Colin Young

BCom (Hons), BCompt (Hons),
CA (SA), MBA (UCT), PEVC (Harvard)

Colin is the Group CEO and founding shareholder. He is responsible for strategically leading the group. Colin is a property investment professional, with over 30 years experience in property investing, property development, corporate finance, capital raising and asset management.

His corporate background at Ernst & Young, Woolworths, Old Mutual has stood him in good stead to develop Urban Growth into a powerhouse organisation.

At Old Mutual he oversaw numerous property funds, managed in excess of R30 billion AUM (as at 2009), and most of these funds achieved top quartile performance under his watch.

Colin has been instrumental in the property development of many quality assets:
including Gateway in Durban, Menlyn Park in Pretoria, Portside Building in Cape Town, Winelands Centre in Stellenbosch, Parow Valley Centre in Parow, Macassar Shopping Centre in Somerset West, Urban Growth Park in Paarl, to name a few.

Colin is a chartered accountant CA(SA) and holds a top of class MBA (cum laude) from University of Cape Town and has studied Private Equity & Venture Capital at Harvard University, USA. He is an excellent motivator of people, enjoys working in cross functional teams and has mentored many young professionals throughout his career. He is a regular lecturer on the UCT Property Masters programme.

Ross Gregory


Ross is a Director and shareholder of Urban Growth. Ross has an in depth knowledge of the retail property development process, having worked extensively with various development funds.

He is a specialist in traditional and development leasing, as well as property investment. Ross has an extensive network amongst retailers and is a natural deal-maker with strong inter-personal skills and brings energy and dynamism to any team.

Whilst at Old Mutual he was instrumental in raising over R4 billion (2008) for the openended Old Mutual Triangle Core Property Fund.

He has an in-depth knowledge of the Capital raising markets and he has been instrumental in growing Urban Growth assets under management through sourcing of new deals.

Ross holds a BCom (Marketing) degree from University of Cape Town and is the Group’s key driver of acquisitions and solar implementation.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”