Meet The Team

Our team of dedicated professionals have a combined 50 plus years in the global property market, and are here to guide you through your investments.

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 - Global Financial Controller

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 GFC, 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.

James Homan - Business Development Director

James is a graduate of politics from the University of East Anglia and began his career in Investment Banking in London, he first diversified into real estate 15 years ago, and has enjoyed various senior roles within the industry.

James has presided over many sales and marketing operations and campaigns for Crowngate, his abundance of experience, gained from working in the real estate markets in the UK, Europe, Western Africa and the Gulf area, has placed a focus on using his extensive contacts in the UAE and beyond, to expand our global agent and client network, presenting our investment products and UK property developments.

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.

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