Our Team

The Quarterbridge team have a broad diversity of educational and professional backgrounds – all bound by a shared passion to have significant impact in the market industry.


Raymond Linch B.Sc. (Hons) Civil Engineering

Joint Managing Director

Raymond Linch graduated in 1984 and spent his early working years based in France, developing supermarket and innovative market design throughout Europe, based on his guiding principle ‘good food should not be exclusive’.

Returning to the UK in ’92, Raymond designed and refurbished Doncaster Fish Market, Bolton’s Ashburner Street Markets and Bury’s Food Hall concurrently whilst designing fresh food retail environments for the big supermarket groups.

Raymond joined Quarterbridge in 1999 and now heads a multi-disciplinary team dealing in all aspects of market development strategies, business planning and implementation.

Raymond now leads market development teams for both public and private sector developments and is appointed as the London Mayor’s Special Market Advisor. He has won many accolades for successful market projects, which all
have a distinctive high-class continental look and feel.

Key Duties
• Market Development Project
• Management Retail Design and Specification
• Business Case Development and Delivery Market Specifications

Example Project Experience 
• Southport Market Hall – Redevelopment
• Market Harborough Market Hall – Redevelopment
• Doncaster Fish Market – Design
• Woking Market Walk – New Development


Jonathan Owen B.Sc. (Hons) Estate Management

Joint Managing Director

Jonathan Owen graduated with a BSc in Estate Management in 1976 before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. After working as an investment surveyor in the City and Projects Director for a West End property company he was the founding member of Quarterbridge in 1997.

His experience ranges from developing Shopping Centres to refurbishing historic Market Halls and he is a retained consultant to various Market authorities. He specialises in operational reviews, business improvement plans, valuations, development appraisals and funding partnerships.

Jonathan is a popular speaker at Market industry conferences.
He contributes regularly to the trade press and writes monthly ‘Market Matters’ articles published in Market Trade News.

Key duties
• Market Development Specifications
• Landlord and Tenant Negotiations
• Market Legals and Charter Markets
• Trader Liaison

Example Project Experience
• Accrington Market Hall – Redevelopment
• Birmingham Bull Ring Market – New Design
• Development Blackburn Market – New Design
• Development Woking Market Walk – New Development
• Darlington Market

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Hayden Ferriby

Commercial Director

Hayden has a wealth of experience in senior management within SME’s across a range of industry sectors and has considerable experience in business start-ups and business development. 

Through his work with marketing and PR companies, Hayden was one of the initial providers for experiential marketing using both shopping centres, retail parks and public space. 

Hayden joined Quarterbridge in 2010, heading the specialist in-house lettings department before becoming Commercial Director in 2013. 

As part of Quarterbridge’s award-winning multi- disciplined team, Hayden has been key to a wide range of successful and award-winning market developments, operational reviews and lettings campaigns. Covering an eclectic range of markets from street markets, specialist markets, food festivals, food halls and full-scale market hall redevelopments. 

Hayden believes that markets and food halls need to be seen as multi-functional social hubs, creating a centre for activity, entertainment, dining and shopping within the community. Each location, unique to its local community. 

With placemaking now at the forefront of regeneration projects, Hayden has been one of the leaders in working on market centred event- based regeneration projects. 

Recent major projects have included the award- winning Darlington Food and Drink Festival, and the redevelopment of the Wool Market in Doncaster which has created a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience for Doncaster. 

Key Duties
• Market Lettings
• Market Commercial and Operational Review
• Food Hall Design and Management
• Market Operational Design

Example Project Experience
• Southport Market Hall – Redevelopment
• Woking Market Walk – New Development
• Blackburn Market – New Development
• Doncaster Wool Market – Redevelopment

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Emma Forbes B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Science

Business Development Manager

Emma Forbes graduated the University of York in 2016 and joined Quarterbridge in 2017, after spending a year managing a Café in York where she lives. Emma has provided project support for the Wool Market refurbishment in Doncaster, overseeing the decant process, providing operational support to Doncaster Markets team and liaising with traders as part of the pre-letting exercise. She is also involved with various aspects of Markets’ online presence, running social media pages to increase public engagement and working closely with traders to help them maximise their online exposure, both through Quarterbridge produced websites and their own social media pages.

Key Duties 

• Business Planning
• Project Management
• Event Organisation
• Lettings

Example Project Experience

• Doncaster Wool Market
• Darlington Food and Drink Festival

Quarterbridge stand out from the crowd with an effective combination of knowledge, sector specialism and sound commercial understanding