Published on:

02 July 2024

Updated on:

02 July 2024

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1 minute

Gary Tailby

Managing Director

Tina Batham

Managing Director

Birmingham’s commercial property sector has donated thousands of pounds to child bereavement charity, the Ruth Strauss Foundation, following the latest in a series of cricket-themed fundraisers.

17 Not Out was the third annual instalment of an event, jointly hosted by OP and Bespoke Office Space Solutions (“BOSS”), which has raised in excess of £60,000 since it was first held in 2022.

More than 140 guests enjoyed lunch at local restaurant, Asha’s, with a mix of comedy, music and entertainment, headlined by broadcaster and former England captain, David Gower OBE. Other performers included singer-songwriter, Edwina Hayes, and commercial real estate lawyer and comic, Nick Tarlton.


Each attendee made a donation to the event’s Just Giving page to secure their place, with funds topped up via a charity auction featuring a range of sporting memorabilia.

The ‘Not Out' series was established by OP’s joint managing directors, Gary Tailby and Tina Batham, and business colleague Marcus Hayes, of BOSS, with the number attached to each event denoting each firm’s combined years in business.

Originally conceived as a means of thanking clients, friends and family for their role in supporting both companies, it has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in the region’s commercial property calendar.

Gary Tailby said: “When Tina, Marcus and I first had the idea for what was then 13 Not Out, we hoped we could put on an afternoon of fundraising and entertainment that people would enjoy. Three years on, we’re incredibly proud of what the series has achieved and hugely grateful for everyone who has been a part of it.

“The Ruth Strauss Foundation provides professional emotional support that is positively transforming the lives of people affected by the death of a parent. It’s been a pleasure to work in partnership with the charity in the last three years and to help make a difference.”

The Ruth Strauss Foundation was founded by former England cricket captain, Andrew Strauss, following the death of his wife from an incurable lung cancer. She was 46 years old and mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13.

The charity named in her honour helps to raise awareness of the need for more research and collaboration in the fight against non-smoking lung cancers and assists families facing the loss of a parent with professional emotional support.

Meet the Authors

Having spent over 25 years in the industry, Gary is a highly proficient leader, with an all-encompassing knowledge of the commercial property market. The list of major corporates he has worked for spans all sectors and reflects his passion for exploring fresh business opportunities and breaking new ground. An enthusiastic team player, as well as a leader and director, Gary is intent on making sure that clients always attain their vision.

With over 25 years’ experience, Tina is a recognised and trusted industry leader whose client portfolio spans a huge body of work. Having consulted across most sectors, Tina is proficient in identifying the best solutions; focusing and advising on any single project to achieve outstanding results. As managing director, Tina is a hands-on team player as well as a strategist and experienced business development professional.