Meet the team

Lending

Residential lending

Peter Hornett

Peter Hornett

Head of Residential Credit

Peter is focused on residential lending activities and manages a team of credit managers across the London and Manchester offices. He has oversight of credit risk and is responsible for setting lending strategy.

D'mitri Zaprzala

D'mitri Zaprzala

Head of Residential

D’mitri currently manages our suite of residential lending products. He also sits on the Octopus Real Estate Management Committee. D'mitri has been part of our team since 2011.

Daniel Murray

Daniel Murray

Head of Sales

Dan's core focus is continuing to build our sales team, fostering long-term relationships with introducers. He also helps to create new products across sectors. Dan joined us in 2015.

Sophie Ludlow

Sophie Ludlow

Head of Customer

Sophie joined in 2017, working in a sales support role before moving into operations. She recently managed a restructure to set up a new customer team for our lending activities.

Commercial lending

Ludo Mackenzie

Ludo Mackenzie

Head of Commercial

Ludo is manager of our commercial real estate debt funds I, II and III, and has built our commercial lending team. He also sits on our Management and Investment Committees. Ludo joined us in 2013.

Dominic Gibson

Dominic Gibson

Investment Director

Dominic is manager of our commercial real estate debt syndication funds. A qualified chartered surveyor, he is focused on our commercial property lending activities and joined the ORE team in 2014.

Nick Westoby

Nick Westoby

Fund Manager

Nick leads the commercial term product within our commercial lending team. He sources new debt investments together with fundraising for future lending. Nick joined us in 2017.

James Nunn

James Nunn

Fund Manager

James is focused on our property lending portfolio and is a qualified chartered surveyor. He has been part of the Octopus Real Estate team since 2017.

Clare Grimes

Clare Grimes

Commercial Operations Manager

Clare specialises in commercial lending transactions. She is studying for a master’s in real estate, investment and finance, and working towards the MRICS qualification. Clare joined us in 2017.

Development lending

Matt Foley

Matt Foley

Head of Residential Development Credit

Matt oversees the credit process for the development team. His background is in banking, covering restructuring and relationship management. He has been part of our team since 2017.

Jamie Rahder

Jamie Rahder

Development Originator

Jamie joined in 2017, progressing to a senior development origination role in 2020. He brings a background in property finance.

Business Development Managers - lending

Charles Spence

Charles Spence

Development Originator

Charles has worked in real estate since 2012 with a focus on the residential sector. He joined the Octopus Real Estate team in 2019.

Chris Timms

Chris Timms

Head of Northern Region

Chris heads up the northern region from our Manchester office, looking after key accounts. He brings over ten years' experience in mortgage advice and business development. Chris joined us in 2018.

Alex Alexandrou

Alex Alexandrou

BDM - London

Alex looks after our London brokers. Previously he managed an estate agents and prior to that worked in foreign exchange. He joined Octopus Real Estate in 2016.

Sam Wisker

Sam Wisker

BDM - London

Sam looks after our London brokers and clients. He started with Octopus in 2015 as a graduate, having studied Economics and Management at the University of Bristol.

Doug Bowley

Doug Bowley

BDM - South Central

Doug covers the South Central region, supporting brokers. Previously he worked in foreign exchange, helping corporate clients, before joining us in 2017.

Steve Matthews

Steve Matthews

Head of South Sales

Steve joined as Head of Buy to Let in 2018. He has managed the product line and fund relationships. He also manages a team of four business development managers across London and the South.

Oliver Porter

Oliver Porter

BDM - East

Oli looks after brokers in the East of England. He joined us in 2018, bringing a background in property finance.

Steven Bowes

Steven Bowes

BDM - North

Steven works with brokers in North England. Previously he worked for a smaller bridging company, before joining Octopus Real Estate in 2019.

Investment

Care homes

Edward Clough

Edward Clough

Investment and Operations Director

Ed is the fund manager for the Octopus Healthcare Fund, as well as overseeing operations for Octopus Real Estate.

Chris Wishart

Chris Wishart

Origination Director

Chris works within our care home team, focused on new investment opportunities. He has specialised in healthcare for over 20 years. Chris joined the team in 2020.

Max Weitzmann

Max Weitzmann

Investment Manager

Max is focused on our care home funds. He has predominantly worked on sourcing and progressing new acquisitions since joining us in 2018.

Stavros Criticos

Stavros Criticos

Investment Surveyor

Stavros works within the care home investment team, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions and portfolio management. He joined us in 2015.

Ashley Heath

Ashley Heath

Healthcare Property Director

Ashley sources and develops new care home development schemes across the Midlands and North. He has been part of our investing team since launch.

Retirement communities

Kevin Beirne

Kevin Beirne

Retirement Director

Kevin leads our retirement living activities, including investments, partnerships and our retirement funds. He joined the Octopus Real Estate team in 2018.

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell

Transactions Director

Tim is focused transactions within the retirement living investment team. He has been part of the Octopus Real Estate team since 2019.

Marcus Adam

Marcus Adam

Development Director

Marcus manages the detailed due diligence on the development and construction dynamics of investments. He joined the Octopus Real Estate team in 2020.

Clinical Assurance

Sheila Hendy

Sheila Hendy

Clinical Assurance Director

Sheila leads the Clinical Assurance team, which promotes a culture of best practice in clinical assurance across our portfolio. She has been with the team since 2015.

Carrie Pilgrim

Carrie Pilgrim

Clinical Assurance Manager

Carrie helps to promote a culture of best practice in clinical assurance. She is a registered nurse with over 15 years' experience across the NHS and private sector. Carrie joined us in 2018.

Leadership team

Benjamin Davis

Benjamin Davis

CEO

As CEO of Octopus Real Estate Benjamin chairs our Investment Committee and is a member of the Octopus Group Executive Committee. He has been part of the team since 2010.

D'mitri Zaprzala

D'mitri Zaprzala

Head of Residential

D’mitri currently manages our suite of residential lending products. He also sits on the Octopus Real Estate Management Committee. D'mitri has been part of our team since 2011.

Ludo Mackenzie

Ludo Mackenzie

Head of Commercial

Ludo is manager of our commercial real estate debt funds I, II and III, and has built our commercial lending team. He also sits on our Management and Investment Committees. Ludo joined us in 2013.

Edward Clough

Edward Clough

Investment and Operations Director

Ed is the fund manager for the Octopus Healthcare Fund, as well as overseeing operations for Octopus Real Estate.

Kevin Beirne

Kevin Beirne

Retirement Director

Kevin leads our retirement living activities, including investments, partnerships and our retirement funds. He joined the Octopus Real Estate team in 2018.

Jayne Shawcross

Jayne Shawcross

Head of Marketing

In her role as Head of Marketing Jayne has responsibility for all channels. She joined Octopus Real Estate in 2017.

Richard Howard-Parr

Richard Howard-Parr

Head of Compliance

Richard is responsible for protecting our customers and the business by ensuring we maintain rigorous governance around our products and services.

Zoe Cooke

Zoe Cooke

HR Business Partner

Zoe works with our team on all people-related matters. She joined the Octopus Real Estate team in 2020.

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