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Mervyn Howard
FRICS
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Mervyn Howard is Executive Chairman of Apache Capital Partners and brings 30 years of global real estate and investment industry experience and expertise in capital raising, acquisitions, structuring, financing, asset management and operations. Mervyn spent 12 years at Grosvenor, the international development, investment and fund management company. He held various senior roles in Grosvenor Fund Management including Board Director and Managing Director of the UK business. Prior to Grosvenor, Mervyn held senior management roles at TrizecHahn Europe and GE Capital Real Estate. In 2013 he founded Perora, a real estate investment and advisory boutique.
John Dunkerley
MRICS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
& CO-FOUNDER
John Dunkerley, is a founder partner of Apache Capital Partners and has over 25 years’ experience in property and investment management. John is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and for a period of 12 years, John worked for Jones Lang Wootton and Fletcher King, specialising in UK wide investment before building London & Capital’s expanding property division. Between 2002-2004, John acquired £300m of commercial assets for London & Capital and after generating successful returns left to establish the property advisory arm of BPIM. John expanded into Europe and China and established a Shariah compliant open ended property fund with Emirates Islamic Bank in the Middle East. To date John has completed in excess of £2.5bn in real estate transactions.
Before leaving BPIM, John built the property business from £2.8m of seed investment to approximately £500m under management and established and managed four property funds that invested in nine countries with over 50 assets. In 2008, together with Richard Jackson, John established Apache Capital Partners, a business that is structured to take advantage of the current market conditions, specialising in investing on behalf of Middle Eastern investors into the UK property market. Apache Capital now manages in excess of £500m of assets with a pipeline which takes AUM to £1.3bn. John has relocated to the Middle East to be close to our investor base.
Richard Jackson
MRICS
MANAGING DIRECTOR
& CO-FOUNDER
Richard Jackson is a founder partner of Apache Capital Partners and a qualified chartered surveyor with over 15 years’ experience in property and investment management. In 2001 Richard joined Cushman & Wakefield, predominantly working in the Syndicated Funding Team structuring and funding development and investments in the UK and Europe on behalf of retained investors including his now Partner John Dunkerley at London & Capital.  In 2006, Richard joined John at fund manager BPIM working on the UK and European Funds. The later grew from €25m-€270m over a two year period. Sectors acquired included offices, retail, out of town retail, industrial and distribution in 9 countries. In March 2008 Richard co-founded Apache Capital Partners Ltd with John.   Apache is a private real estate investment management firm with offices in London and Bahrain, and specialises predominantly in investing capital from the Middle East into the UK property markets.  Apache currently manages two Investment Platforms focusing on the alternative sectors including; Social Infrastructure (student accommodation and healthcare) and The Private Rented Sector. Richard is Managing Director and responsible for the UK business, team and strategies, the portfolio, performance, business development and investor relations.
Ben Pile
MA (HONS), MRICS
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR
Ben Pile is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has 13 years’ experience in real estate investment management. He spent 6 years at ING Real Estate Investment Management (UK) and has extensive commercial property experience in both transactions and asset management. Ben spent two years in asset management before specialising in transactions across all sectors of the UK property market. Latterly, Ben was part of the Special Projects group, focusing on deals of £50m+ in central London offices, shopping centres and portfolios. Ben has transacted over £1bn of property assets in his career. More recently, he has been involved in setting up a retirement care business and has experience in prime central London residential development. Prior to ING, Ben had two years of corporate finance experience with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Since joining Apache Capital, Ben has been an integral part of the team acquiring, transacting and managing all assets since inception and is now responsible for the Social Infrastructure investment platform.
Denis Aghaizu
ACA
FINANCE DIRECTOR
Denis Aghaizu has over 18 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, the last 11 of which within the Private Equity Real Estate sector. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having trained at PwC London and qualifying in 2001. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Prior to joining Apache, Denis was a director at Bilfinger Real Estate Argoneo, a former Morgan Stanley Real Estate asset management platform, where he was head of the finance department. Before Bilfinger, Denis spent seven years at Morgan Stanley as part of their Frankfurt-based Private Equity Real Estate team, which managed at its peak Eur 13bn of commercial real estate across continental Europe. He holds a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and is fluent in German.
Andrew Park
ACA
DIRECTOR PORTFOLIO & ANALYSIS
Andrew Park has over 18 years’ accountancy and real estate experience. He is a qualified accountant and holds a degree in Law. His training as an accountant and subsequent experience included a high degree of speciality in financial modelling and analysis, initially centred on social housing before expending into the wider real estate sectors. Prior to joining Apache Capital Partners, Andrew worked for AEW Europe and ING Real Estate Investment Management and was responsible for fund modelling and strategic analysis for their UK and pan-European platforms. Andrew is responsible for client and internal reporting, financial modelling and analysis across the portfolios to aid acquisition and transactional due diligence as well as provide ongoing quantitate and qualitative management reporting.
Mark Peck
DIRECTOR TRANSACTIONS & STRUCTURING
Mark Peck is a real estate investment professional with a private equity and private practice legal background gained over the last 16 years. Mark qualified as a lawyer and having spent four years in private practice he moved into real estate investment management with particular focus on shari’ah compliant transactions. He has extensive practical knowledge in the due diligence, structuring and funding of acquisitions in a wide range of sectors and strategies and for both development and investment deals. Prior to joining Apache, Mark was Head of Operations for 90 North Real Estate Partners. Before 90 North, he was Director, Head of European Transactions at HDG Mansur Investment Services Ltd. He has concluded over $1.5bn worth of transactions in a shariah compliant fashion.
Jamie Snary
BSC (HONS), MRICS
DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT
Jamie Snary is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has 16 years’ experience in real estate property and asset management. Prior to joining Apache, Jamie worked at a niche asset management practice, MJ Mapp leaving as a Director and member of the Business Development Board. He led the teams on the management of portfolios owned by a range of institutional, finance and private clients. Jamie was responsible for the strategic and day to day asset and portfolio management across a diverse range of mainstream commercial and alternative sectors which on leaving totalled a rent roll of £60m with an overall floor area in excess of 4,000,000 sq ft. Jamie is responsible for asset and portfolio management.
Andrew Berman
FCA
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Andrew Berman is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 17 years’ experience in real estate financial accounting and reporting as well as fund reporting and management. He qualified in 1996 after training at BDO Stoy Hayward (now BDO LLP) and subsequently focused on asset tracing and investigations, before joining British Land in 1999 where he was Head of Joint Venture Reporting. Between 2007 and 2013 he worked in family office real estate as Head of UK and European Reporting, responsible for cross-jurisdictional portfolios with total asset value exceeding £2bn. He has since been involved in developing and training fund reporting teams and has managed investment funds, as well as having worked on a number of development projects. Andrew is responsible for financial reporting, taxation, treasury and administration.
Eric Lam
BSC (HONS)
FINANCIAL ANALYST
Eric Lam has over 11 years’ experience in commercial real estate and holds a degree in Land Management and Finance. Prior to joining Apache Capital Partners, Eric worked in the Portfolio Management and Transactions Departments of Heitman European Real Estate and Invesco Real Estate as a Senior Fund Analyst across their pan- European platforms. Eric has extensive knowledge of valuation, fund analysis, financial modelling and UK transactions and has worked on the portfolio management of individual private equity mandates in excess of Eur 1.5bn, and pan-European platforms with an emphasis on UK transactions. Since joining Apache Capital Eric’s responsibilities include transactional due diligence, investment recommendations, financial and investor reporting.
Nikki Price
BSC (HONS)
PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Nikki Price graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 with a first class degree in Psychology. Since graduating Nikki has work in the property industry gaining experience in residential and new homes departments. Nikki joined Apache in 2016 as Richard’s Personal Assistant and also assists with the day to day running of the business.
Philippa Rose
FRONT OF HOUSE
Philippa Rose started her career as a freelance make-up artist working in all areas of the industry from TV and film, to behind the scenes at Fashion Week and teaching at beauty school academies. In that time Philippa also worked within the management team of a high end luxury retailer in the centre of Soho, there she found her passion for customer service. Philippa joined Apache in 2016 as Front of House and conducts all aspects of reception, administrative and PA duties within her varied role.