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Andrew Dawber

Group Director
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Andrew Dawber

Group Director

Andrew is a director of the Investment advisor and has been in the social housing sector for more than five years, including being part of the team that established the housing investment company, Funding Affordable Homes. He was the advisor to and founder of The PFI Infrastructure Co, which in 2004 became the first publicly traded company in London dedicated to investment in social infrastructure. Andrew has worked in a senior capacity involved in the financial sector for over 25 years. He was previously Head of Corporate Advisory for Salamanca Group, the private merchant bank and Co-Head of Capital Markets at Societe Generale in London. He has also been actively engaged in other property activities in the UK and internationally. He is a chartered accountant.

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Tom Pridmore

Group Director
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Tom Pridmore

Group Director

Tom is a director of the Investment Adviser and has been involved in real estate investment for almost 18 years, having originated, underwritten, financed, and asset managed a wide range of properties within the UK and abroad, through both equity and mezzanine investment including being part of the team that established the housing investment company, Funding Affordable Homes. Tom is also a director of Beaufort Capital Management Limited, a UK mezzanine investment manager, and was formerly a solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright, specialising in corporate finance and investment funds.

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Paul Bridge

CEO
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Paul Bridge

CEO

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of the Investment advisor. Paul has worked in all aspects of Social Housing for over 20 years and is a senior industry figure. From 2008 to 2014, Paul was Chief Executive of Homes for Haringey, a Registered Provider, where he was responsible for 800 staff and 21,000 homes. The organisation was awarded ‘Housing Organisation of the Year’ in 2012 and gained Investors in People Gold. For eight years prior to this, Paul was a Director at Hyde Group, a major G15 Housing Association, which provides homes and services to more than 95,000 customers. Throughout his career, Paul has been responsible for leading the acquisition of several thousand properties in London and the South East, with the primary purpose of extensive physical, social and economic regeneration. Paul has been responsible for investing several hundred million pounds into Social Homes. During his career, Paul has also held a variety of non-executive roles in and out of the sector and the Chairman of Thames Valley Charitable Housing Association which established a successful private rental sector business funded by equity and debt through various institutional investment funds.

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Chude Chidi-Ofong

Director
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Chude Chidi-Ofong

Director

Chude is a director of the Investment advisor and Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Ledbury Capital Partners LLP, a European fund manager (the AIFM). Prior to Ledbury, he was director of international operations and a partner at Eton Park International LLP between 2007 and 2012. At that time, Eton Park was a $14 billion multi-strategy hedge fund, where he oversaw international non trading operations. Prior to Eton Park, Chude was a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of DE Capital Management LLP, and Head of Operations for Caxton Europe Asset Management Limited and was responsible for building their international operations infrastructure out of their London office. Before working in the investment industry, Chude had various roles at HSBC USA, RBS and Merrill Lynch within operations. Chude received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the London School of Economics in 1993, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Law from the University of Manchester in 1995. He also studied at the College of Law (Chester) between 1995 and 1996.

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Nick Abbey

Director
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Nick Abbey

Director

Nick is an accomplished senior executive and housing professional with almost forty years’ experience in the Social Housing, charity and care sectors. He brings a wealth of experience and specialises in housing with care for older people, organisation and governance in housing organisations. Nick was Chief Executive at the ExtraCare Charitable Trust from 2010 to 2015. ExtraCare is a leading UK developer and operator of affordable retirement villages with locations throughout the north and midlands. New villages were opened in Birmingham, Gloucester and Milton Keynes under Nick’s leadership, and a development pipeline was established for new villages in Bedford, Solihull, High Wycombe and Bristol. Nick travelled widely in this role, speaking several times in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa. In the past, Nick has also been the vice chair of ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), where he still chairs the Standards Committee. Prior to ExtraCare, Nick was Group Director (Housing) at Sanctuary Housing, one of the UK’s largest Housing Associations, responsible for the management of the Group’s 56,000 social homes. Previously, he was CEO at Hereward Housing from 1992, a stock transfer landlord in Cambridgeshire, and vice chair of the National Housing Federation. Nick is currently the Chairman of Tower Hamlets Community Housing, which owns and manages over 3,000 homes and also chairs the Hundred Houses Society, which owns and manages over 1,000 properties in Cambridge and surrounding area.

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Phil Ellis

Director
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Phil Ellis

Director

Phil is a specialist real estate consultant with over 33 years’ experience in institutional investment management. As Client Portfolio Director, Phil was responsible for Aviva Investors institutional real estate clients and the development of the Aviva Investors institutional real estate fund management business. He had a particular focus most recently on real estate multi-manager (REMM), successfully expanding this business from the UK into the Netherlands and Return Enhancing and Liability Matching (REaLM) and long income capabilities working in a variety of alternative real asset sectors. Phil joined Aviva Investors in 1988 and initially worked on the Central London office portfolio. In 1989, he progressed to running a segregated client mandate moving onto the pooled pensions fund in 1992 where he subsequently became fund manager. In 1997, Phil set up the real estate multi-manager service and was fund manager until 2005. Phil also held the position of risk manager responsible for all pension fund multi-manager and segregated client mandates. He has worked extensively with investment consultants and clients and advised public sector, corporate pension fund and other financial institutional clients. As Head of Institutional Property Funds from 2000 to 2005, Phil was responsible for all external pension fund direct and indirect client mandates. He has been an experienced director and Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee for all REaLM funds. Previously, Phil worked for Legal & General Investment Management for five years focused on property asset management, investment and development. Phil holds a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from the University of Reading. Phil is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and has been an FCA Approved Person for investment management and customer functions. Phil was also a past committee member of the property panel for the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF, now PLSA).

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Subbash Thammanna

Group Chief Financial Officer
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Subbash Thammanna

Group Chief Financial Officer

Subbash has 20 years of experience in finance roles in the real estate sector, having worked across a variety of private and public structures covering all aspects of financial reporting, control and operations.

Subbash joins Civitas having held senior finance positions at AEW Europe, Harbert Management Corporation, and most recently as finance director at Henderson Park, with responsibility over all financial and operational matters for their European real estate strategies.  Prior positions include working in the Structured Capital Markets and Private Equity divisions of Barclays Capital and in the Investment Management & Real Estate advisory team at PwC

Subbash holds a master’s in engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)

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Simon Cairns

Investment Director
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Simon Cairns

Investment Director

Simon has 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector within the UK and Continental Europe, focusing on capital raising, fund management and transactions. Prior to Civitas, Simon was a Director of Pradera where he was responsible for raising, investing and managing the Pradera Open-Ended Retail Fund, a German domiciled open-ended institutional spezialfonds focussed on retail property across Europe. During his 17 years at Pradera, Simon was also a member of Pradera’s executive committee, country head for Turkey, acquisitions manager for the Pradera Central & Eastern Fund and asset manager for the Pradera European Retail Fund. Simon is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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Eleanor Corey

Transaction Director
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Eleanor Corey

Transaction Director

Eleanor is Transaction Director, previously from international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang where she has practised in their real estate team for over 12 years.  Eleanor has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate management, investment, development and finance, having undertaken a secondment in the in-house corporate real estate team at Lloyds Banking Group, and most recently having been the lead associate on a large town centre regeneration project for a national housebuilder.

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Jeremy Kape

Consultant, Asset Management
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Jeremy Kape

Consultant, Asset Management

Jeremy has over 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector, having worked for a number of G15 Associations within Building Surveying. He then went on to hold senior Customer, Asset Management and Property roles for large national affordable housing providers Affinity Sutton and Clarion Housing Group. Prior to Civitas, he worked for Anchor Housing he led on the Asset Management of a large national portfolio of social rented and leasehold accommodation for the over 55 including a portfolio of 120 registered Care Homes. Jeremy is also an experienced non-executive in both Commercial and not-for-profit organisations, including a 9-year term on the Board of Watford Community Housing where he also chaired Operations and New Business Development Committees.

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Hannah Manyewu

Director, Partner Engagement
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Hannah Manyewu

Director, Partner Engagement

Hannah has over 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector, having held senior leadership roles at both national and G15 London housing associations. Prior to joining Civitas, Hannah was in the founding team which set up Sage Housing, a new housing provider which has acquired 20,000 new affordable homes across the UK.

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Nikeel Hussain

Head of Impact Investment
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Nikeel Hussain

Head of Impact Investment

Nikeel has worked within social housing for over 5 years with a G15 Housing Association and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Having joined Catalyst, a leading housing association in 2011, he progressed through operational roles where he played a leading role in property management and regeneration, through to developing and executing strategies on organisational transformation alongside the executive leadership team. He worked within the Business Development team focussing on the identification of land opportunities for development, partnerships and the creation of new asset classes. He has sat on the London board of the Chartered Institute of Housing for over 4 years working alongside sector wide experts and making contributions to housing policy, education and membership. He has also held roles in the field of research for both the Labour Party and a leading market research company.

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Victoria Mallela

Associate Director, Transactions and Investment
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Victoria Mallela

Associate Director, Transactions and Investment

Victoria has been involved in real estate law within the healthcare and public sector for more than ten years. Victoria was formerly at a leading healthcare and social housing law firm acting as a lawyer for NHS and private healthcare providers dealing with their real estate matters. Victoria has extensive experience of advising numerous NHS Trusts and other healthcare bodies in London and the South of England in all aspects of their property requirements including projects, acquisitions and disposals, site developments and complex underletting requirements, strategic estates rationalisation and overage, landlord and tenant matters and NHS Estatecode. Victoria has been lead assistant on a number of large projects, including recently a new build radiotherapy centre, an incinerator project, and the biggest national public sector leasehold acquisition project between 2009 – 2010. Prior to specialising in the healthcare sector, she acted for private sector and commercial organisations and property companies on similar matters.

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Georgina McGuinness

Operations Manager
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Georgina McGuinness

Operations Manager

Georgina has over 8 years’ experience in operations within the financial sector. She began her career at London based stockbroker, Killik & Co and most recently at Real Estate Private Equity advisor Queensgate Investments, where she was executive assistant to the CEO and managed the office operations including IT, HR and investor relations.

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Alessandra Pinot De Moira

Transaction Manager
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Alessandra Pinot De Moira

Transaction Manager

Alessandra is a qualified solicitor who specialises in acting on behalf of Registered Providers, private developers, and real estate investment trusts regarding development and commercial property matters and has experience in advising on matters such as title due diligence. Alessandra joins CHA as Transaction Manager on a 6-month secondment from Capsticks Solicitors LLP.

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Alex Parry

Transaction Manager
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Alex Parry

Transaction Manager

Alex is a qualified solicitor who has extensive experience of real estate management, investment, development and finance. Alex joins CHA as Transaction Manager on a 6-month secondment from Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

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Victoria Fleming

Office Assistant
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Victoria Fleming

Office Assistant

Victoria has an Executive PA degree from the Oxford Media and Business School, where she gained essential skills and knowledge to become a diligent and capable PA. Victoria worked at Noble Macmillan where she quickly became the store manager, ensuring the smooth running of the shop, managing the staff and completing the store administrative duties. Victoria is now Office Assistant at Civitas, where she assists the team and smooth running of the office.

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Steve Travers

Director, Healthcare
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Steve Travers

Director, Healthcare

Steve has worked in the health and social care sector for over 10 years. He was the Chief Executive of Pathways Care Group, a leading UK provider of care for adults with learning disabilities.  Prior to this he was the Group Corporate Development Director of the Priory Group, the leading behavioural healthcare company on the UK, leaving the company following the successful sale of the business to Acadia Healthcare.  During his time at Priory Steve was a key member of the Executive team and contributor to growing group EBITDA to £135 million from £50 million, broadening the service provision from two to four divisions, launching a new elderly care business, increasing the number of sites operated from 60 to over 420, as well as other equity enhancing initiatives. Steve is a qualified accountant.

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Tara Hulme

Associate Director, Healthcare
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Tara Hulme

Associate Director, Healthcare
Tara has 11 years’ experience as a financial analyst. Tara was previously Corporate Finance Manager at Circle Partnership UK, a private sector hospital operator, where she was responsible for group business development projects including NHS contracts in London and Birmingham. Tara obtained her CIMA in 2012.

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Tayo Bilewu

Investment Director
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Tayo Bilewu

Investment Director

Tayo has extensive experience in the origination of properties within the Social Housing sector. Prior to joining CHA Tayo was lead on a number of large projects from development stages through to sales and marketing for social housing at Funding Affordable Homes.  Prior to this, he was Executive Director at Housing & Care 21 where he led a period of strong growth delivering over 6,000 homes. 

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Claire Fahey

Group Financial Controller
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Claire Fahey

Group Financial Controller

Claire has 11 years PQE across real estate and development sectors. Prior to joining Civitas Claire was responsible for the financial control function of group companies owned

by Inland Homes PLC, leading on financial reporting, audit, group forecasts and performance management. Prior to this, she was Fund Finance Manager at Savills Investment Management.