James Woolf

Founder, CEO

Flow East was established in 1990 by James Woolf, who moved to Prague after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. James was educated at Westminster School and the London School of Economics. Having moved to Prague he acquired a wealth of knowledge in the Czech business market. James built Flow East into one of the largest private British investors in the Czech Republic, currently employing more than 250 people. James occasionally leads business seminars at the Anglo-American University in Prague and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

David Chirnside

Partner, CFO

David joined Flow East in 1999 after previously being the regional CFO at Kingspan Building Products for CEE. David has a Law Degree from New Zealand and his previous experience includes management consultancy with Allied Domecq and Tetra Pak in CEE, and working with Amerada Hess, British Gas, and London Electricity in the UK. David is based in Prague and has extensive experience in team creation and leadership, debt raising, corporate restructuring, deal closing, and transaction structuring. David leads the managing directors for each of the group´s separate business lines and also the finance team. David is also the Honorary Consul of New Zealand in the Czech Republic.

William Bucknell

Managing Director Real Estate

Based in Prague, William is the Managing Director of Flow East Real Estate, having joined them in 2005 from Gardiner & Theobald.  William is an experienced asset and development manager, having overseen the growth of Flow East and delivery of over 300,000 sqm of development projects whilst working in the UK, Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine, he currently manages the extensive and mixed use Flow East portfolio of  500+ tenants across the CEE region. William was Chairman of the Board of the RICS in the Czech Republic from 2015 to 2022 and part-time lecturer at the University of Economics MBA in Real Estate.