Five senior figures appointed to ULI UK’s Executive Committee

Five senior UK real estate figures are confirmed to join ULI UK’s Executive Committee, who will serve on a voluntary basis.

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New members of the ULI UK Executive Committee. Pictured left to right top row - Ali Abbas, Mary-Anne Bowring and Samantha KempePictured bottom row - Shelley Matthews and Katherine Russell.

Five leaders from UK real estate, hailing from organisations including the John Lewis Partnership, Art Invest, Ringley / Una Living, Immo Capital and The Crown Estate, have been appointed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to join the UK National Council’s Executive Committee. They will serve on a voluntary basis for the next two years.

The new committee members include:  

  • Ali Abbas, UK Managing Partner, Art-Invest Real Estate Management UK Ltd.With over 25 years of investment, capital management and business operations experience, Ali Abbas leads Art-Invest Real Estate’s UK business and is responsible for investment strategy and business development. 
  • Mary-Anne Bowring, Group Managing Director, Ringley/Una Living. With over 26 years of property experience as a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Surveyor, Mary-Anne leads a team of specialists at the integrated property services provider offering asset management, facilities management, lettings and property management and other services.
  • Samantha Kempe, Co-Founder and CIO of IMMO Capital. Samantha has around 20 years’ experience working across private equity and corporate finance at companies including Blackstone, PwC and Cushman & Wakefield. IMMO Capital is a tech-enabled end-to-end operating platform focused on scaling, retrofitting, and managing single-family residential portfolios for institutional investors across Europe. 
  • Shelley Matthews, Strategy Director, The Crown Estate. Shelley is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in real estate valuation, capital markets, and investment management across the globe. In her current role, she leads the development and implementation of strategies across The Crown Estate’s real estate portfolio.
  • Katherine Russell, Director of Build to Rent, the John Lewis Partnership. With over 15 years property experience, Katherine leads the company’s plans to transform some of its sizable brownfield property portfolio to deliver much-needed homes, professionally managed by the Partnership, designed to have a wider positive social impact on the communities it serves. Katherine previously headed up the Group Real Estate.

“A warm welcome to all our new committee members, who are from among the most engaged and ambitious in our industry, and who collectively will bring a wealth of expertise, connections and leadership to ULI UK. 

“I’m looking forward to working with them on addressing the wide range of critical challenges impacting UK real estate in the current environment, such as the decarbonisation of real estate and housing attainability. 

“I’m confident that their passion, innovation, and commitment will also help us in our ambitions for growth, including in our desire to grow our regional membership across the UK, while also ensuring that ULI’s global mission priorities are at the centre of our programmes.” 

Mark Collins, Chair of ULI UK and Executive Director and Chairman of Residential at CBRE

The new ULI UK Executive Committee members will join current members including Imogen Thompson, Chair, Young Leader Group; Van Stults, Orion Capital Managers LLP; Peter Denton, Homes England; Nick Green, Squire Patton Boggs; Yohance Harper, Quadrant Estates; Simon Powell, Greater London Authority; Roelof Opperman, CogNovum; Andrew Teacher, Founder of Blackstock Consulting; and Megan Walters, PIMCO Prime Real Estate.  Ashley Perry, Investment Director, Apache Capital, was also recently appointed as the new Chair of the ULI UK Residential Product Council

The Executive Committee is responsible for contributing to the strategic direction of the National Council, and delivering UK specific programmes, conferences, and events and educational forums on issues impacting the industry that facilitate collaboration and the exchange of knowledge.

The UK National Council’s focus is to bring together a variety of public and private sector stakeholders to find solutions and build consensus around land use and development challenges.  

Many of ULI UK’s new Executive Committee will be introduced to members at its annual conference – a one-day programme exploring several topics impacting the built environment.

The ULI is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. In the UK, ULI has over 1300 members nationwide from across the built environment.