Godwin bolsters BTR ambitions with senior hire

Godwin Developments bolsters its Build to Rent ambitions with a senior executive hire, to the role of Director of BTR Operations.

Lesley Roberts, Director of BTR Operations, Godwin Developments | BTR News
Lesley Roberts, Director of BTR Operations, Godwin Developments.

UK property developer Godwin Developments appoints leading industry figure Lesley Roberts, a highly experienced residential and Build to Rent professional, as Director of BTR Operations. The senior hire comes as the developer aims to bolsters its Build to Rent ambitions.

In her new role, Lesley will play a pivotal role in advancing the company’s plans to build a £1bn national portfolio. Her main remit will be to create a Build to Rent operational strategy for Godwin Developments across both single-family and multifamily developments. Lesley will take ownership of operational performance and profitability, while also delivering a leading customer experience. She will work closely with internal teams and external providers to achieve this.

While working for Godwin, Lesley will continue to play a major part in the residential industry, shaping the approaches to Build to Rent and supporting the next generation of leaders. 

“Lesley is one of the most respected industry figures and a pre-eminent advocate of the UK Build to Rent sector, with a superb track record and reputation for strategic and hands-on operational leadership. This is why we are delighted that she is joining us at such a key point in our journey towards the creation of our new Build to Rent proposition. Her appointment is yet another demonstration of our commitment to strengthening the in-house team and delivering our strategic ambitions in the sector. We look forward to working with Lesley, leveraging her skills and expertise in Build to Rent to achieve our business objective.”

Matt Chandler, Managing Director, Godwin Developments

Lesley has extensive high-level experience with both the Build to Rent and PRS sectors in a career spanning over 20 years. For the past four years, she has been at the heart of shaping the UK’s Build to Rent offer as President of The UK Apartment Association (UKAA). Prior to her new role, she was a Partner at Allsop LLP and CEO of Allsop Letting and Management, where she advised developers and institutional investors on the acquisition, design, build and operation of large-scale Build to Rent portfolios.

A member of the British Property Federation’s (BPF) residential board, Lesley also toured the US, studying the multifamily model. She was also instrumental in the concept and development of the UKAA’s BTR Best Practice Guide, which launched in 2022. Lesley was previously Chair of Soho Housing Association and held roles at Pinnacle Places, Young Group and City Living London.

Lesley remains an active member of Women in Property and a supporter of Real Estate Balance among her other speaking, non-executive, mentor and volunteer positions.

“It’s fantastic to have joined Godwin Developments at such a pivotal time for both the Build to Rent industry and the business as its portfolio undergoes a significant period of growth. I am delighted to be able to use my many years of expertise in delivering quality homes, placemaking opportunities, and exceptional resident experiences to bring Godwin’s pipeline to life as well as build on the company’s positive momentum. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the team, working closely with the Board and engaging with external stakeholders for the benefit of residents, the company and the wider UK Build to Rent sector.”

Lesley Roberts, Director of BTR Operations, Godwin Developments

Godwin Developments has a fast-growing nationwide residential portfolio with a particular focus on multifamily and single-family Build to Rent housing. The company recently announced its joint venture agreement with a leading institutional real estate investor to build a Build to Rent portfolio to the value of £1bn.