GAA makes trio of new hires

GAA announces trio of new appointments as the firm cements its position as the go-to consultancy for the global Living Sector.

Pictured left to right: Erica D’Souza, Tome Grey and Wan Muhammad Aqib | BTR News
Pictured left to right: Erica D’Souza, Tome Grey and Wan Muhammad Aqib.

Strategic consulting service Global Apartment Advisors (GAA) appoints a trio of new hires following the appointment of Ronak Rawal as its Senior Director.

With the Senior Director appointment long in the making, GAA is now accelerating its expansion with the three new roles, ready to capitalise on the global opportunities for Build to Rent business and the wider Living Sector.

GAA has appointed heavyweight Tom Grey as Director. Tom will lead on business development, client management and consultancy service delivery, assisting in the positioning of GAA as the leading living sector consultancy.

His active schedule will include a range of events, seminars and conferences, with Tom serving as a visible presence for GAA in the market, promoting the business’ work, skills and ethos. 

Tom’s previous roles include Director of BTR Consultancy (UK) for Cortland Consult and Build to Rent Director for David Phillips. Tom is also owner/director of consultancy and property investment company Grid Property Solutions since 2009, where he consulted for several clients including e:here (now APO) and L1 Capital.

“GAA is a fantastic company with a great track record, embarking on significant growth in the UK and overseas. Having worked in the Build to Rent sector since its nascence 15 years ago, and in residential real estate for nearly a decade before that, I am excited to use my extensive industry network to support the next stage of the GAA journey.”

Tom Grey, Director, GAA

Tom is keen to tackle what he views as the two main challenges for the Living Sector -delivery and perception. He will do this alongside new colleagues Erica D’Souza and Wan Muhammad Aqib.

Erica joins GAA as Associate Director after six years in Colliers Residential team, where she focussed on UK Build to Rent assets and funding transactions, with a track record of advising on opportunities with a combined GDV of £1bn.

A key part of her role will be providing strategic advice to stakeholders (developers, investors and operators), to support the creation of institutional-grade assets across different geographies in the Living sector.

Erica’s commitment to customer-centric excellence and the increasing professionalisation of the living sector will be cornerstones of her approach.

Completing the trio is the appointment of Wan Muhammad Aqib as Research Analyst, who brings extensive real estate market analytics, research and property development experience to the role, including expertise in conducting comprehensive market assessments, collaborating with cross-functional teams and aligning property designs with market demands and competition.

At GAA, he will be focusing on data-driven insights, overseeing the sourcing, tracking and reporting of pertinent, accurate and valid data and statistics. He will be analysing trends and market metrics, offering valuable insights to facilitate well-informed decision-making for GAA’s clients.

Wan Muhammad spent three years at Malaysian property developer UEM Sunrise Berhad, as a Senior Executive. He holds a master’s degree in Real Estate Economics and Investment Analysis 

“Adding such an array of expertise to GAA ensures we are in a strong position to capitalise on the vast opportunities that Build to Rent – and the wider Living Sector – presents in the UK, the US and globally. The Sector can deliver quality accommodation swiftly and at scale, across a range of market segments. GAA will be an intrinsic part of the sector’s evolution as it does so.”

David Woodward, Chief Executive, GAA