09 Jul 2021

Podcast #4: A discussion on Retail & Leisure

We are delighted to release the forth podcast in this years Pubchat Podcast Series 2021, proudly sponsored by RSMwhere our experts take a look at the current retail and leisure sector and how this is evolving during the pandemic.

Some great topics discussed: how structural trends have been accelerated by COVID and how to deal with them; landlords and tenants working closer, more in partnership; relative costs of sales online vs physical; some optimism for the sector.

Special thanks to our speakers:

  • Chair: Anne Breen, Head of Investment Strategy (Real Estate) at Aberdeen Standard Investment and AREF Board Member
  • Jacqui Baker, Head of Retail & Partner at RSM 
  • Mark Bourgeois, Managing Director of UK & Ireland at Hammerson
  • Matthew Soffair, Research Manager, Retail and Leisure Real Assets at Legal & General Investment Management
  • Tim Vallance, Head of Investor Services and Retail Chairman at Jones Lang LaSalle

This year, the series includes six podcasts, where real estate industry experts discuss the pandemic, the road to recovery and take a look at specific areas of the industry.

For details on further podcasts, click here.

The podcasts are public, so we encourage all our members to share the link with their contacts in the industry.

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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.