Property consultancy Vail Williams LLP has appointed a regional facilities manager to join the firm’s property asset management team based in Reading.
Rob Pabst joins the property firm from CBRE where he spent the last 13 years managing property portfolios in the mobile telecommunications, automotive and property sectors. He brings with him over 22 years’ experience in facilities management.
Initially working from home amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic, Rob will be responsible for a portfolio of multi-let, mixed use, commercial properties managed by Vail Williams around the M4 and M40 corridors, including in Reading and Bristol, as well as Birmingham.
Speaking of the appointment, Alexandra Finlayson, lead property asset management partner at Vail Williams, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Rob to the team as we continue to grow our asset management portfolios across the UK. Now, more than ever, our landlords and investor clients need our asset management support and Rob’s arrival will certainly strengthen our ability to do so north of the Thames Valley region.”
The Reading-based property consultancy manages over 900 commercial premises across the UK for clients including Molson Coors Brewers UK, University of Southampton Science Park, Salmon Trust and Woking Borough Council.
“Rob’s experience working with clients like Royal Bank of Scotland, Vodafone and Knight Frank was ideal, giving him an understanding of the role of facilities management from the perspectives of occupiers, landlords and managing agents, something which will enable us to offer the best possible customer service for clients,” added Alexandra.
Rob, who is an associate member of Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management and is IOSH Managing Safety qualified, explains that much of his focus in the new role will be on relationship management.
“Building strong relationships with the tenants of a building that we manage for a client is absolutely vital. It enables us to understand occupier needs and work with landlords to deliver on these, whilst maintaining a healthy landlord/tenant relationship which works for both parties.”
“I’m excited to be joining Vail Williams and have enjoyed getting to grips with my new role over the past week. It’s an exciting new challenge for me which and I look forward to working with my new clients over the coming weeks and months.”
Rob started on 1 June and will work from the firm’s offices at Thames Valley Park Drive in Reading.