25 Sep 2020

The Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director to their Board, Kevin Aitchison, CEO of Knight Frank Investment Management. Kevin has been a valuable and prominent member of AREF’s Management Committee for 10 years, and bring over 30 years’ experience in the UK real estate market to the role.

This is a pivotal time for real estate funds, with AREF’s board focussing on guiding the industry through the challenges of coronavirus and Brexit, while continuing to promote investment in real estate funds. 

Adrian Benedict, AREF Chairman, said, “We are delighted to welcome Kevin to the Board, and believe he will advance AREF’s agenda through collaboration with our other board members. We appreciate his continued work with AREF in this new role.”

Kevin Aitchison, CEO of Knight Frank: "AREF has really proven to be indispensable this year. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to get even more closely involved with the valuable work they do on behalf of the industry. I have been particularly impressed by the vision and aspirations of the new chair and look forward to contributing to Board discussions as he steers the association through the next few years”. 


Kevin Aitchison

Kevin Aitchison

Head of Knight Frank Investment Management, Knight Frank Investment Management

Kevin is the Head of Knight Frank Investment Mangement and has over 25 years’ experience in the UK real estate market.  Before joining the business, he spent 11 years at ING Real Estate Investment Management (ING REIM), culminating in his appointment as CEO of the UK business in October 2008.  During his time at ING he had extensive experience of the portfolio and fund management of both segregated accounts and collective investment schemes, acting on behalf of a variety of UK and overseas institutional clients.  As CEO he took responsibility for the re-structuring of the ING REIM UK business, creating an enhanced focus on client service and performance.

Kevin is a member of the Investment Property Forum.  In his spare time he is Chair to the Board of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, the only contact sport for tetraplegic athletes, suffering both upper and lower limb disability.


Eve Holloway

Eve Holloway

Marketing Executive, AREF

Eve helps with the administrative side of AREF, including running events, updating the website and marketing.

Eve previously worked for The Investment Association. She has worked in financial services since 2013.