Paul founded Curlew in 2011 to focus on the emerging alternative sector of real estate investment. He has over 40 years’ experience in development and investment management in both the UK and Europe. He has been at the forefront of the establishment of collective investment schemes, mainly unlisted funds, since 1988.  


During the 1980’s he led commercial real estate development teams in predominantly shopping centre schemes, following which he moved to head up Dusco alongside Chairman Dik Dusseldorp, founder of Lend Lease PLC. Paul then established Equity Partnerships Ltd, promoting and managing non-listed real estate vehicles, which merged with Teesland Group in 2000. In 2002 he launched Teesland PLC on the London Stock Exchange, growing funds under management to €6.5 billion before sale to Valad in June 2007.

Previous Appointments:

Valad Europe Ltd, Teesland PLC, Teesland Group, Equity Partnerships, PIL Invests, Dusco, Guardian Properties Collective Investment Schemes (Funds, JVs and Partnerships): 27 UK and European schemes since 1988 in the following sectors: 10 Shopping Centres; 5 Multi-let Industrial; 4 Student; 3 Private-rented Residential; 2 Development; 1 Leisure; 1 Serviced Apartment; 1 Mixed UK Commercial.

Other Appointments:

Non-Executive Director of Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc


Brett is Chief Investment Officer of Curlew Capital. Brett has over 35 years of institutional investment experience. Before joining Curlew, Brett founded Seven Dials, a property research and consulting company. Prior to that Brett worked at AXA Investment Management where he was Director of Quantitative and Structured Products.


He joined AXA IM following the takeover of his previous employer Guardian Royal Exchange, where he was a Director of Guardian Asset Management with responsibility for £7bn of Life Fund assets, including £700m of property.

Previous Appointments:

AXA Investment Managers S.A., Guardian Royal Exchange PLC

Other Appointments:

Director at Seven Dials Fund Management Ltd

Head of Investment Management

Ian is Fund Manager for the Curlew Student Trust and a strategic adviser to Curlew Communities.

He launched the iQ student platform for Quintain PLC in 2005 where he ran that award winning business until its sale in 2014. Before that he worked in both property and equity markets for Prudential , M&G , as well as the Unite Group PLC in corporate development. He has lectured in both the UK and China on property and equity investment.

Previous Appointments:

Quintain, M&G, Unite Group PLC

Head of Development

Jim Sutherland joined Curlew in early 2015 to head up the development team.


He brings some forty years of experience in direct and indirect development across all sectors of the UK commercial property market, specialising more recently in the branded hotel sector. As a founding director of Hospitality First, which provides hotel management and property services to clients, Jim has worked with many leading hotel brands including IHG, Accor, Best Western, Premier Inn and Travelodge.

Previous Appointments:

3i Commercial Properties Ltd, J Henry Schroder Wagg, Guardian Royal Exchange


Other Appointments:

Director at Hospitality First

New Business & Corporate Advisory

Having worked with Paul Oliver intermittently since 2002, Dan joined Curlew in 2013 to work on corporate initiatives, including new business. He is currently focused on Curlew’s new PRS fund launch, ‘Curlew Communities’.

Dan brings to Curlew 12 years experience as a ‘sell-side’ real estate equity analyst with an in-depth knowledge of property investment, development, fund management and service enterprises, both public and private. In his previous Real Estate Equity Markets Analyst positions with Liberum Capital, Singer Capital and investment bank Peel Hunt, he has been involved in pre-IPO structuring, flotations, secondary fundraisings and advisory projects. He also founded a ‘smidcap’ credit research business.

Previous Appointments:

Liberium Capital Ltd, Founder, Arlington Street Research Ltd, Singer Capital markets Ltd, Peel Hunt Ltd

Director, Acquisitions & Investment

Charlie joined Curlew in the summer of 2018 and is leading the acquisitions function across the Curlew Capital and Communities teams.

Charlie is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 9 years’ experience in Real Estate, the majority of which has been focused on the UK Residential sector, more recently specialising in Residential Capital Markets at JLL since 2016 and prior to that BNP Paribas Real Estate. He has been involved in over £800m of Residential land, forward commitment and investment transactions, covering a broad range of schemes totalling over 3,700 units across the UK.

Previous Appointments:

JLL, BNP Paribas Real Estate, FHP

Head of Project Management 

Nick has established CST’s SPEC 2020 – a bespoke guide to creating top class student accommodation. He currently acts as Project Manager on Curlew’s schemes and monitors CST’s forward funding programmes.

Prior to working with Curlew, Nick Project Managed a number of high profile projects in the UK across a range of sectors. These include the iconic Tate Modern, redevelopment of London Heathrow Terminal Airside1, development of London Heathrow Terminal 5 Baggage Handling, redevelopment of London Luton Airport, construction of the new Acute Wing of the Whittington Hospital and the development of a project management system for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Previous Appointments:

Development Director

Greg joined Curlew in the summer of 2018 as a Senior Development Manager in the Curlew Opportunities team.

Greg previously worked for Brookfield Multiplex on a number of high-profile schemes including One Blackfriars. Prior to this, he worked on two large scale PBSA schemes delivering over 1000 beds

He graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in Construction Management and Surveying.

Previous Appointments:

Brookfield Multiplex.

Director Of Operations

After a career in real estate encompassing asset management, investment management, acquisitions and development management, Nigel joined Curlew in March 2020 to undertake a the broad role of steering and coordinating the various operational aspects of the company.  These responsibilities include HR, IT, compliance and PR/marketing and occupational premises.

Previous Appointments:

Cromwell Property Group, Valad Property Group, Teesland plc, Mission Management Ltd, Guardian Royal Exchange Properties.

Senior Development Manager

Andrew joined Curlew in April 2020 and primarily will be integral to the delivery of Curlew’s Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (“PBSA”) development programme.

Prior to this move, Andrew was formerly the Development Director at Yelverton Properties, the
commercial investment and development business where he spent 22 years, more recently
delivering schemes totalling over £100 million. These projects include the redevelopment of both
Exeter Football Club and Exeter Cricket Club for PBSA, the latter in partnership with Curlew.

Previous Appointments:

Yelverton Properties.

Director Of Asset Management

Kristian Mills was appointed in April 2020 to take responsibility for the management of Curlew’s two
PBSA funds. A true PBSA specialist, Kristian has 15 years experience in this sector having worked
with some of the UK’s largest PBSA owner-operators including iQ Students, Greystar, and UNITE.
More recently Kristian was Head of Operations for the South East and London at CRM Students.
Kristian is an MA Graduate in Human Resource Development and brings to Curlew a valuable
grounding in all aspects of site and team management which he has built throughout his extensive
career in PBSA.

Previous Appointments:

UNITE, Greystar, IQ Students, CRM Students.

Deputy Fund Manager

David Allwood joined Curlew as the Deputy Fund Manager in May 2020 from British Land where he had worked as their lead development analyst, advising on acquisitions, discrete development projects and wider regeneration schemes across a range of asset classes.

At Curlew he is now responsible for assisting with investment strategy, providing financial modelling, analysis and underwrite for Curlew’s expanding investment and development programme.


Dave holds a MPhil degree in Real Estate Finance and an MA in Land Economy from St Catharine’s College Cambridge.

Previous Appointments:

British Land, Montagu Evans, Barclays Capital.

Commercial Director

Robert is responsible for Curlew’s non student lettings and for certain corporate governance, due diligence and insurance matters.

He is a Chartered Surveyor with 35 years experience in the commercial property world of agency, lease advisory and corporate real estate. He was a Partner and Director of a number of leading firms including Jones Lang LaSalle and BNP Paribas.

Previous Appointments:

Jones Lang LaSalle, BNP Paribas Real Estate

Head of Underwriting

Since 2013 Natasha has provided in-depth analysis on pricing PBSA and PRS and now heads acquisition underwriting for CAAM’s new PRS fund, Curlew Communities.

Natasha has operated in the student and residential investment sector for over 18 years. She trained with Savills, gaining residential and commercial experience, before being promoted to Director, heading the student and residential investment department in 2010. Natasha’s experience spans all aspects of acquisition, disposal, leasing, valuation and strategic consultancy including working on the set up of a European student fund.

Previous Appointments:


Senior Investment Analyst 

Ujwal joined Curlew Capital early 2016 and works in the investment team. Prior to this, he worked as an M&A investment analyst within the real estate/corporate industry at REGUS, assisting origination through to execution on a range of deals including debt financing.

He is highly numerate with a particular strength in financial modelling having graduated in Accounting and Finance from Cass Business School, London.

Previous Appointments:

REGUS, HP International Bank

Investment Analyst

Matthew joined Curlew in 2018 as an investment analyst assisting with investment, forward funding and development deals by analysing data, and undertaking market due diligence.


Prior to this, he was a data analyst for the CBRE Student Accommodation valuation team where he was responsible for all data related enquiries. He also graduated from the University of Reading with a masters degree in Real Estate

Previous Appointments:

CBRE Ltd, Knight Frank Kuala Lumpur

Senior Financial Controller

Shazim joined Curlew in 2017 as Senior Financial Controller for the Curlew Student Trust.


Prior to this, he was Financial Controller for Round Hill Capital’s Nordic Commercial Fund. He brings significant Real Estate Fund Finance experience having previously also worked at Schroders on their UK listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Shazim qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC

Previous Appointments:

Round Hill Capital, Schroders, PwC

Fund Accounting Manager

Daniel joined Curlew in December 2015 as a Fund Accountant; he is responsible for monitoring and managing the Curlew Student Trust’s cashflows, debt covenants, while assisting Brett with lender and administrator relationships.


Prior to joining Curlew, Daniel worked for Amber Infrastructure (Fund Manager for a FTSE 250 Company) as a Project Accountant, gaining relevant experience in the PPP/PFI and SPV industry. He was responsible for maintaining the accounts of the Wind Farm Offshore Projects and Property Investment project. Daniel’s technical experience allows him to deliver quality financial statements, quarterly board packs and bank reporting. He holds BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Greenwich, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Previous Appointments:

Amber Infrastructure

Operations Assistant

Emma Lander was appointed as Operations Assistant in March 2020.  Emma started her career at Clydesdale Bank as a Business Associate before joining Allied Irish Bank in Compliance.  Immediately prior to joining Curlew Emma worked at 7 Dials Asset Management as Finance Assistant, working for the CEO and CFO on fund administration and compliance.  She joined Curlew to work alongside the new Director of Operations on a wide range of administrative and operational matters ranging from IT through HR to Compliance.

Previous Appointments:

Clydesdale Bank, Allied Irish Bank, Seven Dials Fund Management

Kirsten Damant
Intern, Development Management

Kirsten holds a BSc degree in Property Studies and is embedded in the Curlew Opportunities development team to complete her Masters degree in Real Estate.  As such she undertakes financial analysis for the team and assists in all other aspects of the development process.

Previous Appointments: