Roger Southam has an ability to solve problems and produce results in all areas of real estate. In a career spanning nearly 40 years he has managed, advised, and problem-solved on billions of pounds of property. Whatever the challenge he has the skillset and aptitude to tackle, address and resolve.

Roger founded the award-winning management company, Chainbow in 1989 before selling the business to Savills in 2016. Having overseen the successful integration of the highly-effective management processes and service delivery of Chainbow into Savills, he left to pursue a solo career and use his wide-ranging experience and skills.

Roger is now an independent strategist, consultant, advisor, and trouble-shooter. He provides advisory and non-executive services to businesses as well as to specific real estate projects.

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Summary Biography

Roger provides advisory and non-executive services to businesses as well as to specific real estate projects. He has a reputation as the go-to trouble-shooting expert for underperforming assets. He knows how to drive down gross to net leakage by improving cash flow and operational systems to enhance income and capital.


Public Property
UK & Continent


Asset Management
Corporate strategy & Innovation
PR & marketing, administration
Risk management
Cashflow management
Business development
Change management
Coaching & staff management


2011 Entrepreneur of the Year, South London Business Awards
Best performing partner for GE Capital, GMac & HSBC for eight consecutive years

Business Experience

Savills UK Ltd
Director – 2016 to 2018

Savills acquired Chainbow in June 2016; integrated the systems and processes the day-to-day operations of Savills. Expanded department, delivered £1.5m of new business, exceeded financial targets in both block and multifamily management sections.

Chainbow Limited
Founder, Chairman & CEO – 1989 to 2016

From 1989 to 2006, Chainbow directly invested in over £250million of real estate asset transactions, boasting increased capital value gains of up to 23.5% and increased commercial rental income of up to 12% through its proactive management. In 2007, repositioned as a residential block management company & grew the portfolio from 12 developments with 1,048 units in 2007 to 115 developments with more than 5,000 units by 2011. In 2012 re-positioned as a multifamily specialist & management consultancy to catch zeitgeist of the build to rent sector. Successfully sold the business to Savills 23rd June 2016 who needed the skillsets and service delivery.

London Shop Plc
Senior Development Executive – 1987 to 1989

Delivered retail development opportunities, taken over in 1989 by Peel Holdings and left to start Chainbow.

Abaco Investments Plc
Estates Surveyor – 1984 to 1987

Responsible for management of portfolio of development subsidiary Mount Provincial Developments Ltd. The firm moved into speciality shopping centres in 1985 and honed skills in customer experience, service delivery and communication with leaseholders and customers. Director of subsidiary Equation Ltd, a Bristol retail store which was the first out of London fashion retailer of the then leading British designers such as Katherine Hamnett, Edina Ronay and Jasper Conran.

Jones Lang Wootton
1982 to 1983

Sandwich student’ within the management department, working with clients including Abaco Investments Plc (formerly Greencoat Properties).

January’s Estate Agents
1978 to 1980

Worked during holidays as trainee estate agents while undertaking A levels and before heading to Polytechnic. Great grounding for the career that followed.

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