Related Argent appoints new Strategic Advisor

As Related Argent continues to expand its asset management and development portfolio, the appointment will support its growth at a key time.

John Forrester joins Related Argent as its new Strategic Advisor | BTR News
John Forrester joins Related Argent as its new Strategic Advisor.

Privately-owned property and urban regeneration business in the UK – Related Argent – has appointed John Forrester as Strategic Advisor to the board.

As the former Global CEO and President of property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield, John brings a wealth of experience that spans all aspects of property investment, development and management. Over a 35-year career, he has worked on some of the most high-profile projects both in the UK and globally.

“Being appointed as Strategic Advisor for one of the most exciting and innovative property businesses in the UK is a fantastic opportunity. Having worked closely with many of the best people and projects throughout my career, I am delighted to now be supporting a business I have always admired and which has the ability to drive positive change for our cities and the people who live and work in them. The UK real estate market is crying out for scale solutions from proven developers and Related Argent is without doubt the leader in that field.”

John Forrester, Strategic Advisor, Related Argent

John has also worked closely with Related Argent colleagues during Cushman & Wakefield’s 15-year tenure as office leasing agent for the King’s Cross estate – which Related Argent has now become the developer and asset manager of, in addition to its existing role as developer and asset manager of Brent Cross Town – which topped out its first Build to Rent building earlier this year and began construction on its second Build to Rent building, Heart of Hale, and the recent Build to Rent scheme – Author King’s Cross – that opened its doors to residents in October 2023.

“Today’s news cements Related Argent’s reputation as one of the leading property and urban regeneration businesses in the UK. John is a true titan of the property industry and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. His broad skills and understanding of global real estate markets is unrivalled and will be of enormous benefit to our business as we grow our development pipeline and plan for continued growth.”

Tom Goodall, Chief Executive, Related Argent

John will work closely with the company’s Chief Executive, Tom Goodall, Chief Operating Officer of Related Companies and Chairman of Related London, Kenneth Wong, and other Related Argent Executive Directors to advise on and support the continued expansion and reach of the business.

“John has been a friend and supporter of Related Argent in the UK and Related Companies in the US for many years and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him into the team as a Strategic Advisor. We have an exciting future ahead and his expertise and experience will be invaluable as we navigate the UK’s current real estate market.”

Kenneth Wong, Chief Operating Officer, Related Companies and Chairman, Related London

Following the news of John’s appointment, the Argent LLP business has ceased operating, with Argent and Related Argent becoming one company, with its staff, assets and projects all transferred to Related Argent, which has been operating in parallel since 2015.