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Andrew Dawber

Group Director
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Andrew Dawber

Group Director

Andrew is a Group Director of CIM and has been in the social housing sector for more than 8 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 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 Group Director of CIM and has been involved in real estate investment for over 20 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, Social Housing
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Paul Bridge

CEO, Social Housing

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer within the Social Housing strategy. 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 CIM 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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Matthew Filkin

Fund Director
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Matthew Filkin

Fund Director

Matt has over 20 years of broad real estate experience covering investment, development, finance and corporate matters. Prior to Civitas, Matt spent over 9 years at Almacantar where he held various roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.  During his time at Almacantar Matt was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business and was heavily involved in delivering some of London’s most iconic development projects and executing some of the largest asset and financing transactions in the London market. Having initially qualified as a Solicitor, specialising in real estate finance, Matt has also worked for Brookfield Asset Management, one of the world’s largest investors in real assets, as well as gaining experience in investment banking and legal private practice. 

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Adel Oucherif

Investment Director (Europe)
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Adel Oucherif

Investment Director (Europe)

Adel joins CIM from Henderson Park where he was most recently a Principal in the acquisitions team with a geographic focus on platform building with real estate in France, the Netherlands and Germany. During that time, he participated in raising promoted co-investment capital across a variety of transactions. Prior to his time at Henderson Park he held real estate sector roles at Mount Kellett (2012-2015) and Blackstone (2008-2012).

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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 CIM 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. Tayo is also a Doctoral Researcher at Cranfield University investigating the potential to deploy private funds through Impact Investing to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy. 

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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 CIM, 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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Vivienne Howell

Healthcare Director
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Vivienne Howell

Healthcare Director

Vivienne has significant experience working across the healthcare sector. Before joining CIM she was a senior member of the Deloitte Healthcare M&A team, advising operators and investors for 14 years. In that time, Vivienne’s team was recognised as the Healthcare Corporate Finance team of the year by HealthInvestor (5 out of 7 years) and LaingBuisson (3 out of 4 years). Prior to that Vivienne qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in South Africa.

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Dipesh Devchand

Group Chief Financial Officer
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Dipesh Devchand

Group Chief Financial Officer

Dipesh Devchand is the CFO of CIM, having previously been Managing Director, Head of Fund Finance & Operations for the FTSE 100 listed alternative asset manager, ICG plc, since 2015. Prior to that he was European Finance Director for Apollo Global Management for a period of 8 years and with GlobeOp Financial Services for just over 2 years. Dipesh brings a wealth of experience covering financing, regulatory reporting, tax and operational matters pertinent to a variety of alternative asset classes. Dipesh is a fellow of the ICAEW, having trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC’s dedicated investment management team in London.

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Claire Fahey

Finance Director
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Claire Fahey

Finance Director

Claire has 11 years PQE across real estate and development sectors. Prior to joining CIM 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.

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Nazlin Nazri

Associate Director
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Nazlin Nazri

Associate Director

Nazlin has over fifteen years of experience in real estate finance. She has extensive experience in financial reporting under various GAAPs, financial management, group consolidation and fund accounting. She joined Civitas from Tritax Group PLC FTSE 250, where she was the Head of Financial Reporting, providing leadership to the financial reporting aspects for both Big Box PLC and Eurobox PLC. Prior to this, she spent four years with Kennedy Wilson as a portfolio controller for 176 assets, Finance Manager at Hermes Fund Managers (Real Estate division) and Head of Statutory Reporting at Land Securities PLC. She is a fellow of the ICAEW.

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Greg Slotsky

Finance Manager
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Greg Slotsky

Finance Manager

Greg has over 6 years’ experience in real estate, investment and fund accounting. Prior to joining CIM, he was a Entity Controller at Goldman Sachs where he gained experience in forecasts, improving financial reporting, data analysis and project management. Prior to this he was at Big Four Companies; KMPG and EY. Greg is a Chartered Accountant.

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Paul Debru

Accounts Payable / Accounts Receivable
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Paul Debru

Accounts Payable / Accounts Receivable

Paul is the Accounts Payable / Accounts Receivable for CIM. Paul has over 10 years experience in accounts. Prior to joining CIM, Paul worked in accounts for a housing association, local authority and a NHS foundation trust. Paul is ACCA qualified.

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Siu-Wai Ng

Commercial Director
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Siu-Wai Ng

Commercial Director

Siu-Wai has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to Civitas, Siu-Wai was Partner, Global Head of Product Development and member of the Executive Committee at BlueBay Asset Management, an alternative fixed income manager. Siu-Wai has significant expertise in bringing products to market and building business platforms in both public and private asset classes. She is a seasoned investment fund director and has in-depth understanding in corporate governance issues. Siu-Wai started her career with Mercer Investment Consulting in Hong Kong before moving to London, subsequently joining JPMorgan Asset Management. Siu-Wai is a Chartered Financial Analyst and an INSEAD certified International Director. She is a Trustee of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and an Investment Committee member of the Salvation Army.

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Mary Finnigan

Director, Head of Transactions
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Mary Finnigan

Director, Head of Transactions

Mary has worked in the real estate sector for over 20 years. Prior to Civitas, Mary was the Head of Transactions for WeWork where she led the real estate transaction team in the acquisition and asset management of over 150 buildings in 30 cities in EMEA, including numerous pre-lets in London, Paris and Berlin. During her 5 years at WeWork, Mary gained extensive experience in the regulatory and legal complexities of the key European markets. Mary is a qualified real estate lawyer. She began her career at Jones Day Gouldens and latterly she was Of Counsel at SJ Berwin where she advised major developers, landlords and tenants including The Crown Estate, Axa, British Land, SuperDry and Marks & Spencer. She is an active member of Women Talk Real Estate, Real Estate Women and Women on Boards.

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Eleanor Corey

Transaction Director
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Eleanor Corey

Transaction Director

Eleanor is the Transaction Director at CIM, 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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Victoria Mallela

Transaction Director
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Victoria Mallela

Transaction Director

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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Alex Parry

Associate Transactions Director
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Alex Parry

Associate Transactions Director

Alex is the Associate Transactions Director at CIM and was previously at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright for over 8 years where he trained and practised in their real estate team. Alex gained extensive experience at Norton Rose Fulbright acting for developers, banks, landlords and tenants including DP World London Gateway, Prudential, London City Airport and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Alex is a qualified solicitor.

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Daniel Porter

Associate Transaction Director
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Daniel Porter

Associate Transaction Director

Daniel is an Associate Transactions Director at CIM and has worked in the real estate sector for over 10 years. Prior to CIM he spent four years at WeWork as Legal Director. Previously he worked as an Associate for Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP and Lafarge Holcim as Legal Counsel. Daniel specialises in real estate acquisitions & disposals, portfolio management, leases, M&A, development, construction and planning matters. Daniel is a qualified solicitor. 

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James Allsop

Transaction Manager
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James Allsop

Transaction Manager

James is a real estate solicitor with strong experience in all aspects of real estate law including acquisitions & disposals, portfolio management, leases, SPAs, development and estate management. Prior to CIM he was Senior Legal Advisor at the Royal Mail Group having seconded there from Weightmans LLP where he held the role of Principle Associate, prior to then he was an Associate at Clyde & Co LLP. James is a qualified solicitor.

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James Anderson

Transaction Analyst
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James Anderson

Transaction Analyst

James is a Transaction Analyst at CIM and is responsible for assisting with financial modelling, pipeline management and transaction analysis for new opportunities. Prior to joining CIM, James worked at L1 Capital in the residential property fund as an Investment Associate, where he personally underwrote and executed on £37m of residential property. Prior to L1 Capital, James held various roles at Brydell Partners, Knight Frank and Savills. James holds a Master’s in Real Estate from University College London and a first-class undergraduate degree from the University of Southampton.

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Tom Falconer

Director, Head of Asset Management
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Tom Falconer

Director, Head of Asset Management

Tom has over 10 years experience in asset and property management within the care sector.

Prior to joining Civitas, Tom was at Lifeways where he started as Project Manager – New Build Development, before becoming Group Property Manager. Prior to this, he was Housing Project Officer with Worcestershire County Council. 

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Sean Corney

Director, Asset Management
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Sean Corney

Director, Asset Management

Sean has extensive experience in asset, estate and property management within the retirement living and care sector across the UK, his experience includes planned and reactive maintenance programs, extensive refurbishments, budgeting and compliance requirements. Most recently Sean was at Retirement Villages, and prior to that he worked at Savills within Asset Management, including LPA Receivership instructions, devising strategies, property/portfolio analysis and management for a number of clients including Government organisations. Sean is an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and a member of the Institution of Residential Property Management (IRPM), the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers (NARA), and ARLA Propertymark (formerly the Association of Residential Letting Agents).

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Connell Grogan

Senior Portfolio Manager
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Connell Grogan

Senior Portfolio Manager

Connell is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate sector covering residential, commercial, asset management and capital raising. He is driven by the need for "impact" led property funds on transitional and supported housing. Previous to Civitas, Connell was the Portfolio Manager for 8 years at Resonance a leading impact investment company and grew their flagship homelessness property fund working with leading housing associations and charities around the UK.

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Charles Reid

Senior Partnership Officer
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Charles Reid

Senior Partnership Officer

Charles has gained significant experience at a senior level working within the local government financial sector, specialising in housing benefit and managing welfare reform.  Charles has partnered with several local authorities in training and development, performance management, appeals handling and presenting cases at first and second-tier tribunals.  Charles brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in housing benefit implementation, legislation and case law to the Civitas team.

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Georgina McGuinness

Operations Director
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Georgina McGuinness

Operations Director

Georgina has over 10 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 LLP, where she managed the operations of the business including IT, HR and investor relations.

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Victoria Fleming

Office Manager
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Victoria Fleming

Office Manager

Victoria has 5 years administrative and support experience having obtained an Executive PA degree from the Oxford Media and Business School. Prior to CIM, 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 Manager at CIM, where she is responsible for the smooth running of the office and business operations.

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Ellie Morrisroe

Transaction Assistant
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Ellie Morrisroe

Transaction Assistant

Ellie joined CIM having completed an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Bristol. Ellie converted this to a law degree through the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University in London. Ellie is a future Trainee with Simmons & Simmons LLP and have gained experience through short-term work placements in law firms and in-house teams specialising in commercial, property, litigation, and criminal law.

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Anna Wheeler

Transaction Assistant
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Anna Wheeler

Transaction Assistant

Prior to CIM, Anna was a Lettings Negotiator at Marsh & Parsons for two years. Before this, she gained experience in finance working at Citibank in Belfast for the EMEA Equity Middle Office, supporting the trading desk. Anna started this job after completing a degree in Business Management at Queens University.

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Analiza Gabuat

Asset Management Assistant
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Analiza Gabuat

Asset Management Assistant

Proir to CIM Analiza was the PA to the MD, Earls Court at Capco. Analiza has over 10 years experience as a personal assistant in real estate. Prior to her time at Capco, she has supported senior directors at EngineeringUK, Heart of London Business Alliance and Balli Group Plc.

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Kate Almond

Legal Secondee
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Kate Almond

Legal Secondee

Kate is a secondee from Norton Rose Fulbright where she trained and works as a real estate solicitor. Prior to beginning her secondment at CIM, Kate worked on multiple Civitas transactions and has experience in a variety of aspects of real estate law.

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Lauren Jones

Office Assistant
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Lauren Jones

Office Assistant

Lauren has six years experience in administration and three years within the financial sector. Prior to CIM Lauren worked at King Street Europe, where she was a receptionist and part of the facilities and events team. Lauren is now an Office Assistant at CIM.

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Joanne Muir

Partnership Officer
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Joanne Muir

Partnership Officer

Prior to joining CIM Joanne was a manager for a housing association in the North. Joanne has over 25 years experience in legal and housing areas. At CIM Joanne works within the Asset Management team, working with housing associations in regards to the housing benefit claims and arrears.