Tuesday, 8 January 2013

MBE awarded to Richard Sexton

Richard Sexton is a partner at Knight Frank in New York. This year he was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List. He is an alumni of the Department of Real Estate and Construction and graduated from the BSc Estate Management in 1992, back in the days of Oxford Polytechnic. Richard, we congratulate you!

The following article about Richard was written by Paul Norman and appeared on the CoStar Group website:

Knight Frank partner Richard Sexton was awarded an MBE this year. The award is for services to UK charitable work, particularly for children and to the British and Commonwealth community in New York. It covers the work Sexton has done for Sparks and St. George’s Society of New York while he has been posted to the city with Knight Frank.

Sexton commented: "It is a source of immense pride for me to receive this MBE in part because my Great Grandfather received an MBE in 1951 from George VI and my Grandfather an MBE in 1956 from the Queen. I’m very proud that the hard work has been acknowledged in this way. I started ‘Captain’s Knock’ in 2008, in the midst of a recession and have helped raise over $650,000 through our ‘Legends’ dinners. It’s been a great privilege working with the charity Sparks and their patrons, including Denise Lewis, Matthew Pinsent, Jason Leonard, David Gower, Keith Wood, Jeremy Guscott, Sir Geoff Hurst , Joe Calzaghe and Scott and Gavin Hastings."

Sexton was invited onto the board of The St George’s Society of New York in 2009 and is now Vice President. The Society is a charitable organization and networking group founded by English settlers in 1770.

“I took up the challenge of bringing in new younger members and in 2011 I led the launch of ‘GEORGE’ for vibrant professional expats from Britain & the Commonwealth and their American friends,” explained Sexton. “This has been a great success and our networking events attract 200 plus attendees each time and have been supported by many British brands in New York including BBC America, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Ted Baker, and Thomas Pink as well as establishing an annual “British Bash” as our fundraiser.”

Sexton has been with Knight Frank for 15 years, starting his career in Warsaw in 1998-2000 and then moving to New York in 2001.

“I congratulate Mr Sexton on his well-deserved honour,” said Danny Lopez, British Consul-General to New York. “His award is an acknowledgement of the significant contribution he has made, through his philanthropic activities and work for the British community in New York, to strengthen the special relationship between the UK and the US.”

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