Aviva announces hires at the top of UK real estate business

By Paul Norman - Monday, April 16, 2018 10:39

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva, has appointed Daniel McHugh as Head of UK Real Estate and Melanie Collett as Head of Real Estate Asset Management.

Based in London, McHugh joined on April 16 and reports to Ed Casal, Chief Executive – Aviva Investors Real Estate. McHugh will be responsible for all direct real estate activity in the UK, leading the firm’s specialist fund management, asset management and transaction teams.

McHugh has more than 20 years’ experience in UK and continental European real estate investment. Most recently, he held the role of Head of Continental European Real Estate Investment at Standard Life Investments, where he helped reposition and grow the business in the region since 2008. He joined Standard Life Investments in 2000, holding a number of positions across portfolio, development and fund management, as well as being a member of the global real estate leadership team.

Also based in London, Collett joins the business on 23 April and will report to McHugh. She will be responsible for the firm’s sector-focused asset management teams, development management and project management capabilities.

Collett has over 20 years’ experience in real estate debt and equity. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, Collett was Head of Asset Management at Round Hill Capital from November 2015 to March 2018, managing the European portfolio on behalf of US private equity partners. Previously, she spent 12 years at GE Capital Real Estate; latterly as Head of European Underwriting where she was responsible for evaluating transactions, overseeing debt structuring and underwriting and growing key client relationships. Before joining GE, she worked for a German bank for five years, structuring senior debt transactions for real estate companies.

Ed Casal, Chief Executive - Aviva Investors Real Estate, said: “I am delighted to welcome Daniel and Melanie to Aviva Investors in what are key roles for our Real Estate business. Both Daniel and Melanie have a wealth of experience in the UK and European markets. This, combined with their clear leadership qualities, will be invaluable as we look to strengthen our position in the UK and globally.”


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