30 September 2020 10.15am – 11.15am FutureGen event Webinar

AREF FutureGen Network*
Educational Series 2020
Event 1:  Investment Management

Wednesday 30th September 2020

We're delighted to invite you to the first, in our three part 2020 educational series bought to you by the AREF FutureGen committee. This year's series, 'The Bricks and Mortar of Real Estate' follows on from our successful first instalment in 2019 which focused on fund structuring and product development. Thanks to Carey Olsen who are this years sponsors.

The FutureGen network is targeted at young professionals in the first ten years of their careers in Real Estate and our objective is to provide an engaging educational and networking platform for the future leaders of our industry. In this virtual series, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of fund and portfolio management, what dictates strategy and an overview of the investment process. We're joined by a great selection of speakers and hope you're able to join us. To book your place and for more information, please see below.

*Future generation = staff in the first 10 years of their career / not in a senior management position


  • Intro- Rory Blazeby, Director, Fund Services at Ocorian
  • Moderator - Chris Griffin, Partner at Carey Olsen
  • Phil Clark, Global Head of Real Assets Equity at Aegon Asset Management (Kames Capital)
  • Karen Fox, Fund Manager, Property at Aegon Asset Management (Kames Capital)

Rory Blazeby

Director, Fund Services, Ocorian

Rory Blazeby is a director at Ocorian Fund Services based in their London office. He joined in May 2019 and is tasked with driving growth across the Alternative Investments business with a particular lens on the UK and European Real Estate market. Prior to this, Rory was with Ernst & Young in the Asset Management practice focused on Private Equity and Real Estate.  

Rory graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA in History and has been involved in private markets since 2013.

Phil Clark

Global Head of Real Assets Equity, Aegon Asset Management (Kames Capital)

Phil is Global Head of Real Assets Equity at Aegon Asset Management. He is responsible for managing the Kames Property Team and chairs both the direct and indirect property investment sub-committees.

Phil has over 30 years’ industry experience, is a former Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, a current member of the RICS Commercial Property Forum and has been co-chair of the Property Industry Alliance Debt Group since 2008, which represents the industry to the Bank of England, FCA and Treasury on matters of property debt.

He holds an MA in real estate from Cass Business School, is an FCA Authorised person and is a Trustee of the University of London.

Karen Fox

Fund Manager, Property, Aegon Asset Management (Kames Capital)

Karen is a fund manager in the property team and co-manages the Kames Property Income Fund.

She joined Kames Capital in 2016 following a career break, prior to which she was a fund manager at Aviva Investors responsible for three specialist property funds over her 8 years at Aviva. Prior to that, she worked at CBRE for 8 years in the national investment team.

Karen has a BSc Hons from Reading University and has 18 years’ industry experience. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Chris Griffin

Partner, Carey Olsen

Chris has broad experience of both general international corporate and funds work with particular expertise in private equity and hedge funds, having spent ten years in the City at two leading international firms and a large hedge fund.

Chris advises on all aspects of fund and corporate transactions, including the legal and regulatory aspects of fund launches, and joint ventures. He also has considerable experience in dealing with the Jersey Financial Services Commission in navigating investment vehicles through the Jersey regulatory approval process as part of the Jersey funds team. He also spearheads Carey Olsen's crypto practice, having advised on a series of token offerings/ICOs, crypto funds and crypto exchanges.

Wednesday 30th September

10:15 - 11:15am

Call details will be sent to attendees ahead of the call

You can interact, ask questions and start discussions about this event through our FutureGen Members page on LinkedIn (click here to join), or via Twitter using the hashtag #AREFBricksMortar 

This webinar is FREE and open to all FutureGen staff from AREF Fund, Affiliate, Associate and Investor member firms (view our list of members here). 
Open to trial/non-members for a fee of £25+VAT

We are delighted to announce Carey Olsen are the sole sponsor for this series.