Richard Gabelich

Founder & CEO

Richard has over 20 years’ corporate and commercial experience including over 15 years’ experience working in the student accommodation and property sectors devising strategy, leading teams and developing and operating projects. He advises private and institutional investors, developers and operators in the UK, US, Ireland, and Europe and has a passion for leading teams, developing strategy and solving problems. 


Richard’s experience makes him ideally qualified to advise on all aspects of property and student accommodation asset management as well as general governance, compliance and leadership matters.


Prior to SFG, Richard worked for global student accommodation provider Campus Living Villages (CLV) for over 12 years in various roles from managing the global investment fund vehicle out of Australia to running the UK business as Chief Executive Officer between 2015 and 2018.


During his time as CEO. Richard led a team of over 250 employees to operate and develop high-quality student accommodation in partnership with some of the UK’s top universities. Richard understands the importance of collaboration with university partners, as a part of CLV’s global executive team developed relationships with universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, the US and New Zealand.    

Together with Martin, in the UK, Richard has developed and won new business with the London School of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London, University of St Andrews, Durham University, University of Exeter, University of Bristol, Bournemouth University and several off-campus/direct let investments with joint venture partners.      

Whilst in Australia, Richard oversaw all global investment and fund management activities, as well as fund raising activities to existing and potential new investors including responsibility for governance, compliance and company secretarial matters. He also acted directly on a number of key developments and acquisitions of public procurement university-led student accommodation concessions.   

Prior to this, he has over 10 years’ experience as an infrastructure projects, commercial and banking lawyer at Australian private equity company, Transfield Holdings and major law firms based in Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.   


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