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IoD City special interest Property Group

What are the objectives of your Special Interest Group?

  1. Connect — Bring together people from the City and beyond who share an interest in the built environment.
  2. Develop — Deliver interesting, relevant and timely content to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and new ideas.
  3. Influence — Reinforce the Property Group as a recognised player in the London built environment ‘ecosystem’.

Three Priorities?

  1. Deliver interesting, relevant and timely content
  2. Expand our network — include construction and infrastructure within ‘property’, as it is all interrelated as the ‘built environment’.
  3. Raise our visibility and influence as a group – provide comment/insights to property industry media

How can members participate/contribute?

  • Contact a SIG Ambassador with your suggestions
  • Recommend subjects you’d like to see covered in our events
  • Attend our events and webinars
  • Join our LinkedIn Group to engage with others online
  • Keep the networking going ‘offline’ between formal events

Any additional comments, testimonials, quotes from attendees/partners/committee members, stats etc. that you think might be of interest?

The property and construction sector represent approximately 13% of the UK’s GDP, so it is a vital contributor to our economy and national wealth. It is important that we continue to develop and evolve the industry in line with social, economic, technological and environmental issues. The IoD City Property Group aims to provide a useful forum for such progress.

We ask the Chair of the Property special interest group (SIG), Richard Nelson, a bit about himself

Career to date

I spent the early part of my career (1990-2000) doing business development for a couple international architectural firms in New York, and then, in 2000, I got involved in an internet start-up at exactly the wrong time – dubbed by historians as the ‘Dot.Bomb’ (that was fun)! But despite the struggles, the business succeeded and is in great shape to this day, although unfortunately I had to sell my shares. My wife (who is British) and I relocated to London in late 2003, where I went back to business development for several London-based international architects and multi-disciplinary engineering firms. In 2012, having built up a global CV with experience in over 70 countries, and a great worldwide contact network, I established myself as an international business strategy and business development consultant for design, construction and property firms, and I haven’t looked back since. 

What is your day job?

Managing Director/Owner of Abyss Global Ltd, a business development consultancy exclusively focused on international trade and export for design, construction and property firms.

What are your business objectives?

Recover, reset and regrow. Get revenues back up to 2018 levels, after Brexit and Covid put a damper on ‘19 and ‘20

Why did you join the IoD?

  • Expand my professional network
  • Develop my leadership and business management skills
  • Facilitate my becoming a Non-Executive Director one day

What are your objectives in your IoD ambassador role?

  • Increase membership
  • Re-build the IoD's image as progressive, modern, diverse and innovative
  • Expand the IoD's influence

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

  • Walking/hiking
  • Golf
  • Formula One — try to attend a couple races each season
  • Learning Spanish
  • Spending time at our place in Spain
  • Exploring architecture and construction around the world, while soaking up cultures, cuisine and life

Three personal things - where were you born / where do you live/ a personal goal / or anything else you want to share.

  1. Born and raised in America (Connecticut, if you know where that is)
  2. I have dual citizenship — British and American
  3. I played lacrosse throughout school and university, and for about 10 years after (I wish I was still in shape to be able to play, but those days are over!)


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