Head of Research and Economics
I am the the Chief Economist at global property advisors Colliers International based in London. I am a research economist identifying timely research topics and directing research and forecasting outputs.
I have over 20 years UK and European property industry experience and extensive expertise across a wide range of property sectors and related industries.
I participate regularly in industry panel discussions, but am focused more on direct client engagement with institutions, property companies, banks, and private investors. A regular media commentator, I have a wide range of national and broadcast experience.
I joined Colliers International in August 2007 after several years at a private property company where he was responsible for managing a mixed portfolio of London residential, retail and office assets.
Previously, I worked in a few London property advisory firms, a geodemographic company as well as a few youthful sojourns in the US offshore oil industry, local government and entertainment business.
I am an economics graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his PhD from the Faculty of Science at University College London. I am a member of Lambda Alpha International and the Society of Property Researchers.
Perhaps best known for my alternative take on property economics and investment, I am a keen proponent of UK regional development and infrastructure investment.
Promoting Colliers International through publication and through client and industry speaking engagements.
British American Business Council – ‘Pre-inauguration briefing’ and ‘Trump’s First 100 days’ 2017
Industrial Agents Society – ‘The Northern Powerhouse – a place or an idea’, 2016
NHS Property Conference – ‘Leveraging NHS assets in a post-Brexit Britain’, 2016
PERE Europe 2017 Speaker
Topics of Publications
Commercial real estate economic outlook and trends
Property cycles & trends
Global economic climate
Macro views on pan-European region
Foreign investors in the European property market
UK regional devolution and the Northern Powerhouse
Redefining how research may be used to support agency and professional services business development.
Surviving the deepest economic recession in almost a century.
PhD (Faculty of Science) University College London; BA & MA (Economics/Geography) University of Texas, Austin
Memberships & Involvements
Society of Property Researchers, Lambda Alpha International
ABF plc, Barclays plc, MAN Group plc
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