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An interview with Sandra Dowling Tim Green speaks to Sandra Dowling, UK Real Estate Leader at PwC

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Sandra leads PwC’s real estate practice in the UK and has been with the UK firm for over 25 years. She has FTSE listed experience working with REITs and asset managers as well as private equity real estate and fund managers. Sandra’s clients have included U+I Group PLC, Civitas Social Housing REIT, Aviva Investors Real Assets, BlackRock Real Assets and Jupiter Fund Management PLC. 

Sandra also sits on the British Property Federation Finance Committee and represents PwC at the Real Estate Balance Network. 

Outside of work Sandra enjoys horse riding, spending time with her cocker spaniel and has 15 year old boy/girl twins. Sandra lives in Esher and has previously lived in Boston and Montreal, where she grew up. 

Q-What was your first job and what is the worst job you’ve ever done? 

My first job was working at local flying club in Montreal – I loved it and went on to get my private pilot’s license whilst working there over the summers and weekends through my university years.
The worst job I ever did was actually working on a stock count for a pharmaceutical company where I had to go to the test lab and count rats! 

Q-Was Tax your first career choice and what were you doing before?
Joining an accounting firm was my first choice and I actually applied to 23 firms in Montreal for a summer internship whilst at McGill University. I chose to join PwC because of the opportunity to work overseas and I’ve done four international secondments over my career, so very happy that I chose PwC in the end. 

Q-Why did you choose a career in the commercial real estate sector?
I’ve worked with a variety of industries over my career at PwC including forestry, financial services, pharmaceuticals and I’ve been involved with the real estate sector over the last 12 years. It has been the best industry sector in many ways because it touches so many different aspects of the economy and I find macro trends to be very interesting. The real estate community is also a tight one and you get to know people really well. 

Q-Why do you enjoy the sector? See above. 

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About Tim Green

Tim Green

Tim has been helping real estate businesses with their senior recruitment needs for over twenty years. He has worked with a wide variety of businesses both in the UK and overseas. Curious by nature, Tim has developed an exceptional network, and numerous people have benefitted from his positive contribution to their careers. Businesses have benefitted from his ability to source exceptional talent. He also runs a quarterly Real Estate CFO Breakfast Forum with BDO Real Estate.

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