Related Argent hires former Cushman CEO in advisory role

1st May 2024 | Jack Oliver

Urban regeneration specialist Related Argent has hired the former global CEO and president of Cushman & Wakefield, John Forrester, as strategic advisor to the board.

He will work closely with Tom Goodall, the firm’s chief executive, Kenneth Wong, the chief operating officer of Related Companies and chairman of Related London, as well as other executive directors to advise on and support the expansion of the Related Argent business.

Forrester brings 35 years of experience within the sector, working in property investment, development, and management. He has also previously worked closely with his new colleagues during Cushman & Wakefield’s 15-year tenure as office leasing agents for the King’s Cross Estate.

The news comes as Argent LLP has ceased operating, with its staff, assets, and projects having been transferred over to Related Argent, which has been operating in parallel since 2015. Related Argent has now also become the developer and asset manager of the King’s Cross estate, in addition to its existing role as developer and asset manager of Brent Cross Town, Heart of Hale and the recently-opened build-to-rent building, Author King’s Cross.

Tom Goodall, chief executive of Related Argent, said: “Today’s news cements Related Argent’s reputation as one of the leading property and urban regeneration businesses in the UK. John is a true titan of the property industry and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. His broad skills and understanding of global real estate markets is unrivalled and will be of enormous benefit to our business as we grow our development pipeline and plan for continued growth.”

John Forrester added: “Being appointed as strategic advisor for one of the most exciting and innovative property businesses in the UK is a fantastic opportunity. Having worked closely with many of the best people and projects throughout my career, I am delighted to now be supporting a business I have always admired and which has the ability to drive positive change for our cities and the people who live and work in them. The UK real estate market is crying out for scale solutions from proven developers and Related Argent is without doubt the leader in that field.”

Related Argent has a 21 million sq ft portfolio across a number of sectors including workspace, residential, education, retail, hospitality, leisure, and public realm.


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