Meet our Property Team
As you sit before your screen, at least one of our property team is likely to be out scouring the country in search of your next investment opportunity. From property buyers and analysts, to property managers and lawyers, every investment has been hand-picked and thoroughly vetted by our dedicated professionals.
With a huge depth and variety of experience, and led by one of the UK’s top property experts, our team are more than equipped for any situation they might encounter. They review over 2,500 properties a month, select the best, and harness deep market knowledge to negotiate quality deals.
With a combined experience of 110 years, 31,880 units and £2.25 billion, you’re in safe hands.
Now is your chance to meet them.
Director of Property
35 years, 15,000 units and £1.1 billion
“I’ve seen the residential market at its best, and its worst. Since starting at Knight Frank in 1982, I’ve been through two recessions, and seen interest rates at 17%. This puts my feet firmly on the ground when assessing properties. With years of experience, and deep specialist knowledge, I’m as well equipped to avoid and to deal with difficult situations, as I am to identify exciting investment opportunities.”
Robert is one of the most experienced and respected residential property professionals in the UK. Formerly Global Director of Residential Investments at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), he also ran a £500m residential fund as Head of Residential Funds at Invista Real Estate. Before this, Robert spent 10 years at Savills heading a specialist team that managed residential investment portfolios. He also set up the Student accommodation investment team at Savills. Robert is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a member of the residential committee of the British Property Federation.
Rob also spent 13 years in the Territorial Army, and can often be found tearing across the country on his motorbike, searching for the best property investments for our community.
Director of Property
40 years, and £7+ billion of Acquisitions Investments and Disposals across Shopping Centres, Leisure and Entertainment Centres, Retail Parks, Supermarkets, Office Buildings, Industrial Estates and Trade Parks. UK, US and Germany.
Xavier is a Commercial Property veteran and is a well known name in commercial property circles. Xavier was the Joint Founder and Main Board Director at Capital & Regional PLC, a fully listed commercial property company, and has extensive knowledge of the UK commercial property markets. Known for his entrepreneurial spirit, he was also founder, and director of a publishing and poster advertising company, which subsequently became a listed PLC.
Xavier’s main leisure pursuit includes many happy hours simply standing in a river. He enjoys fishing ‘in the interest of conservation’ (…he never catches any)!
Property Acquisitions Director
33 Years 18,000 units £1 billion
‘I started work in 1985 as a property manager for BPT Plc, and my first job was collecting rents door to door in West Ealing, I rose through the ranks to become an Executive Board Director in 2002. I have since then worked in Fund Management, Property and Asset Management and Block Management for some of the UK’s largest Financial institutions. I have a huge depth of knowledge in all aspects of the residential market in the UK and beyond.’
With a career spanning over 30 years with some of the property industry’s most respected names, Jim has considerable industry knowledge and unique insight. Following a role as Executive Board Director at BPT / Grainger, he moved on to work for household names such as Invista, RBS and M&G.
Jim is a huge James Bond fan, and once served lunch to the late great Roger Moore at Pinewood studios.
Head of Property Management
10 years, 1,400 units and £290 million
“When it comes to managing our portfolio I believe in combining a strategic and commercially minded approach, to ensure the best returns for our investors, with a great service for our tenants. With this complementary approach, our investors have peace of mind and our tenants stay happy.”
Helen has extensive experience in managing properties and refurbishments, as well as tenants. She manages our portfolio of properties to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Helen used to work for the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, Grainger plc, in the Property and Asset Management team. She also ran a portfolio within one of the UK’s largest market-led residential investment funds, GRIP, in partnership with APG, who are Europe’s biggest institutional investor. As well as day to day management, she dealt with large scale, high value sales and acquisitions. Helen is an NLA (National Landlords Association) accredited landlord – a scheme which recognizes professional competency and continued best practice.
Helen is also a classics geek, and can read Latin and Ancient Greek. She’s an absurdly fast reader (a book a week), and this comes in handy when reviewing all of the paperwork that goes with each of our property purchases.
22 years, 6,000 units and £310m
“There’s no better training than starting out yourself and buying properties with your own money. Shrewd purchases must be twinned with expert management.”
When it comes to acquiring and managing property – Simon is a seasoned professional. Before joining Property Partner, he worked several years as Residential Asset Manager at Retirement Plus Ltd. He also spent a combined 15 years at BPT and Grainger plc; the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. He worked in the Retirement Solutions department at Grainger, and was responsible for a large portfolio of Equity Release properties across the South East and South West of the country. With the entrepreneurial spirit we value at Property Partner, he also set up his own property investment and refurbishment company, acquiring and running investment properties on his own account.
Simon is a keen scuba diver and spent several months volunteering on a small island off the coast of Malaysia, carrying out surveys on coral reefs and monitoring marine life.
Head of Property Legals
10 years, 1,000 units, £250M
“I deal with all the legal complications so that our investors don’t have to. I’ve dealt with a huge range of projects from social housing to multi-million pound developments”.
Swetha forms the legal foundation of our property team, having over 10 years of experience as a qualified property solicitor. She has experience in a wide variety of transactions from plot sales in large scale developments to multi million pound portfolio sales, purchases and re-finances. She has acted for Social Housing providers in the purchase of developments, purchases of regeneration sites and stock transfers involving over 400 units.
Swetha is a keen pianist, and enjoys going to the theatre whenever she can.
3 years, 750 units and £110 million
“I’ve had quite a wide range of experience already, from plush properties in prime London, to ones that require complete redevelopment.”
Ruman was the first person to join Robert on the property team. Fascinated by the idea of property crowdfunding after reading a news article about Property Partner, Ruman approached the team – and the rest is history. He is currently training towards his APC, which will allow him to become a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Ruman has a keen interest in property renovation projects. He’s already been involved with over 15, and managed two of them himself. He also holds the title of Property Partner Table Tennis champion, and used to play at national tournaments.
Property Acquisition Analyst
1 year, 250 units, £40M
“It’s about finding a balance – why will tenants want to rent our properties, and why will investors want to invest? I ask myself: Would I want to live there? Would I put my own money into this property?”
Our youngest member, David has worked for us since graduating from university. David helps review over 2,500 properties a month, applying our selection criteria to each before passing them to the wider team. He also assists in property research and putting together investment cases for each property on the platform.
Back at university, David was amongst the top 10 ranked swimmer for his event, the 200M individual medley, and competed at international meets, and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic trials.
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