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). 

Paul Richards

Paul Richards

Managing Director, AREF

Paul is the Managing Director of AREF.

Before joining AREF, Paul was Head of the European Real Estate Boutique within Mercer’s investment consulting business for almost 10 years, previously he was Head of Indirect Real Estate Investment and Global Managed Accounts at LaSalle Investment Management, where he was responsible for managing global portfolios of unlisted real estate funds for clients from Europe and Asia Pacific.

He has over 25 years of real estate experience in investment, corporate finance and research, and has advised investors, occupiers and venture capital companies on property portfolio strategy and on financial structuring, including PFI, senior and mezzanine debt and joint venture arrangements. His employers have included LaSalle Investment Management, Cushman & Wakefield and Henderson Investors.

Before coming into the world of real estate, Paul worked in marketing and market research. He originally studied Physiological Sciences at Lincoln College, Oxford and has a Master of Science in Real Estate from City University Business School, London, now Cass Business School.

Jacqui Bungay

Jacqui Bungay

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.

Sian Grinter

Sian Grinter

Head of Finance , AREF

Sian joined the AREF team in March 2018, previous to this she worked for Manulife Asset Manager, James Hambro and Partners and Goldman Sachs. Sian studies Business Manament at Oxford Brooks University.
Eve Holloway

Eve Holloway

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. 

Anshita Joshi

Anshita Joshi

Tax Advisor, AREF

Mel Ozbay Ali

Mel Ozbay Ali

Administrator, AREF

Mel helps with the administrative side of AREF. 
Ed Protheroe

Ed Protheroe

Strategy Consultant, AREF

Ed Protheroe consults for and acts on behalf of AREF on several Board initiatives around communications, strategy and business development. He has over 30 years of experience in the fund management industry. Before founding Parkview Capital Limited in Feb 2017, he had a senior franchise management role as an Investment Director, co-Head of Equities Investment Specialists at M&G Investments and prior to that, he was Head of Real Estate Investment Specialists at M&G Real Estate. He has also been Head of Research at a boutique broker and a senior pan-European equities fund manager and unit trust board director at Aberdeen Asset Management. He started his career at Morgan Grenfell Asset Management.
Clare Whyte

Clare Whyte

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.