio of global investments and UK property developments.
Tom also manages our expansive global agent network assisting with full Sales & Marketing support in multiple languages across the GCC, UK, Asia, Europe & Africa and also assisting with Marketing collateral for Crowngate's partner companies.
Jamie Lennon - Executive Director
Jamie is a specialist Finance professional having previously worked in the International banking and wealth management sector. He brings a wealth of expertise to Crowngate in his role as Executive Director and assists our clients in getting an in depth understanding of our unique proposition. His background in Finance gives him the required skillset to position our offering as an integral part of an investor’s portfolio.
Jamie brings a broad range of experience to client relationships and investment advisory services and has extensive knowledge managing portfolios and evaluating investment opportunities which will deliver consistent returns for our clients.
Paul Downes – Client Relationship Manager
With over 15 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Real Estate Sectors Paul is now focused on Business Development and Project Management in Southern Germany and Eastern Europe. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Paul has a passion for travelling, experiencing new cultures and since 2002 he has accumulated a wealth of important and successful client relationships around the globe.
Linda Farouk - Client Services Manager
Linda Farouk began her career in the legal profession as an ILEX member, working in central London and outlying areas in Property conveyancing, family law and probate law. She then moved into the Real Estate industry and has now worked in the industry for over 10 years.
Linda has experience in both Property Management and as an owner of properties in the UK and the Middle East, and can clearly identify with client’s needs. Client Services and Systems Administration are Linda’s specific focus with Crowngate, working closely with all Departments to ensure smooth purchases for clients.
Grace Udsing - Client Services Assistant
Grace was originally fulfilling her Client Services role from our regional Kuwait office, however due to her ever-expanding skill-set and importance in serving our clients, Grace has recently transferred to our Head Office in Dubai, where her vital Middle East career experience of 17 years, is providing huge benefits within her department and within the company as a whole.
Previous to her role at Crowngate International, Grace spent 4 years specialising in the bespoke administration, within the Supply Chain and logistics industry, for one of the Middle East's leading International Franchise Operators.
Grace has a keen eye for detail and her levels of professionalism are second to none, working closely with our Client Services Manager to offer a highly personalised, efficient and professional service to all our clients, ensuring complete customer satisfaction.
Mudassar Hussain Shah - Financial Accountant
Mudassar brings a wealth of finance and accounts knowledge to his role at Crowngate, reporting directly to the Global Financial Controller. Mudassar has a key role in the Accounts department at Crowngate, assisting the Global Financial Controller on all investment assignments and financial reporting, as well as initiating and maintaining relationships with banks and auditors within the GCC.
His has gained vital experience over the previous 7 years in the Textiles industry, at a multi-national level in both Pakistan & Egypt in an Accounting role and also holds an MBA degree in Finance & CPA Certification.
Saeeda Ashraf Khan - HRM & Office Manager
Saeeda is a key member of the Crowngate International team, with a special talent for identifying and resolving problems, due to her efficient working style, extremely personable nature and strong business discipline. Saeeda’s professional workplace approach strike’s a synergy between a higher corporate perspective and an employee standpoint, especially when designing HR policies and processes that support Crowngate’s corporate long-term and short-term objectives.
Saeeda’s skill-set specialises in employee engagement, business partnerships, employee training, organisation development and employee development roles and relations.
Saeeda has an excellent educational grounding with her Master’s in Business Management & HRM certification, achieved in the US.