Ahead of Milton Group’s inception in 2009, Paul Milton’s 25-year career spanned 40 countries in international real estate, resort and conservation markets on behalf of governments, global philanthropists, impact investors, national parks and NGOs. During this time, he has owned and operated renowned multidisciplinary development management, design and planning firms that included US-based Hart Howerton, Sherwood Design Engineers, in San Francisco and New York and Broadway Malyan Africa, in Johannesburg.

From a childhood spent in rural Scotland and then living in Africa for 18 years, Paul always retained a close personal connection with the African landscape, its wildlife and its people. From his San Francisco base he was drawn back to the continent by a desire to share his experience in sustainable development and help shape new models for sustainable African tourism.

At the time of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Paul was working with the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the iconic Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, delivering a new business plan for sustainable tourism. He witnessed firsthand the risks of sole reliance on donor-funded conservation models and saw the need for a new approach; one that underpinned the needs of the environment and community with long term economic sustainability.

Recognising the need to effect change, in 2009 he formed Milton Group, accompanied by Tom Palmer. The purpose was clear…

A new approach to tourism investment built on measurable social and environmental impact.

Our Team

Today, this purpose remains, however our team has grown. Our group of likeminded individuals deliver a unique ‘cradle to grave’ service that is built on long term personal and professional relationships. We are specialists in strategic investment, asset management, project positioning, sustainable design and development management.

We have a global network of specialist professionals who have worked with us for over two decades as either consultants or partners on the investment programs we lead. This allows us to be agile and deliver a boutique service to global leaders in the impact investment, real estate and conservation communities.

We are pioneers and entrepreneurs with a deep and genuine desire to integrate business thinking with the need to save our planet’s diminishing terrestrial and marine environments.

Paul Milton

Paul is a thought leader and a high-level strategist, dedicated to developing innovative and measurable investment models within areas of conservation and global natural resource. Our firm acts as a catalyst and partner, attracting like-minded people to collaborate and utilise natural and social capital platforms to maximise investor balance sheet values, protect environments and integrate community uplift.

Paul is the founder of Milton Group LLC US and Milton Advisors Ltd UK; co-founder of One Planet.com, a digital sustainability platform using graph based technologies; a member of the board of the US firm Hart Howerton LLC, based in New York and San Francisco; co-founder investor of Sherwood Design Engineers LLC in San Francisco and New York, innovators in sustainable design; a director of Grumeti Construction Ltd in Tanzania; and an advisor to Frankfurt Zoological Society; and the African Community and Conservation Foundation (ACCF).

He collaborates on matters of conservation with TUSK, Peace Parks Foundation and the Royal Africa Society. He is invited regularly to speak on matters of conservation and tourism in Africa.

Hayden Vivash

Hayden is a leader and commercially astute CFO with a range of international experience. Prior to joining Milton Group, he was a main board director for over 5 years for the UK, Ireland and South Africa markets at Philips.

Hayden manages relationships with investors, African government officials, development agencies, local banks and legal advisors. He heads up project due diligence including treasury, budgeting and planning; tax structuring; asset and risk management; controls and compliance and external audit.

As a consultant to Milton Group and a CFO for conservation, real estate and hospitality development in Africa, Hayden represents several family offices’ interests on projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. He leads the team’s financial and management reporting and investor liaison and is a passionate advocate for the continent’s potential.

Oliver Nicoll

Oliver joined the team in 2018. He is an Oxford graduate and holds a master’s in real estate finance from Cambridge. Prior to consulting for the Milton Group, he worked in London, Singapore and Mongolia in real estate private equity and development.

Oliver’s background ensures that project feasibility and investment models deliver best-in-class thinking, target highest yields and comply with all international standards. He leads the team’s financial reporting, investor information production and distribution.

Debra Thomas-Levine

Debra is a specialist in project coordination, procurement and logistics for high-value tourism developments in remote environments. She is responsible for the operational country set up for new developments and heads up pre-opening services prior to hospitality operator hand over.

Debra’s background is in hospitality and hotel management. Prior to joining Milton Group, she spent 6 years as Head of Resources and Logistics at Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, coordinating all service departments and providing support to the tourism division, which comprised three 5* lodges at the time.

Tom Palmer

Tom has worked alongside Paul for over a decade; originally as a Senior Associate at Hart Howerton London, and with Milton Group since its launch in 2009. He is a development advisor specialising in sustainable tourism and public-private conservation business plans. Tom thinks at a holistic landscape level integrating a career of large scale land planning with developing best and highest use land programs that achieve economic sustainability.

As part of our global interests Tom formed the Sydney office in 2016 with the goal of broadening our reach in sustainable development to the Asian region. He is also one of the founding partners of Ngarra; a responsible development company based in Sydney with an active project in Tasmania.

He’s passionate about outcome-based impact investment and the role of the private sector in protecting the world’s natural and cultural assets.

Marcelo Julio

Marcelo has a background in engineering and brings to the team an array of technical skills that include engineering oversight, GIS mapping, detailed design drafting and documentation.

He is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in Business and Project Management and has worked across the world in a diversity of sectors including oil, gas and manufacturing.

He is passionate about technology and its role in conservation and is constantly bringing new approaches to systemisation and office protocols to the business.