Further growth at the RO with appointment of new Head of Property Management

Ben Carey Smith

The RO is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Carey Smith who joins RO Real Estate as Head of the Property Management team. Ben has over 10 years post qualified experience in property and asset management across all sectors with a particular emphasis on Grade A offices and retail.

Ben joins following a five year spell in Jersey, Channel Islands where he held the role of Associate Director for BNP Paribas Real Estate, managing a small team responsible for commercial property management in Jersey and Guernsey and supporting acquisitions and disposals across a portfolio in excess of £100 million.

Prior to working in Jersey, Ben was London based for 10 years with roles at JPW Real Estate, Capita Symonds and King Sturge, working on commercial, residential, out-of-town retail, shopping centres and leisure assets for a broad range of major funds, private companies and family offices.

Ben is a Chartered Surveyor, having gained a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from the University of Reading and is an active member of the Reading Real Estate Foundation, currently acting as a mentor to an MSc Real Estate student.

David Kershaw, General Manager, RO Real Estate commented:

We are really pleased to welcome Ben to the RO team. He is an experienced professional with a number of key strengths that we value highly, including a proven ability in adding value through property and asset management. He has excellent interpersonal skills and a keen attention to detail. Importantly, we feel that Ben also embodies the spirit of the RO, as always we look for team members who really understand and wish to champion our ‘in business to do business’ philosophy.
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RO Real Estate and its various sister companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the RO which is a family owned group of companies established in 1932.  The RO has always invested in a diverse range of interests which today embraces commercial property, housebuilding, holiday lodges and financial services.

RO Real Estate, the commercial property division, has built over 1.1 million sq ft to date and currently manages c700,000 sq ft of office, industrial, retail and hotel accommodation.  All acquisitions are funded through its existing cash resources, meaning that it is able to move quickly if the appropriate investment criteria are met.

RO’s housebuilder, Metis Homes, builds modern homes with traditional values and has created a diverse portfolio of bespoke, high quality homes in prime locations – from traditional properties in rural settings to contemporary town centre schemes. 

In 2017, Metis’ achievements were recognised at the What House Awards, acknowledged by the industry as ’the housebuilding Oscars’, where they were presented with the Gold Award for Best Small Housebuilder.

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