AREF's headquarters are based in the City of London. Our team, which includes investment and real estate professionals, sit in the same office as The Investment Association (of which AREF are a special member).
Chief Executive, AREF
John Cartwright is Chief Executive of AREF, a post he has held since late 2009. His responsibilities are to represent and promote the interests of members, promote best practice in fund governance and ensure the smooth running of the association.
Prior to this, John was with PRUPIM for nearly 35 years in a variety of roles; latterly as Head of Institutional and Retail Funds and a member of PRUPIM’s Board and Investment Committee. He has more than 20 years’ experience of managing pooled and segregated accounts for both retail and institutional investors, and was a member of AREF’s Management Committee for 5 years.
John is a Fellow of the RICS
AREF Secretariat, AREF
Jacqui provides policy guidance and secretariat services to the AREF Board and AREF Management Committee as well as the following AREF Committees: Corporate Governance, ESG & Impact Investing, Investor, Public Affairs, Research and Information and Retails Funds. In addition, Jacqui monitors members’ compliance with AREF’s Code of Practice.
Jacqui joined AREF in 2014 after working for over 25 years in fund compliance, client relationships and administration at Natwest Trustee & Depositary Services.
Head of Finance , AREF
Marketing Executive, AREF
Eve helps with the administrative side of AREF, including running events, updating the website and marketing.
Eve previously worked for The Investment Association. She has worked in financial services since 2013.
Tax Advisor, AREF
Mel Ozbay Ali
Strategy Consultant, AREF
Marketing Manager, AREF
Clare is responsible for managing and developing AREF's marketing strategy.
Clare joined AREF in August 2012 and has over 20 years experience in the real estate industry, mainly in the Real Estate team at Aviva Investors in a variety of roles; latterly as Real Estate Marketing Manager. She also worked as a Technical Fund Assistant in the Property Team at Kames Capital on a short-term contract.