John Cartwright is Chief Executive of AREF, a post he has held since late 2009. His responsibilities are to represent and promote the interests of members, promote best practice in fund governance and ensure the smooth running of the association. Prior to this, John was with M&G Real Estate (formerly PRUPIM) for nearly 35 years in a variety of roles; latterly as Head of Institutional and Retail Funds and a member of PRUPIM’s Board and Investment Committee. He has more than 20 years’ experience of managing pooled and segregated accounts for both retail and institutional investors. John is also a member of the Investment Committee of Lothbury Property Trust.
Jan Etherden has over 30 years' experience in the investment industry, as an analyst, fund manager, then a non-executive director. Previously head of UK equities for Confederation Life/Sun Life of Canada, she joined Newton in 1996 as a director specialising in multi-asset segregated portfolios and also was their Investment COO from 1999 to 2001. Subsequently she worked with Olympus Capital Management as business development manager for specialist hedge fund products. She was a director of Ruffer Investment Company Ltd until November 2016 and currently is a director of both TwentyFour Income Fund and Miton UK MicroCap Trust plc.
Colin Smith OBE served for ten years as Chairman of Poundland Group Holdings, Europe’s largest single price discount retailer. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive and Finance Director of Safeway Plc, the national supermarket retailer. Colin is currently Chairman of Hilton Food Group plc having served as non-executive director since 2010. Hilton is a specialist retail meat packing business supplying major international food retailers in thirteen European countries and Australia. He also has experience in the not for profit sector as Chairman of The Challenge Network and previously as a trustee of Save the Children and as Chairman of the food industry sponsored Red Tractor assurance scheme.
Stephen Hubbard serves as Chairman of UK CBRE Group, the world's largest property advisory firm. Stephen has served as Co-Head of CBRE Capital Markets Europe since May 2005. He joined Richard Ellis in 1976 and served as Head of EMEA and UK Capital Markets from 1998 to 2012. He is also Chairman of London Business Network and a member of the Advisory Board for Redevco which is a pan-European property holding company. Stephen has also been a director of Workspace Group plc since July 2014.
Head of Investor Relations
Alex is responsible for managing investor relations for the group. Alex was previously an Investor Relations Manager for INTERNOS Global Investors, a pan-European real estate manager with €3.5bn AUM. Before that, Alex worked at Clearbell Property Partners, a UK opportunistic real estate manager, primarily assisting with raising their second fund which closed at £400m. Over the last 12 years, Alex has also worked as a Corporate Broker for public and private entities as well as providing IR consultancy to a range of FTSE 350 and small-cap companies.
Nick is Chief Compliance Officer for LJ Partnership. He has 30 years’ experience of financial regulation and compliance, having previously worked at HM Treasury; the US National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD); the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation (IMRO); in the compliance advisory teams at Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young; and as an independent compliance adviser. Nick is an MA of Oxford University.
Sophie is a Partner and General Counsel of LJ Partnership, overseeing LJ’s global legal activities across all service lines. Sophie joined LJ as Legal Counsel in 2012, and was appointed General Counsel in 2014. Sophie trained and practiced as a solicitor within the finance team at Slaughter and May, advising clients on a range of corporate and financing transactions. Sophie studied law at BPP Law School in London and holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol.
Head of Finance
Freddie leads on all strategic financial matters including fund reporting, budgeting and forecasting, treasury management and the monitoring of internal controls. Freddie is both a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Surveyor (Property Finance & Investment pathway). He has significant experience in the property sector and previously worked advising similar businesses at the number one audit firm and advisor to UK REITs, as well with private property funds, developers and contractors.
Jamie has significant transaction management experience in the long income and forward funding real estate space. Prior to joining Osprey Equity Partners, Jamie spent five years in the City as a real estate lawyer where he acted for leading developers and property funds on a variety of deals, ranging from large scale residential developments to substantial commercial property transactions.
Partner and Fund Manager
Simon trained and practised as a solicitor at City law firm, Slaughter and May, from 1999 to 2006, following which he spent the next 10 years in private equity real estate, co-founding Osprey Equity Partners in 2011 and LXI REIT Advisors in 2017. Simon’s role covers a wide range of areas, including formulating Osprey’s investment strategies and products, raising equity and debt finance, asset selection, and negotiating and implementing transactions with vendors, purchasers, developers, investors, lenders and joint venture partners.
Partner and Fund Manager
John entered the commercial real estate market in 1987 and after qualifying as a chartered surveyor at Allsops moved to the investment team at Cushman & Wakefield. There he became a partner and spent the next 18 years advising a range of institutional investor clients on their UK acquisitions and disposals across the full range of real estate sub-sectors including retail (in and out of town), offices (London, Thames Valley and regional cities), logistics, and alternatives. John moved into private equity real estate in 2007 and co-founded Osprey Equity Partners in 2011 and LXI REIT Advisors in 2017.