28 January 2020 2pm – 2.45pm + Add to calendar Webinar London

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This interactive webinar will discuss the development of residential as a mainstream property sector, exploring how and why different investors approach residential, in the UK and overseas. We will reflect on the new UK Government’s housing policy and set that against the economics of the housing supply and demand fundamentals. Our expert panel will consider the risks and opportunities of investing in residential property in the UK and compare and contrast these with Europe and the US, discussing the different attitudes and issues faced, from the perspective of both fund managers and their investor clients.

Tuesday 28th January 2020

14.00  Webinar begins
14.45  End

Link and login details will be sent to attendees via email ahead of the webinar. 



  • Chair – Ian Mason, AEW
  • Ed Crockett, Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Douglas Crawshaw, Willis Towers Watson
  • Jennifer Murray, Homes England
  • Yetta Tropper, Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • Sebastian Dietert, PATRIZIA AG


Douglas Crawshaw

Senior Investment Consultant - Head of EMEA Real Estate, Manager Research, Willis Towers Watson

Douglas is a Director at Willis Towers Watson with over 23 years of direct real estate investment experience. He is head of the EMEA real estate manager research team and is also a member of the Infrastructure and renewables teams. Douglas is chair of the Secure Income Assets strategy group and member of the Secure Income Fund's investment committee. Douglas is dedicated to providing real estate research, selection and strategic advice to clients as well as monitoring of real estate programmes.

Douglas joined Willis Towers Watson in 2007 from Aviva Investors, where he was a Fund Manager. He is experienced in real estate direct and indirect investment, development, asset management and property management.  

Douglas is a member of the INREV ESG Committee and is a keen advocate of better inclusion and cognitive diversity in the investment profession leading to better investment outcomes for the end saver.

Ed Crockett

Head of UK Residential Investment, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ed is Head of UK Residential Investment with responsibility for all aspects of Residential Fund and Asset Management. As well as overseeing the sourcing, acquiring and operation of Residential stock for all UK focussed strategies he has specific Fund Management roles on a UK based Private Rented Sector Fund and on two Pan European Residential Mandates.  Ed sits on the British Property Federation Build to Rent sub-committee and is a former member of the Scottish Government PRS Working Party, convening the data and finance sub-groups. Ed joined Aberdeen in 2006 from Drivers Jonas (now Deloitte) where he worked in the London and Edinburgh offices in the Private Sector Development and Valuation Departments. Prior to that Ed was President of the Reading University Students’ Union. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from University of Reading and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS).


Sebastian Dietert

Director Fund Management Residential, PATRIZIA AG

Sebastian has been a residential Fund Manager since 2016 with responsibilities for an established German residential real estate fund as well as a newly-established European residential fund.

Prior to joining the residential fund management team Sebastian held positions in residential asset management and worked as Fund Manager in the Luxembourg AIFM, inter alia helping set up and managing pan-European accounts between 2011 and 2016.

To date Sebastian has managed funds with AuM of more than EUR 800m and led portfolio acquisition of more than EUR 400m. He has acquired a vast knowledge of the pan-European residential markets and regulatory issues.

Ian Mason

Portfolio Manager, AEW Europe

Ian joined AEW in 2015. He was previously Fund Manager of Schroder's UK Property Fund between 2008-2013 where he focused on delivering a sustainable income steam from a blend of traditional and alternative sectors (healthcare, car show rooms, student accommodation).
Prior to Schroder's, Ian was at Blackrock where he devised strategies that focused on the needs of occupiers. Ian pioneered the use of indirects in a direct property strategy, together with investment in Alternatives (marinas, doctors' surgeries).
He is a past Chairman and is on the Board of AREF. He is a passionate advocate of listed and unlisted funds for long term savers, leading or participating in lobbying of government, HMRC and FCA.

Jennifer Murray

Senior Manager - Product Development, Homes England

Jennifer began her career in property investment management at Schroders where she was fund manager for directly invested funds and multi manager portfolios on behalf of pension fund and charity clients for over 15 years. 

Prior to joining Homes England, where she leads on institutional investment initiatives within the Government’s housing delivery agency for England, Jennifer was a fund manager for Tesco Pension Investments.  Here she developed a professional interest in the residential sector as an institutional investment class while managing overseas investment strategies.

Jennifer is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Investment Property Forum.

Yetta Tropper

Executive Director, Prudential Real Estate Investors

Yetta is the co-Head of the Multifamily Asset Management team for PGIM Real Estate representing over 60,000 units across the United States which includes ground-up developments, value-add, operating and mixed use properties. 

Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate, Yetta spent 16 years in the Global Real Assets group at JPMorgan Chase where she was most recently a Senior Asset Manager responsible for a portfolio of multifamily and retail assets across the country.  Before JPMorgan Chase, Yettawas with Deloitte & Touche where she served as an auditor in the Real Estate Group. 

She is a Certified Public Accountant and LEED Green Associate. 



We are delighted to announce that Patrizia AG are the sole sponsor of this webinar

PATRIZIA AG has been active as an investment manager in the real estate market across Europe for more than 35 years. PATRIZIA’s activities include the acquisition, management, repositioning and sale of residential and commercial real estate through its own licensed investment platforms. As a global partner for pan-European real estate investment, PATRIZIA operates as a respected business partner of large institutional investors and retail investors in all major European countries. PATRIZIA manages more than EUR 42 billion of real estate assets, primarily as an investment manager for insurance companies, pension fund institutions, sovereign funds, savings and cooperative banks and as co-investor. For further information, please visit: www.patrizia.ag.



This webinar is FREE and open to all members and non-members as well as Non-Executive/ Independent Directors of fund boards and oversight committees.  Members of the AREF FutureGen Network are also very welcome to join. 

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