About Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)

Each individual in an organisation brings with them a diverse set of perspectives, work and life experiences and religious and cultural differences.  These differences can bring many benefits to an organisation and can help make it and the industry in which it operates successful. At AREF we recognise that there is appetite for the real estate industry to do things better in this area.

The Association aims to work in an environment that supports, reflects & promotes equity and inclusive behaviours & practices, and respects individuals & groups of people and provides support to its members to create an inclusive environment.  

We are very passionate about this important subject and it is one of our current strategic priorities. 

Below you can find some information on how we are working towards supporting our members with DE&I.

Recent DE&I Initiatives from AREF:

31 Jan 2024

AREF's Mentorship Scheme 2024

17 Jan 2024

The Global Real Estate DEI Survey

23 Feb 2023

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Guidance for Members

01 Dec 2022

Event Write-up - Diversity, Equality & Inclusion in Real Estate Investment Management: Effecting long-term change

15 Sep 2021

Post-event materials - Investor event: Diversity and Inclusion - 15th September 2021


AREF's Diversity Equity & Inclusion Policy

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The AREF DE&I Taskforce

The Taskforce is led by Sophie Reguengo of Ogier.

Sophie Reguengo

Sophie Reguengo

Partner, Ogier, Jersey

Sophie is a highly experienced investment funds and regulatory lawyer having practiced for over 15 years' in the funds industry. She is focussed on private equity and real estate structures. She is recognised as a "Rising Star" by IFLR1000 and regularly attends and speaks at conferences in Jersey and London. Sophie is the Diversity and Inclusion jurisdictional lead for Ogier in Jersey and believes that equality is better for everyone.

Sophie is an alumna of Bristol University and the University of the West of England.  She holds a Masters in Commercial Law and Human Rights.

Sophie features in the Citywealth Leaders List and is recognised as a "Rising Star" by IFLR1000 and has also been recognised in Legal 500.  Prior to joining Ogier at the beginning of 2018, Sophie trained and worked at another leading offshore firm, both in Jersey and in Hong Kong.   

DE&I Taskforce Members

Faye Crook, Nuveen
Stefan Chinniah, Mourant
Nneka Ejindu
Rachel Fowler, Mourant
Lakhmi Halaith, Osbourne Clark
Juliet Leith, I2020
Claire Magowan, Savills
Sarah Walker, Travers Smith
Hebe Williams, Savills
Ann Xu, CBRE Investment Management
Clare Whyte, AREF
Mel Ali, AREF

Interested in joining?

We are looking for new members.  If you are interested in joining the Taskforce, please email us at info@aref.org.uk.

Collaborating with others

We recognise that there is only so much that we can do through our day-to-day activities, which is why we support the following organisations and are proud of the vital work they do:

Diversity Talks Real Estate


Real Estate Balance

Organisations who our members work with in DE&I

AREF collected, through a member survey, the names and details of around 20 organisations working in DE&I in our industry who already help many of our member firms (download logos and links here).  We’d encourage members to reach out to these firms, as everyone needs to start somewhere to create the change.  Click the image to view the logos and links to their websites:


Other Resources

Below are a series of reports, produced by our partner association, The Investment Association (The IA) which we hope you will find useful:

IA Report: Do you remember the first time?

Coming out and being out in investment management. 
This report looks at the experience of LGBT+ people in the Investment Management industry.
July 2019

IA Report: Bringing our whole selves to work

The LGBT+ experience in asset management. 
This report shares best practice on creating a supportive environment.
July 2018


If you have anything you wish to raise with us relating to DE&I, please contact us on info@aref.org.uk.