Investment Manager

Our Investment Manager, Ediston Real Estate, was founded in 2004 by Danny O’Neill. Ediston has maintained an impeccable track record in the UK property market and has a focused and talented team of real estate experts. One of the UK’s most active property companies, Ediston disinvested heavily during 2006 and 2007 in anticipation of a decline in property values, enabling it to emerge from the collapse financially sound, well respected and with no legacy issues with clients or UK banks.

For more information on Ediston Real Estate, please visit www.ediston.com

Daniel O’Neill

BSC MRICS DIPPROPINV

Danny is founder and Chief Executive of Ediston and has 23 years’ experience in real estate markets.

Before founding Ediston in 2004, he was Investment Director at Standard Life Investments (SLI) where he was responsible for managing £2 billion of UK real estate assets, invested across three funds, for corporate and retail clients. He set up and launched the segregated property business at SLI and won the company’s first third party mandates in 2001 and 2002.

At Ediston he is responsible for transacting investment and development opportunities, and for business growth.

Calum Bruce

BSC (HONS) MRICS

Calum is Fund Manager for Ediston Property Investment Company.

He joined Ediston from Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, where he was involved with both wholesale and institutional mandates. He was Fund Manager of the £160 million real estate portfolio of the Halifax Managed Income Fund, which aimed to provide an above-average income return and capital growth over the longer term. He was Deputy Fund Manager of LTGP Limited Partnership Incorporated, a pension fund with direct and indirect assets of approximately £750 million.

Prior to this appointment he worked on the SWIP Property Trust, an Authorised Property Unit Trust marketable to retail and institutional investors. He was involved from launch and in growing it from approximately £600 million to more than £1 billion in value.

Neelum Yousaf

BAcc (HONs) CA MCSI

Neelum is Financial Controller with responsibility for statutory reporting for all investment vehicles, budgetary control and cash flow management, fund administration, accounting and client reporting. She is also the company’s Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining Ediston in January 2015, Neelum completed her chartered accountancy qualification with a small firm in Dundee and then moved to Edinburgh. After a few years in private practice, she joined Keysight Technologies, a global electronic measurement business, as Senior Financial Accountant. Here she assisted the separation of the company from Agilent Technologies and was responsible for the reporting and administration for the UK and Argentina.

Neelum is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments. She attended the University of Dundee at the young age of 16 and graduated with an Honours degree in Accounting.

Alastair Dickie

BSC MRICS

Alastair is responsible for securing and delivering investment, development and asset management opportunities and managing the existing investment portfolio, with a focus on the retail warehouse sector.

Before joining Ediston, he spent 10 years as Director at Macdonald Estates, where he was responsible for purchasing and developing in excess of £250 million of assets and secured consent for over two million sq. ft. of retail floorspace. Prior to that he worked at Scottish & Newcastle, developing hotels, restaurants and pubs throughout the north of England and Scotland.

Graham Lind

MA MSC MRICS

Graham is responsible for the acquisition and management of properties for the Company.

He has an agency and investment background, with previous experience in advising institutions and property companies on the acquisition and disposal of retail investments, particularly retail warehouse assets. Prior to joining Ediston in March 2015, he was Associate Partner at Wilkinson Williams, where he spent four years as an investment surveyor, and before that, had a similar role at JLL for seven years.

Board of Directors

The Directors are all non-executive and independent of the Investment Manager. They are responsible for the determination of the investment policy of the Company and its overall supervision. The Directors are:

William Hill

Chairman

William Hill qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Drivers Jonas in 1985. He left in 1989 to join Schroders and became head of its real estate investment division in 1991.

He successfully grew the business to over £10 billion of assets under management. He also established a number of new business lines including the Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, a listed investment company he secured the mandate to manage in 2011. William Hill resigned from this position in November 2013 to set up his own consultancy business. He is a past chairman of the Association of Property Unit Trusts, non-executive director of Mayfair Capital Property Investment Management Ltd and a member of the investment advisory boards of Ashby Capital LLP and The Goldsmiths’ Company.

He is also Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and a director of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust. William Hill became Chairman on 13 April 2015.

Robert Dick

Audit and Risk Committee Chairman

Robert Dick qualified as a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 1980 and has over 29 years’ experience of working in the real estate industry.

He joined CALA in 1985 when the company had a full London Stock Exchange listing and held several key executive and non-executive positions over a 23 year period, including serving as Group Finance Director for ten years, Chairman of CALA Properties, a property development business, for eight years and a trustee of the CALA pension scheme for fifteen years including eleven years as Chairman. Robert Dick led the CALA team which completed a successful MBO in 1999, delisting the CALA group and taking it private. Robert Dick left CALA in 2008 and now works with a number of businesses as investor, mentor and non-executive director.

He has been a member of the ICAS Council since 2009 and chaired one of the ICAS Boards from 2009 to 2012.

Robin Archibald

Senior Independent Director and Nomination Committee Chairman

Robin Archibald has over 30 years’ experience of working in the corporate finance and corporate broking industries, including roles with Samuel Montagu, SG Warburg Securities, NatWest Wood Mackenzie and Winterflood Investment Trusts, where he was head of corporate finance and broking for ten years, before retiring in 2014.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1983. Since the early nineties, Robin has concentrated on advising and managing transactions in the UK closed-ended funds sector and gained a wide experience in fund raising, reorganisations and restructurings for all types of listed funds.

Robin was a non-executive director and audit chairman of Albion Income and Growth VCT from September 2010 until November 2013, when the company merged with Albion Technology and General VCT plc, and he was appointed to the successor company board as audit chairman. He is also a non-executive director of Capital Gearing Trust plc since May 2015, Henderson European Focus Trust since May 2016, and most recently of Shires Income since May 2017.

Jamie Skinner

Marketing Committee Chairman

Jamie Skinner is a qualified accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Jamie joined Cazenove & Co in 1989 as a corporate finance executive working principally on investment companies and also other sector IPO activity, and in 1995 he was appointed Managing Director of the Johannesburg office.

In 1999 Jamie joined Martin Currie Investment Management Limited as a director and in 2014 was appointed Head of Client Services. Jamie served as President and CEO of The China Fund, Inc. until 2012, President and CEO of The Taiwan Fund, Inc. until 2014 and President of the Martin Currie Business Trust until 2015. Jamie also served on the boards of Martin Currie, Inc. and the Martin Currie Japan Absolute Return Fund up to his retirement from Martin Currie on 31 July 2018.

In addition to Ediston Property Investment Company plc, Jamie is a non-executive director of the Asian Opportunities Absolute Return Fund Limited and the Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc.