Our Chief Executive Paul Hackett - high profile appointments announced


19 February 2019

IMAGE: Optivo Chief Executive Paul HackettPaul Hackett, CEO of Optivo and Chair of the G15, has accepted appointments at two of the world’s leading built environment institutions.

Paul has been appointed Honorary Professor at the UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management. And The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have appointed Paul to their Housing Supply Group.

Professor D’Maris Coffman, Head of the UCL Bartlett School, said: “I’m delighted Paul is joining The Bartlett in our centenary year. The School of Construction and Project Management is one of the government’s academic partners on the Transforming Construction Network Plus. With the UK in the grips of the worst housing crisis in a generation, innovation and accelerating the development of new homes isn’t just important for meeting housing need, residential property is also an increasingly important asset class and driver of productivity and economic growth. Now is the ideal time to recruit a residential expert to the school.”

As well as taking up the post of Honorary Professor, Paul will also serve on the School’s Independent Advisory Board.

Mike Basquill, UK Residential Associate Director at the RICS, said: “Increasing housing supply is key to solving Britain’s broken housing market. This means delivering a mix of tenures including significantly increasing the supply of affordable homes. Paul brings a wealth of experience in residential development and has successfully worked with national, regional and local government on supply side issues. We see Paul’s appointment as a welcome opportunity to build closer links with the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management as they partner with industry and government to transform UK construction.”

Paul Hackett said: “I’m delighted to accept appointments to The Bartlett and the RICS – two genuinely world leading institutions that put the UK at the forefront of research and innovation in the built environment.”