Crosslane Property Group UK Board


Andy Whatson - CEO Crosslane Property Group

Andy Whatson joined Crosslane in 2010 to start a development arm to the business and has been a Director since 2012.  Andy has 18 years’ experience in PBSA, developing UK assets for the Victus European Student Accommodation Fund.

Andy has previous experience working at Unite plc, most recently holding Main Board Director & Regional Managing Director roles.


James Metcalf, Non Executive Director, Crosslane Property Group UK

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 positions of chairman and CEO in IT - based businesses, James co - founded Crosslane with business partner Michael Sharples in 2006 .

Since then James has dedicated significant time to the UK and European student accommodation market, developing Crosslane’s property development, asset management, property advisory, lettings and operational management services gaining over 9 years’ experience within the PBSA sector


Michael Sharples, Non Executive Director, Crosslane Property Group UK

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 £ 18 m . Under Michael’s stewardship Hamsard posted profit after tax of £ 1 m for its financial year ending May 2005

Michael left Hamsard in 2006 to form Crosslane which he co - founded with business partner James Metcalf and since this time, 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 .

Crosslane Property Group UK Management Team


Jon Stewart, Managing Director, Crosslane Student Developments

Jon joined the Crosslane Group in 2009 to grow the UK student accommodation development pipeline in the south and became a director of Crosslane Student Developments in 2012.

Jon is a Chartered Surveyor who has been at the forefront of purpose built student accommodation development, investment and management for in excess of 18 years, including experience developing the UK assets of the Victus European Student Accommodation Fund.

Prior to joining the Crosslane Group, Jon spent nearly 11 years at The Unite Group Plc where he held the position of real estate director and was responsible for approximately 40,000 beds during his time at the company.

Before his role as Real Estate Director, Jon was the Regional Development Director at Unite, responsible for the growth of the portfolio throughout the South West and Wales.


Steve Goldstraw, Managing Director, Prime Student Living

Steve is a highly experienced Director with over 20 years proven senior leadership experience and extensive track record of building and directing both new and established businesses.

Steve joined Crosslane in April 2013 and held a Director role for this duration.


David Smith, Finance Director, Crosslane Property Group

Director role with Crosslane since 2016.  David has over 20 years’ commercial finance experience.

David has experience in real estate and portfolio transactions, structuring and operational finance management within expanding and high growth businesses. David has 4 years’ PBSA experience at Opal Property Group growing the value of net assets from £ 120 m to £ 240 m


Charlie Pogson, Marketing Director, Crosslane Property Group

Marketing Director role with Crosslane since 2014. Charlie has 23 years’ marketing experience and held several previous marketing Director roles.

Charlie has held previous retail marketing roles for Safeway, Somerfield, Kwik Save, Superdrug, Moss Pharmacy, bonmarche, Littlewoods & Poundstretcher. Charlie is strategic and commercially focussed with a customer centric approach and a wealth of brand, digital and traditional media proficiency.