After reading geography at Oxford University, Paul qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1981 and worked for 20 years in professional real estate consultancy in the City of London, specialising in valuation and investment advice to the banking and financial services sector. Starting his career with Dron & Wright, he was awarded the Jones Lang Wootton Travelling Scholarship in 1984 and spent a year travelling extensively. His research paper ‘British Investment Experience in Overseas Commercial Property’ was published in 1985 and sparked an ongoing interest in international real estate investment.
In 1985 he joined Weatherall Green & Smith (now BNP Paribas Real Estate), one of the UK’s leading firms of surveyors. In the 1990s he was head of Banking and Finance in the City of London office, specialising in providing appraisals and professional advice to bank lenders to the commercial real estate markets.
Paul was appointed Director of Studies at the College of Estate Management in Reading in 2001. CEM is the oldest and largest specialist in real estate education with a worldwide reputation and student base. Paul’s position at the College encompassed both managerial, business development and teaching roles and included extensive travel worldwide.
He was Chief Executive of NARA (the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers) from 2009 – 15 and has been Programme Director for the IPF/University of Cambridge (now Henley Business School) Diploma in Property Investment for the past six years. He is a consultant with Ian Bridge Consultancy in Oxford and a director of a property development company. Paul was awarded Fellowship of the RICS in 2005. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1998. He was a member of the RICS UK Education Standards Board for 10 years until 2013. He authored the RICS Red Book Guidance Note on the Valuation of Data Centres and the recent RICS Information Paper on Comparable Evidence in Property Valuation.
In his idler moments Paul walks (just completed the SW Coast Path, now circumnavigating Wales), travels to odd places, plays tennis and tinkers with (and occasionally races) old MGs.
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