Why is AREF relevant to investors?

For some years, sound governance has been high on every investor’s agenda, perhaps now more so than ever. AREF’s Code of Practice hits that target square in the centre, promoting best practice, based on three key principles; operational integrity, transparency and accountability.
Our Code is widely recognised as the gold standard for corporate governance and transparency – effectively, our equivalent to the Stewardship Code. Every member fund of AREF has to sign up to the Code, moving them from mere statements of intent, to a much more demonstrable commitment to the high standards investors expect.

Has your investment got the AREF Quality Mark?

Once a fund has certified that they comply by our latest Code, issued annually, AREF verifies this and awards them with that year’s Quality Mark to use on client reports and marketing materials. This makes it much easier for investors and their advisers to discern which funds have signed up. We hope it gives investors some reassurance and helps them make better informed investment decisions. Read more about our Quality Mark here.

But why would an investor join AREF?

Much of what AREF is striving to achieve is ultimately for the benefit of the underlying investors. Further to establishing industry standards and promoting best practice, AREF acts as a forum, bringing people together to discuss and debate key issues, challenges and opportunities. Together with our lobbying activities, AREF seeks to optimise the operational environment for fund managers and help the industry adapt and evolve, protecting investors’ interests.

Investor Members have access to all our events, keeping you plugged into what’s happening in the real estate investment industry. You’ll receive monthly newsletters, industry updates and research papers.

Importantly, Investor Membership of AREF gives you a voice. Help set our agenda, either via our Investor Committee or through any one of our other eight committees.

Free membership!

As the real estate funds pay for membership, investors in real estate funds, and their advisers, join free of charge.

View our list of Investor Members below:

Investor Members

Aberdeen Asset Managers
Abu Dhabi Investment Council
Alecta Investment Management
Aviva Investors
Big Society Capital
BAE Systems
Barnett Waddingham
Brooks MacDonald
Border to Coast Pension Partnership

Buck Global Investment Advisors
Cambridge Associates
CapGen Partners
CBRE Global Investors
Church Commissioners of England
CIEL Capital
City Bradford
Coal Pensions Trustees Investment Ltd
Colliers Capital
Connected Asset Management 
Department for Transport
Deutsche Bank International Ltd
DTZ Investors
East Riding Pension Fund
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Fidelity/FIL Investment Management
Greater Manchester
Hermes Real Estate IM
Honda UK Pension Fund
Hymans Robertson
Infinitum Capital
Institutional Property Consultants
Investec Wealth & Investment
Irish Life Investment Managers
Islington Council Pension Fund
JLT Employee Benefits
JLT Group
John Raisin Financial Services Limited

Kames Capital
Kingsland Capital
LaSalle Investment Management
Lane Clark & Peacock
Local Pension Partnerships
Lothian Pension Fund
MDU - Medical Defence Union
Merseyside Pension Fund
National Autistic Society
NFU Mutual
Pavis Financial Management Limited

Pensions Management Institutute
Pension Protection Fund
Prime Finance Sarl
Rathbone Investment Management
Reed Elsevier Pension Fund
River and Mercantile
Royal London Asset Management
Royal Mail Defined Contribution Plan
RPMI Railpen
Russell Investments
SAUL Trustee Company
Seven Investment Management
Smith & Williamson
Square Mile
StepStone Group
Tesco Pension Investment Limited
The Adviser Centre
The Townsend Group
The Wellcome Trust
Tovana Investment Advisors GmbH

UBS Global Asset Management
Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd.
Wellian Investment Solutions
West Yorkshire Pension Fund
Willis Towers Watson


Register for free Investor Membership by emailing us at: [email protected].