Andrew Hynard 1981
Honorary Graduate and Chief Executive
Back in the days when Oxford Brookes University was known as Oxford Polytechnic, Andrew Hynard graduated with a degree in Estate Management. Today he is Chief Executive of Howard de Walden Estates, the London Family Estate which owns 92 acres of Marylebone, including Harley Street and Marylebone High Street. Prior to that he was UK Deputy Chairman of JLL the global real estate advisory firm. He was presented with an Oxford Brookes Honorary Degree in 2013 (Doctor of Science) for his contributions to the property industry.
1. When you were at school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
It seems like hundreds of years ago! I actually left school in 1978 if that helps. Rather sadly, I always wanted to be a Chartered Surveyor ( just like my father )
2. What did you study at the Polytechnic?
3. How did you find your way into Real Estate?
As mentioned, it was really through familiarity of the profession through my father – I liked the idea of not being desk bound.
4. What interests you most about the subject?
It covers such a range of areas from rating to building surveying to commercial and to residential, and across all geographies.
5. What is your favourite building and why?
The Shard by London Bridge in London. It is an iconic skyscraper which epitomises the visionary nature of London developments over the past decade or so. Oh yes, I should mention that my former firm JLL is the letting agent!
6. What is going to be the next big thing in Real Estate?
The acceptance that owning your own home is no longer the holy grail. More and more people are now renting, and they have an increasing range and improving quality of property and landlords to choose from.
7. Outside of work, how do you relax?
Lots of sport – squash, golf, cycling and getting together with family and friends. I am a great follower of the Olympics having attended London 2012 and Rio 2016, and cheered Brookes Chancellor Katherine Grainger over the line.
8. Why did you want to mentor a student?
I was fortunate that I had family in property and therefore knew how to approach my career post University. For those students who don't have connections to the industry, a mentor can make a big difference and really help. I had such a positive experience at Brookes that I am more than happy to put a little back, and I really enjoy engaging with tomorrow's property stars.
9. Have you benefitted from the experience?
Absolutely. Apart from it being an enjoyable and fulfilling thing to do, I have been kept in touch with the current thinking at Brookes, how firms are going about recruiting graduates and the students themselves.
10. Would you recommend mentoring to other alumni?
Definitely. It is a super way to keep in touch, meet dynamic and motivated young professionals, and to maintain a link with one of the best universities in the world!
Andrew is an active member of the alumni society, OBREMS and also mentors students, as part of the Real Estate Mentoring Scheme. Outside of work, he has been involved in various fund-raising events including a charity cycle ride from John O' Groats to Land End.