Shaftesbury appoints new head of property insights

Shaftesbury PLC, the Real Estate Investment Trust which owns a 16-acre portfolio in the heart of London’s West End, has announced the appointment of Matt Thompson to the newly created role of Head of Property Insights.

The role will see Thompson provide cross sector and consumer insights to help drive the portfolio curation strategy, as well as support the performance of Shaftesbury’s occupiers across the portfolio.

He will further enhance and expand Shaftesbury’s in-house research capability and build on its existing data, tools and partnerships to anticipate and respond effectively to emerging commercial challenges and opportunities.

He joins Shaftesbury from Colliers, where most recently he was Head of Retail Strategy. With over a decade of specialist expertise, working for and on behalf of some of the UK’s best-known retailers, restaurant & leisure operators, landlords and investors, Thompson will bring an understanding of data analytics and the delivery of strategic insights in the property sector.

Brian Bickell, Chief Executive, commented: “Matt’s in-depth understanding of our industry, its customers and domestic and international consumer trends, combined with his extensive experience, is a great addition to our skillsets and local knowledge, which enables us to continue to develop our research capabilities and evolve our highly-regarded curation strategies for our popular West End villages.”

Matt Thompson, commenting on his appointment, said: “I am thrilled to be joining a team that I have respected and worked closely with for some time. As we emerge from the pandemic disruption, I am excited to have the opportunity to build on the work Shaftesbury has been doing to support of their occupiers and contribute to shaping the future of its unrivalled West End portfolio.”

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