Dean has nearly 30 years’ experience in shopping centre and retail property management, marketing and the leasing industry in Western Australia and Australia.
Starting as an onsite hands-on Shopping Centre Manager, by the year 2000 Dean was the Director Retail Property Services for Knight Frank, responsible for the management, marketing and leasing of what was the largest shopping centre portfolio that has possibly ever existed in Western Australia. This role included regional and sub-regional shopping centres such as Lakeside Joondalup, Belmont Forum and Midland Gate, as well as more than 30 neighbourhood convenience centres. Dean was responsible for reporting to large corporate institutional owners, as well as many private investors. In that position he managed more than 50 professional staff and approximately 100 technical and contract staff, this often included more than 10 direct reports.
At the beginning of the 2000’s Dean started his own consultancy practice providing advice to retail property users, including major brands like RAC, Zamels Jewellers and Price Attack. He stopped counting long ago, but Dean estimates in his career he has administered, negotiated or documented in excess of 3,000 retail leases.
This unparalleled depth of market experience, from representing the small retailer at the coal face to asset management of major retail properties, gives Dean an extraordinary perspective of every aspect of the retail leasing transaction, making his advice invaluable to any user of retail property.