The Dot Group and Kinetic Capital make two senior hires

The Dot Group and Kinetic Capital announce the appointment of two senior executives to drive strategic growth.

Pictured left to right: Paddy Allen, incoming Chief Executive Officer, Kinetic Capital and Steve Grant, incoming Chief Corporate Development Officer, The Dot Group | PBSA News
Pictured left to right: Paddy Allen, incoming Chief Executive Officer, Kinetic Capital and Steve Grant, incoming Chief Corporate Development Officer, The Dot Group.

Transformational leader in student living – The Dot Group – has appointed Paddy Allen as the new Chief Executive Officer of Kinetic Capital, and Steve Grant – the current CEO of Kinetic Capital – as Chief Corporate Development Officer at The Dot Group.

“Steve and Paddy are exceptional executives with significant experience in the PBSA sector who will play key roles in Dot’s future success.”

Nicholas Porter, Chief Executive Officer, The Dot Group 

Kinetic Capital Chief Executive Officer

Currently the Head of Operational Capital Markets at Colliers, Paddy has nearly 20 years’ experience in real estate. He will be joining Kinetic Capital towards the end of summer and will lead the expanding high-calibre team to deliver the next stage of significant growth. His appointment is key to delivering the company’s ambitious plans.

Paddy’s leadership will underpin the next phase of growth for Kinetic Capital, building on the company’s success to date – including its recent entry into the Italian market and pioneering ESG incentives for borrowers. 

“Paddy’s expertise in student housing and debt supports and accelerates Kinetic’s growth, building on the strong foundations laid by Steve and the team.

“I am incredibly excited about what lies ahead, and I am looking forward to welcoming Paddy to form part of the Dot journey.”

Nicholas Porter, Chief Executive Officer, The Dot Group 

Paddy is a highly experienced professional who has specialist knowledge of PBSA and the wider living sector. He brings expertise in capital markets – including debt and equity raising – as well as transaction execution, operations and real estate technology. 

The new appointment will further cement Kinetic Capital’s unique position as a leading student housing debt provider, leveraging its significant capital partnerships and expertise to execute on its strong pipeline whilst expanding the company’s institutional relationships. 

“Kinetic Capital is the market leader in student housing debt, and it is a really exciting time to join. Steve and his team have built an incredible business with a differentiated approach and unparallel sector expertise. I am very excited to be taking the helm for its next phase of development.”

Paddy Allen, incoming Chief Executive Officer, Kinetic Capital 

The Dot Group Chief Corporate Development Officer

As the current CEO of Kinetic Capital, Steve led the business since its launch in 2020 alongside fellow Co-founder Nicholas Porter, CEO of The Dot Group.

To maximise Steve’s skills, he will transition within the Group to become The Dot Group’s Chief Corporate Development Officer, while continuing to work closely with Kinetic to ensure a smooth transition until Paddy’s arrival. This move enables Dot to remain focused on its global strategy and successfully execute opportunities across all areas of the Group’s activity. 

“Dot is a truly unique group of businesses with amazing opportunity, and I am looking forward to driving further growth and taking advantage of the many targets in the global student living sector. I am also immensely proud of what we have achieved at Kinetic, and I am confident that Paddy is very well placed to expand and grow the Kinetic offering.”

Steve Grant, incoming Chief Corporate Development Officer, The Dot Group

As Chief Corporate Development Officer at The Dot Group, Steve will be responsible for corporate development globally – leading major transactions, M&A, partnerships and new market development across all Group businesses. 

At Kinetic Capital, Steve led the business in securing capital investment with world-class institutions, while deploying debt financing to student housing investments across the UK and Europe. Steve’s transactional prowess and ability to navigate complex investment opportunities has been exceptional throughout his career. 

With over a 20-year track record in PBSA, Steve is a highly respected industry leader. His previous roles as CEO of The Dot Group’s companies Kinetic and GSA provide him with unique insight into the Group and access across the industry.

His excellence in delivering complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions will help drive the company’s growth strategy to scale across global markets. 

Prior to joining the The Dot Group, Steve was Chief Financial Officer of Urbanest and Managing Director, Asset Management of UNITE Group. 

“Having worked with Steve for over 20 years, his unrivalled knowledge of the Group and deep sector expertise will be instrumental in achieving strategic and focused growth. This move signifies the level of opportunity that exists for our Group and appetite to build out our growing team and attract high-calibre talent.”

Nicholas Porter, Chief Executive Officer, The Dot Group