Round Hill Capital has appointed John Vaudin as Managing Director for Ireland. John will lead the expansion of Round Hill Capital’s business in the country with responsibility for spearheading the group’s investment, development and operational strategy, helping to deliver on the company’s ambitions across Ireland. Round Hill has been evaluating the Irish real estate market for several years and has over €1bn of dedicated capital to deploy into the local Build to Rent and Purpose-Built Student Accommodation sectors.
John is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ development and asset management experience in the UK and Ireland. He joins Round Hill after over 12 years with WK Nowlan Real Estate Advisors, Dublin, where he was a director and shareholder, responsible for investment, development and asset management advisory services to international and domestic investors, government agencies and educational and religious institutions. He has previously worked for Thames Water Property, BAA Lynton and Pillar Property in the U.K. and Treasury Holdings Limited and Harcourt Developments Limited in Ireland.
Round Hill is currently funding a pipeline of over 7,000 student accommodation beds across the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe. The group is targeting to secure 20,000 student beds in these markets by 2020. It currently has 333,875m² of residential and commercial projects under construction across Europe.
Michael Bickford, Founder and CEO of Round Hill Capital, said: “Consistent with many European countries, the Irish student and residential housing markets suffer from structural supply/demand imbalances. Round Hill has a proven 15-year track record of investing in such markets, where we identify opportunities that will deliver sustainable housing, whilst creating long-term jobs. We look forward to building a substantial student and residential platform in Ireland in a responsible manner. I am delighted to welcome John to the Round Hill team. I am confident that his deep industry knowledge, expertise, networks and ability to deliver will prove invaluable as we continue to grow Round Hill’s business in Ireland and wider Europe.”
John Vaudin, Managing Director Round Hill Capital, Ireland, said: “I’m excited about joining the Round Hill Capital team and helping to bring their extensive international experience to bear in the Irish student accommodation and residential sectors. We have ambitious plans and over €1bn of capital to deploy in Ireland and setting up a locally staffed office is a sign of our intention to invest for the long-term.”