David Short

David Short

Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing Consultant for Real Estate

Bench Accredited


CMS Cameron McKenna

Paul Sheridan, Partner

“David worked for CMS Cameron McKenna as an environment lawyer and subsequently as a technology lawyer. He has a tremendous ability to extract the critical points from complex issues and to articulate solutions with clarity and brevity in business friendly language. There are few persons with the relevant mix of detailed commercial, technical, legal and financial experience that David has.”

GE Capital Real Estate

Mike Bryant, Head of Asset Management - Europe

“David proactively led our efforts to ensure that GECRE was fully cognisant of all relevant sustainability issues to the extent they impacted on both our equity and debt positions. I would highlight his efforts to help us engage with our tenants to reduce their operating costs, which I believe helped confirm their commitment to our assets and thus preserve value. He always recognised the need to bring forward the economics of operating assets more efficiently as a key driver of changing behaviour and this focus coupled with his industry knowledge and vision made him a very effective leader.”

Work Experience

Sustainability Director

GE Capital Real Estate

(December 2010 - January 2015)

Responsible for sustainability at GE Capital Real Estate, the commercial real estate investment arm of General Electric. I designed the sustainability strategy and led programs addressing operations, refurbishment and transactions across a multi-billion dollar property portfolio covering UK, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Central Europe. I also worked with GE industrial businesses on technology and innovation around improving the energy & environmental performance of the built environment.

I led GE’s external engagement with real estate and wider industry leaders on sustainable business in particular through his roles as: – Member of the Better Buildings Partnership and Chairman of its Lender Sustainability Working Group; – Board Member of the Green Rating Alliance; – Speaker at industry events and conferences.

Additionally, I supported GE’s growing commercial real estate lending business on new lending and existing loan book to address risk from Minimum Energy Efficiency standards legislation and other environmental issues.

Counsel - Sustainability & Environmental Affairs

GE Capital Real Estate

(November 2009 - November 2010)

Managed team delivering the EHS & Sustainability Programs of GE Capital Real Estate across Europe:

  • Environmental and health & safety compliance regarding building operation & refurbishment
  • Early stage sustainability program to manage and reduce energy, water, waste impacts and engage tenants
  • Advising & influencing senior leadership team on business impacts of rising sustainability agenda
  • Managing government relations and industry partnerships on sustainability issues
  • Setting up CRC compliance program for all GE businesses in UK and acting as GE lead on Government consultations

Environmental Counsel & Risk Leader

GE Capital Real Estate

(October 2005 - October 2009)

Led the EHS Risk Management Team of a property investment business on acquisitions and divestitures spanning 12 EU countries and closing over $5BN acquisitions per year. Key responsibilities were environmental due diligence, underwriting and approval process. Also provided legal and risk management advice to various GE businesses on issues such as contaminated land, soil and groundwater remediation, asbestos, accident investigation and transaction documentation.

Environmental & Technology Lawyer

CMS Cameron McKenna

(August 1996 - October 2005)

Starting as a trainee solicitor with seats in insolvency litigation, insurance, banking, property and corporate I qualified as an environmental lawyer and worked for 5 years advising clients from all business sectors on all aspects environmental law from contaminated land to waste to climate change. My work included litigation, real estate transactions, corporate M&A and advisory work. Seeking to broaden my practice area I then moved to the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group to advise on IP issues, data protection and extensive negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts for technology and outsourcing transactions.

Education & Qualifications

International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™)

(2016 - 2019)

McGill University, Canada

LL.M. (Distinction)

(1994 - 1995)

College of Law, Chester

Diploma in Legal Practice

(1993 - 1994)

Oxford University

B.A. (hons) in Law

(1990 - 1993)

About David Short

David is an experienced leader in the field of integrating sustainability and ESG into commercial real estate investment activities. He has advised property investment companies and funds, banks, commercial real estate lenders and corporate occupiers. His expertise covers broad energy and environmental issues, as well as human health and wellbeing. Former sustainability director of GE Capital Real Estate, David brings 20 years’ experience combining professional services as a lawyer with commercial acumen from roles in risk and asset management. He is passionate about technology, innovation and disruptive business models as a driver for positive societal change.


Environmental Management

Sustainable Buildings


Skills & Expertise

Articulating the business case
Clean energy and circular economy
Law policy and market drivers
Qualified WELL® Accredited Professiona
Sustainability strategy for real estate

Current Location


Locations Considered

UK & International

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