Anthony Shayle

Anthony Shayle

Head of Global Real Estate, UBS

Anthony Shayle joined UBS Global Asset Management in June 2009 as Head of Global Real Estate – UK (GRE). In this role, he heads the team responsible for the portfolio management of funds and mandates of our UK-based real estate business. Anthony is a member of the GRE Management Committee and the GRE UK Investment Committee.

Prior to joining UBS, Anthony worked for AXA REIM (2005–2009), where he was Regional Head of the UK, Benelux and Nordics as well as Chairman of the investment committee for the region. Prior to this position, he was Head of Business Development & Marketing UK.  Prior to this, Anthony held various senior investment, asset management, debt structuring, finance & accounting positions in the area of private equity and real estate in Curzon Global Partners, AXA REIM (in a previous period), RODAMCO, UBS, BZW and Bankers Trust. Anthony is a Certified Accountant. 

Paolo Alonzi

Paolo Alonzi

Global Head of Real Estate Business, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Paolo is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is Global Head of Real Estate Business Finance and Strategy at Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”).  As a member of the Real Estate Investment Management Committee at ASI Paolo is responsible for providing strategic leadership and input at both business and product level whilst also being responsible for overseeing and managing the profitability of the real estate division.  In his time at ASI Paolo has been heavily involved in and often been the lead on  a number of high profile initiatives including a wide range of product launches, the industry leading merger of two PAIFs, and the development of the firm’s commercial real estate lending platform, as well as playing a key role in developing the firm’s leading real estate ESG capability.


Paolo is a recognised figure in the real estate industry with various roles at AREF (Board, Management Committee and Public Affairs Committee) as well as INREV. 

John Forbes

John Forbes

Independent Consultant, John Forbes Consulting

John Forbes is an independent consultant advising real estate investment managers, investors and others in the real estate industry in the rapidly changing areas of product development, governance and regulatory matters for real estate funds.  He has advised on the restructuring of high profile open and closed-ended real estate funds in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, as well as the establishment of new funds. He has advised service providers to the real estate investment management industry on the strategic implications of regulatory and other changes.  Prior to setting up John Forbes Consulting LLP in 2013, he spent over twenty-five years with PwC, where he led the firm's Real Estate Industry Practice in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa across all of the firm's services to the real estate industry.


 John is the chairman of the Independent Supervisory Board of the UBS Triton Property Fund, independent chair of the Urban Splash Residential Fund and non executive chairman of Ginkgo Advisor UK Limited.

David Hirst

David Hirst

Head of Operations, Global Real Estate UK (GRE-UK) Director, UBS Global Asset Manager

David is Head of Operations for Global Real Estate – UK. His responsibilities include fund structuring, product management and central supplier relations. He has performed this role since July 2009.

David joined UBS Global Asset Management in January 2006 as legal counsel for Global Real Estate – Continental Europe, helping to establish UBS’s Luxembourg real estate funds and advising on transactions throughout Continental Europe.

Before joining UBS, David specialised in commercial property transactions at Berwin Leighton Paisner (2001– 2005). David’s acquisition and disposals experience included acting for Tesco on new store acquisitions as well as a secondment to British Land. Prior to joining Berwin Leighton Paisner, David worked as a trainee solicitor in London with Eversheds (1999–2001).

David got a BA (Hons) and Post Graduate Diploma in Law at Leeds University.

Nick Holman

Nick Holman

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Nick is co-head of Hogan Lovells investment funds group. He has extensive experience of advising on the structuring, establishment, marketing and reconstruction of a wide variety of investment funds, and on associated legal and regulatory issues.

Nick's practice covers both closed ended and open ended funds. He has a particular focus on real estate funds, private equity funds, infrastructure funds and other alternative investment classes. He also has advised on the launch of several exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Paul Lawrence

Paul Lawrence

Independent consultant

Paul has worked in the Financial Services sector since 1986, in locations including the Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg and UK.  Paul has extensive experience of structuring private equity and real estate investments for institutional clients, including private equity managers, pension funds and listed property companies and serves on a number of boards.

Paul has a professional qualification background in Banking, Trust and Company Administration, Investment Management and recently complete the Investment Property Forum Diploma through the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

Until recently, Paul was the Global Head of Fund Services Intertrust, having previously lead the Real Estate business.

Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall

Head of UK Funds, CBRE Global Investors

Hannah is Head of UK Funds at CBRE Global Investors and is the Fund Manager for the CBRE UK Property PAIF. In her role as Fund Manager for the UK Property PAIF, Hannah is responsible for setting the Fund strategy, liaising with investors and coordinating with other team members in order to implement the strategy. Hannah also oversees two UK separate accounts. In her previous role, she was Head of European Portfolio Management within the CBRE Global Investment Partners team, responsible for managing 13 separate accounts as well as a European Fund of Funds. 
 
Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors in 2006, Hannah worked at OPC in the multi-manager team covering both the UK and continental European markets. She joined the real estate industry in 2002.
 
Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol and holds a Masters of Art degree in Real Estate Investment and Finance from Reading University. Hannah is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is approved by the FCA to undertake Regulated Activities, having completed the Investment Management Certificate.
Simon Radford

Simon Radford

Principal Founder, Lothbury Investment Management

Simon is the principal founder of Lothbury Investment Management Limited in the UK. He has 34 years’ experience in managing property investments on behalf of institutional clients and pension funds.

Simon was previously a Director with NatWest Investment Management and Gartmore Investment Management. He is currently Chief Executive of Lothbury Investment Management Limited which has assets under management of over £1.8bn.

Simon is a Director of The Association of Real Estate Funds and a member of the RICS Planning & Development Professional Group Board. He is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The British Council of Shopping Centres and The Investment Property Forum.
Ben Robins

Ben Robins

Partner, Mourant Ozannes

Ben Robins is a partner at Mourant Ozannes in Jersey with extensive experience in investment funds, offshore capital markets, real estate and structured finance.  Having qualified as an English solicitor with Speechly Bircham in London, he returned to Jersey to join Mourant Ozannes in 1997. He became a partner in 2002 and has headed its global funds practice area since 2008.  Ben has been a frequent participant in local industry working groups looking at key regulatory changes, including the implementation of the EU Alternative Investment Manager's Directive (AIFMD).  He was appointed Chairman of the Jersey Funds Association in July 2013.
Melville Rodrigues

Melville Rodrigues

Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

Melville focuses on the launch and operation of real estate funds. The funds hold underlying real estate investments in the UK as well as internationally. They have attracted institutional, private and retail investors.

In addition to servicing clients, he has been involved in representing industry bodies in their dialogue with the Treasury and the FCA. He is a regular contributor to the real estate press.

Jacqui Bungay

Jacqui Bungay

AREF Secretariat, AREF

Jacqui provides policy guidance and secretariat services to the AREF Board and AREF Management Committee as well as the following AREF Committees: Corporate Governance, ESG & Impact Investing, Investor, Public Affairs, Research and Information and Retails Funds. In addition, Jacqui monitors members’ compliance with AREF’s Code of Practice. 

Jacqui joined AREF in 2014 after working for over 25 years in fund compliance, client relationships and administration at Natwest Trustee & Depositary Services.