Gain some valuable hours of CPD whilst working from home! Our selection of previously filmed events cover a range of subjects that remain highly topical.

Some films are for members-only (click here to register or reset your password).


Join 'AREF Connect' - Our digital networking solution, sponsored by CMS

With the continuing situation with Covid-19 and the necessity of working from home, we realise that important networking opportunities have been put on hold. We have launched 'AREF Connect' - offering all our members (including FutureGen and investor members) the opportunity to expand their network digitally


The AREF FutureGen Educational Series 2021 'Real Estate: The Investor's Perspective'

Sponsored by Carey Olsen, we are delighted to announce details of our three part 2021 educational series bought to you by the AREF FutureGen committee.

This year's series, 'Real Estate: The Investor's Perspective' follows on from our previous two years of successful instalment.  In this virtual series, we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the role of the investment manager in an indirect real estate portfolio, from the beginning to the end of the process - including pitching to clients and agreeing a mandate, constructing a diversified portfolio and managing that portfolio once established. We are joined by a great selection of speakers and we do hope you are able to join us.

  • Event 1: Agreeing an Investment Management Agreement
    Wednesday 26th May 2021 - For more details and to register, click here.
  • Event 2: Investment Selection and Initial Deployment of Capital
    Thursday 24th June 2021 - details announced soon.
  • Event 3: Ongoing Portfolio Management
    Wednesday 21st July 2021 - details announced soon.

This series is proudly sponsored by: 


The AREF Sustainability Series

This is a series of events from AREF's ESG & Social Impact Investing Committee on sustainability. For real estate, not adapting to the climate crisis will risk buildings becoming obsolete, and losing value because they are unattractive to let or purchase.  As an industry, we have a collective opportunity to lead the way.

25th November 2020 - The first event focussed on Net Zero Real Assets, and was very popular with over 160 members attending. 
Link: View the full videos and other resources from the events by clicking here

FutureGen 'Bricks and Mortar of Real Estate' Educational Series 2020

This is a three part educational series for 2020 bought to you by the AREF FutureGen committee. Over three virtual sessions, speakers will provide a comprehensive understanding of fund and portfolio management. They will cover what dictates strategy and the investment process; developing the investment pipeline; the mechanics of an acquisition; traditional v's modern valuation techniques; and changes that impact the methodology of the valuation. 

Link: View the full videos and other resources from the events by clicking here

This series is proudly sponsored by: 


Wellness in the Living Space

This joint webinar from the AREF Education & Training, FutureGen and Residential Committees, discussed structural and cultural trends in the residential sector. Our speakers shared their insights on the challenges for the different 'living' sectors, including senior and student accommodation and discussed various issues, including: structural trends in the residential sector, changes in the demographic and the relationship between the built environment/housing and health.

Link:  Click to video and other event materials

COVID-19 – Real Estate Experiences from across the Globe

14 July 2020

Speakers discussed COVID-19 experiences from across the US, Europe and Asia, looking at how the real estate market in their country has been affected by the Coronavirus, lessons learned and the challenges they are facing in their recovery. There was some very interesting discussion around which demographics are most interested in getting back into the office and how the childcare crisis has played out differently across different continents. Speakers also touched on the need for consumer confidence to return to the retail and leisure sectors, and the move towards recession resistant market opportunities.

We would like to thank Darren Stolzenberg for moderating the session and the panel for their candid discussion and responses to questions. The panel were as follows:

  • Chair - Darren Stolzenberg, Partner, Funds & Indirect Real Assets Team at CMS UK
  • Henry Chin, Head of Research APAC/ EMEA at CBRE, Hong Kong
  • Christina Hill, Managing Director and Head of Asset Management, Americas at PGIM, USA
  • Gordon Liu, Deputy Managing Director, Capital Markets, China & Head of Capital Markets, North China, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Christina Ofschonka, Managing Director Fund Management at AEW, Germany

Click here to listen to the full recording.

Crisis / Covid Forums

The Crisis/COVID Forums included a series of 6 webinars, held between April to June 2020, during the global pandemic.  Each webinar was chaired by John Forbes and included an expert panel of real estate professionals, discussing the most pressing issues for their firms at that time and sharing their experiences, to help our members get through a very tricky time. Click the links below to listen to each of the recordings (Forum's 1-5 are available to AREF members only, Forum 6 is open to the public):

Link: Crisis Forum #1 (recorded 6th April 2020)

Link: Crisis Forum #2 (recorded 21st April 2020)

Link: Crisis Forum #3 (recorded 5th May 2020)

Link: Crisis Forum #4 (recorded 19th May 2020)

Link: COVID Forum #5 (recorded 9 June 2020)

Link: COVID Forum #6 (recorded 30 June 2020) (this is open to the public)

The AREF Pubchat Podcast Series – Looking beyond the COVID tunnel


Proudly sponsored by 'RSM'

This series includes five podcasts, where specialists discuss issues ‘beyond the Covid-19 tunnel’ and look at specific areas of the industry.

Details of the podcasts and speakers:

Podcast #1 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Logistics/Industrial
Recorded: 14 May 2020

Chair: Kevin Aitchison, CEO, Knight Frank Investment Management (AREF Man Com)
Nick Smith, Fund Manager Airport Industrial Fund, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Tim Legge, Fund Manager, Tritax Property Income Fund
Ian Henderson, Group Property Director, Wincanton
Richard Bains, Managing Director, Chancerygate

Podcast #2 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Offices (London and Regional)
Recorded: 21 May 2020

Chair: Kevin Aitchison, CEO, Knight Frank Investment Management (AREF Man Com)
Kerri Hunter, Fund Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Marcus Geddes, Head of Property, Land Securities
Lee Elliott, Global Head of Occupier Research, Knight Frank
David Kaiser, Head of Real Estate, UK and Ireland, WeWork


Podcast #3 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Retail & Leisure
Recorded: 27 May 2020

Chair: Kevin Aitchison, CEO of Knight Frank Investment Management (AREF Man Com)
Ed James, Director & General Counsel, The Bannatyne Group
Isabelle Hease, Head of Research and Analytics, Ellandi
Matt Soffair, Research Manager, Retail and Leisure Real Assets, The Leisure Fund, L&GIM
Paul Newman, Partner, Head of Leisure & Hospitality, RSM UK

Podcast #4 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Residential
Recorded: 4 June 2020

Chair: Ian Mason, Portfolio Manager, AEW (AREF Board)
Christopher Saunders, Fund Manager of COLIV Fund, DTZ Investors
Jennifer Murray, Senior Manager - Product Development, Homes England
Tom Ball, Chief Financial Officer, Signature Senior Lifestyle Limited
Edward Clough, Investment & Operations Director, Octopus Real Estate
Nick Hayes, Group Property Director, Unite Students

Podcast #5 - A candid discussion on the financial implications of COVID-19
Recorded: 11 June 2020

Chair: Paul Richards, CEO, AREF
Anthony Shayle (ex UBS and Chair of AREF Public Affairs Committee)
Peter Cosmetatos, CEO, CREFCE
Matt Oakley, Head of UK and European Resarch Team, Savills


A special thank you to all our speakers who took part in the series.

Social Impact Investing Events - View recordings and slides from previous events

2nd June 2020 - The third and final event in the series on Social Impact Investing, this event focused on the fund managers view point and the practical implementation of social impact in UK real estateLink:  Click here to view the full event video and slides.

14th Nov 2019 - This was the second in a series of events on Social Impact Investing, this event focused on Social Impact Investing from the investors view point. The event covered: Social impact investments: definition, measurement and risk challenges. How should our real estate sector address the challenges? Link: Click here to view the full event video, slides and read the Event Summary

FutureGen 'Back to Basics' Fund Life Cycle Series 2019

Summer 2019

In 2019 the FutureGen Network launched this ‘back to basics’ series aimed at providing an overview of a fund, from formation to liquidation.

Over three sessions, speakers covered: current structures available; regulation; product development; tax implications; and the launching & deployment of a new fund. 

Link: View the full videos and other resources from the events by clicking here

The Wellness Trend

1st May 2019

AREF’s Education and Training Committee teamed up with the FutureGen Committee to present this very well attended and thought provoking panel discussion on the ‘Wellness Trend’ and how it is influencing the real estate strategies of both occupiers and landlords alike. This event was sponsored by Vistra and kindly hosted by Schroders.

Link:  Click to video and other event materials

Replays of recent events

Member only content
07 May 2021

Post-event materials - Implementation of Proposed Open End Fund Pricing Guidelines - 6th May 2021

Member only content
06 May 2021

Post-event materials - Member Roundtable: Consultation on MSCI/AREF UK Quarterly Property Fund Index - 29th April 2021

28 Apr 2021

Post-event materials - AREF Property Investors' Voice - April 2021

23 Mar 2021

Watch the replay - UK Treasury's Funds Review: Call for Input consultation - Implications for the Real Estate Funds Sector - 23 March 2021

Member only content
16 Mar 2021

Post-event materials - Investor Webinar: Long Income and LGPS pooling - Tuesday 16th March 2021

15 Mar 2021

Post-event materials - Capital Gains Tax webinar - Monday 15th March 2021

Member only content
10 Mar 2021

Post-event materials- Presentation of the MSCI/AREF Quarterly UK Property Fund Index - Wednesday 10th March

Member only content
25 Feb 2021

Stewardship Code Introductory Event - for the Real Estate Industry - 24th February

25 Feb 2021

Post-event materials - Webinar - An Introduction to The Stewardship Code - 24th February 2021

Member only content
02 Feb 2021

Watch the replay - AREF Turnover Rents Webinar - 2nd February 2021

Member only content
26 Jan 2021

Watch the replay of the 'Vision '21 - What Lies Ahead' event