Commercial Property and Real Estate
Richard provides Politas clients with 25 years of specialist experience at identifying and delivering strategic commercial, industrial, and mixed-use real estate projects across the globe. His career as a development manager has taken him from the United Kingdom (UK) to the United States (US), United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Afghanistan. His work has resulted in the physical construction of industrial estates, business parks, and hotel/residential facilities – with and without the assistance of public funding and various incentive programs.
Richard is adept at bringing investors, tenants, and key players together by adapting and applying his experience to suit the on-the-ground realities of each country. Infrastructure and real estate is the physical mainstay of any city or special economic zone and provides the functional space for housing the investment, jobs, products, revenues, and hopes for the future.
Richard has worked in both the public and private sectors as an employee, consultant, and secondee. Illustrative public-sector roles include providing specialist in-house advise to the Mayor of London and Abu Dhabi Municipality. For the private sector, Richard has worked for UK and UAE-based real estate consultancies and for a notable UAE Sheik as the client’s representative during the challenging 2008 – 2011 economic crisis, overseeing the day-to-day delivery and asset management of a USD2bn portfolio. Richard has also implemented and delivered various noteworthy consultancies and projects for the World Bank, UK’s DfID and FCO, USAID, and the US Departments of State and Defense. His passion is to deliver physical space in challenging environments that houses commercial businesses producing the products and generating revenues vital to ensuring “job security” amongst local populations.
Richard earned his First Class Honors degree in Urban Estate Management from Westminster University, London, is a UK qualified Chartered Real Estate Surveyor and a member of the Worshipful Company of Surveyors; a Livery Company of the City of London.