We are a specialist team of straight-talking consultants, committed to creating value for our clients. Choosing JK means you’ll be looked after by one of our Directors, delivering a personal and responsive service throughout our instruction.

Kevan Carrick

BSc (Est Man) FRICS

Kevan is the main point of contact for many of our clients, expertly advising on their acquisitions and developments and acting as mediator and expert witness to resolve disputes on complex property projects.

Kevan is a chartered surveyor, with over 50 years of experience in the property market as an entrepreneur, mediator, and mentor. He is a registered mediator with the Civil Mediation Council, was shortlisted for the Commercial Mediator of the Year in 2021 and 2022 by the National Mediator Awards, and co-founded Northern Dispute Resolutions Limited where he applies his skills to resolve disputes, deliver community consultation and train post-graduate law students. Kevan has advised in the acquisition, planning, development and sale of many major regeneration schemes across the UK and is also a co-founder and chairperson of the North East Institute of Business Ethics.

Jennifer Welch

Jennifer is co-founder of JK and heads up the operational side of the business, also supporting our client teams with research, strategy, risk management and business development. 

Jennifer has over 20 years of national and international experience within the built environment working for RICS. She worked as Director for North & Midlands before heading to West Africa to set up a RICS presence in the region. Moving onto Asia Pacific as a trouble-shooter to improve operations, she later returned to Africa as the Director for SubSaharan Africa where she led on the adoption of international standards and business ethics across the region. As an experienced training and event management professional, Jennifer has also co-founded a training company offering CPD, and she regularly delivers coaching and mentoring for young professionals in the sector.

Dedicated experts on your side

From architects to planners, financiers to contractors, we can introduce you to our professional network or work with your existing partners. Our consultants can manage all the key relationships needed to ensure your project moves swiftly towards its goals, unhindered by unforeseen problems.

Expert advice for a fast-changing world

From the overhaul of planning rules after the financial crash to Brexit, COVID-19, Sustainability and Levelling Up, the world of property development is ever-changing. Many practices and ideas from just five years ago are obsolete or soon will be. By instructing JK, you can relax, knowing you’ll get solid, up-to-date advice on critical issues, which could make the difference between an unusable development and money in the bank.

“Kevan is an industry specialist who is well connected in his sphere … he has the ability to make the right contacts at the right level to bring projects forward and into delivery. Kevan is professional in everything he does and he has been particularly useful in assisting AHTO with developing a footprint in the North East.“

Linda Robinson

Managing Director, AHTO

“Kevan and his team provide invaluable help and assistance on both the obvious and the complicated. Always available, really helpful and responsive.”

Neil Milburn

Development Director, Barratt Homes

“Kevan provided Turner & Townsend with invaluable support when we relocated our Newcastle office. His knowledge of the local area, agents, market conditions and how to achieve the optimum solution was exceptional. We are truly grateful for his insight and support in finding us a fantastic new location for our team here in Newcastle. Kevan is a true expert and would highly recommend if you have any property-related matters.”

Darren Laybourn

Director, North East Strategic Lead – UK & Global Head of Healthcare, Turner & Townsend

“Genr8 has taken advice from JK Property Consultants for many years, whenever we have been involved in or considering development schemes in the North East, they have an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the market's requirements.”

John Early

Chairman, Genr8 Developments LLP

“JK Property Consultants helped us in our search as a new business to find the best possible premises and location in which to set up our artisan bakery. There was a scarcity of small units fit for the food hygiene needs. Their knowledge of the availability of units, and the help and guidance given, enabled us to find suitable premises from which to grow and thrive through a very challenging economic climate”

Steve Welch

Company Director, Bread&

“Tees Valley Combined Authority worked closely with JK Property Consultancy on the purchase of Teesside International Airport and on the development of the Southside business park on the site. At every stage, they were efficient, professional and thorough, helping us to easily navigate a complex and high-profile acquisition. I’d like to thank them for their assistance and would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending their service."

Julie Gilhespie

Chief Executive, Tees Valley Combined Authority

"I have known Kevan and JK Property Consultants for many years and have always experienced an expert, excellent and ethical service. We have most recently used JK Property Consultants to complete a substantial commercial property transaction and would not hesitate to recommend them. I am also aware of the work Kevan and the team do to provide advice and support around a range of property related matters which is equally as highly regarded."

Nicki Clark OBE

Chief Executive, We are UMi

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