Knight Frank boosts ESG Consultancy team with appointment of Jonathan Hale

Jonathan Hale

Global real estate advisor Knight Frank has appointed Jonathan Hale as a Partner in its ESG Consultancy team.

With more than 14 years’ experience in the real estate industry, Jonathan’s role will be to lead and significantly grow the Knight Frank ESG Consulting offer throughout the property lifecycle. This will include leading on several key client instructions and advising on the development of new services focused upon ESG (environmental, social & governance) strategy and reporting, net zero carbon pathways and asset level decarbonisation, social value, green building certification, climate risk and ESG due diligence, and on transition to a circular economy.

Previously ESG & Sustainability Director at BNP Paribas Real Estate, Jonathan was responsible for overseeing the centralised service line delivery of ESG related projects focused upon driving sustainability performance across its property management client base and throughout the property lifecycle.

David Goatman, Head of Energy, Sustainability & Natural Resources EMEA at Knight Frank commented: “The real estate sector is undergoing an unprecedented transition as, like all industries, it grapples with the challenge of decarbonisation and moving as rapidly as possible towards net zero. In addition, the role of the real estate sector in creating social value is rightly under the microscope. We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to Knight Frank to help drive the growth in our client facing ESG services. An area in which we are expanding rapidly.”

Tim Robinson, Head of Consultancy at Knight Frank said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to Knight Frank. He brings with him a wealth of experience and joins us as we continue to see huge demand from our clients to help them shape and deliver their ESG strategies.”

Jonathan Hale added: “Joining Knight Frank represents a huge opportunity and I look forward to working closely with David and the wider team to expand the firm’s ESG & Sustainability offer to its global client base. It’s paramount that our clients receive the most appropriate guidance to support urgent action on climate change, mobilising investment for both net-zero and supporting local and regional economies to drive sustainability performance. It’s our responsibility to share insight and engage clients on broader ESG themes and opportunities such as measuring the social value of their real assets, in considering the protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, pollution prevention and control, and to unlock value from the smart tech and data boom.”