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Flora McDougall has joined Firethorn Trust as its new Senior Associate | PBSA News
Flora McDougall has joined Firethorn Trust as its new Senior Associate.

Real estate investor and developer Firethorn Trust has announced that it is expanding its Living team with the appointment of Senior Associate Flora McDougall.

Flora will be responsible for driving forward opportunities for Firethorn across the PBSA market, alongside Build to Rent, with a keen focus on supporting the developer’s sustainability agenda.

“I am delighted to be joining Firethorn, in what is truly an exciting time for the Living market. I look forward to working closely with the team, bringing my sector specific experience to support their ambitious plans and increase Firethorn’s presence within the PBSA and Build to Rent markets.

“Having recently completed my Sustainable Finance qualification, and previously advising real estate clients as they navigated the complexities of the emerging ESG landscape, I am particularly excited to be bringing my expertise and passion in this area to Firethorn and supporting its sustainability ambitions as we grow the Living platform.”

 Flora McDougall, Senior Associate, Firehorn Trust

Previously an Associate Director at CBRE, Flora chaired the blue-chip company’s Living sustainability working group. Her experience also includes advising major developer, investor, lending and banking clients, such as iQ/Blackstone and Watkin Jones, and supporting a listed REIT in setting their net zero goals and portfolio carbon overview.

Marcus Weeks, Director at Firethorn Trust launched the company’s Living Platform in February 2023 to help support the growth of Firethorn’s presence in the living sector. Flora will be working alongside Marcus in her new role.

“Firethorn is well capitalised for acquisition, and as we move forward with several projects and opportunities in the pipeline, Flora will be an invaluable addition to the team. We are impressed not only with the quality and breadth of her experience in the sector, but also her clear passion and commitment to ESG, which is a key focus for Firethorn and at the heart of our approach on every project.”

Marcus Weeks, Director, Firehorn Trust

Established in 2018, Firethorn Trust is a privately-owned real estate developer, investor and asset manager, which focuses on creating modern and sustainable Industrial and Logistics and Living spaces across the UK.