Richard Croft is Executive Chairman of M7 Real Estate, a leading specialist in the pan-European, regional, multi-let real estate market. M7 has over 220 employees in 13 countries across Europe and manages over 800 assets with a value of circa €5 billion.
Richard is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, capital raising and leads the real estate fund management function. In this capacity he sits on the GP board and investment committees of all M7’s funds in addition to numerous other M7’s JV boards.
Prior to co-founding M7 Real Estate in April 2009, Richard founded Halverton REIM LLP (subsequently GPT Halverton), a European real estate fund management business which was sold to The GPT Group (an Australian listed property trust) in July 2007. From 2005 to early 2009 Richard was CEO of GPT Halverton which at the time of sale employed circa 180 people across ten European offices and managed €2 billion of assets. Before his time at Halverton, Richard was International Investment Director of Property Fund Management PLC (now Valad), and was responsible for setting up their international infrastructure, including offices in Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Copenhagen and Madrid.
Richard has been involved in over €10 billion of transactions across the UK and Europe during his 26 years of real estate experience.
In addition to his duties at M7, Richard is a Non-Executive Director of IPSX (the International Property Securities Exchange). He is a regular speaker at conferences across Europe covering real estate and economic topics.
Richard is a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, a supporter of several charities and foundations and is actively involved The Suffolk Community Foundation and Shout About Suffolk.