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John Sykes

Founder & Trustee

Andrew Strong

Trustee

Annabelle Sykes

Trustee

Charlie Sykes

Trustee

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John Sykes

Founder & Trustee

Born in Reading in June 1971, John attended Alfred Sutton school, before leaving school to work at 16. As any true entrepreneur does, John began his business dealings at a young age, where from the age of 9 he was developing his business acumen, initially setting up the school’s first ever tuck shop! From here his ideas and inspiration continued to grow with several successful businesses.

In the 90s, he acquired his first property asset of four apartments in Reading (still owned today), before starting a successful property services business shortly afterwards. By 2014, he had amassed a significant UK wide real estate portfolio and after much careful thought and consideration he founded the John Sykes Foundation. John’s real estate portfolio continues to grow as well as his investments in other trading businesses, all of which are facilitated through Sykes Capital Ltd, his investment vehicle.

Outside of business family is his priority and with his wife Sally they have four children, Annabelle, Charlie, Jessica and Little John. John is heavily motivated and influenced in his actions by his late father, has an underlying passion for the town of Reading, and has pledged to donate at least 20% of his wealth to the John Sykes Foundation.

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Andrew Strong

Trustee

Andrew is the CEO of Sykes Capital Ltd and has worked closely alongside John since 2001 when they first met after Andrew applied for his first serious job at the age of 20. From here Andrew quickly become a key individual within John’s trading businesses and is John’s senior advisor on his personal and business activities.

Andrew is married and has two children, James and Katie. Outside of work his principal interest is road cycling where he regularly participates in endurance cycling events sometimes in excess of 250 miles in one day.

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Annabelle Sykes

Trustee

Born in Reading in September 2000, Annabelle is John’s eldest child who became a Trustee on her 18th Birthday. Annabelle is also an Investment Director within Sykes Capital Ltd.

Like Charlie, she has involved herself in charitable work from a young age having been brought up in a philanthropic environment. At the age of 14 she travelled through Mumbai, India on a project supporting local street children, and has enthusiastically involved herself with the Foundation since it was formed in 2014.

Annabelle has a keen interest in sport, is an accomplished swimmer and water skier. However, her passion is running where she competes in long distance road running and triathlon events.

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Charlie Sykes

Trustee

Born in Reading in June 2002, Charlie is John’s second eldest child and became a Trustee on his 18th Birthday. He is also an Investment Director within Sykes Capital Ltd, being greatly inspired by his Father.

Like Annabelle, Charlie has been engaged in the Foundation from a very young age having also travelled through Mumbai, India supporting street children; learning about their way of life and what he could do to help. Furthermore, Charlie organised a Reading charity run in 2015.

Charlie is an accomplished private pilot, who first started learning how to fly at Blackbushe Airport when he was 14. He become FAA qualified at the age of 17, during which he completed multiple cross country solo flights.