Governance

The Editorial Board is responsible for the direction and ethics of The Academy.

  • Eric Adler

    Eric Adler is the president and chief executive officer of PGIM Real Estate. PGIM Real Estate is one of the largest real estate investment managers in the world, offering a broad range of real estate equity and debt solutions across the risk-return spectrum. Based in London, Eric is a member of PGIM Real Estate’s Global Management Council, the Global Investment Committee and the Global Operating Council.

    Eric is also responsible for the oversight of Montana Capital Partners (mcp), a $3 billion Swiss-based secondaries private equity manager focused on the small and mid-cap market in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. PGIM acquired mcp in August 2021 to provide investors with access to this fast-growing alternative investment opportunity.

  • Amy Aznar

    Amy is the Executive Chair of Debt & Value-Add Strategies at LaSalle and a member of its Investment Committee.

    Amy is the Executive Chair of Debt & Value-Add Strategies and a member of its Investment Committee. Prior to this, she was the Head of Debt & Value-Add Strategies and oversaw the set- up and growth of LaSalle’s European debt platform and LaSalle’s Value-Add equity strategies in Europe. Amy was responsible for several of the firm’s largest real estate debt strategies and special situations funds. Amy also chaired LaSalle’s European Diversity Board for five years and served on its European Management Board. During her time at LaSalle, Amy has raised c. €6.1bn of capital commitments across the debt and special situations platform and completed over €4.3bn of debt and equity investments across 89 transactions since 2010.

  • Manish Chande

    Having worked in the real estate industry for over 35 years, I am extremely proud of the business my four Partners and I have built. I am a strong believer that as we spend so much of our time at work, the office should be a happy place that is fulfilling, encouraging and stimulating. I believe we are a great example to our diverse team, all working together to achieve a common goal and deliver an exceptional service for our investors and other stakeholders.

    My career began in 1975, where I trained as a chartered accountant at Midgley Snelling & Co, before moving onto Deloitte, Haskin & Sells. I then moved into the real estate industry and have since then dedicated my career to real estate. My former roles include being CEO of Imry, CEO of Trillium, board director at Land Securities plc and CEO of Mountgrange Capital before launching Mountgrange Investment Management LLP in 2007 with my Partners.

    I have been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1980 and was elected a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2008.

    Outside of Clearbell, I also dedicate time to working as a Trustee of The London Clinic.

  • Phil Clark

    Phil holds a series of Non-Executive roles across Education, Social Enterprise and the investment management Industry having built multiple institutional investment businesses in the US, Europe and Asia in executive roles over the previous 37 years. He is an experienced real estate investment non-executive and recognised thought leader, sustainability pioneer and supporter of investing with social purpose. He has a proven track record of successfully working with Executive teams to create and ensure delivery of vision, strategy, financial plan, risk, regulation, sustainability and people management plans.

    Phil has a long track record of innovation, investment partnerships and change management across different investment strategies in UK, US, Europe and Asia, covering listed, non-listed and direct investment strategies including residential, commercial, regeneration, infrastructure and energy sectors. Phil is past Chair of the Investment Property Forum, Chair of Pinnacle Investment Management, Master (Chair) of the Guild of Investment Managers, Board Trustee of the University of London and Chair the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Commercial Property Forum.

  • John Gellatly

    John is responsible for the oversight and management of the Council’s global real estate investment portfolio which invests in both public and private, debt and equity opportunities seeking a value add / opportunistic return profile.

    He joined ADIC in January 2018 from Aviva Investors in London where he had worked for 8 years running their global real estate multi manager platform. Prior to that he had fulfilled a similar role at BlackRock, having previously worked as a real estate investment banker and REIT analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston and ABN AMRO.

    He started his career in the research and strategy departments of the Knight Frank & Rutley and DTZ before moving to launch Savills Fund Management.

    He holds a number of Board and Advisory Committee positions as well as a number of non-executive roles across the industry, being past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and Non Executive Chair of Trustees of the University College of Estate Management (UCEM)He is Co-Chair of the UK Property Industry Alliance Debt Group which is working with the Bank of England on a number of real estate related initiatives.

  • Marc Gilbard

    Marc has been the CEO of Moorfield since 1996 and has led Moorfield’s transformation from a small company listed on the London Stock Exchange into one of the leading UK real estate private equity fund managers. 

    Marc initially specialised in investment and development finance and then became a top-rated real estate equity analyst and advisor prior to becoming a private equity investor.

    In October 2011, the Howard de Walden Estate appointed Marc to its Board as a Non-Executive Director, he now chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the Audit Committees. In April 2016 Marc became Chairman of Audley Retirement Villages and a member of their Investment Committee. Marc has advised as a Policy Committee Member of the British Property Federation (BPF), a Member of the Property Advisory Group to the Bank of England, a Member of the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

  • Darshita Gillies

    Listed among 2021 ESG & Diversity Trailblazer - Modern Governance 100 by Diligent, 100 Most Meaningful Business Leader 2020 and 100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations, Darshita is Founder & CEO of Maanch - a multi-award winning global impact information management systems for investors, corporates and the philanthropy ecosystem. She founded Maanch with the primary purpose of leveraging technology to accelerate adoption and integration of impact in financial services. Launched in 2018, Maanch works with 700+ partners across 30+ countries to achieve the UN-SDGs.

    A chartered Accountant, Investment Banker, Executive Coach and FinTech-Blockchain Specialist, ESG & Impact Evangelist, Darshita serves on the Boards of several For-Profit and Non-Profit organisations. She is known for her inclusive leadership, and innovative approach to solving systemic challenges.

    Darshita credits her accomplishments to the resilience built into her character through her humble upbringing in India. Now as a Global Citizen, Entrepreneur, Impact Investor, and Philanthropist based in London, she spearheads endeavours that converge finance and technology to deliver planetary wellbeing and prosperity.

  • Natalie Howard

    Natalie joined Schroders in 2020 to create real estate debt strategies for Europe and the UK and to build a sizeable franchise for the Schroders Group in Real Estate Debt.

    Natalie has gained over 30 years’ experience with various companies including Paribas, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers, across all levels of the capital structure in all real estate asset classes on both the sell side and the buy side.

  • Audrey Klein

    Audrey Klein holds various Non-Exec Board roles and is the chair of the ESG Committee for Planet Smart City and SFO Capital and is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey in Real Estate. She has held various Head of Fundraising roles but is best known for starting the European business out of London for the Park Hill Real Estate Group, a Division of Blackstone, which she ran for nine years. Prior to joining Park Hill, Ms. Klein ran her own business for five years marketing alternative asset funds across all asset classes including private equity, real estate and hedge funds to European investors comprised of pension funds, banks, family offices and high net worth individuals.

    Before making the move to Europe she worked at Bank of America in San Francisco doing syndications across various sectors before co-founding an affordable housing real-estate fund for her group. Ms. Klein is a graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of business where she received an MBA. She is also a graduate of Emory University where she received a degree in Economics. She is on the Corporate Board of Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Academy of Real Assets, on the Future of Financing Committee at GRI, and on the ULI Technology Committee. Ms Klein also co-founded and is a board director for Women in Real Estate (“WIRE”), a networking and educational platform for 400 professional women in Real Estate.

  • Melanie Leech

    Melanie joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015. Prior to this, Melanie spent nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation.

    Melanie began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She joined the civil service (HM Customs and Excise) in 1988 and subsequently held senior roles in a number of departments including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office.

    She was awarded the CBE in 2015 for services to the food and drink industry.

  • Martina Malone

    Martina Malone, managing director, global head of capital raising, is responsible for client relations and capital raising with Prologis’ global investor base. Her focus is to develop and deepen relationships with institutional investors and consultants across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to heading up the team, Ms. Malone was responsible for institutional investors in Europe and the Middle East. During her tenure at Prologis, the team has raised over $23 billion of capital for Prologis’ funds globally.

    Prior to joining Prologis in 2010, Ms. Malone was head of European client relations and capital raising for JER Partners for eight years. Previously, she was at Deutsche Bank AG as vice president in the European Securitization group. Ms. Malone also served as vice president, asset finance, at Credit Suisse First Boston, and served in various real-estate-related roles at Hypo-Bank in Munich and London.

    Ms. Malone holds a master’s and a bachelor of arts from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and spent one year at Ecole de Management in Strasbourg, France. She is an active member of INREV and the Real Estate Balance Policy & Campaigns Committee, an initiative that encourages greater gender balance in the Real Estate industry. She is a German national and is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.

  • Alex Moss

    Alex Moss is Director of the Real Estate Research Centre at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). He has been involved in research and transactions in the global real estate sector for over 35 years. His career has encompassed award-winning sell side research (BZW), investment banking (CSFB), private equity (Apax Partners Capital), and fund management advisory roles (M&G and Investec).

    He formed AME Capital in 2002, which developed a proprietary database and analytical tool for all listed real estate companies and real estate securities funds globally. This business was sold to Macquarie Securities in 2008, where he stayed for over three years as Head of Global Property Securities Analytics.

    In 2012 he formed Consilia Capital, a real estate investment advisory firm, and has developed an international institutional client base, as well as publishing regularly in academic journals. Consilia Capital specialised in the performance and strategies of real estate, infrastructure and real asset companies and funds, combining academic research with practical applications. In 2020 he moved to a full time role at Bayes Business School.

  • Jessica O’Regan

    Growing up in London, Jessica O’Regan has been teaching in London secondary schools since 2011. She read Law at Oxford University and began her teacher training at Feltham Community College (now Springwest Academy), in Hounslow, where she worked for 6 years, as a Teacher of Maths and then Head of Year.

    She subsequently spent two years at Harris Academy Battersea, a dynamic and exciting turnaround academy and one of the top 5 schools in London for progress at the time, as the Lead Practitioner for Maths and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. Now she is in her third year as Assistant Principal for Safeguarding and Inclusion at Lambeth Academy, a thriving and ambitious inner-city school in the heart of Clapham. Jessica oversees Special Educational Needs, English as an Additional Language and Child Protection, working to remove barriers for the most vulnerable children so that they can achieve their full potential.

  • Andy Rothery

    Andy is the co-head of affordable housing at QSix LLP and prior to that was the head of Deloitte Real Estate where he worked for 27 years. Andy is the Chair of Governors of the Leathersellers Federation of Schools comprising three inner London state schools in Lewisham educating around 3,000 students from 4-18.

    During Andy’s tenure as a governor within the Federation, he has been involved in the development of a new Primary School, a new Secondary School, and has seen two schools receive Good Ofted judgements having previously been rated as Requires Improvement. All schools in the Federation are now rated either Good or Outstanding.

  • John Ryley

    John Ryley has worked for all of Britain's news broadcasters, the BBC, ITN, and Sky News, producing news and current affairs programming on public service, commercial and digital channels. He began his career as a graduate News Trainee at the BBC (1987 -1990) and worked on the BBC’s main evening news, the Nine O’clock News. He joined ITN in 1990 and went on to programme edit News at Ten (1992-1995), the ITV network's flagship news programme.

    For the past twenty-three years, he has helped build Sky News into a world class, multi-product news organisation. He became Head of Sky News in 2006 responsible for the news organisation's strategy, journalism, finances and people. The UK Press Gazette has described him as ‘the most talented news executive of his generation’.

  • Simon Silver

    Simon Silver has recently stood down from the Derwent London Board and was appointed as a special Consultant for 2 years. One of the Co-founders of Derwent Valley Holdings, Simon has overseen the design strategy for the group’s development and regeneration programme for over 35 years.

    He has overall responsibility for the commissioning of Architects on all Derwent projects. This has covered many notable schemes, including the TEA building in Shoreditch, the Angel building in Islington, Turnmill in Clerkenwell and most recently the White Collar Factory on Old Street roundabout. Simon is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

  • Stephen Yorke

    Stephen is the founder of The Academy of Real Assets.