Rob West


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 a 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.