21 May 2021

We are delighted to annouce the names of our new D&I Taskforce

The Taskforce is made up of a main Focus Group and a second Advisory Group.

Focus Group:

  • CHAIR: Nileena Premchand, Senior Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Grace Agnew, Investment Manager, Knight Frank Investment Management
  • Anne Breen, Head of Real Estate Investment Strategy [& AREF Board], Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Anthony Curl, Co-Head of Long Income, Alpha Real Capital
  • Andrew Grigson, Executive Director, PGIM
  • Heledd Gwyn Wilshaw, Compliance Analyst, Langham Hall
  • Lakhmi Halaith, Associate, Osbourne Clarke
  • Gregory Hewitt, Graduate Surveyor, Savills
  • Julie Leith, Client Relationship Manager, Investment2020
  • Isabella Nicoll, Investment Specialist, Real Estate Solutions, Fidelity International
  • Sophie Reguengo, Partner, Ogier
  • Susan Shields, Senior Finance Manager, Aviva Investors
  • Clare Whyte, Head of Marketing & Events, AREF


Advisory Group:

  • Issie Armstrong, Investment Director, Aviva Investors
  • Jonathan Bayfield, Head of UK Real Estate Research, Aviva Investors
  • Stefan Chinniah, Mourant Ozannes
  • Emily Colquhoun, Graduate Surveyor, Savills
  • Paul Conroy, Group Head of Real Assets, Aztec Group
  • Faye Crook, Director, Investor Services, Europe, PGIM
  • Rachel Fowler, Senior Associate, Mourant Ozannes
  • Karen Fox, Fund Manager, Aegon Asset Management
  • Tom Goodwin, Real Estate Investment Research Specialist - Alternatives, Mercers
  • Clare Grimes, Commercial Operations Manager, Octopus Real Estate
  • Katie Joyce, UK Business Development & Investor Relations, Savills
  • Cathy Keir, Sustainability Analyst, BMO
  • Chris Lee, Associate, Osbourne Clark
  • Mallory Long, Associate, Osbourne Clark
  • Katrina Mackay, UK Board Director, Savills
  • Claire Magowan, Head of Portfolio Valuation, Savills
  • Matthew McDonald, Partner, Knight Frank Investment Management
  • Ellie Mends, Associate, CMS
  • Alex Notay, Placemaking & Investment Director, PFP Capital
  • Selena Ohlsson, Head of Client Relations, Real Estate, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Javed Rachman, Senior Accounting Officer, Alter Domus (UK) Ltd
  • Duncan Scorey, Director, Capital Generation Partners
  • Fenil Shah, Assistant Fund Manager, Aviva Investors
  • Laura Sweet, Assistant Fund Manager, Mayfair Capital
  • Sarah Walker, Senior Counsel, Travers Smith LLP
  • Hebe Williams, Grad Recruitment Officer, Savills
  • Ann Xu, Senior Associate, CBRE Global Investors


The Focus Group will meet on a monthly basis with the Advisory Group being consulted on a regular basis for their views, ideas and help with various break-out working groups on issues and policies which arise. 

The Focus Group will be holding their first monthly meeting at the end of May. We will keep members informed of what the Taskforce is working on as soon as the T&R's have been agreed.

For more information, visit our Diversity & Inclusion webpage here.


Clare Whyte

Clare Whyte

Head of Marketing & Events, AREF

Clare is responsible for all aspects of the planning, development and execution of the marketing strategy for AREF. 

Clare leads on event management, liaising with committees and members to schedule, plan and deliver an effective events calendar for the association.  She also has overall responsibility for brand, as well as the design, development and production of marketing across both digital and offline channels, including the website.