RO appoints experienced property professional David Kershaw to leadership team

The RO is pleased to announce the appointment of David Kershaw as General Manager of RO Real Estate with immediate effect. David, who joins from Balfour Beatty Group, brings over 30 years of complementary management experience in property and construction. He will primarily be based in the RO’s London office, but will report directly to the Group’s Managing Director Edward Rowlandson, based in the family business’ headquarters in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

Amongst other responsibilities David recently worked on secondment as Programme Director to the Department of Health’s award winning Procure 21+/22 framework, for major capital expenditure, leading the cost reduction and efficiency and productivity programmes.

Further experience at Balfour Beatty includes the turnaround of under-performing business units; the integration of acquisitions; culture change; and the development of new systems including a company-wide project to enhance standards of health and safety. Most importantly his wide ranging skill sets, experience, commercial acumen and attitude reflects the RO’s corporate philosophy of being 'In business to do business'.

Commenting on the appointment Edward Rowlandson, Group Managing Director of the RO said:

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to David as he joins the Group. We are very proud to have such an experienced and respected professional join the team, bringing with him a number of core skills that will benefit the leadership team greatly. He understands the importance of committed relationships and shares our passion for team work, something he has demonstrated during the course of his successful career to date. 

David joins us at a time where our clear focus is to bring the constituent parts of the Group closer together, applying the 'In business to do business’ philosophy for greater collaboration, and to leverage better group wide relationships for the creation of new opportunities.

David Kershaw, added:

I was particularly impressed by The RO’s heritage and its passion for nurturing both long term external relationships, as well as its commitment to developing and training its employees. The Group continues to build on the strengths of its past and strives to be a leader in all the fields in which it operates. I hope to contribute to that future success and I very much look forward to working with the team.

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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