Chris Kilroy's property background started when he joined Connell Estate Agents in 1960 as a junior, aged 16. One year later he moved to another firm within Bedford as a negotiator and at the age of 19,
in 1963, Chris started his own business.

Over the next 23 years his company grew into a multi-disciplinary Estate Agency/Surveying business employing 120 people in twelve offices.

Bairstow Eves, the first Estate Agency in the UK to become a public company, purchased the business in 1985. After a two year service contract Chris left his old company and transformed ORS into an active land promotional company. He proudly claims his main interest in life, after his wife and family, is his fascination of winning at the planning game.



Kate Sylvester-Kilroy was made Planning Director of ORS in 1996 and is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Kate has been practising as a Town Planner since graduating from Reading University in 1994 with a Master of Philosophy Degree in Environmental Town Planning.

Prior to joining ORS, Kate worked for local Government and a planning consultancy which enabled her to gain experience in a broad spectrum of planning issues for residential, commercial and retail developments.

Kate is responsible for planning matters at ORS including the
co-ordination of development projects, selection and the approval
of planning consultants. Her role also encompasses promotion of development sites through the Structure and Local Plan process and approving the submission of planning applications, by the consultants, appeals and the negotiation of planning agreements.




Marcus Bates was appointed Director of ORS in 1998. Marcus was formerly a Director of Berry Bros, a firm of Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents, his particular responsibility with that firm was advice to clients on development land.

It was through that connection that Marcus was first introduced to ORS and saw the benefit to his landowner clients of the ORS method of operation.

Marcus left Berry Bros in 1992 to form his own land agency practice specialising in development matters which he continues to run in addition to his input as part of the ORS team.