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.
James is a chartered surveyor and has over 35 years' experience in commercial property. He joined MEPC in 2008 as a main Board Director and Managing Director for Milton Park and Silverstone Park before being promoted to CEO in 2014. In a previous role he led Milton Park’s modernisation between 1997 and 2001, and was instrumental in developing a number of well-known business parks in the UK whilst a commercial partner at Strutt and Parker. James has a keen interest in architecture and the built environment. He is a mentor for students studying Land Management at University of Reading where he gained his degree. In his spare time James enjoys sailing and cycling.