Curlew makes four new hires

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Curlew Capital (Curlew), a UK-based alternative real estate development, asset & fund manager, has added four new hires to its team as part of its ambitious growth plans in the UK Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) sector.  

Curlew is targeting the delivery of c5,000 new beds over the next three years, significantly extending its existing UK PBSA footprint, which currently totals more than 3,500 beds across 14 schemes in established university cities.

David Allwood joins as Deputy Fund Manager from British Land, where he spent three years as lead development analyst, advising on acquisitions, development projects and wider regeneration schemes. Allwood will be working on investment strategy, analysis and underwriting for Curlew’s expanding investment and development programme.
Kristian Mills, formerly Head of South East Operations at CRM, joins Curlew in the newly created role of Director of Asset Management. Mills will oversee the asset management function across Curlew’s current PBSA portfolio, working closely with property manager Fresh Student Living.  Mills brings over 15 years of sector experience, having previously worked at Unite Group, Prodigy Living, iQ and Tipi.
As Director of Operations, Nigel Mogridge will work closely alongside senior management with responsibility for coordinating all operational aspects of the Curlew business, including marketing, HR, IT and compliance. Mogridge is a highly experienced real estate practitioner, having spent 35 years involved in asset management, development and investment activity. Alongside Mogridge, Emma Lander joins as Operations Assistant. Lander has signficant compliance and finance experience and joins Curlew from Seven Dials Fund Management, where she was Financial Assistant.
Paul Oliver, CEO of Curlew Capital, says: “This is a very exciting time for our business and by investing in new, specialist talent, we are able to augment our existing capabilities and put ourselves in a strong position to ensure we continue on our upward trajectory. The real estate sector is facing an unprecedented set of challenges as a result of COVID-19, but the long-term drivers underpinning the UK student housing market are overwhelmingly positive, which gives us the confidence as we embark on this next stage of growth.”
Having launched a first fund, Curlew Student Trust, in 2014, followed by CST2 in 2018, both of which were backed by clients of CBRE Global Investment Partners, Curlew has to date committed over GBP1 billion to the PBSA sector, representing more than 10,000 beds across 34 schemes in 22 major university markets; a mix of direct developments, refurbishment and forward fundings.