Biographies for Property Careers Seminar on 10 June 2020 Rupert Young (Jago, 1973 - 1983)
is the Development Director of Nurton Developments, a privately owned Birmingham based Property Company, where he has worked since 2008.
Rupert went to Portsmouth Polytechnic, as it then was, to study a BSc in Estate Management, graduating in 1986. He started work at Hillier Parker (now CBRE) in London later that year and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in March 1989, staying with the company ‘til late 2005, latterly as the MD of the Birmingham office of CBRE.
During his time at CBRE Rupert worked across office and industrial agency, advising property owners on marketing and leasing space and corporate occupiers and acquiring space, both in the West End and later along the M4 & M3 corridors. Later he specialised in the development function consulting with developers on office schemes before finally specialising in investment advisory, buying and selling income producing commercial properties for investors and advising developers on how to finance their schemes.
In 1994/5 Hillier Parker, like most of the larger London firms, started expanding into the key UK regional cities and Rupert was asked to move to Birmingham and lead the opening of an office in March 1995 being made a partner of the firm shortly afterwards.
Nurton specialises in three main areas being;
Value Add investment – buying outdated and unloved buildings, and investing in them to improve rents and create value.
Jonathan Manns (Fetherston, 1996 – 2003)
- Strategic Land Promotion – taking positions on land then securing planning consent and then either selling on if residential or developing out if commercial.
- Development – building office and industrial buildings – the latter through a recently acquired sister company Equation Properties.
Jon read History at the University of Sheffield and graduated in 2006. In 2008 he gained his MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) in 2010 and was named Young Surveyor of the Year in 2017. He qualified as a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) in 2012, before becoming the Royal Town Planning Institute’s youngest ever Fellow (FRTPI) in 2018.
He joined the London office of Knight Frank in 2008, working on Central London development and strategic land projects. He subsequently moved to GVA (now Avison Young) and Colliers International, where he became one of the firm’s youngest global Directors in 2014. He rose to become Head of London Planning where he increased project scale, turnover and profit through a focus on the promotion of tall buildings and 50,000 new homes. He also established their national Regeneration team, before moving to Rockwell in 2018.
He is Board Director and Head of Planning and Development at London-based mixed-use real estate developer Rockwell, where he takes part in strategic corporate decision-making on both a business and scheme-specific basis. In this role, he is responsible for bringing £2.5bn of new-build property through the pipeline from acquisition to construction.
Jon has been involved in a wide range of organisations and initiatives; and has become recognised as one of the country’s pre-eminent urbanists and an authority on England’s housing crisis and the green belt. Hannah Butler (Jago, 2006 - 2014)
Hannah read Geography at Cardiff University. It was here she developed an interest for the built environment and sought to find work experience across the sector.
After completing her degree, she undertook a summer placement at Hansteen Holdings, assisting with the asset management of their Birmingham industrial portfolio.
In 2018, she went on to study for a Masters in Real Estate at Reading University and later that year was offered a graduate position at Colliers International in London.
Hannah has now been with Colliers for nearly 2 years and currently sits in the City Investment team who specialise in the purchase and sale of office buildings in the City of London. Hannah is on the Commercial pathway with the intention of becoming RICS accredited by the end of the year (pandemic permitting!). Lucy Cullen (Saint Martin’s, 1998 - 2014)
While studying for her degree in Business Management at Nottingham University, Lucy did vacation placements with John Shepherd Estate Agents. After graduating, she was employed by them as a sales negotiator.
She has just joined taken on the role of Property Consultant with Esther Broomhall and Partners, launching a new agency with a former colleague.