Senior level appointment at the RO


The RO is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve White who joins the RO as Group Commercial Director.

Steve joins the RO from Grant Thornton Corporate Finance, where he was a Director, and one of the leaders of the Grant Thornton Corporate Finance Central team. He will primarily be based in the Group’s Potters Bar headquarters and will report to Group Managing Director Edward Rowlandson.

In his previous role at Grant Thornton, Steve spent time developing and leading the strategy of the firm in broader business development and ensuring Grant Thornton was engaged with both the commercial and public sectors.  One of his key tasks, beyond the conventional transactional remit of a corporate financier, was to better understand and build relationships with clients over the longer term.

His team at Grant Thornton was the most active team in the region, winning the Advisory Team of the Year in each of the six years to 2017 at the Regional Insider Dealmakers Awards. His primary focus was mid-market private company M&A and fund raising transactions, typically in the £3m to £50m range.

He was also a member of the executive leadership team for Milton Keynes, Northampton and St Albans offices, with a specific responsibility for Grant Thornton's markets activities in the region.

Commenting on the appointment Edward Rowlandson said:

Steve is a very experienced and well-respected corporate financier, and the RO is delighted to add someone of his calibre to the team.  He understands the importance of relationships and fully appreciates our core philosophy of being ‘in business to do business’. 

Over our 86 year history, the RO has invested in businesses across more than twenty trades and in this regard Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to our team, not only in his experience as a corporate financier, but as someone who has a track record of creating, maintaining and understanding the importance of relationships with a variety of different stakeholders.  

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Steve to the team and all of us at the RO look forward to learning from, and working with him in the future.
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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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