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Man GPM strengthens Community Housing team with three new hires

Also appoints Paul Beardmore to Community Housing Advisory Committee

12 September 2019

Man Global Private Markets (Man GPM), Man Group’s private markets investment business, announces three appointments to its Community Housing team: Ian Jackson and Tom Shaw as Investment Directors, and Marine Guerin as Investment Associate. It has also appointed Paul Beardmore as a member of the Community Housing Advisory Committee.

The appointments further strengthen the Community Housing strategy, which was first launched in February 2019 and seeks to achieve the dual objectives of providing both social and financial returns. The team is led by Shamez Alibhai, Head of Community Housing and Portfolio Manager at Man GPM.

  • Ian Jackson joined as an Investment Director in August 2019, and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments. Ian has worked in affordable housing development since 1992, during which time he has been responsible for the acquisition and procurement of new properties and development schemes. From 2006 to 2015, Ian was the Director of Development for Longhurst Group, a large regional housing association, leading on the delivery of new developments. In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of Portfolio Investment, responsible for development and sales, strategic asset management, and group health and safety. His focus was on growing the provision of new housing into the Group.
  • Tom Shaw joined as an Investment Director in August 2019, and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments. He brings 15 years’ experience in real estate investment and development, the majority of which was spent in senior roles at The Hyde Group, a major London-based “G15” registered provider of social housing. Tom was Managing Director, responsible for new business, pre-construction, construction, sales and aftercare activities, as well as the performance of The Hyde Group’s development programme, including its investments into joint ventures with both public and private sector partners.
  • Marine Guerin joined as an Investment Associate in May 2019, and is responsible for analysing and executing new investments, as well as assisting in the monitoring and day-to-day management of the portfolio. Previously, Marine spent three years at Venn Partners within the commercial real estate team. She started her career within the European and UK credit team at Schroders.

Paul Beardmore joined in March 2019 as the fifth member of Man GPM’s Community Housing Advisory Committee, which provides advisory support to the investment team. Paul is the former Director of Housing and Residential Growth at Manchester City Council. He also provided the Greater Manchester Combined Authority with housing expertise during its evolution. Paul has led on innovation in housing nationally, replacing grants with equity loan finance and establishing the first residential development partnership with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. His appointment will complement the Advisory Committee’s four existing members, who are similarly experts in UK residential and affordable housing markets, and include Dame Katharine Barker, David Hutchinson OBE, David Sheridan and David Gannicott.

Shamez Alibhai said:

"We are excited to add the collective expertise of Ian, Tom, Marine and Paul to our Community Housing team. There is a clear shortage of good quality affordable housing for too many people and families, and we believe that through impact investing we can help address this serious issue in a socially sustainable way. I look forward to working with the team and our housing association and council partners to develop much needed housing solutions for our community."

Ian Jackson commented:

"Having spent the majority of my career at a housing association, I am very excited to be joining Man GPM’s Community Housing team to help deploy much needed private capital into affordable and social housing. I have been impressed by Shamez’s prior experience and vision for the strategy, and look forward to being a part of it."

Tom Shaw added:

"I am delighted to be joining the team. With Man Group’s considerable resources and commitment to responsible investing, plus the benefit of a dedicated advisory committee with deep industry knowledge, I think there is a real opportunity here to help plug the affordable and social housing gap in the UK."

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