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REACT News | Furthering your property education and career

November 19, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In partnership with The University of Manchester, join React News editorial director Chris Borland, and a panel of the UK’s leading lights and rising stars, who will be focusing on ‘furthering your property education and career’. Discussions will centre on post-graduate education, career progression and diversity.

The panel will be followed by an interview with high-profile guest speaker Franco Sidoli, a consultant at CBRE and a hugely respected figure who has been behind many of the stand-out deals in the industry over his career. Come and learn from the master.

Broader discussions will follow from topics including:

• The role of post-graduate education
• Skills, behaviours, and traits employers cherish
• The depth of careers on offer in property
• Industry’s relevance and diversity
• Nurturing future leaders

Guest Speaker

Franco Sidoli

Franco Sidoli

CBRE, Consultant

Franco is a Chartered Surveyor and a Consultant at CBRE . He co-founded Franc Warwick in 1988 at the age of 25 having started his career at Michael Laurie and Partners. Franc Warwick was the forerunner for today’s niche investment agencies. The firm consistently accounted for around 5 % of the UK Investment market turnover across all sectors with a small but focused team. The business was sold to CBRE in 2012 since which time Franco has remained there initially as an Executive Director and then latterly as a Consultant.


Elizabeth Opeagbe

Elizabeth Opeagbe

British Land Investment Analyst, and University of Manchester Masters Course Student

Elizabeth is an Investment Analyst at British Land, one of the largest property development and investment companies in the UK. She works on property acquisitions and disposals across the retail, residential and office portfolios. Alongside her role, she is currently undertaking a two-year online learning MSc in Real Estate at the University of Manchester. Prior to joining in February 2018, Elizabeth completed a summer internship at a US technology bank after graduating with a degree in Financial Mathematics at the University of Surrey.

Kathryn Cripps

Kathryn Cripps

Knight Frank Partner, Asset Management

Kathryn is a Salaried Partner with 12 years’ experience in the property industry; following 10 years in London Office Leasing, Kathryn now works in Knight Frank’s Asset Management team. Currently involved in a variety of instructions across London, Kathryn acts as a key advisor, providing consultancy advice to some of the industry’s most respected institutional landlords and developers. Kathryn sits on Knight Frank’s People Board, she is passionate about championing gender diversity and more modern working cultures within the firm and throughout the industry. In October 2019 Kathryn took part in EG’s Future Female Leaders programme where she presented a TedX style talk discussing how we tackle the lack of women in transactional roles. In September 2018 Kathryn ranked 34th in the Top 50 Female Future Leaders in the Financial Times Champions of Women in Business.

Tony Horrell

Tony Horrell

Colliers CEO UK & Ireland

Tony is Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International for UK and Ireland, a role he has held since 2010. He is responsible for the direction and growth of the business, which now employs over 900 people across 16 offices. Colliers’ business in the UK & Ireland has undergone significant strategic growth, both organically and through acquisition. Tony is a well-regarded real estate professional, with more than 38 years’ experience and extensive sector knowledge. He is passionate about providing clients with exceptional service and accelerating their success locally and internationally. With substantial experience in investment and capital markets, Tony launched the Colliers Global Capital Markets platform – an initiative that drives further collaboration cross border. He is committed to people in equal measure and drives the firm’s strategic objective of retaining and recruiting some of the best talent in the commercial property sector. He is the executive sponsor of the firm’s capital markets future leaders ACCELERATE. A member of Colliers International’s EMEA Board, Tony collaborates to set the vision and strategy for the company in Europe. Tony is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Will Dear

Will Dear

Crosstree Real Estate Partners, Partner

Will is a Partner at Crosstree Real Estate Partners, with responsibility for acquisitions and existing portfolio investments. Crosstree is a UK-focused investor across all real estate asset classes including hotels, offices, retail and residential. Will joined Crosstree at its inception in 2011. Prior to Crosstree, Will was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for five years within their investment banking division. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bristol.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester offer a part-time, online and blended Master’s course in Real Estate which gives you the skills and knowledge and confidence needed to compete in a challenging global market. We’re committed to ensuring that by the end of this course, you will add value to any business by providing leadership in solving business problems, rather than simply offering technical solutions. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and is designed to fit with your working life, the majority of this course is delivered through comprehensive online material, complemented by conferences twice a year, which provide exciting opportunities for teamwork, mentoring and international networking. To find out more visit MSc Real Estate.


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Chris Borland – REACT News editorial director