Apache Capital and Present Made bolster senior teams

Apache Capital and Present Made bolster senior teams with a string of new hires and promotions.

Indoor communal area at Present Made - Apache Capital | BTR News
Present Made indoor communal area. Image credit: Jo Cowen Architects.

The UK’s leading investment manager focused exclusively on living real estate – Apache Capital –  and its single family housing Build to Rent platform – Present Made – announces a string of new senior hires and promotions.

Former Apache Capital advisor Claire Ezekwe joins from the globally renowned law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP, strengthening its restructuring team as Senior Associate Director for Transactions and Structuring. Claire brings over 10 years of legal experience in real estate finance and has worked closely with Apache Capital over the last few years – supporting the delivery of the UK’s largest premium multifamily housing portfolio with Moda Living. 

Claire Ezekwe, Senior Associate Director for Transactions and Structuring, Apache Capital | BTR News
Claire Ezekwe, Senior Associate Director for Transactions and Structuring, Apache Capital.

Managing from £60m to £120m development finance transactions across the Midlands and the North as part of the joint venture’s roll out, Claire is Apache Capital’s third hire of the year following the appointment of Andrew Hill as Senior Analyst and Olga Ledlie as Commercial Finance Manager, primarily supporting the company’s fast-evolving ESG strategy. 

Apache Capital also announces six promotions –  Denis Aghaizu, Andrew Park, Mark Peck, David Williams and Jamie Snary are promoted to Executive Director positions, while Nikki Price has been promoted to Senior Associate Director of ESG & Operations.

The promotions have been made to strengthen Apache Capital’s key pillars of investment function, ranging from finance to legal; structuring and analysis; investor relations; operations; ESG; and asset management. 

Nikki Price, Senior Associate Director of ESG & Operations, Apache Capital | BTR News
Nikki Price, Senior Associate Director of ESG & Operations, Apache Capital.

“Apache Capital has exciting plans for 2022 and beyond to follow what has been a highly successful 2021.

“This success would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our team, which is reflected in the promotions we have announced today [17 December 2021] and will be built upon by the wave of new hires we have brought into the business.”

Mervyn Howard, Executive Chairman, Apache Capital

Apache Capital launched Present Made in May 2021 as the UK’s first vertically integrated single-family Build to Rent housing platform. Present Made appoints Duncan Williams as Head of Land and Planning – who joins the company from Countryside Properties.

Anthony Lewis also joins as Operations Director. Anthony was instrumental in the development and execution of operational management strategies at co-living pioneer – The Collective – overseeing flagship developments in Canary Wharf and Royal Oak.

“A professionalised and institutional approach will represent the bedrock of the UK rental market as we look into the future, and our investments in both our portfolio and the internal team are a real statement of  intent in this respect.

“Apache Capital and Present Made also continue to invest heavily in their respective ESG strategies as the industry enters a pivotal transitional phase.”

Richard Jackson, Managing Director at Apache Capital and CEO of Present Made

Present Made will deliver over 3,000 purpose-built and designed smart rental homes across the South East, with former Crest Nicholson Development Director Alan Penfold overseeing daily operations as its Executive Director. 

Two sites have already been acquired in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The first is part of the Eddington masterplan and a second site for the Mill View Build to Rent scheme in Bedfordshire. Many of the homes will be delivered through modern methods of construction as part of a wider ESG-driven strategy. 

Apache Capital’s growth reinforces its market-leading presence in UK Build to Rent, following recent news of its £1.7bn strategic partnership with KKR to back Moda Living’s next Build to Rent phase.