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John Cartwright

John Cartwright stepping down as CEO of AREF

After ten years as Chief Executive of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF), John Cartwright has announced his intention to step down from the role at the end of the year. 
During his tenure, John has overseen the modernisation of AREF, an association originally conceived in the 1970s and formally founded in the 1980s. He has broadened the association’s membership, engaging with a wider cross-section of the industry, with the introduction of Affiliate membership, those firms that advise and support the fund managers. AREF’s Code of Practice has evolved and is now widely acknowledged as the gold standard in corporate governance, with the AREF Quality Mark launched in June last year. The number and quality of events for members has improved, as has communications, both with members and outwardly, consequently heightening the associations profile and AREF is now engaging more with the end-investors than ever before.
All of which has greatly contributed to the value proposition of the association and ensured its ongoing relevance in the industry. 
John has led the association through some challenging times and market conditions over the last decade. Over this time AREF has brought the key stakeholders of the real estate funds industry together to discuss, debate and resolve issues to drive the industry forwards. Such evolution has always sought to be in the best interests of everyone – the industry professionals directly involved and the underlying investors in the funds that make up our membership.
As AREF has continued to develop, the demands on the CEO’s position have grown and John feels this an appropriate time to hand over to someone who can dedicate more time to the role. Going forwards, John intends to remain involved with the industry in other capacities. In the meantime, he is now working closely with the Board to find and ensure a smooth transition to his successor. Please click here for more information on this.