James Metcalf, Co-founder of the Crosslane Group
James co-founded the Crosslane Group with Michael Sharples in 2006.
James began his career in information technology at International Computers Limited (ICL) and then Tandem Computers. Following Tandem Computers, he managed and held shares in several businesses, taking the role of investor and non-executive director. Thereafter he joined the IT company Oracle Corporation, ultimately managing several business units across the UK and successfully implementing a new rental licensing model across Europe. Following this, James held positions of chairman and CEO in IT-based businesses before co-founding the Crosslane Group with business partner Michael Sharples in 2006. Since then James has dedicated significant time to the UK and European student accommodation market, developing the Crosslane Group’s asset management, property advisory, management and lettings and property development services gaining over 9 years’ experience within the PBSA sector.
James is the chief executive officer of Crosslane Investment Management Limited, a director of Crosslane Property Advisor Guernsey Limited (CPAGL) and also a director of the Victus European Student Accommodation Fund (VESAF)
Michael Sharples, Co-founder of the Crosslane Group
Michael co-founded the Crosslane Group with James Metcalf in 2006.
Michael has successfully operated a number of businesses during his career. Since 1991 he has been a successful entrepreneur, as founder, acquirer and seller of a number of diverse businesses in different market sectors. Prior to Crosslane, Michael co-founded the Hamsard Group plc which acquired three technology businesses between 2002 and 2003. The company operated in seven countries within two years and Michael, as CEO, successfully took Hamsard onto the AIM market in 2005 at a pre-IPO valuation of £18m. Under Michael’s stewardship Hamsard posted profit after tax of £1m for its financial year ending May 2005. Michael left Hamsard in 2006 to form the Crosslane Group which he co-founded with business partner James Metcalf. Since co-founding the Crosslane Group, Michael has played a prominent role in the successful acquisition, development, operation and disposal of student accommodation across the UK and mainland Europe gaining over 9 years’ experience within the PBSA sector.
David Smith – Finance Director
David is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an accomplished, strategic and commercially astute Director. He has a wealth of previous experience spanning over two decades, across diverse industry sectors, providing expertise to ensure delivery of sustainable and profitable growth, whilst adding shareholder value. This experience includes real estate and portfolio transactions, structuring and operational finance management within expanding and high growth businesses across international jurisdictions.
David joined Crosslane in December 2016 from McCafferty Asset Management where he was Finance Director for eight years, overseeing the management and transactions of 90 commercial real estate assets with a value of circa £775m and was integral to driving efficiencies within the business through the implementation of a web-based, fully integrated property management and accounting solution, resulting in annual cost savings of circa £350k. As part of this role David also acted as an interim FD for a £30m Channel Islands listed real estate investment trust prior to a successful reverse takeover by a £600m property fund.
Prior to this, David spent four years as Group Financial Controller at Opal Property Group which specialises in the student accommodation sector, where he was responsible for the delivery of growing the net assets of the business from £120m to more than £240m and monitoring a loan book of £775m across 12 lenders.
David has also held senior financial roles at Wilkinson Corporation Ltd and PIFCO Group.
Charlie Pogson – Director of Marketing
Following his retail degree and diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Charlie rapidly progressed within the supermarket sector, holding various marketing roles for Safeway, Somerfield and Kwik Save before moving to the health & beauty sector with Superdrug & subsequently Moss Pharmacy (now part of Alliance-Boots), as well as fashion at bonmarche and Littlewoods, before a stint heading up marketing at general merchandise value retailer Poundstretcher. Having gained over 15 years’ experience in all elements of B2C marketing for retailers with up to 900 outlets, Charlie decided to broaden his skill set and knowledge by moving to the B2B sector, becoming Marketing Director at Kwintet, Europe’s largest and the world’s second largest supplier of workwear. Over a 6 year period Charlie was responsible for a portfolio of brands, operating in a wide variety of market sectors, with different routes to market, across a number of countries, both within Europe, USA & UAE.
Charlie is not only a grounded and commercially focussed marketer, but has a much wider business understanding and strategic ability. This together with his proposition, brand & identity, business development and omni-channel approach puts him in good stead to support Crosslane achieve its future ambitions. And it is the entrepreneurial, ground breaking, market leading business initiatives being planned which encouraged Charlie to join Crosslane in September 2014 to be responsible for marketing activities for all its business activities, both in the UK and across the global markets in which it operates.
Tanya Kempster - Human Resources Director
Tanya joined Crosslane in September 2018 as their first HR Director.
Having completed her degree in Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, she has since gained over 20 years’ both generalist and specialist HR experience across FTSE 250 companies.
Prior to a period of consultancy, she led the Human Resource teams at N Brown Group Plc, one of the UK’s leading digital retailers, most recently as Head of Culture, Talent and Policy. Prior to this she was Group Head of Reward & Recognition as well as Head of Talent Management.
Her primary focus is to deliver a people strategy that is fundamental to Crosslane’s growth strategy, whilst driving a high performance culture and attracting, developing and retaining top talent.