Henry Lang, CBRE

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Position: Associate Director – Advisory & Transactions

Company: CBRE

1. Briefly describe how you first entered the property industry and describe your career journey to your current position.

After leaving university I fell into the recruitment industry without much professional direction or aspiration. After a few months, I realised I wanted something different from my career and felt a professional qualification was a good route to follow. I came down to a choice between Accountancy and Property and after a sit down with a neighbour who worked for Drivers Jonas I decided that property was the career for me. I found a job at a small consultancy through perseverance rather than the traditional graduate surveyor route. I studied my MSc Real Estate via distance learning at the College of Estate Management and eventually took my APC. After several years of general practice work I joined CBRE working with corporate clients such as Shell, ExxonMobil and Tesla. My broad experience gave me a solid platform to advise corporate clients. Since then I have also spent time with Cushman & Wakefield, working with Clients such as Vodafone, Sky & EY, before recently returning to CBRE to take on a global role working with Syngenta.

2. In your opinion, what is an important development or theme that will shape the future of the property industry?

Technology is changing our lives in so many ways, and property is not immune from this. Technology is changing the way we use and demand property. Technology will be the driving factor in the property industry over the next ten years, not only how we use property but how we analyse and make decisions on our property use.

3.     What advice would you give to a young person starting their career in the industry?

Never be afraid to try something new or learn about something that is not directly applicable to your day to day role. Property is a dynamic profession and you never know when that information will become valuable. We are part of such a broad profession, you never know when new skills or knowledge will come in useful.  

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