Jim McAllister is the Chief Executive of The Rutland Group, a family owned property development, investment and management company which he founded some 35 years ago.
As an environmentalist, Jim has always recognised that his development activities may impact on the environment and the communities in which he works. He sees this as a force for good, enabling him to influence and ensure that the environment is always protected and enhanced. This goes to the heart of Jim’s business philosophy and corporate social responsibility. Jim has chaired a number of environmental conferences and co-published various papers on Intelligent Buildings, The Intelligent Workspace, The Workplace Forum and Transport and the Environment.
Arising from Jim’s environmental interests, the Group is the winner of a significant number of awards for its projects, both for landscaping and buildings, including the holder of the highest number of points awarded for the construction of an environmentally sound office building (BREEAM rating). The Group also has the distinction of creating and donating to the people of West London the largest public park to be built in London in the 20th Century.
The Group’s ambition to create an exemplar Garden Village at Dunsfold Park, in place of an existing aerodrome, won the prestigious Francis Tibbalds Prize and has garnered support from Friends of the Earth, the Town & Country Planning Association and eminent climate change scientists at Cambridge, Surrey and East Anglia universities.
On a personal level, Jim is a keen sportsman and has represented both Scotland and Great Britain internationally. He is a founding Trustee & Vice President of the Community Foundation for Surrey and a Liveryman of the Painter Stainers & the Gunmakers.