06 Jan 2020

We welcome Paul Richards as AREF's new Managing Director from 2nd January 2020. 

Paul, already a member of the AREF Board, has over 30 years of real estate experience in investment, corporate finance and research. Paul most recently held the role of Head of the European Real Estate Boutique within Mercer’s investment consulting business.

Paul Richards, Managing Director of AREF, said: “I’m honoured to be appointed as Managing Director of AREF. I look forward to championing this important part of the funds industry and supporting our members in particular, as we look to widen our membership and grow our FinTech engagement."

Paul Richards

Paul Richards

Managing Director, AREF

Paul is the Managing Director of AREF.

Before joining AREF, Paul was Head of the European Real Estate Boutique within Mercer’s investment consulting business for almost 10 years, previously he was Head of Indirect Real Estate Investment and Global Managed Accounts at LaSalle Investment Management, where he was responsible for managing global portfolios of unlisted real estate funds for clients from Europe and Asia Pacific.

He has over 25 years of real estate experience in investment, corporate finance and research, and has advised investors, occupiers and venture capital companies on property portfolio strategy and on financial structuring, including PFI, senior and mezzanine debt and joint venture arrangements. His employers have included LaSalle Investment Management, Cushman & Wakefield and Henderson Investors.

Before coming into the world of real estate, Paul worked in marketing and market research. He originally studied Physiological Sciences at Lincoln College, Oxford and has a Master of Science in Real Estate from City University Business School, London, now Cass Business School.

 

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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.