InFocus: Roger Carey

Roger Carey, of the Carey Family Charitable Trust, talks to the RREF Development Team about his philanthropic relationship with RREF and his own background in real estate.

By Chris Pyrah, Development AssistantRoger Carey

Since 2015 the Carey Family Charitable Trust has been generously supporting RREF through the provision of an annual scholarship awarded to a Masters student studying Real Estate & Planning at Henley Business School, University of Reading.

Now in its second year, The Carey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship has proved itself in making a substantial difference to the academic, professional and personal lives of those who have received it. .

We were able to catch up with Roger Carey, Trustee of the Carey Family Charitable Trust to ask him about the work of the Trust, and how they view their support for RREF.

What motivated the Carey Family Charitable Trust to support RREF?

I set up the Family Trust a few years ago to benefit good causes generally, but was particularly interested in supporting RREF as I had spent my entire career in property and wanted to put something back into the industry.

What prompted you to pursue a career in Real Estate?

Shortly before I was due to leave school in 1963, the "Careers Master" thrust a letter into my hand suggesting I apply for the post of Trainee Land Agent with the Worcestershire County Council. I applied, despite hitherto having no involvement or knowledge of Land Agency or any other activity connected with the real estate sector, got on my bike (literally) and following an interview was offered the job! I certainly have no regrets, but my entry into the profession was pretty unstructured compared to today's recruitment processes!

How do you hope someone receiving the scholarship will benefit from an MSc in Real Estate?

Very much in the same way as our son Julian, who secured his MSc at Reading 10 years ago. That degree put him in good stead to pursue, so far, a most successful career in commercial real estate.

The course is excellent; the alumni a great help to graduates when they first set out on their chosen career, but most importantly because of the high regard in which the Reading MSc qualification is held by prospective employers.

How do you think the support you give, through your MSc scholarship, contributes to the industry?

If it helps another quality aspirant, who may otherwise have been prevented, because of financial constraints, from entering the industry, then the support will have been well worthwhile.

If you would like to learn more about supporting RREF then please get in touch with the Development Team by email: development@rref.reading.ac.uk or by phone: +44 (0)118 378 4195.

 

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