My job is to lead the JCRA team that focuses on the alternative real estate sectors of student accommodation, build to rent, healthcare & hospitality, and leisure. Within those sectors, I am involved in both our debt advisory work and our hedging consultancy.
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- Real Estate
- Debt Advisory
- Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
- LLB Law, Edinburgh University
My early career was with EY where I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the M&A practice advising private equity and mid-market clients, initially in Edinburgh and latterly in London.
After moving to London with EY, I began to focus on the real estate sector, first joining Eurohypo Bank and then Brookfield Group. I was a partner at Brookfield Financial, advising property clients and other Brookfield Group companies on M&A and structured finance.
I moved to the charity sector as a Finance Director for a top 100 charity before returning to financial advisory when I joined JCRA in 2015.
While I no longer work for a charity I am eager to continue to be active in that sector and in my free time I have taken on a trustee role in a relatively young charity. I am particularly interested in projects that help young adults to thrive by giving them access to the best opportunities available.
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