The Newport Group is delighted to announce the addition of John Kennedy to its executive board. John has a long history of identifying emerging sectors and establishing them as investment asset classes. He has taken these concepts from initial structuring and investor performance through to successful exits.

John brings a wealth of experience as both a serial entrepreneur, early investor and someone that has historically created, developed and built innovative investment solutions, many of which have been acquired by major financial institutions. He has joined Newport both as a personal investor and board member.

John was a founder at the Brandeaux Group where he developed their global institutional client base from inception in 1996 until 2007.The Brandeaux Group were the first to present Student Accommodation as an asset class to a worldwide investor base. In 2015 their Student Portfolio was sold to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board for £1.1bn

He founded the Coral Portfolio fund platform in 2008. The Fund was designed to offer risk-controlled exposure to the growing purpose built student accommodation sector in the UK and globally. In the last 9 years this AIFMD approved regulated EU Fund has delivered consistently strong annual returns for its investors.

From 2014 he directed the sale of Coral Portfolio to industry giant The GSA Group who have rebranded the platform as GSA Coral Portfolio. The company now forms an integral part of GSA’s strategic growth as they progress towards 250,000 operational student beds globally within the next ten years.

John remains on the board of GSA Coral is more recently has  overseen the  Fund’s global expansion while also partnering with major institutional and sovereign investors.

John is a founding Trustee of The Plant a Tree Foundation – a UK registered charity engaged in reforestation projects in SE Asia.

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