20 May 2022 9am – 10am + Add to calendar Webinar Webinar

We are hosting a virtual panel discussion exploring some of the pressing issues affecting the construction industry on the morning of Friday 20th May.

The event will include discussions on the rising costs in materials, shipping, fuel and labour as well as inflation and interest rates and the knock-on effects of the war in Ukraine. 

Confirmed speakers:

  • Moderator: Kerri Hunter, Fund Manager at abrdn
  • Speaker: Dr Neil Blake, Global Head, Forecasting and Analytics at CBRE
  • Panellist: Charles Ingram-Evans, Partner, Department Head, Project and Building Consultancy at Knight Frank
  • Panellist: Marcus Geddes, Managing Director, Central London at Land Securities
  • Panellist: Andrew Derry, Development Director at LaSalle Investment Management

Further speakers to be announced.

Neil Blake

Global Head, Forecasting and Analytics, CBRE

Dr. Blake is Global Head of Forecasting and Analytics at CBRE. His responsibilities include developing CBRE’s globally consistent economic and real estate view. He also leads on the development of CBRE’s real estate performance outlook in EMEA as well as being closely involved with the co-ordination of CBRE’s view on global real estate investment performance.

An economist by background, with over 30 years’ experience in economic modelling and forecasting; Neil joined CBRE from Oxford Economics, the economic forecasting consultancy, in 2012. 

Neil has extensive knowledge of economic modelling and forecasting particularly with regards to real estate related applications.  These include modelling international property returns for leading investors, assessing the property market impact of a Eurozone breakup, work for the Barker Review on the economic effects of restrictions on housing supply, work for the European Commission on the cause of bubbles in the housing market, the RICS City Office Model, “How Much Space?” and “Retail Voids” for the BCSC and the IPF Research Foundation’s project on “Property and Inflation”, interest rates in the long-term and the impact on property pricing, contributing to the development of an investment strategy for major investors as well as modelling the link between economic development and the demand for commercial and residential space in the Middle East.

Kerri Hunter

Fund Manager, abrdn

Kerri is a Fund Manager within the UK Real Estate team of Aberdeen Standard Investments1 (ASI), managing 2 funds - the HBOS UK Property Fund (an OEIC that holds mainly direct assets but also real estate securities and cash) and the property component of the Halifax Managed Income Fund.  Kerri’s previous roles at ASI include Deputy Fund Manager of the £3bn2 SWIP Property Trust and Investment Manager on the UK Balanced Property Trust, a listed Investment Trust.

She has 23 years of experience within the commercial real estate market and prior to joining ASI in 2003 was Investment Manager at Royal London Asset Management for 4 years where her role had a development focus.

Kerri holds a BSc in Land Economics (Distinction) from the University of Paisley as well as the Investment Property Forum (IPF) Diploma.  She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the IPF and is an FCA Approved Person.


1 Aberdeen Standard Investments/Aberdeen Asset Management/Scottish Widows Investment Partnership

2 Approximate NAV in 2014

Charles Ingram Evans

Partner, Department Head, Project and Building Consultancy, Knight Frank

Charles leads UK Building Consultancy and Project Management at Knight Frank. With over 20 years professional experience, Charles has extensive experience advising investor, funder, asset management and occupational clients in the commercial office, retail, industrial and logistics, healthcare, hotels and leisure sectors.
Apart from undertaking many single due diligence instructions, including some of London, Paris, Berlin and Milan's trophy assets, Charles has led many complex national and cross boarder portfolio instructions on behalf of occupiers, owners and funders. With a passion for value add asset management strategies and development, Charles has overseen a number of high profile developments in the office, industrial & logistics including and hotel sectors.


Friday 20th May 2022


09.00hrs - 10.00hrs

Webinar details: 

Webinar details will be sent out ahead of the event.


  • This webinar is FREE and open to all staff from AREF Fund, Affiliate, Associate and Investor member firms (view our list of members here). 


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