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MD Blackbird RE. Resi'Dev' PRS, B2R & Invest' Consultant. Xword addict, Triathlonista & cyclist. Impatient controversialist. Good egg & Dad.
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I began my 35-year property career at Mann and Co in 1982. Since then I have worked as an advisor to a timber frame company 'Freedom Homes', land buyer, agent, facilitator, developer and investor both in London and the regions. Latterly, in 1998, I stepped in to run Keith Cardale Groves in Mayfair following their take over by KFH. Following successful brand transition and re-staffing, I started my own company specialising in planning gain, residential development and investment. I also acted as consultant and agent for others. In 2008, I joined Residential Land as Head of Consultancy.
It was to prove a prescient move with Ivanhoe Cambridge and Apollo Global Real Estate forming a substantial joint venture with RL and thus creating one of the earliest PRS investment vehicles with Bruce Ritchie’s company, and preceding the Montague Report. As Head of Consultancy at RL, I led on asset acquisition/disposal, strategy, analysis and reporting to institutional partners. Following my 3 ½ years at Residential Land, I have focussed on all types of residential investment, PRS and Build-to-Rent as an independent consultant. Interested in all aspects of the PRS, I have used my wide experience in the industry as a whole to advise on many aspects of this rapidly evolving sector analysing data sources to identify area’s of opportunity and corroborate investment metrics. Committed to the development of an affordable, enjoyable and viable alternative to buying, I am determined to collaboratively help drive the PRS to new levels of quality and service, and lead in creating a step change in the way we live and work in the UK. I'm a tireless in my pursuit of excellence and possesses a ‘can do’ attitude. A creative, strategic thinker with the ability to re-examine convention and embrace positive change using modern tools.
Outside of work, I am a supporter of the arts, crossword addict, keen runner, cyclist, 'triathlonista’ and general sports fan. I specialise in architectural history with a specific focus on Italian Renaissance, Art Deco, Modernism and Brutalism and have studied at Birkbeck University. I am a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and The English Speaking Union. I'm married, live in Hampshire and have three children.
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