James Woolley, Cushman & Wakefield
James Woolley, Cushman & Wakefield

Global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield has appointed James Woolley to its student accommodation valuation team as a partner.

He joins as a partner to expand Cushman & Wakefield’s valuation service line and will be growing the existing book of work across recurring fund valuations and secured lending globally.

James has 11 years’ experience and previously spent eight years at London-based Knight Frank as a partner in the student property team, managing all recurring fund valuation work for key clients including GCP Student Living, BlackRock, Hines, Lothbury, Aviva, UBS and WP Carey.

He is also helped deliver secured lending valuation work for development and operational student property single assets and portfolios for clearing banks operating within the sector. 

Andrew Smith, head of student accommodation at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “I’m delighted to welcome James to the team, he brings a wealth of experience and a first-rate reputation, which will be vital as we continue to grow the valuation business. James will link with our capital markets and consultancy teams to give our clients what they need – market leading advice and insight.” 

Woolley added: “Cushman & Wakefield has a stellar global reach and a fantastic existing platform for delivering client-focused services within the student accommodation sector. I’m looking forward to bolstering this offering, collaborating with the existing capital markets, research and valuation functions to continue to build our reputation for delivering excellent service to clients. I’m excited to work with the team principally to develop our recurring fund valuation and secured lending offering across the global platform.”

Cushman & Wakefield’s 17-strong student accommodation team is involved in investment, valuation and consultancy, acting on both sides of transactions in the purpose-built student accommodation market.

Date published: 5 May 2021

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