Knight Frank partner and Oxford Brookes Real Estate alumnus Richard Sexton has been awarded an MBE this year in the New Year’s Honours List following his services to UK charitable work, particularly for children and to the British Commonwealth community in New York.
Richard has been on the board of the St George’s Society of New York, a charitable organisation and networking group, since 2009 and is now the Vice President. The mission of the charity is to assist disadvantaged people of British and Commonwealth heritage living in the New York area. Richard is also the co-creator and ambassador of George, St George’s Society’s sub brand. George hosts events and networking opportunities for its dynamic professional supporters, whilst raising much needed funds for St George’s Society of New York. Their biggest fundraiser is the English themed event titled ‘The Bash’ which features live entertainment, dinner, dancing and a British themed auction. BBC America, Ted Baker and Thomas Pink have all partnered with George to host some of their other top quality events. It is the success of George that has captured people’s attention for Richard’s award. Commenting on his award Richard states “I feel incredibly proud to have received the MBE and am excited about the trip to the palace”.
In 2008, Richard also founded Captain’s Knock, a business networking organisation with a charitable focus. The name ‘Captain’s Knock’ originates from the cricketing term meaning when the team captain leads by example, a process which Richard strives to action. He has always supported the notion “if you’re out there doing positive things which benefit the community this will be sure to reflect positively on your business life too”. Captain’s Knock events bring together leaders from business and sport to network, celebrate and raise money for worthwhile causes; their ‘Legends’ events frequently raise up to $100,000 a night.
When asked for how his time at Oxford Brookes has helped him get to his position today Richard states, “Oxford Brookes was the foundation for everything I’ve achieved, especially my career. Initially I felt like I had no direction, and Real Estate provided me with diversity, possibility, and options to progress in various areas”. He was awarded sports person of the year at what was Oxford Polytechnic in 1992 for playing in the British Polytechnic rugby team and running the 400 meter hurdles, and it is these sporting achievements during his time at Oxford Brookes that influenced his sports themed fundraising events he hosts now.
Speaking about his alumni network Richard commented, “Networking is incredibly important in business; it helps for career advancement, recruitment and sales. So I make every effort to keep in touch with my alumni and LinkedIn is a useful tool for this”.