Chief Operating Officer, UK, Fiera Real Estate
Emma is the Chair of the AREF Corporate Governance Committee. She joined Fiera Real Estate, UK in 2007 and was appointed General Counsel before broadening her role to run the operational side of the business. Emma’s remit includes oversight of regulation, risk and legal alongside the firm’s digital transformation and integration of ESG across investment and business process. Prior to Fiera Real Estate, Emma qualified as a lawyer specialising in real estate investment management at the City firm, Frere Cholmeley Bischoff before moving to the niche real estate practice, Forsters LLP.
Emma was a member of the AREF Corporate Governance Committee for several years before taking the role of Chair in September 2020 and joining the AREF Management Committee.
Head of Client Development – Real Estate Client Solutions, Legal & General Investment Management
Matthew recently joined Legal & General as Head of Client Development – Real Estate Client Solutions.
Prior to this he was a Principal in Mercer's Real Estate Boutique. He joined Mercer in 2011 and researches real estate investment managers across Europe, covering all investment styles including commercial and residential real estate. Matthew is also part of Mercer's Dynamic Asset Allocation group and assists clients with strategic real estate advice. From an industry perspective, Matthew sits on the IPF Indirect Funds Working Group and the AREF Investor Committee and has previously been involved with IPD's Index Consultative Group.
Prior to joining Mercer, Matthew was a Real Estate Researcher and Investment Consultant with Aon Hewitt for eight years. Matthew holds the IMC, has studied the Actuarial profession and holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Statistics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a postgraduate Master of Science in Real Estate from Kingston University.
He regularly appears in the financial press and is active on industry panels, discussing all matters relating to institutional investment in real estate.
Client Director, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
James Allum joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments in December 2012 as Client Director, Property. In this role he is responsible for managing relationship’s with the company’s existing Property clients, as well as growing the company’s Property client base. James joined Columbia Threadneedle in 2012.
Before joining the company, James held property relationship roles at Aviva Investors and Henderson Global Investors. He has worked in the industry since 1986.
James holds the Investment Management Certificate.
Non-Executive Fund Director & Chartered Surveyor
Simon acts as a Jersey resident director on real asset and private equity fund boards with experience on companies established throughout Europe, USA, UK Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. He also provides fund and real estate consulting services including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
He was previously global head of alternatives at Ocorian (2014 to 2022), European product head for real estate & private equity funds at State Street (2010 to 2014), and head of real estate funds at Mourant (2006 to 2010). Prior to that, he was a partner in a firm of a chartered surveyors based in the City.
In addition to being a chartered surveyor, Simon is a chartered director with more than 30 year industry experience. He has taken leading roles in launching and overseeing notable PE/RE funds and has worked on a variety of high profile property projects. Typically, he has been appointed to the boards of these. Examples have included funds for Aviva Investors, L&G, Morgan Stanley, Unite, DWS, Frogmore and property projects including Battersea Power Station, Heron Tower, Drapers Garden, Cannon Place, Cutlers Gardens, Central Milton Keynes and Tower 42 among others throughout UK and Europe.
Simon holds a real estate degree and a Diploma in Company Direction, is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. In addition to his role on AREF’s Corporate Governance Committee, Simon also sits on the Legal and Technical Committee of the Jersey Funds Association.
Simon is regulated by Jersey Financial Services Commission and his consulting firm is regulated by RICS.
Co-Head of Social Infrastructure and Joint Manager, Alpha Real Capital
Anne joined Alpha Real Capital in 2022 as Co-Head of Social Infrastructure and Joint Manager for our Social Impact Infrastructure Fund (SIIF) and our segregated mandate.
Anne is an investment, development, and social operational specialist with an accomplished background in delivering thematic solutions for our institutional investors. Prior to joining Alpha, Anne recently completed a successful healthcare portfolio sale and fund closure. She has a proven track record in delivering bespoke solutions, transactions, and overall responsibility for leading social infrastructure investment funds, as well as securing new business.
Anne has a first-class BSc Honours from Reading University and is a Chartered Surveyor and falls within the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. She recently completed the Financial Times Board Director Programme.
Tom Dorey is an independent consultant.
He previosly worked for Schroders as Head of Real Estate Product. He is responsible for investor relations for Schroders’ range of real estate funds. This includes monitoring real estate funds and mandates to ensure they are structured and managed to meet client needs. Tom wass a member of Schroder Real Estate Investment Risk Committee and the Global Real Estate Securities Investment Committee. He was based in London since January 2004. He was head of mutual fund distribution for various offshore jurisdictions in Schroders (CI) Limited.
Tom joined Schroders as portfolio manager in 1997. He was previously employed by CIBC (CI) Limited and at Lloyds’ of London.
Tom holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC). He has an MBA from the University of Bath in BSc (Hons) Economics
Senior Director – Fund Services, JTC
Marie is the Senior Director, Fund Services at JTC, she started at JTC in 2020.
Prior to joining JTC, Marie was a member of the senior management team at Langham Hall and ran the business development department for Europe. She joined Langham Hall in 2007 to focus on the European growth of the business.
Before this, Marie worked at Hg Capital for 4 years, where she was responsible for preparing interim and annual financial statements for 6 funds and 5 co-investment vehicles. She was also heavily involved with the valuation and transfer of portfolio investments, treasury, compliance, US tax and Board meetings in relation to portfolio decisions. Before Hg Capital, she worked in the UK team at UBS Capital (formerly Phildrew Ventures) for 6 years, where she prepared investor reports, management accounts for many of the fund entities, ran capital calls and distributions and dealing with fund and portfolio company treasury.
Marie is a Member of the ACCA, and has spent over 20 years in private equity accounting.
Fund Manager, Schroders Real Estate Capital Partners
Prior to Schroders Naomi was a Research Analyst and Investment Manager at Alecta and before that she was a Research Analyst at Henderson Global Investors and also JLL. She is a member of the IPF and SPR and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the IPF Diploma in Property Investment (DipIPF). She has an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics from City University, London and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from City University, London.
Partner, Morgan Lewis
Director, John Raisin Financial Services Limited
John is a Director of John Raisin Financial Services Limited which provides Independent Advisor services for Governance and Investment to three London Borough Local Government Pension Funds. He is also Independent Chair of the Board of the Merseyside Local Government Pension Fund.
John has over 15 years’ experience of appointing and monitoring asset managers across liquid and illiquid asset classes including Real Estate. John also provides advisory services to Asset Management firms and is a frequent chair and panellist at investment and pensions conferences.
John was previously Head of two Local Government Pension Funds and Chief Finance Officer of two local authorities.
John is Qualified Accountant, holds the Investment Management Certificate of the CFA UK, and a BA in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of Sheffield.
Nick was the Fund Manager of AIPUT (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust), the award winning specialist investor and developer of high quality industrial warehouse facilities at the London airports, with AUM of £0.7 billion (Euro 0.8 billion).
Head of Research, AREF
Rachel is responsible for working with a number of AREF committees, including the Research, Corporate Governance and ESG & Impact Investing Committees.
Previous to joining, Rachel worked as an independent investment management professional in real estate and prior to this she spent 11 years at Aviva Investors in the Real Estate Team as a Strategist and six years at Henderson Global Investors.
Rachel has taken on a number of projects for AREF over the last few years, including the End of Fund Life Project, the Fund Structures Report, the History of AREF and also worked on the Open Ended Fund Pricing Project, in conjunction with INREV.