Rob West, founding partner, Clearbell Capital
West is a founding partner of Clearbell Capital, a member of the investment committee and a director of the manager. His
responsibilities include business development, capital raising, sourcing mainstream acquisitions and ESG. He also leads two separate mandates – CPRE and CST. West has more than 30 years’ experience in real estate, including the leasing, investment and asset management of approximately £2.3bn of UK properties.
West worked at Hawthorne West, an asset management operating partner which he founded in 2006 to manage UKCP, a £100m real estate private equity fund sponsored by Mountgrange Capital and Meyer Bergman. Before establishing Hawthorne West, he worked as an investment broker, initially with Nelson Bakewell (now Capita), where he ran the national business space division, and then as a founding partner of SG Commercial, a joint venture between the partners and Smiths Gore (now Savills). His broking clients included M&G, Legal and General, UBS, Threadneedle and Schroders.
The first five years of West’s career were at niche London advisor Daniel Watney. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1994 following a post-graduate diploma in property valuation and law from City University and a BA (Hons) in anthropology from Durham University.
West serves on the Court of the Clothworkers’ Livery Company with a focus on the company’s London property portfolio. The Clothworkers’ Foundation is the primary vehicle of charitable giving for the company and since 1977 has awarded capital grants of more than £135m.