RREF Pioneer Profiles

The RREF Pioneers are individual donors to RREF with a commitment to ensuring that RREF can continue to support real estate and planning education at the University of Reading. Join our eminent alumni who currently give at Pioneer level.

David Atkins (BSc Land Management, 1988) Chief Executive, Hammerson plcDavid Atkins

"Our industry will only thrive if we continue to invest in education and attract the best talent. The University of Reading continues to be at the forefront of this and I am delighted to support them and ensure we maintain strong links between education and the private sector."

 

Paul Cable (BSc Estate Management, 1979) European Funds Director, Alpha Real CapitalPaul Cable

"My decision to become a RREF Pioneer recently was driven not only by the belief that it is important to help in giving the next generation opportunities that I have enjoyed following my time at Reading, but also to join a wider group of donors and thereby encourage others to think about doing the same."

 

Alison Carnwath (BA German and Economics, 1975) Chairman, Land Securities Group PlcAlison Carnwath

"I am delighted to be a Pioneer. I believe that Reading is at the forefront of providing a modern relevant and engaging education to students who have decided to specialise in real estate."

 

 

Sue Clayton (BSc Estate Management, 1979) Executive Director, Capital Markets, CBRE

Sue Clayton"I became a Pioneer recently as I think it's important to give something back to Reading Real Estate, which gave so many of us a great start to a career in property. I am especially keen to give people who would otherwise not be able to afford to do the course the opportunity to get into real estate.
I would encourage all our Alumni to join the Pioneer scheme to help increase the amounts RREF has available for bursaries and hardship grants, so we increase the diversity and opportunities available to a wider number of potential students. After all the fun I have had in the industry over many years, I'm keen to give others the same opportunity."

Prof. Ginny Gibson (MSc Urban Land Appraisal, 1981) Deputy Dean, Henley Business School

Ginny Gibson"The importance of supporting the next generation of property professionals cannot be underestimated - particularly when we want to attract a broad range of students who can make a real contribution to the field. I have seen firsthand how individual students have benefited from both bursaries and input from alumni and the wider real estate community. I am proud to be a RREF Pioneer and know that this financial contribution can make a real difference."

Gerald Kaye (BSc Estate Management, 1979) Development Director, Helical BarGerald Kaye

"I was so appreciative of those that were kind enough to help me when I was starting out in my career and similarly, I am delighted to try to help the next generation. It is very satisfying to see them prosper and rise through the ranks".

 

Bryan Laxton (BSc Land Management, 1981) CEO UK, Cushman & Wakefield

Bryan Laxton" In order to ensure Reading keeps at the top of the tree, it is important that people give something back and help the current generation not only with the opportunity to taste the outside world whilst still studying but also to help people who are financially not so well supported to undertake and finish their degrees.

I have a lot to be grateful for from my time at Reading and to me, giving something back feels the right thing to do especially if it helps those less fortunate than I was and it helps ensure it keeps Reading as the pre-eminent university in the surveying world."

Martin Samworth, Managing Director - EMEA, CBRE

"Although not a Graduate of Reading myself, I have personally and professionally built a very close affinity with the University and with Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF). Becoming a RREF Pioneer was an opportunity for me to try and help others to benefit from the tremendous start that the University's Real Estate courses can give to young people in an industry that I have loved and enjoyed for all of my professional career."

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