Founder and former Chairman of Orchard Street Investment Management, and currently a Board member of Land Securities Group Plc
Chris is a graduate of Land Economy, and began professional life at Healey and Baker in London. He subsequently moved to Equitable Life, and then Scottish Amicable as Property Investment Manager. In 1985 he became a partner at Jones Lang Wootton, in London, to set up their investment management business. He then became the Managing Partner of the firm in UK in 1991.
In 1995 Chris joined Haslemere Estates, and its parent Rodamco NV, as MD of the UK division. That entity was re-quoted in 1999 in Amsterdam. The business was taken over in 2002, and Chris left at the end of 2003 to found Orchard Street Investment Management as Chairman. That business grew to have £5bn UK commercial property assets under management by the time he retired from the firm in April 2015.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Land Securities Group Plc. Past non-executive roles have included Commissioner of the Crown Estate, President of the British Property Federation, Chairman of the Bank of England Property Forum, and Trustee of the IPF Educational Trust. He is a Wilkins Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge.
Consultant, Cyril Leonard
Douglas Blausten is a Consultant of Cyril Leonard. Their work covers Property Investment, Asset Management and large scale Project Management work across the UK. He is also a member of the Boards to both the Department of Land Economy and the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research in the University of Cambridge.
Chairman, Gerald Eve LLP
Hugh Bullock is Chairman of Gerald Eve LLP, an international firm of property consultants based in the UK. Hugh is a BSc, holding an honours degree in Urban Estate Management, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
He has over 30 years’ experience working on regeneration and development in London and elsewhere, representing major property owners, investors, developers and public bodies including on large scale, high profile or complex development and regeneration projects.
He is a Member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board, the Town Planning Adviser to the Westminster Property Association and a member of the Cambridge University Land Economy Advisory Board.
His former roles include: Commissioner on the Mayor of London’s West End Commission; Chairman of London First’s Planning and Development Advisory Forum; Member of the Mayor of London’s London Electricity High-Level Working Group; Member of the London Regional Council of the CBI, Member of the Board of Trustees of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Visiting Lecturer to the University of Reading.
Simon is a Cambridge graduate (Trinity Hall, Law) who has been with Linklaters for nearly 35 years. During this time he spent four Years as Head of the Real Estate Department and seven years on the Firm’s main Board. He is currently Head of European Real Estate based in the London office. He was centrally involved in the UK property market’s creation of a UK REIT, and was one of the small industry team which negotiated the detailed REIT rules with HM Treasury and HMRC. Previously he has been a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and member of the British Property Federation Policy Committee. Currently he is a member of the ULI’s global Governance Committee, the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board and a trustee of the Investment Property Forum Education Trust. Simon is married with two sons. His hobbies include fishing, wine, music, sport and reading.
Giles has 15 years property experience. He specialises in the strategic management of private and institutionally owned, land based property portfolios and is head of the Cambridge Rural team of Bidwells.
Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Real Estate, Goldman Sachs
Jim Garman is Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Real Estate in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He joined the firm in 1992 and became a Partner in 2006. He is a member of the firm’s Global Real Estate Investment Committee. Goldman Sachs is a full service global investment bank. Through its Merchant Banking Division the firm is a leading global investor and manager in private equity, real estate and infrastructure.
Chief Executive, Grainger PLC
Helen Gordon is Chief Executive of Grainger Plc the UK’s largest listed residential landlord.
Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Grainger in January 2016 from RBS where she had been Global Head of Real Estate Asset Management since October 2011. Prior to that Helen was Director of Legal and General Property, responsible for the Main Life Fund and c.8 smaller Funds.
Helen holds a number of non-exec positions, Government appointments, is currently on the Board of Covent Garden Market Authority, and was a Trustee for The College of Estate Management for nine years.
Chief Executive, Capital and Counties PLC
Ian is the Chief Executive of Capital & Counties Properties PLC, one of the largest publically listed property investment and development companies in central London. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in large scale global real estate investment and development. He was an Executive Director of Hongkong Land until 2006 when he returned to London to become an Executive Director of Liberty International. He is a member of the British Property Federation Policy Committee, a Trustee and Board Member of the Urban Land Institute and past Chairman of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate in America. He is also a director of AIM listed Japan Residential Investment Co Ltd.
Professor Ian Hodge
Professor of Land Economy
Ian Hodge is Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy and Fellow of Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he has worked since 1983. He was Head of Department of Land Economy from 2002-2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and past President of the Agricultural Economics Society.
His primary research interests are in rural environmental governance, policy and economics, property institutions and rural development. He has published over 200 professional publications including 3 books and 100 journal articles and has supervised over 20 PhD students. He has previously worked at the Universities of Queensland in Australia and Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. He has a PhD in Countryside Planning from Wye College in the University of London and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading.
Roddy Houston MA (Cantab.) MRICS
Roddy has most recently been leading a team of senior professionals at the Ministry of Defence, developing the estate strategy for a national portfolio of some 3,000 properties with an estimated value of c £8-10Bn+. His previous role was as a director at Telereal Trillium (formerly Land Securities Trillium), accountable for the estate strategy, asset and estate management deliverables under a 25-year outsourcing contract with one of Trillium’s major government clients.
Before joining Trillium in 2003, Roddy was a lead management consultant in KPMG’s Property & Programmes Consulting group, which he joined in 1998. Prior to that, he was a property asset manager in Coopers & Lybrand’s Business Recovery & Insolvency division for 6 years, having started his articles at Knight Frank & Rutley. He served as an Army officer with the Royal Green Jackets, after reading Economics at Cambridge.
Roddy was President of the Cambridge University Land Society from 2012 to 2014, and continues to chair its Commercial Property Forum. He also sits on the Peterhouse Society Committee.
Chief Executive, M&G Real Estate
Alex has been Chief Executive of M&G Real Estate since July 2012 and is also a Director of its parent company M&G Investments, the investment arm of Prudential Plc with real estate assets under management of £22.5bn. He has broad experience in international real estate investment in Europe and Asia. Before joining M&G Real Estate, Alex was a founding shareholder and global Chief Investment Officer for MGPA, the independent private equity real estate investment advisory business, based in London and subsequently Singapore. During this time, he was involved in £5bn of real estate investment and development transactions across the UK, continental Europe and Asia. Alex has also worked in various senior investment management and corporate finance roles at Lend Lease Corporation, JP Morgan and HSBC. In all, Alex has 28 years’ experience in real estate, investment management and finance. Alex has MA (Hons) in Law from the University of Cambridge and MBA from INSEAD, and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Chief Investment Officer, Patrizia Immobilien AG
Anne Kavanagh is the Chief Investment Officer for Patrizia Immobilien AG. Prior to this, she was Global Head of Asset Management, and Transactions at AXA Real Estate who manage over €57 billion of assets. Anne was responsible for AXA Real Estate’s activities in asset management including transactions and development. She was also a member of the Management Board and Investment Committee. Prior to joining AXA Real Estate Anne was Managing Director at Lazard.
Anne is also a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a board member of the British Property Federation.
Chief Operating Officer, Tristan Capital Partners
Ian is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Tristan Capital Partners. Ian brings a 20+ year track record of global securities investment management, investment banking and investment research to Tristan.
Prior to joining Tristan, Ian was co-head of Morgan Stanley’s European Equity and Fixed Income Research Division, a pan-European division with 265 staff, covering over 1000 securities across 30 sectors, and servicing hundreds of institutional clients across the world.
Prior to running European Research at Morgan Stanley, Ian was a strategist with Morgan Stanley in New York. Ian started his career as an investment manager at Baillie Gifford, one of the UK’s leading independent investment management partnerships.
Outside of work, Ian is a Governor of The King Alfred School, an advisor to the Gaia Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of Innovision.
Ian received his B.A. in Law at Oxford University.
Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance, University of Cambridge - Head of Department of Land Economy.
Colin is Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance in the Department of Land Economy, and also Head of Department. He has over thirty years’ experience in real estate research, education and consultancy, specialising in commercial real estate investment and global city office markets. He has over one hundred publications in those areas, and has advised national government, sovereign wealth funds, professional associations and private firms on real estate matters.
Noel is Co-Founder and a former Principal of the pan European real estate fund manager, Europa Capital LLP. He was a member of its Investment Committee from 1998 with overall responsibility for acquisitions by the Europa Funds in Northern, Southern and South Eastern Europe and for asset management of the investments acquired, until 2016.
From 1981 to 1998 Noel was at Richard Ellis, (now CBRE) as a Partner from 1986, and latterly as a shareholding Director of one of its principal subsidiaries which provided venture capital for real estate transactions and created and managed property funds.
During 1993-2000 he was a non-executive Director of a Bank of England subsidiary managing a distressed real estate loan portfolio which comprised over 250 assets.
Noel attended Pembroke College (1977-1981); is an alumnus of the London Business School, a former member of the Board of INREV and current Chairman of the INREV Fund Managers Council; a member of Strategy Board of The Investment Property Forum and a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
He also volunteers as an advisor to The Diocese of London on property matters; as a Trustee of the Henry Smith Charity; as a Liveryman of The Company of Chartered Surveyors; as a committee member of the Cambridge University Land Society (Chairing its Finance Forum) and the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board (CLEAB) and is a Trustee of a number of other charities.
Partner, Argent (Property Development) Services LLP
Since joining Argent in 2003, Richard has worked primarily on the King’s Cross development, where he has been responsible for coordinating and delivering some £600 million of development. Notably, Richard led the development of the £155 million campus for Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) in the Grade II listed Granary Complex, alongside residential and public realm.
Richard has a keen interest in residential and led the development of Edition 2 of the ULI Build to Rent Best Practice Guide, which was successfully launched in March this year.
He has responsibility for public realm and masterplanning and is presently focusing on the Brent Cross South development. At a corporate level, he is responsible for development management, securing new opportunities and resourcing.
Richard read Engineering at Cambridge and has a Masters in Property Law and Valuation. He is a Member of the RICS, Chair of the Residential Council at the ULI and sits on King’s Cross Boards.
Chairman, Meyer Bergman
Ton Meijer started work in the family business B. Meijer in 1961. In 1970 he started his own company MAB Group BV, based in the Netherlands, and which later expanded to France, Germany, UK and Belgium.
The core business of the company was the development of ambitious inner city projects, such as Les Halles in Paris, the centre of Le Havre and the centres of Aix en Provence, Fontainebleau (in development), Babylon, the Resident in The Hague, and the city centres of Zoetermeer, Amstelveen and Almere.
MAB was one of the headline sponsors with the city of Paris for ‘les Champs de la Sculpture’. MAB has received different professional prizes, winning the ICSC-award (International Council of Shopping Centres) four times, and the NRW-award (Nederlandse Raad van Winkelcentra) four times.
In 2004 MAB was sold to Bouwfonds, and in 2005 Ton started MeyerBergman BV which specialises in retail development, investment and management. He has completed three projects in a joint venture with Bouwfonds/MAB. These are:
– Frankfurt Hoch4, a shopping mall, offices, hotel complex in the center of Frankfurt
– Domus, a living and shopping mall in Paris
– Oosterdokseiland, city development in Amsterdam
He is also the owner of the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and a major stockholder of SCM in Houten
In 2014 he created Leeuwenpoort, a real estate company, specialising in the re-development and rehabilitation of monumental buildings and Industrial Heritage buildings in the Netherlands.
He has four children and twelve grandchildren.
Founder and Managing Partner, Bension Elliot Capital Management, Senior Departmental Fellow, Department of Land Economy
Marc is the founder and Managing Partner of Benson Elliot Capital Management, a leading European private equity real estate firm. Prior to founding Benson Elliot, Marc established and managed Doughty Hanson Real Estate, having earlier established and led the property and Tourism team at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Marc began his European real estate career at Goldman Sachs, following four years as investment principal with Chicago-based JMB Realty. During his career Marc has structured and funded billions of Euros in Commercial and residential property developments, in the US and across Europe. Benson Elliot is currently engaged in landmark developments in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Marc is UK Vice Chairman of Urban Land Institute, an Eminent Fellow of the RICS , a member of the Bank of England Property Advisory Board and an advisor to the UK’s Department of Communities and Local Government. Mr. Mogull serves on the cross-industry Real Estate Finance Group, which recently produced a report for the Bank of England offering recommendations for re-designing the structure of commercial property financing in the UK, with the goal of preventing future real estate market crashes from threatening the UK’s financial stability (“A Vision for Real Estate Finance in the UK”). He is also a member of the UK Department of Communities and Local Government’s Commercial Property Forum. Marc holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School (university of Pennsylvania) and an MBA from the Kellogg School ( Northwestern University). In addition to his work at Cambridge, Marc has lectured at Oxford University’s Said Business School and Northwestern University.
Managing Director, Mitsui Fudosan
Eiichiro Onozawa joined Japan’s largest publicly-traded Real Estate Developer, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd in 1988. Accumulating more than 28 years of both domestic and global experience within the Mitsui Fudosan Group, he currently heads the firms’ UK entity, and also is a non-executive Director of Stanhope Plc. Eiichiro is highly experienced in development, marketing, leasing, and asset management of commercial properties.
Prior to the London office appointment, he spent four years as Senior Vice President of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. where he was responsible for strategising growth plans. Eiichiro holds a Bachelor of Law from Keio University in Tokyo, and an MBA from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business in Washington D.C.
Head of Euorpe, Apollo Global Real Estate Advisors
Roger Orf is a partner and is head of Apollo’s real estate business in Europe. He oversees all property investments and fund raising activities on behalf of Apollo’s real estate funds throughout Europe. Prior to joining Apollo in 2010, Roger spent the majority of his career investing in the European real estate markets on behalf of Citigroup, Lone Star, for his own account and at Goldman Sachs. In his last four years at Goldman Sachs, he headed the European Real Estate Department and was a member of the European Investment Banking Operating Committee. Roger is a Founder of E- Shelter GmbH, a German based data centre business. He is a member of the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business Global Advisory Board and the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Law School. He holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago, as well as a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University.
Chief Executive, Grosvenor Group Ltd
Mark Preston FRICS (Group Chief Executive) joined Grosvenor in the UK in 1989. Seconded to Hong Kong in 1995, he returned to lead Grosvenor’s fund management operations in 1997, spent four years as President of Grosvenor USA from 2002, became Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in 2006 and Group Chief Executive in 2008.
Mark currently holds two Non-Executive Directorships on the Boards of Persimmon Plc and Sonae Sierra SGPS. He is a Trustee of ULI and Chairman of the ULI Centre for Sustainability Advisory Board, as well as being a Trustee for the Westminster Foundation. He is a member of the Board of The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, the (University of) Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board and an Honorary Vice-President of the Cambridge University Land Society (“CULS”).
Non-Executive Director - Howard
Dominic graduated from Gonville and Caius College with a degree in Land Economy in 1978. He trained and qualified as a chartered surveyor with Weatherall Green & Smith and subsequently practiced with both King & Company and Jones Lang Wootton. He jointly founded Kingfisher Property Finance in 1988, an intermediary advising clients on all aspects of finance for UK commercial property which he successfully ran until 2007. He rejoined King Sturge in 2007 which was then merged with JLL in 2011. He resigned from JLL in 2014 and currently holds two non-executive positions with Howard Property Group in Cambridge and with the Ashtenne Industrial Fund. He is a course leader on the IPF Advanced Education Programme and a volunteer in the UrbanPlan UK pilot visiting schools. Dominic is President of the Cambridge University Land Society.
Director, Old Park Lane Management Ltd
Tim was educated at Nottingham High School, and Cheltenham College followed by a degree in Land Economy, Cambridge. He joined what was then Healey & Baker in September 1973, moved to Holland to help establish a subsidiary there in 1974 and in the ensuing 16 years, helped build a business there, in Belgium and in Germany. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1988, leading a Central London investment team and at the same time, opening and creating a Middle Eastern business as well. In 2009 he retired as Managing Partner of the firm and joined Old Park Lane Management Limited which is the Kadoorie Family office here in Europe, mainly involved with property investment and development in central London and Paris, but with a number of other trading companies around mainland Europe. He is married to Marijke, has two adult sons and one adult daughter, he lives in Richmond and in The Hague. Besides, the work here, he is Chairman of the Governors of a boy’s prep school in Richmondupon- Thames, a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the faculty of Land Economy Cambridge, a trustee of the Richmond Parish Lands Charity and involved with a number of other voluntary and charitable organisations.
Senior Managing Director, Tishman Speyer Properties
Michael Spies oversees the firm’s business in Europe, India and Turkey. He chairs the Investment Committee and also serves on the firm’s Management and Compensation committees. Mr. Spies is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is Chair of the ULI European Charitable Trust. He is also a Trustee of the American School in London, a member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the Cambridge University Land Economy Advisory Board. Mr. Spies graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1979 and from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1982 with a master’s degree in city and regional planning.
Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP
After reading Law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Charles worked at Hunters in Lincoln Inn’s and the City office of Hammonds before joining Mills & Reeve in 2002. He specialises in Real Estate and leads the Firm’s Real Estate Investment sector, splitting his time between Cambridge and London. He is company Secretary for the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board, and his interests include too much sport (according to his wife).
Senior Director, CBRE
John Symes-Thompson has built up over 30 years of experience in the commercial property investment markets, including 11 years at ING Real Estate in a fund management role, and three years at CBRE in investment agency. He joined CBRE in October 2005 as a Senior Director in the Capital Markets Division, but moved over to the Investment Valuation team in 2008. He is currently the lead valuer in CBRE for Standard Life Investments, UBS Global Asset Management, BAE Systems Pension Trustees, and Lothian Pension Fund. On the corporate side his clients include Sports Direct and Arcadia Group. He has a specialist knowledge and interest in sustainability issues and is a member of the IPD ECOPAS Steering Group and RICS Sustainability Working Group. John has been a regular speaker at sustainability events such as Ecobuild 2013 and the recent IPD Sustainability Seminar in December 2014. John is also President of the Cambridge University Land Society (CULS).
Chairman, London Strategic Land
Mark is also a Managing Partner of GI Partners, a private equity business founded in 2001 to invest in operationally intensive real estate platforms in the US and Europe.
Mark has sat on the investment committee of GI Partners Fund I, Fund II and Fund III which were collectively responsible for deploying $3.9bn into 39 investments. During this period he has sat on the Board of 8 of its portfolio companies including Urban&Civic Plc, a company he co-founded and led GI Partners’ investment in. Urban&Civic Plc is a business specialising in land acquisition and planning gain. Since its inception in 2009 it has achieved planning consents for 11,200 residential homes and over 3million sq ft of commercial space. The company is now listed on the London Stock Exchange with a market cap of £350m* and Mark remains a director on its Board.
Prior to joining GI Partners, he spent six years with Nomura, after which he served as a Senior Partner at Terra Firma Capital Partners. At Nomura/Terra Firma, Mark assisted in the investment and oversight of approximately $3 billion of equity capital invested in European businesses and properties. Previously, he was Founder and Chief Executive of Dawnay Day Corporate Finance, which was ranked in the top five U.K. mergers and acquisitions boutiques during his tenure. His early career was with Deloitte & Touche, where he finished as head of its London M&A Advisory Practice. He received a B.S, cum laud, in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Senior Principal - Head, Aventicum Capital
Christophe Tanghe has twenty nine years of private equity and real estate investment, investment management, development and advisory experience in Europe, North America and Australasia.
In 2013 he was the founder and Head of Aventicum Real Estate Partners, a real estate private equity investment management company operating from Zurich.
From 2006 till 2011, he was a Member of the Executive Committee, responsible for the restructuring and sale of ING Real Estate, then the world’s largest real estate investment management organization, as well as a member of the Board of several publicly listed and private investment vehicles, under ING Management across the world.
From 2005 to 2006, he was worked closely with the CEO Europe of Hines, a leading global private development and investment management organization. From 1999 to 2004, he was a founding partner and managing director of Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners, a real estate private equity fund, and member of Lehman Brother’ Private Equity Executive Committee. From 1997 to 1999, he was acquisition director for Security Capital European Realty, a real estate private equity fund. Prior to that, from 1986, he held several positions with JP Morgan Investment Banking in New York, London, Paris and Brussels, mainly focusing on M&A and Real Estate. Christophe is a member of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Belgium Committee of Human Rights Watch.
Ian joined the investment industry in 1978 and Aviva Investors in April 1980. He was Chief Executive of Aviva Investors Global Real Estate business, until 2015, and was responsible for setting the strategic direction for the division as well as operations and outputs. He was also a member of the Aviva Investors Executive Committee. Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the Real Estate sector. The majority of his career has been with Aviva Investors working in a variety of roles within Real Estate before being appointed to the position of Chief Executive in 1998. He is an active and engaged participant in the broader Real Estate community. He was Chairman of the highly respected Investment Property Forum from 2006 to 2007. Ian has an Honours degree in Urban Land Economics and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Jon Zehner - Chair
Global Co-Head of Client Capital Group, LaSalle Investment Management
Jon Zehner joined LaSalle in March 2012 as Global Head of the Client Capital Group and is a member of LaSalle’s Global Management Committee. Based in London, he is responsible for leading LaSalle’s global activities relating to capital raising, new product development, merchant banking and large-scale, cross-border strategic investments. He is a member of the European Debt and Special Situations Investment Committee. Prior to joining LaSalle, Mr. Zehner worked at AREA Property Partners where he was a Senior Director responsible for client relationships, deal origination and strategic development. Prior to AREA, Jon spent 28 years at JP Morgan Chase, where he held a number of senior positions including Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking and Head of sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Zehner is an active leader in a number of industry organisations including serving as Chair of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board of the University of Cambridge and as a Trustee and former member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Land Institute. Past industry activities include co-founding and serving on the Executive Board of the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA). He holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the John Sloan Dickey Centre for International Understanding at Dartmouth.