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Octopus Real Estate hires Chris Wishart as Director of Origination to bolster care homes team

23 Apr 2020 By Jayne Shawcross

Octopus Real Estate, part of Octopus Group and a leading UK specialist real estate lender and investor, has strengthened its care home fund management team with the arrival of Chris Wishart as Director of Origination.

Chris will take a leading role in Octopus Real Estate’s care home investment team, finding and delivering elderly and specialist care real estate acquisitions for its institutionally backed funds.

Octopus Real Estate’s market-leading care homes team currently manages a portfolio of 60 modern, purpose-built homes, including 9 properties under construction, with a market value of over £750 million.

Chris joins from Savills, where he has been a Director in the healthcare practice since 2017. Prior to this Chris was a Partner at Knight Frank where he was instrumental in building a market leading healthcare consultancy team.

Benjamin Davis, CEO at Octopus Real Estate, said: “Chris’s significant experience in the healthcare market speaks for itself, and we are delighted that he is joining us. Chris will add further strength to our market-leading care homes team as we continue to grow the portfolio and strive to enhance our offering to both investors and operators in a market that remains undersupplied.”

Commenting on his appointment, Chris Wishart said: “I’m excited to be joining Octopus Real Estate, which has been leading the care home investment market for over a decade. Beyond building a high-quality portfolio of care homes, Octopus’s reputation as a responsible landlord, committed to ensuring its homes are operated to the highest standards, is something that really stands out for me. I look forward to finding new investment opportunities for the team and contributing to filling the gap that currently exists for those requiring care.”