21 May 2024

Welcome to our inaugural Newsletter, where we'll be keeping you updated on all the exciting news of this year!

Tickets for our highly anticipated FutureGen Conference, scheduled for September, are now available. Last year, tickets sold out very quickly, so make sure to secure yours promptly. Plus, the first 40 tickets are being offered at a special discounted rate!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming site visit in June. The previous visit earlier this year received rave reviews.

Please forward this email to anyone in your organisation who maybe interested in joining the FutureGen Network (they can sign up here).

We're always eager to hear your thoughts and ideas. Don't hesitate to reach out to us using the link provided below!

Best regards,

Clare Grimes & the AREF FutureGen Committee
(read about us here)


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AREF FutureGen Conference 2024

The FutureGen Conference 2024, proudly sponsored by Carey Olsen is being held at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University on 3 & 4 September and is open to those in the first 10 years of their career. Tickets cost just £240 to AREF Member firms and include inspiring panel discussions, educational sessions, site visits, a networking activity, lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation!

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A glimpse of last year's Conference

Take a look at the write-up from last year, including a video and some conversations with the delegates

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Site visit next month!

Thank you to Jack Quinlan of Blackrock, who sits on the Committee, for organising the next site visit, this time to Enclave Kings Cross

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AREF FutureGen 'An Evening With: Ed Dixon, Aviva Investors'

Our second 'An Evening With' will be on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th July 2024, at Alter Domus offices in The Gherkin, with an interview with Edward Dixon, Head of Responsible Investment - Real Assets at Aviva Investors.

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Mentorship Scheme is launched

In collaboration with CREFC Europe, our mentorship scheme is open to all members from both associations, offering our members a broad range of potential connections. Mentees are now choosing their Mentors and connections will be made this week.

Read more info on the scheme

Missed an AREF event?

You can catch up with our events by reading the write-up, watching the recording or listening to the podcasts for all our events held this year.

Catch up...

Follow us on LinkedIn

We would encourage all members to follow us on LinkedIn. Please 'like' and 'share' our posts to help spread news of the good work AREF is doing.

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Do you have any FutureGen colleagues who would like to join the Network?

Please forward this to any FutureGen friends and colleagues who would be interested in joining the network to receive updates of our latest events and initiatives. AREF is committed to investing in our future! We have over 400 future generation members in our Network.

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Award submission for Outstanding Fund Achievement

The deadline to send in your fund submission is Friday 7 June 2024!

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Get in touch with the committee!

Have an idea to put to us? We'd love to hear from you!

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Clare Grimes

Clare Grimes

Associate Director, GRE Finance

Clare the Chair of the Association of Real Estate Funds’ FutureGen Committee and sits on the AREF Management Committee.

Clare is an Associate Director for GRE Finance, a principal real estate lender operating across the residential, commercial and development space. Clare heads up deal origination for the business.

Prior to this Clare worked at Octopus Real Estate for seven years playing a key role for the firms’ commercial real estate debt fund.

Clare graduated in 2016 from Loughborough University with a BSc in Sociology and then graduated in 2021 from Henley Business School with a MSc in Real Estate Investment & Finance. She also holds a Diploma in Property Investment from the Investment Property Forum. She is chartered surveyor, holding the MRICS qualification.