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Cortland appoint Senior Director of Development to deliver Build to Rent investments

Cortland appoint Senior Director of Development – Europe to lead Cortland’s European Development, responsible for new Build to Rent investments.


US-based Build to Rent real estate investment, development and management company – Cortland – has announced the appointment of Owain Thomas who has joined its London office as Senior Director of Development – Europe.

Owain will lead a team of in-house development and design professionals. He will be responsible for originating and delivering new Build to Rent investments for Cortland in the UK and Ireland – through ground-up development and forward funding opportunities.

Owain Thomas, Senior Director of Development – Europe, Cortland
Owain Thomas, Senior Director of Development – Europe, Cortland

“We are thrilled to have Owain join the Cortland family and help us execute our vision to deliver 10,000 apartment homes in the UK and Ireland.” 

Paul Wrights, President – Europe, Cortland

Owain has experience in multi-sector real estate development and asset management in the UK that spans over 15 years – most recently as Development Director for Cheyne Capital Management. Owain brings with him in-depth experience of establishing development opportunities, formulating and underwriting investment opportunities; and realising overall investment potential. Owain has established a track record of successfully developing and generating long income real estate investments with a combined value in excess of £1bn.

“I am delighted to be joining Cortland at the precipice of exciting growth plans in Europe. Cortland’s unrivalled platform and US experience, together with such a talented team in the UK and Ireland, bring a compelling and attractive investment offering across the spectrum in Europe.

“With these strong foundations, I‘m looking forward to delivering a market leading business plan.”

Owain Thomas, Senior Director of Development – Europe, Cortland

Owain has worked on long income residential/student led investment strategies and has demonstrated a strong-track record of delivering development portfolios from origination to completion, to an institutional standard. He has a passion for carving out and originating value-add legacy real estate investments retained for achieving long-term income ambitions. 

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