Claire Holmes | Colliers International | London - West End

Claire Holmes

Director | Head of Bid Team

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Professional Summary

Head of Colliers’ Bid Team, an award-winning business development service to deliver successful bids. Member of the Management team for the UK business. Co-leads on business development and marketing strategy. Framework Account Director (public sector frameworks and financial services panels).

Member of Colliers Corporate Responsibility (manages Social Value Charters on behalf of the UK business): Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group & Programme and Sustainability Steering Group. Works with Compliance regarding Clients' Supplier Audits and Certifications (i.e. ISO 27001). Account Manager in maintaining annual compliance of clients' supplier audits on Hellios (financial and retail services) and Avetta (financial services). Claire coaches people to pitch and is involved in Colliers training and development programme. Claire is a bid writer; manages pitch design and film production. Specialist Multi-lingual marketer with extensive global real estate track record in property marketing.

Awards: Colliers Bid Team won the "Business Services" EMEA 2018 awards. Claire won the UK 2017 "Client Service" award.  2019 Colliers Bid Revenue and Win-rate were a record high, following a 6-year continuous year-on-year increase. 

Previously worked in transactional teams: Office Agency & Investment; Development Consulting and Destination Consulting (Place making). Prior job appointments with CBRE and Savills.

Member of the British Property Federation (BPF) Business Development Forum; Winmark Marketing Directors Network; Corporate Executive Board (CEB) Marketing Leadership Council and Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP). Claire is involved in mentoring fellow bid personnel. Outside of work, Claire has been involved in chairing counselling calls for ladies support groups and stress management.

Colliers International is a global leader in real estate services with more than 18,000 professionals in 68 countries. It is a subsidiary of Colliers International Group Inc. (CIGI) which is listed on the NASDAQ and TSX as CIGI. In the UK and Ireland, Colliers has 900+ staff across 16 offices.


Awards: The Bid Team won the "Service Excellence" award at the recent EMEA 2017 Awards in Barcelona and I won the UK 2016 "Client Service" award presented in London

- 2019 Bid Revenue and Win-rate were an all-time record high
- Since Claire's leadership the Bid Revenue and Win-rate have continuously excelled over the last 6 years
- Colliers Bid Team has one of the highest long-standing 'Win-rates' in the industry
- Corporate Responsibilty Steering Group & sub-groups: managing change, social value initiatives and reporting
- Continuous improvement in framework management: KPIs, SLAs, Change Management, Reporting & Feedback





Colliers University, our proprietary education and professional development platform. Colliers University is a significant investment within Colliers to ensure our professionals maintain leading-edge skills that translate into improved performance and results for clients.
Other studies:  Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management (CMI) | current. 
CIM Dip-University College London; University of Oxford (English); Awarded a Record of Achievement by the National Council for Vocational Awards, Ireland (Business studies with languages). Languages: English, French and German.


Memberships & Involvements

APMP, BPF, Winmark Marketing Directors Network, CEB


British Property Federation, Cancer Research UK, CEB, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, ESPO, Grosvenor,  Homes England, NHS Commercial Solutions, Lloyds Banking Group, Manchester City Council, Metro Bank, Standard Bank, Ministry of Justice, TfL and TSB.


Cancer Research UK:  "Claire was instrumental in managing our national corporate real estate bid with a thorough understanding of our business model. Colliers has acted on CR-UK's behalf for over 15 years providing a long-standing senior team."




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