Glenhawk, Pennybacker Capital Management, Montagu Evans, Knight Dragon, Center Creek Capital, Deutsche Finance International, EQT Partners UK Advisors II, LaSalle Investment Management, Gravis Capital Management, TA Realty, Beacon Capital Partners, Charter Hall, JLL, Frasers Property, Atrato, SSE, Global Student Accommodation, Henley Investment Management, Varma, Schroders CapitalGreystar, Patrizia, CBRE Investment Management, Goodstone Living

Gravis Capital Management – The specialist investment advisory firm has appointed Ed Simpson as head of energy and infrastructure to oversee all direct infrastructure and renewables investment activity. Simpson was previously a fund manager at Gresham House, where he focused on real asset investments in the sustainable infrastructure space. Prior to Gresham House, Simpson was at Downing, The Carbon Trust and Bridges Ventures. At Gravis, Simpson will lead the energy and infrastructure team, contributing to the management of existing funds (including GCP Infrastructure Investments) and the development and implementation of new energy and infrastructure direct investment strategies.

Henley Investment Management – The international investment and fund management firm has appointed Will Rowson senior advisor. Rowson will be responsible for advising Henley on its capital raising strategies, specifically around separate account and strategic mandates. He brings his experience working across real estate sectors to the role and will focus on assisting Henley with growing international capital relationships, as Henley continues to expand across the UK and Europe. He was previously the CEO of Global Student Accommodation. Prior to that, he was an equity partner at Hodes Weill & Associates, and before that, was the EMEA CIO for CBRE Investment Management. He serves as a strategic advisor to a global alternative residential asset manager and a tech-driven investment platform in the UK. He is also the 2023 elected chairman of the Association of Real Property and Infrastructure. He also held roles at ING Real Estate Investment Management and Strutt & Parker.

LaSalle Investment Management – The real estate investment manager has appointed Beverley Kilbride chief operating officer for Europe. Kilbride will lead operations across LaSalle’s unified European team, with her remit comprising sustainability, asset management, operations, digital projects and capital markets. She will focus on integrating and implementing strategic operational efficiencies across all European investments, assets and funds, reflecting LaSalle’s integrated approach globally. Kilbride will also become the chair of LaSalle’s European diversity, equity and inclusion operating committee, succeeding Brian Klinksiek, LaSalle’s global head of research and strategy. Having joined LaSalle in 2006 from JLL, Kilbride has worked across asset management, acquisitions and fund management. After assuming the role of head of transactions and asset management for Europe in July 2021, Kilbride oversaw and managed the acquisitions and asset management teams. In her new role, Kilbride remains head of LaSalle’s French regulated business.

Varma - Sampsa Ratia has been appointed as head of real assets the Finnish pensions insurance company. The new role has been created as a result of the Helsinki-based pension provider’s investment department combining its real estate and infrastructure investment work. Ratia was previously a director in charge of real estate investment at Varma. Before the reorganisation in the investment department, Tommi Walther, head of private equity and debt, was in charge of infrastructure at Varma - and he continues to work at the firm, according to a spokeswoman for Varma.

TA Realty – The provider of real estate investment management services has appointed Shauna Conway as CIO. In this role, Conway is responsible for developing and executing a strategic technology vision leveraging innovative solutions while leading the firm’s corporate technology, cybersecurity, and data strategies. Conway is based in TA Realty’s Boston office, and her hire aligns with the firm’s commitment to invest in resources and technology that can help advance its investment strategies. Conway joins TA Realty from real estate investment firm Beacon Capital Partners, where she served as CIO. Prior to Beacon Capital Partners, Conway served as VP, technology and transformation business management and strategy at State Street Global Advisors. Over her nearly 20-year career, Conway also served in senior-level IT roles at Loomis Sayles, Ameriprise Financial Services and Fidelity Investments.

Deutsche Finance International – The pan-European private equity real estate platform has appointed Sofia Watt as head of asset management. Watt will oversee the platform’s asset management activities and will collaborate with the firm’s investment, finance and operations teams across offices in London, Munich, Madrid, and Luxembourg. Watt joins the firm following five years at EQT Partners UK Advisors II where she was head of asset management and a member of its operating committee, overseeing asset management across a pan-European value-add platform. Prior to this, she spent six years at PGIM Real Estate where she was a director of asset management and transactions, as well as five years at NIAM, an opportunistic private equity fund specialising in real estate in the Nordic region.

Schroders Capital – The asset manager’s real estate team has appointed Hideki Kurata as head of France, to lead the growth and development of Schroders Capital’s real estate business in the country. Kurata, who will start in his new role on 1 March 2023, will also be part of Schroders Capital’s global real estate management team. He will also assume the newly-created role of head of living. This responsibility will entail identifying and sourcing new strategic capital and investment opportunities in the living sector. Kurata joins from Greystar where he was responsible for the development of the business in France since 2018. Before that, he led the alternatives and special situations team at AXA IM Real Assets, where he contributed to growing the firm’s exposure to healthcare, hotels, data centres and student housing across Europe. Earlier in his career, Kurata held various positions at GE Capital, JP Morgan and BNP Paribas.

DowningBruno Lobo has been appointed investment director within the property finance team. Lobo joins Downing from S+A Capital, where he was a co-founder and managing partner. He began his career in New York as an associate in Brookfield Asset Management’s global real estate group, before becoming a founding director of Avenida Capital, focused on urban development projects in key Latin American markets. He was then the director of real estate at AECOM Capital in London. At Downing, Lobo will help develop the firm’s focus on the build-to-rent sector, which will involve deploying institutional capital to fund residential projects specifically to deliver high-quality residential rental stock.

CBRE Investment ManagementAntonio Tarroc has been appointed EMEA retail property platform lead. In this newly created role, Tarroc will help deliver on CBRE IM’s ambition to create a market-leading EMEA retail operator platform. Reporting to Eric Decouvelaere, EMEA head of retail operator division, the pair will work closely together along with the asset management teams across the European business. Tarroc has worked for CBRE IM for nearly six years and will also continue in his current role as head of retail asset management Iberia. Prior to joining CBRE IM, Tarroc held several positions within the real estate industry which included asset manager for Carmila España and Incus Capital. He also gained four years’ experience in retail property management working for Gentalia.

Atrato – The investment advisor to Atrato Onsite Energy has bolstered its renewable energy team with the appointment of Tim Roebuck as senior commercial manager. Roebuck will support the deployment strategy for Atrato Onsite Energy. Roebuck has more than a decade’s experience in the renewable energy industry and joins Atrato from SSE, where he oversaw the delivery of distributed energy solutions for corporate clients. Prior to this, Roebuck worked as head of business development at London-based start-up AirEx Technologies, developing and scaling up domestic fabric efficiency technologies to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty.

CrestbridgeEmily Manning has been appointed to the firm’s real estate funds team as director. Manning will provide leadership within the team, working with colleagues to drive the business forward and ensure the delivery of first-class standards of client service. Manning will also have responsibility for the administration of a portfolio of multinational fund manager clients and help build relationships with existing and new clients and intermediaries. Manning started her career at Crestbridge where she worked for six years overseeing portfolios of property investment vehicles, before moving to work in the corporate administration sector for a major European banking organisation. She re-joins Crestbridge having most recently held the position of head of fund operations at an international fund service provider, where she had responsibility for the internal operations of the business.

Fiera Capital CorporationWenzel Hoberg has been appointed global head of real estate. Hoberg will be based in Toronto and will lead the growth of Fiera Real Estate’s Canadian and UK platforms. Building on the firm’s existing footprint, Wenzel will support the firm’s capital-raising efforts and partnership development. Prior to joining Fiera Real Estate, Hoberg held the roles of president of Barnhart Capital and CEO of TRIUVA. He spent close to a decade at CPP Investments, where he took on the roles of VP, real estate investments – international and of managing director, real estate investments – Europe. Hoberg started his career in the corporate finance practice of PwC.

Glenhawk – The specialist real estate lender has appointed Stephen Wrigley as business development manager, with responsibility for the South West & Wales. He brings over 18 years of experience in the region, joining Glenhawk’s BDM team covering England, Scotland and Wales, as the company looks to further diversify the loan book by geography in the coming year. Based in Bristol, Wrigley will be responsible for strengthening Glenhawk’s broker relationships in the South West and Wales, promoting Glenhawk’s enhanced product suite to build out the loan book in what is a key market. He joins Glenhawk from CHL Mortgages where he was business development manager, South West & Wales. Prior to that he spent five years at Precise Mortgages where he worked alongside Jamie Pritchard, latterly as specialist distribution manager.

Pennybacker Capital ManagementTim Berry, founder and COO, has added co-chief investment officer responsibilities. Vince Reyna, previously CIO, has been named senior principal and co-CIO. In addition, the real assets investment manager has appointed Thomas Beier, Jason Dean and Lindsey Jacot to senior leadership roles. Beier, previously COO, is now president. Dean, who was managing director and head of portfolio optimisation, is now COO. Jacot, previously managing director, finance and corporate development and chief compliance officer, is now CFO and chief compliance officer.

Goodstone Living – Macquarie Asset Management’s UK BTR platform has appointed Aleksandra Morisson in the newly created role of operations director. Morisson will lead the build-out of the business’ real estate operating strategy. Morisson joins from Realstar Group’s build-to-rent residential business, where she managed approximately 2,500 units in London and Manchester as VP of operations. She has also previously held operational real estate roles at Urbanest and Regus.

Center Creek CapitalMonique Davis has been appointed social impact programmes manager. Davis will focus on enhancing Center Creek’s resident experience and overseeing resident service offerings, including the firm’s pathway to homeownership programme and its financial literacy training. She will work one-on-one with residents to tailor services to best meet their specific needs, while driving the broader firm goal of unlocking opportunity for the families who rent Center Creek homes. Formerly a case manager for the YWCA working to develop anti-violence programmes, Davis also served as a victim advocate at the National Center for Victims of Crime. Davis will also coordinate with Center Creek’s non-profit and foundation partners to organise additional resident programmes and efficiently deliver a wide array of services.

Charter Hall – Stephen Conry AM as an independent non-executive director. Until 2022, Conry was the CEO of JLL Australia, serving in that role for 13 years. Conry commenced his career with JLL as a valuer and, prior to being appointed CEO, held various state and national business leadership roles as well as serving as an International Director for 22 years. Outside of his executive career, Conry has held roles with numerous business and community boards, including the Property Council of Australia where he was national president from 2019 to 2021. Conry is currently chairman of private investment company Langdon Capital, a member of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal, a board member of Redkite, a fellow of the Australian Property Institute, a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

PatriziaJohn Forbes has joined the Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust board as a non-executive director. Forbes brings a wealth of experience to Hanover at board level having had non-executive director appointments with UBS Triton, Urban Splash Residential Fund and Ginkgo Advisor UK. Before setting up his own consultancy business in 2013, Forbes spent 25 years at PwC, where he was a leading adviser on the establishment of international real estate funds. In his current consultancy role, Forbes acts as an independent consultant, advising clients on the structure and operation of real estate funds.

JLLPaul Davis and Shai Greenberg have joined JLL in Tokyo as co-leads international capital, Japan. Both will be responsible for servicing institutional investors. Additionally, they will provide sector-specific advice focussing on Japan’s evolving alternative real estate asset sector, including data centres, living and life sciences. Davis joins JLL from the legal firm Morrison & Foerster, where he was a partner in the Singapore office advising real estate fund managers, operators and institutional investors on cross-border real estate transactions. He also spent seven years in Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office. Greenberg crosses to JLL from Genkai Capital Management in Tokyo, where he was most recently SVP responsible for cross-border transactions, structuring, fundraising and management of private debt funds, and the underwriting and execution of private equity real estate investments in the US. Prior to this role, he was a senior manager for Cushman & Wakefield’s Japan business. James Abe has been appointed head of investment sales for JLL’s hotels & hospitality group, Japan. He joins from Westmont Japan Investments, where he led their business in Japan. Abe also brings experience from Shinsei Bank and Queens Capital Partners.

Montagu Evans – The planning and development consultancy has appointed Andrew Ludiman as partner and will lead the firm’s residential capital markets and land teams, which focus on all forms of residential accommodation including PBSA, co-living, BTR, affordable housing, senior/assisted living and single-family housing. Previously commercial director at Knight Dragon and investment director at Capital & Counties, Ludiman started his career at King Sturge, then JLL, and has considerable experience in residential-led development, leading on major schemes including Greenwich Peninsula and Earls Court.

Frasers Property – Eu Chin Fen has been appointed as CEO of Frasers Hospitality. In her new appointment, Eu will be responsible for the group’s hospitality business unit, currently led by Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi. She will oversee the group’s hospitality business from investment and business development, to global expansion of its chain of serviced residences and hotels worldwide. Prior to her current appointment, Eu was CIO of Frasers Hospitality International from July 2019 to April 2021. She joined Frasers Property in 2011. Before joining the Frasers Property, Eu was SVP of the asset-backed securitisation team at DBS Bank. Eric Gan, currently CFO of the trustee and REIT management business, will step up to succeed Eu as CEO. He will be responsible for the overall business, investment and operational strategies of Frasers Hospitality Trust, Frasers Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust and Frasers Hospitality Business Trust. Prior to joining the managers, Gan was CFO of OUE Hospitality REIT Management. He started his professional career with international accounting firms and later moved on to public listed companies in real estate, manufacturing and food businesses, where he held key positions such as SVP, company secretary and CFO. Liu Qingbin has been appointed as the head of finance for the managers and will report to Eric Gan. He will be responsible for the financial and capital management of Frasers Hospitality Trust, Frasers Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust and Frasers Hospitality Business Trust. Liu has over 15 years of experience in audit, accounting, corporate finance, tax, treasury and capital management. Prior to his appointment as head of finance, he was VP, finance where he assisted the CFO of the managers on financial reporting, taxation and other finance. Prior to joining the managers, he was SVP of Sabana Real Estate Investment Management. He was previously an audit manager at PwC.