Head of University Advisory
Robert has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry and for the last 15 has specialised in providing strategic estates advice to the Higher Education sector.
Robert is a Chartered Management Consultancy Surveyor with particular experience in on-campus student housing partnerships, business cases, estate strategies, option appraisals, feasibility studies, capital funding bids, learning environments and space planning. Robert has advised 50+ universities in the UK and internationally, and 30+ Further Education Colleges, as well as local authorities, NHS trusts, museums, developers and investors.
Robert leads SFG’s University Advisory team, providing services to a range of Higher Education clients
Prior to joining SFG, Robert was at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) for eight years, where as Director of Higher Education, he led or advised many universities on projects that created or upgraded 14,000+ beds. For most of these Robert acted as lead advisor, and for others provided specialist input to produce demand and supply studies, service level agreements, and rental strategies. He has also advised student housing partners and investors on similar projects. Robert also produced non-residential estate strategies for six universities, provided strategic property advice for Further Education Colleges, and advised NHS trusts on residential partnership projects.
Prior to this, Robert spent eight years at Drivers Jonas and (upon merger) Deloitte, specialising in the Higher and Further Education sectors. Also, in the culture and heritage sector, he carried out option appraisals for museum collection storage facilities and produced business cases for major new exhibition capital projects. Robert also spent seven years as Commercial Manager of a UKAS-accredited surveying firm, and three years as a Senior Consultant for Bryanston Square, advising on Building Schools for the Future projects.
Robert currently serves on the Finance and Resources Committee of his alma mater, Cardiff University.
“From the start, everyone in Robert’s team was very easy to deal with. They offered guidance and advice, they project managed the process, helped us shape our decisions from the demand analysis through to options and recommendations to procuring the funders. Their understanding of the education market helped us articulate what we wanted which translated to securing the best deal for our University. They convinced all the stakeholders that the route we were taking was the right one, that we know what the risks were and how to manage them, resulting in what will become first class student accommodation. They helped us turn our vision into reality. I and the team are extremely happy with the strategic input and sector intelligence that Robert and his team introduced to our programme of works.”
- Richard Griffiths
Deputy Director of Finance
University of Leicester
Robert's Project Involvement