Richard Croft is Executive Chairman of M7 Real Estate. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, capital raising and leads the real estate fund management function. In this capacity he sits on the GP board and investment committees of all M7’s funds in addition to numerous other M7’s JV boards.
Prior to the start of M7 Real Estate in April 2009, Richard founded Halverton REIM LLP (subsequently GPT Halverton), a European real estate fund management business which was sold to The GPT Group (an Australian listed property trust) in July 2007. At the time of the sale, the company employed circa 180 people across 10 European offices and managed over €2 billion of assets. Richard remained as CEO of GPT Halverton until 2009.
Before his time at Halverton, Richard was International Investment Director of The IO Group Ltd, Property Fund Management PLC (now Cromwell), and was responsible for setting up their international infrastructure.
Richard has been involved in over €12 billion of transactions across the UK and Europe during his 30 years of real estate experience.
In addition to his duties at M7, Richard is a Non-Executive Director of the International Property Securities Exchange (IPSX), The Red Cat Pub Company, The Pinnacle Group and a trustee of The Chicken Shed Theatre Group charity. He is a regular speaker at conferences across Europe, USA and Asia covering real estate and economics topics.
Richard is a member of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.