Chris is CEO of Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Ltd. Chris has an extensive knowledge of the UK and European property markets and in particular the retail sector. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds a BSc (Hons) in Land Management.
Chris joined Hermes Real Estate in December 2009 and is Fund Director for the BT Pension Scheme's UK real estate portfolio. As fund manager he is responsible for all aspects of managing the portfolio and is accountable for delivering investment performance. Chris joined from Aberdeen Asset Managers, where he was a Director of Fund Management, responsible for the management of approximately £1.2 billion on behalf of pension fund clients. Chris began his career at Richard Ellis (now CBRE), where he gained a broad range of experience in the commercial property sector, which extended to opening an office to asset manage an underperforming portfolio with a view to realising the investment. Following completion of this project in 1994, Chris joined Scottish Amicable Investment Managers (now Aberdeen), where he gained broad experience in all aspects of property fund management and assumed control of a number of client mandates. Chris has an BSc Land Economics from Paisley University and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Emily is Finance Director of Hermes Real Estate where she is responsible for the financial oversight, risk and control environment, systems and operations across all Hermes Real Estate clients. She sits on the Hermes Real Estate board and has responsibility for the financial aspects of the company's strategy. Emily joined Hermes Real Estate from Ernst & Young in 2002 where she had qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Emily holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow.
Martin is a Chartered Surveyor with almost 40 years’ experience. Until the summer of 2013, his career had been spent with Prudential and M&G where he led their investment and development teams ahead of being appointed CEO of their global real estate business in 1996. During this period, Martin held a number of industry appointments including President of the British Property Federation and Chairman of the Investment Property Forum. Martin was also a Commissioner of The Crown Estate for 8 years.
Today, amongst other things, he is a Non-Executive Director of F&C Commercial Property Trust and a Senior Advisor to KKR. He is also a Commissioner of English Heritage and a Trustee of the Guildhall School Trust. Interests include travel, sport in general and Arsenal FC in particular!
James re-joined MEPC in 2008 as a main Board Director and Managing Director for Milton Park and Silverstone Park before being promoted to Chief Executive in 2014. He led Milton Park’s modernisation between 1997 and 2001, and was instrumental in introducing business parks to the UK whilst a commercial partner at Strutt and Parker. James has over 30 years' experience with leading commercial property companies. He is a student mentor at Reading University. In his spare time James enjoys sailing, cycling, and helping his children forge business careers.
Rachel Page is an experienced financial professional and Fellow Chartered Accountant. Rachel joined MEPC as Finance Director in 2006 after seven years at Associated British Ports Holdings plc where she held a variety of senior financial roles, including Chief Financial Officer of US operations. Prior to this, Rachel worked for media company Aegis Group PLC. Her interests include sailing, gardening and yoga.