Our Company

Drake Commercial are award winning chartered surveyors and commercial property advisors, with nearly 150 years of combined experience.

Drake Commercial are market specialists in the industrial, warehouse, logistics, office and business space sectors, working throughout the UK but with particular expertise along the M1 corridor between the East Midlands and Northern Home Counties.

At Drake Commercial we build long term relationships, providing strategic advice to a wide ranging client base. Whether you are an institutional investor or have a small pension fund; a corporate occupier or a start-up business, we can offer our unrivalled experience.

Our philosophy is simple. We are Client focussed. Deal driven.

But don’t just take our word for it. Drake Commercial have received national recognition, winning EGI awards in 2019 for ‘Most Active Agent’ and ‘Deal Maker’ in Northamptonshire. Furthermore, Drake Commercial were the fifth Most Active Agents in the wider East Midlands Region, the highest placing non multi office practice.

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Our Team

Nicholas Roberts
Partner

Nicholas has approximately 30 years experience. He started his career at Berrys and then Countrywide, before joining the original Drake Commercial, which later became Bidwells, where he was Head of Business Space Agency for their Northampton office. After Drake Commercial was reformed, Nicholas re-joined in 2010 and is one of the original Partners.

Nicholas is a specialist in industrial, office and business space agency, investment and development work. He advises a range of both private and institutional clients and has been involved in the long term 650 acre mixed use urban extension of Wellingborough, known as Stanton Cross. Nicholas is a member of both the Industrial Agents Society and the Office Agents Society.

David Smith
BSc Hons FRICS
Partner

David has nearly 40 years experience in the commercial property market. David has held senior roles at Connell Wilson, Lambert Smith Hampton (Head of Office), the original Drake Commercial and Bidwells, before setting up his own development companies. Following a spell with Lambert Smith Hampton, David joined the reformed Drake Commercial in 2015.

David acts on a range of General Consultancy work but his primary focus includes Investment, Development, Lease Advisory and Valuation work. He is a Chartered Surveyor (Fellow) and a Registered Valuer. David is also a member of the Industrial Agents Society.

Tom Drake
BSc Hons MRICS
Partner

Tom has nearly 15 years experience working in commercial property. He started his career at Ladbrokes, specialising in Agency and Landlord & Tenant work on the companies UK wide property portfolio. He then moved into General Practice working for southern M25 firm Altus Maxwell Brown, specialising in office and industrial agency, before returning to Northampton in 2014.

Tom focusses on all areas of General Practice work, but his key specialisms include Agency, Lease Advisory and Acquisition projects. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Registered Valuer. Tom is Chairman of the East Midlands branch of the Industrial Agents Society, a member of the Office Agents Society and Vice Chairman of the RICS Hockey Club.

Joe Smith
BSc Hons MRICS
Partner

Joe has more than 10 years experience within the commercial property market. He began his career at Bidwells before subsequently moving on to BNP Paribas in Birmingham, where he worked in the Rating team. In 2011, Joe moved back to Northampton to join Lambert Smith Hampton where he spent 4 years specialising in industrial agency. Joe moved to Drake Commercial in 2015 and is now one of the Partners in the team.

Joe specialises in industrial and office Agency, Lease Advisory and Rating work. He also advises a number of occupier clients on their commercial property strategies. Joe is a Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Industrial Agents Society, where he sits on the Committee for the East Midlands branch.

Tony Drake
FRICS
Consultant

Tony has nearly 50 years experience, acting in senior roles with Connell Wilson, Lambert Smith Hampton, the original Drake Commercial and Bidwells. After reforming Drake Commercial in 2008, Tony is one of the original Partners of the team and his track record speaks for itself. A winner of the RICS Award for ‘Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty‘ and the IAS Award for Best Deal in Excess of 50,000 sq ft. He has also acted as an Ambassador for Northamptonshire.

Tony now acts as a consultant, specialising in the industrial and business space sectors, with a focus on Agency, Lease Advisory, Valuations and General Consultancy work. He is a Chartered Surveyor (Fellow) and a Registered Valuer. Tony is also a member of the Industrial Agents Society.

Tiffany Mason
Office Manager

Tiffany is our Office Manager and is responsible for the day to day running of our head office. She is vastly experienced in administration, accounts and management work and provides valuable assistance to the Partners on a range of matters. Tiffany is popular with and well respected by many of our longstanding clients and applicants, often acting as our first point of contact with them.