has joined Capita Symonds as Associate Director to lead the
development of the company’s global real estate consultancy
Robin, the former property director at Cadbury’s and Chair of
the CBI’s Property Forum, has over 30 years’ experience in managing
large, mixed corporate property portfolios both across the UK and
His role at Capita Symonds will comprise the development of the
company’s global real estate consultancy offering which will
support international businesses in aligning their real estate
strategy with their corporate strategy, particularly at times of
significant change such as during a merger or acquisition.
The focus of the consultancy will be to use real estate as a
strategic tool to ensure effective operational integration, as well
as specific cost reduction and value creation opportunities. It
will also help corporate real estate teams look at how to manage
resources and the processes and systems that ensure high
performance global team work.
During his time with Cadbury’s Robin was a major contributor to
the creation, implementation and management of a £100m facilities
management contract; created and actively-managed a £35m p.a.
Occupancy Cost Reduction Programme; and created a £250m property
disposal programme from scratch.
Robin says: “On leaving Cadbury I was fortunate to have been
offered several opportunities, from all sides of the property
industry. However, I always felt Capita Symonds was going to play a
big part in my future, having been drawn to their strong mix of
professionalism, commercialism and personal relationships. I very
much look forward getting out there and helping both existing and
new Capita Symonds clients to achieve their goals.”
Neil McLocklin, Director of Consulting and Advisory Services,
Capita Symonds, says: “Robin is a fantastic asset to our team. His
understanding of the role of property in business aligns with our
goal to change the rules in property advisory services.”