The Team

  • Paul Oliver – CEO
  • Brett Robinson – CIO
  • Maarten Thissen – Director Curlew Netherlands
  • Dan Horwood – Business Manager
  • Ian Scott – Head of Investment Management
  • Jim Sutherland – Head of Development
  • Nick Woolcott – Head of Project Management
  • Natasha Ham – Senior Analyst
  • Marjon Copier – Director Curlew Netherlands
  • Robert Morgan – Commercial Property UK
  • Shazim Abdullah – Senior Financial Controller
  • Daniel Ademuwagun – Finance & Accountancy
  • Ujwal Gehlot – Investment Analyst

The Team
Collectively our skills enable us to operate in both private and public capital markets, utilising  in-depth experience of capital raising, investment vehicles, debt, development and asset management.

The team have many years of experience in alternative real estate sub-sectors such as PBSA, healthcare and various forms of residential investment including PRS.

We share the belief that the best opportunities lie in the early stages of a new cycle.

Each member of the team has attained a high level of achievement within their specialist discipline, both in the past and as part of the Curlew Alternative Asset Management team.

Paul Oliver 

optimized-paulphoto-2Paul has over 35 years’ experience in development and investment management in both the UK and  Europe. He has been at the forefront of the establishment of collective investment schemes, mainly unlisted funds, since 1988.

During the 1980’s he led commercial real estate development teams in predominantly shopping centre schemes, following which he moved to head up Dusco alongside Chairman Dik Dusseldorp, founder of Lend Lease PLC.

Paul then established Equity Partnerships Ltd, promoting and managing non-listed real estate vehicles, which merged with Teesland Group in 2000. In 2002 he launched Teesland PLC on the London Stock Exchange, growing funds under management to €6.5 billion before sale to Valad in June 2007.

Previous Appointments:

  • Valad Europe Ltd, (Director)
  • Teesland PLC (CEO, Joint CEO & CIO)
  • Teesland Group (MD)
  • Equity Partnerships and PIL Invests (Founder & Managing Director)
  • Dusco (Managing Director)
  • Guardian Properties (Founder & Director)

Collective Investment Schemes (Funds, JVs and Partnerships):

25 UK and European schemes since 1988 in the following sectors: 10 Shopping Centres; 5 Multi-let Industrial; 3 Student; 2 Private rented Residential; 2 Development; 1 Leisure; 1 Serviced Apartment; 1 Mixed UK Commercial.


Brett Robinson 

optimized-brBrett has over 30 years of institutional investment experience. Before joining Curlew, Brett was a founding partner of Seven Dials, a property research and consulting company. Prior to that Brett worked at AXA Investment Management where he was Director of Quantitative and Structured Products. He joined AXA IM following the takeover of his previous employer Guardian Royal Exchange, where he was a Director of Guardian Asset Management with responsibility for £7bn of Life Fund assets, including £700m of property.



Previous Appointments:

  • AXA Investment Managers S.A.
  • Guardian Royal Exchange PLC.

Other Positions

  • Partner at Seven Dials Fund Management Ltd.


Maarten Thissen

maatren-tBefore establishing Curlew Netherlands, Maarten was a core member of the team that launched and established Curlew Student Trust.

Maarten has over 10 years of experience in equity raising and secondary trading and an impressive track record of delivering successful assignments. Prior to joining the Curlew team he spent 6 years working for DTZ in London and 2 years working for Kempen & Co, a Dutch merchant bank. Both roles focused on secondary market analysis and transactions.


Previous Appointments:

  • DTZ
  • Kempen & Co


Dan Horwood 

optimized-dan-horwood-photo-2016-1-2Having worked with Paul Oliver intermittently since 2002, Dan joined Curlew in 2013 to work on corporate initiatives, including new business.  He is currently focused on Curlew’s new PRS fund launch, ‘Curlew Communities’.

Dan brings to Curlew 12 years experience as a ‘sell-side’ real estate equity analyst with an in-depth knowledge of property investment, development, fund management and service enterprises, both public and private. In his previous Real Estate Equity Markets Analyst positions with Liberum Capital, Singer Capital and investment bank Peel Hunt, he has been involved in pre-IPO structuring, flotations, secondary fundraisings and advisory projects. He also founded a ‘smidcap’ credit research business.


Previous Appointments:

  • Liberium Capital Ltd.
  • Founder, Arlington Street Research Ltd.
  • Singer Capital markets Ltd.
  • Peel Hunt Ltd.



Ian Scott 

optimized-ian-scott-photo-2016-2Ian is Fund Manager for the Curlew Student Trust and a strategic adviser to Curlew Communities.

He launched  the iQ student platform for Quintain PLC in 2005 where he ran that award winning business until its sale in 2014. Before that he worked in both property and equity markets for Prudential , M&G , as well as the Unite Group PLC in corporate development. He has lectured in both the UK and China on property and equity investment.




Jim Sutherland

jims-e1474882793721Jim Sutherland joined Curlew in early 2015 to head up the development team.

He brings some forty years of experience in direct and indirect development across all sectors of the UK commercial property market, specialising more recently in the branded hotel sector.  As a founding director of Hospitality First, which provides hotel management and property services to clients, Jim has worked with many leading hotel brands including IHG, Accor, Best Western, Premier Inn and Travelodge.


Previous Appointments:

  • 3i Commercial Properties Ltd.
  • J Henry Schroder Wagg.
  • Guardian Royal Exchange.


Nick Woolcott 

NWolcottNick has established CST’s SPEC 2020 – a bespoke guide to creating top class student accommodation. He currently acts as Project Manager on Curlew’s schemes and monitors CST’s forward funding programmes.

Prior to working with Curlew, Nick Project Managed a number of high profile projects in the UK across a range of sectors. These include the iconic Tate Modern, redevelopment of London Heathrow Terminal Airside1, development of London Heathrow Terminal 5 Baggage Handling, redevelopment of London Luton Airport, construction of the new Acute Wing of the Whittington Hospital and the development of a project management system for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.


Natasha Ham 

optimized-tashham-4-of-12Since 2013 Natasha has provided in-depth analysis on pricing PBSA and PRS and now heads acquisition underwriting for CAAM’s new PRS fund, Curlew Communities.

Natasha has operated in the student and residential investment sector for over 18 years. She trained with Savills, gaining residential and commercial experience, before being promoted to Director, heading the student and residential investment department in 2010. Natasha’s experience spans all aspects of acquisition, disposal, leasing, valuation and strategic consultancy including working on the set up of a European student fund.


Marjon Copier 

picture M CopierTogether with Maarten Thissen, Marjon established Curlew Netherlands in early 2016.

Marjon has over 15 years experience in the institutional real estate investment management industry. Her knowledge covers both direct and indirect investment . Performing various roles (research, fund structuring and modelling, acquisitions and underwriting) she spent 6 years with Rabo Bouwfonds Investment Management setting up their Dutch, German and US residential investment funds. For Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, as portfolio manager international real estate, she worked 5 years for the indirect division and managed an Asian fund of funds on behalf of Dutch institutions. She was a member of the ANREV ESG committee.


Robert Morgan

robert-photoRobert is responsible for Curlew’s non student lettings and for certain corporate governance, due diligence and insurance matters.

He is a Chartered Surveyor with 35 years experience in the commercial property world of agency, lease advisory and corporate real estate.  He was a Partner and Director of a number of leading firms including Jones Lang LaSalle and BNP Paribas.


Shazim Abdullah

Shazim joined Curlew in 2017 as Senior Financial Controller for the Curlew Student Trust. Prior to this, he was Financial Controller for Round Hill Capital’s Nordic Commercial Fund. He brings significant Real Estate Fund Finance experience having previously also worked at Schroders on their UK listed Real Estate Investment Trust.

Shazim qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.



Daniel Ademuwagun 



Daniel joined Curlew in December 2015 as a Fund Accountant; he is responsible for monitoring and managing the Curlew Student Trust’s cashflows, debt covenants, while assisting Brett with lender and administrator relationships.

Prior to joining Curlew, Daniel worked for Amber Infrastructure (Fund Manager for a FTSE 250 Company) as a Project Accountant, gaining relevant experience in the PPP/PFI and SPV industry. He was responsible for maintaining the accounts of the Wind Farm Offshore Projects and Property Investment project. Daniel’s technical experience allows him to deliver quality financial statements, quarterly board packs and bank reporting. He holds BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Greenwich, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Ujwal Gehlot 

ujwal-caam-websiteUjwal joined Curlew Capital early 2016 and works in the investment team. Prior to this, he worked as an M&A investment analyst within the real estate/corporate industry at REGUS, assisting origination through to execution on a range of deals including debt financing. He is highly numerate with a particular strength in financial modelling. Ujwal graduated in Accounting and Finance from Cass Business School, London.