25 June 2024 9am – 8pm + Add to calendar Conference Merchant Taylors Hall

Adapting to Change - Embracing Opportunity - Investing for Tomorrow

We are thrilled to introduce the inaugural AREF Members Conference, proudly sponsored by Citco and set to take place at Merchant Taylors Hall in the heart of the City of London.

This event will encompass an optional breakfast session, a lunch, multiple engaging sessions and events throughout the day, culminating in the AREF Summer Drinks Reception in the evening which is proudly sponsored by Mills & Reeve.

Opening Keynote:  Robert Peston - Journalist, Presenter, and Author

Robert is the political editor of ITV News and host of the weekly political discussion show Peston. From 2006 until 2014, he was the business editor of BBC News and its economics editor from 2014 to 2015.

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Other confirmed speakers (click to expand)

  • Matthew Abbott, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Shalin Bhagwan, Pension Protection Fund
  • Joshua Bond, Bond Land
  • Michael Brooks, REALPAC
  • Sue Brown, Real Estate Balance
  • Jenny Buck, Tesco Pension Investment
  • John Forbes, John Forbes Consulting
  • David Hedalen, Aviva Investors
  • Marie Hickey, Savills
  • Robert Houston, St Brides Managers
  • Mhairi Jackson, FCA
  • Celine Grace Legaspi, Reddington
  • Alex Notay, Thriving Investments
  • Dr Brenna O'Roarty, RHL Strategic Solutions
  • Daryl Perry, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Jessica Pilz, Fiera Real Estate
  • Matthew Richardson, Income Analytics

Draft Programme:

Sessions and timings subject to change.


09:15 - Registration opens

09:30 - Optional Breakfast 'Tackling Diversity in the Industry': Start the day with thought-provoking conversations with industry leaders and connect with like-minded professionals committed to driving positive change within the industry.

11:00 - Plenary 1 'Welcome & Keynote: An opening session from Robert Peston'.  Political journalist, presenter and author, Robert will open the Conference with a keynote address focused on current political dynamics. Drawing from his extensive expertise, Peston will dissect pressing geopolitical issues and their potential impact on global markets.   

11:40 - Plenary 2 'Real Estate Funds Resilience': Exploring the appeal - staying compelling, relevant, and investable in today's market.

12:30 - Lunch


13:30 - Bookable break-out session 1 'ESG Insights Session': Navigating stranded assets in your portfolios & understanding the impact on risk and returns.

13:30 - Bookable break-out session 2 'Future Visions: Exploring Horizons in 2040': Our four speakers will share visionary insights on the investment landscape of tomorrow. This could be technological advancements to changing consumer behaviours and emerging industries, expect illuminating discussions on potential challenges and opportunities shaping portfolios in 2040.

14:30 - Bookable break-out session 3: 'Residential Real Estate': Overcoming challenges for funds accessing the Living Sector.

14:30 - Bookable break-out session 4: 'Natural Capital Investment': Exploring current trends, challenges, and success stories in natural capital investment (enhancing, preserving, or restoring the Earth's ecosystems and biodiversity while promoting sustainable economic development).

15:15 - Break

16:00 - Plenary 3 'Capital Flows': Navigating the dynamic landscape of investor capital movement, with a particular focus on the transition from Defined Benefit (DB) to Defined Contribution (DC) plans.

17:00 - Final words and close.


17:00 - 'Summer Drinks Reception' - an exclusive gathering to be held in The Cloisters and the scenic outdoor Courtyard, this event provides a perfect setting for industry experts and professionals to network and enjoy a delightful evening. The reception will feature a sparkling wine reception and canapés.


Tuesday 25th June 2024


09:30hrs until 20:00hrs


Merchant Taylors Hall
30 Threadneedle St
London EC2R 8JB

To Book:

The Conference is open to both AREF members and non-members.

AREF Members
Book Tickets:

AREF Members should CLICK HERE or the blue Book button below to log-in and book and pay for tickets.

Non-AREF Members
Book Tickets:

Non-members should use our non-member payment link HERE to book and pay for tickets.  Tickets can be paid by credit card when booking.  A receipt confirmation will be sent to you

Ticket Costs:

  • AREF Members Ticket Costs:
    • Early Bird: £250.00 + VAT (until 22nd March 2024)
    • Standard: £300.00 + VAT
  • Non-Member Ticket Costs:
    • Early Bird: £350.00 + VAT (until 22nd March 2024)
    • Standard: £400.00 + VAT

Ticket Information:

AREF Members should note:

  • If you work for an AREF member firm (click here to check our member list), you are eligible for a log-in to this website and entitled to discounted tickets to the conference.  If you do not yet have a log-in, please email us at info@aref.org.uk.  This includes all AREF members: Fund Members, Affiliate Members, Associate Members and Investor Members.  A reminder that Investor Membership is free (view more information on our membership here, or email us at info@aref.org.uk for further information).
  • Early Bird Discount Offer:  For a limited time only, from Friday 1st March until Friday 22nd March 2024 tickets can be purchased at the early bird price.  After this date, tickets will revert to the standard price below.
  • AREF members can pay for tickets by credit card or invoice.  If paying by invoice, please note that bookings will not be confirmed until payment is received.
  • Tickets can be purchased on behalf of someone else, however, the booker needs to work for an AREF member firm and will need a log-in to this website (email us to organise your log-in).
  • For AREF members wishing to buy multiple tickets for their team, please email us at info@aref.org.uk, indicating:
    • how many tickets you would like to purchase;
    • full name of all delegates;
    • email address for each delegate;
    • dietary and access requirements for all delegates.
    • invoice name and address.
  • Non-members should use our non-member payment link HERE to book and pay for tickets.  Tickets can be paid by credit card when booking.  A receipt confirmation will be sent to you.


We are delighted to announce the sponsors for the Conference and extend our sincere appreciation to Citco and Mills & Reeve for their invaluable support in making the AREF Conference a resounding success.

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Please email us at info@aref.org.uk for any enquiries relating to this event.

Planning Committee:

With special thanks to our Planning Committee, who are helping the AREF Team pull this event together.

  • Committee Chair:  Clare Whyte, AREF
  • Matthew Abbott, Legal & General Investment Management
  • John Forbes, John Forbes Consulting
  • Clare Grimes, GRE Finance
  • Patrick Groves, CMS
  • Lucinda Liss, Schroders
  • Simon Marx, Lothbury Investment Management
  • Emma Pereira, Travers Smith
  • Tom Pinnell, Langham Hall
  • Jessica Pilz, Fiera Real Estate
  • Jack Quinlan, Blackrock
  • Ann Xu, CBRE Investment Management

Terms and Conditions:

  • Places are not confirmed until full payment is received.
  • Payment can be made by credit card or invoice.  If paying by invoice, an invoice will be raised and emailed to the booking contact (please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your invoice).
  • All payments must be received by 24th May 2024.
  • Cancellation policy:
    • Unfortunately, AREF are not able to offer refunds in the event of any delegate being unable to attend for any reason whatsoever.  However, you may change the name on the booking up to and including Friday 21st June 2024.
    • AREF reserves the right to cancel the event at any time for any material reason, and if we do cancel, we shall refund any fees paid. AREF will not be held liable for any damages or losses sustained in any way, arising out of the cancellation of the event.
  • Dietary requirements need to be supplied to us by 24th May 2024.