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Five new real estate investment managers at Scottish Widows

SWIP’s real estate business is a key growth area and has ambitious plans to develop its capabilities. The team’s key priorities remain focused on driving excellent performance across its real estate portfolios and to continue growing assets under management.
Working closely with the existing team, the five new Edinburgh based appointments are Oliver Lord, Elaine Hughes, Nicola Campbell, Tom Elviss and Veronica Gallo-Alvarez.

Lord brings 10 years’ experience to the role. He joins from F&C REIT Asset Management where he was Assistant Fund Manager. He will join SWIP on Monday 24 October and will be involved in the management of the Clerical Medical With Profits fund. He will report to Darryl Tidd, Investment Director in the Institutional Real Estate team.
Hughes joins SWIP from CB Richard Ellis where she was Director of the Professional Services team in Edinburgh with responsibility for valuation and lease consultancy. She joined SWIP on Tuesday 4 October and is involved in the management of the SWIP Property Trust. She reports to Gerry Ferguson, Head of SWIP’s Wholesale Real Estate team.
Campbell has 16 years’ experience in the real estate industry and joins SWIP from Hunter Property Fund Management, where she was UK Investment Director and fund manager for the Retail Plus Property Trust and the Performance Property Trust. She joined SWIP in August and is involved in the management of the Clerical Medical Managed fund. She reports to Nick Ireland, Investment Director in the Institutional Real Estate team.
Elviss brings six years’ real estate experience to the role and joins SWIP from DTZ. During his time at DTZ, he was a Senior Surveyor in the National Investment team specialising in the disposal and acquisition of properties across all sectors of the real estate market. Prior to this he worked in the Investment Agency team at Jones Lang LaSalle for over four years. Tom joined SWIP in July 2011 and is involved in the management of the Halifax Unit Linked Life fund. He reports to Cameron Murray, Investment Director in the Wholesale Real Estate team.
Gallo-Alvarez joined SWIP in June from Invista Real Estate Investment Management. At Invista, her main responsibility was the management of the Clerical Medical Non Sterling With Profits property fund, undertaking asset management initiatives, reporting performance, agreeing strategy and managing the relationship with the client. She continues to manage this fund. At Invista she was also responsible for overviewing the asset management of Invista's European portfolios outside France across their different pan-European mandates. Prior to her six years at Invista, she worked as a Vice-President at Harbert Management Corporation, also involved in acquisitions, asset management across Continental Europe. Veronica reports to Robert Matthews.
‘The SWIP Real Estate team is one of the leaders in the European commercial property market. As we continue to grow, it is important that we resource our business appropriately so as not to impact our ability to identify and maximise opportunities for investors. Veronica, Tom, Nicola, Elaine and Oliver are great additions to our existing team, and bring with them to SWIP a wealth of experience and expertise in real estate asset management,’ said Malcolm Naish, SWIP’s Director of Real Estate.