Meet the Academy of Real Assets Team!

Stephen Yorke CEO and Founder

Stephen founded The Academy in 2020 and is CEO. He is also the proprietor of The Property Chronicle, a global digital and print magazine he founded in 2017. Between 2005-2019, he was CEO of D&GAM, a small real estate fund management company. Prior to that, between 1987-2003, Stephen was a chancery barrister, secretary in Number 10 Downing Street and worked in FX/Rates at SBC Warburg.

Victoria Baring Membership Manager

Victoria is a freelance consultant providing office and personal administration services. She has over 20 years’ Office Manager and EA experience in the financial services industry including work with equity long short investment funds, Goldman Sachs and the Financial Services Authority (FCA).

Louisa Robinson Partnerships Manager

Louisa is a freelance consultant supporting small business owners on all their operational and strategic projects, particularly in the educational and property domains. A strong advocate for social mobility to bridge the gap in life transitions for all young people.

Reanne Anglin Partnerships Manager (Maternity Leave)

Reanne has over a decade of experience working with children and young people from underprivileged backgrounds. As a youth worker and teacher with a passion for bringing out the best in others, she brings leadership, support and a reassuring energy to any project or team.

She is proficient in a range of teaching methodologies including Makaton, TEAM teach and Elkan. Coordinating Legacy Youth Zone’s Empowered Employability Programme, Reanne highlighted the importance of reducing the barriers for learning and career development that young people may face.

Robbie Beveridge Communications Manager

Robbie is a freelance consultant specialising in charity communications, editing and copywriting. He has over a decade’s experience working in PR & Communications for charities such as Anthony Nolan and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Margaret Hopkinson HR and Administrator

After a 15 year career in banking at NatWest and RBS, Margaret moved to the Public Sector with the Child Protection Team. Most recently, she was a partner in a successful recruitment business for 12 years.

Margaret now works in a support role for the Academy and enjoys the variety and flexibility. Having left her comprehensive school at 16, she is truly on board with the ethos of the Academy and firmly believes in opportunities for all students from different backgrounds. Margaret is happiest outdoors, gardening, walking and spending time with her young granddaughter.

Stephen Hopkinson Finance and Accounts

Stephen runs the finance department for The Academy of Real Assets. From 2007, he ran a successful recruitment business before being acquired by a PLC in 2019.

Between 1981-2007 Stephen was a Director of an Automotive manufacturing/distribution business. His formative years were spent with Lloyds Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia, London.

Interests: Most sports, long walks with his chocolate Labrador and good wine, (not necessarily in that order!)


Eric Adler

Eric Adler is the president and chief executive officer of PGIM Private Alternatives. PGIM Private Alternatives is the $310B+ business of PGIM, comprising PGIM Real Estate, PGIM Private Capital and Montana Capital Partners (mcp). ​

Eric is a member of PGIM’s Operating Committee, as well as PGIM Real Estate’s Global Management Council and Global Investment Committee. He is also a member of mcp’s board of directors. He is also a founding member of the European Advisory Board of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School.

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.

Tami Chuang

Tami is an experienced real estate investment management professional with experience spanning investment, fund formation, investor relations, and urban development. For the past 15 years she has been in the fund management industry based in London. She began on the investment side, then for the past 13 years she structured and raised funds both in-house as well as on a third party basis for DTZ Investors, MARK, and Heimstaden. Tami has a BSc from University of California, Berkeley, Master in Urban Development from MIT and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

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.

Bianca Forrester

Bianca has been a Development Manager for the last two years at NewRiver and is involved in the development management and analysis of the existing assets, focussing on the assets within the regeneration pipeline. She has over three years’ worth of experience in various management accountant roles and a further two years in a Development Analyst role. Prior to joining New River Bianca worked for Westfield within the Development Finance team where she was responsible for the investment analysis on a range of non-retail projects including residential, hotel and offices, during her time at Westfield Bianca studied towards her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification and is currently an ACCA affiliate.

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 Gilles

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.

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.

Rob Martin

Rob Martin is Global Head of Investment Strategy & Research. He leads the formation of market and thematic views, with an emphasis on long-term drivers including ESG, and supporting their integration into portfolio strategy. He is also responsible for performance assessment and analysis for real assets managed portfolios, driving the selection of objective reference points against which to assess investment performance and extracting value from performance data. To support the integration of market themes into client portfolios and commercial strategy, Rob sits on the Property, Private Credit and Infrastructure Equity investment committees, chairs the Real Assets Performance Oversight Group and is a member of the Real Assets Management Committee.

Rob joined LGIM in October 2006 from Hammerson plc, where he held the role of Head of Research. Prior to that he was an economist with the CBI, and previously spent 3 years in a consultancy role in the oil & gas industry.

Rob was the Chair of the Investment Property Forum (IPF) Research Steering Group from 2015-18. He graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Economics & Economic History and is a CFA charterholder.

Imogen Moon

Imogen leads the Real Estate Practice at Blackwood Group. She advises on all aspects of human capital planning with a focus on hiring investment professionals, asset managers and capital raisers. She has expertise in conducting cross border searches and advises on strategies for attracting talent from diverse backgrounds. Prior to joining Blackwood, Imogen worked at Oxford Capital Partners. She read English at Oxford University.

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.

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.

John White

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.


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.

Youth Board

Our Youth Board is all about one thing – engagement initiatives for young students. Meeting as a body at least twice a year we aim to come up with imaginative, creative, stimulating ideas to get young students interacting with our members.

Where possible a Youth Board member will try to attend each Academy event.

If you are interested in joining our Youth Board, and have been working in Real estate or Real assets for ten years or less do get in touch –