Rob West

Managing Partner

I love being able to tell our story to investors and potential investors. As one of the co-founders of Clearbell Capital in 2012, I enjoy explaining the diversity and quality of the people here and the work we do in the outside world. As Managing Partner, my specific responsibilities are for developing new business and deal origination. I am also a member of the Investment Committee and head of the ESG Committee.

Over my 30 years in the real estate industry, I have been involved in the leasing, investment and asset management of approximately £2.5 billion of UK property. My experience includes the acquisition, asset management and sale of Harbour Exchange (office buildings in Docklands), the Cara, Amber, CV, Mercury and Jeeves portfolios and a number of other office, industrial and mixed-use assets throughout the UK. For me, the most enjoyable part of the job is always the next deal…

I joined Mountgrange Investment Management LLP in 2007. Prior to Mountgrange, I worked at Hawthorne West, an asset management operating partner which I founded in 2006 to manage UKCP, a £100 million real estate private equity fund sponsored by Mountgrange Capital and Meyer Bergman. Before establishing Hawthorne West, I worked as an investment broker, initially with Nelson Bakewell Ltd (now Capita), where I ran the National Business Space Division, and then as a founding partner of SG Commercial LLP, a JV between the partners and Smiths Gore (now Savills). My broking clients included M&G, Legal and General, UBS, Threadneedle and Schroders.

The first five years of my career were at niche London advisors, Daniel Watney LLP.  I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1994 following a post-graduate diploma in Property Valuation and Law from City University (CASS), and a BA (Hons) in Anthropology from Durham University.

I serve on the Court of the Clothworkers’ Livery Company (established in 1528) with a focus on the Company’s London property portfolio. The Clothworkers’ Foundation is the primary vehicle of charitable giving for the Company and since 1977 has awarded capital grants of more than £135m.

Outside work I enjoy open water and indoor swimming, gardening, country walks and watching sport. I also enjoy collecting – and drinking – good wine. My little-known claim to fame? I once beat an Olympic gold medallist in a swimming race.