Leadership team

Benjamin Davis

Benjamin Davis

CEO

Benjamin joined Octopus in 2010. He is responsible for leading Octopus Real Estate and chairs the Investment Committee. Prior to Octopus, Benjamin invested across a range of sectors at YFM Equity Partners and Interregnum. He has an MBA from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Andy Scott

Andy Scott

Head of Development Lending

Andy joined Octopus in 2021, his team provides bespoke funding solutions to property developers to enable them to deliver ‘living’ assets; from residential through to student accommodation schemes and care homes. In a career spanning just under 20 years, Andy has gained significant experience including working for Lloyds Banking Group, Santander and most recently Secure Trust Bank.

Michael Toft

Michael Toft

Head of Care Homes

Michael joined Octopus Real Estate in March 2021. Previously, Michael was a Founding Director and Board Member of Lothbury Investment Management following a management buy-out from KBC Group in 2010. Michael has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 2005 and holds a BLE (Hons) in Land Economy from the University of Aberdeen.

Ludo Mackenzie

Ludo Mackenzie

Head of Commercial Lending

Ludo established the Commercial real estate debt platform in 2013 and is the Manager of Octopus Commercial Real Estate Debt Funds I, II & III. He sits on both the Management Committee and Investment Committee. Ludo has a background in real estate fund and investment management, with working at companies such as Jones Lang LaSalle and Henderson Global investor.

Steve Matthews

Steve Matthews

Head of Residential Lending

Steve joined Octopus in 2018 and is now Head of Residential lending, responsible for Buy to Let, Regulated and Unregulated Bridging loans which is supported by a team of 30 across Sales, Credit and Customer. With close to 20 years in financial services Steve has a wealth of experience in the intermediary and lending market.

Edward Clough

Edward Clough

Head of Corporate Development

Ed is Head of Corporate Development, he sits on the Management Committee and our Clinical Assurance Board, and previously led our Care Homes Fund Team. Prior to joining Octopus in 2017, Ed was a lawyer with International, he has a BA in Economics from Durham University and an MBA from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.

Kevin Beirne

Kevin Beirne

Head of Retirement Living

Kevin has over 25 years real estate experience, he is an FCA senior manager and holds a master’s from Oxford Brookes School of the Built Environment. He joined Octopus Real Estate in 2018 as a member of the Executive Management Team to head up senior living investment strategies and sits on Investment Committee, he heads up the team for investing and raising funds to facilitate the development of retirement communities.

Richard Howard-Parr

Richard Howard-Parr

Head of Compliance

Richard joined Octopus in June 2017 and has over 35 years FS experience. He is responsible for protecting our customers and the business by ensuring we maintain rigorous governance around our products and services, as well as sitting on the Financial Crime Committee.

Zoe Cooke

Zoe Cooke

HR Business Partner

Zoe works with our team on all people-related matters as our HR partner. She joined the Octopus Real Estate team in 2020, and also works with a number of charities and foundations to support the growth of the people in the real estate industry.

Lending

Business Development Managers - lending

Stephen Christmas

Stephen Christmas

Business Development Manager

Stephen covers the Southeast region supporting brokers with Residential, Commercial and Development Finance. Previously he worked in residential real estate helping clients find their dream home before joining Octopus in 2017.

Chris Timms

Chris Timms

Head of Northern Region

Chris heads up the Northern Region activities and sales from our Manchester office. He brings over ten years' experience in mortgage advice and business development. Chris joined us in 2018.

Alex Alexandrou

Alex Alexandrou

Business Development Manager

Alex looks after our London brokers supporting them with Residential, Commercial and Development Finance. Previously he worked in foreign exchange and prior to that he managed an estate agent. He joined Octopus Real Estate in 2016.

Sam Wisker

Sam Wisker

Development Originator

Sam joined Octopus in 2015 and has managed relationships in our residential team before moving to the development team as an originator. He is now focused on residential and PBSA development business across the UK. Sam joined after graduating in economics from the University of Bristol.

Oliver Porter

Oliver Porter

Business Development Manager

Oliver covers the East and Southeast regions supporting brokers with Residential, Commercial and Development Finance. Oliver joined Octopus Real Estate in 2018 bringing a background in property finance.

Residential lending

Becky  Dixon

Becky Dixon

Business Development Manager

Becky is an Internal BDM who supports the External BDMs in the North of England. She joined us in 2021.

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.

Daniel Murray

Daniel Murray

Head of Sales

Daniel joined octopus in 2015, his core focus is continuing to build our sales team in London, fostering long-term relationships with various clients including brokers, introducers and borrowers. He also helps to create new products across the residential sectors.

Steve Matthews

Steve Matthews

Head of Residential Lending

Steve joined Octopus in 2018 and is now Head of Residential lending, responsible for Buy to Let, Regulated and Unregulated Bridging loans which is supported by a team of 30 across Sales, Credit and Customer. With close to 20 years in financial services Steve has a wealth of experience in the intermediary and lending market.

Commercial lending

Ludo Mackenzie

Ludo Mackenzie

Head of Commercial Lending

Ludo established the Commercial real estate debt platform in 2013 and is the Manager of Octopus Commercial Real Estate Debt Funds I, II & III. He sits on both the Management Committee and Investment Committee. Ludo has a background in real estate fund and investment management, with working at companies such as Jones Lang LaSalle and Henderson Global investor.

Dominic Gibson

Dominic Gibson

Investment Director

Dominic joined in 2014 and is the Manager of Octopus Commercial Real Estate Debt Syndication Funds, focusing on our commercial property lending and fund management activities. He is a qualified chartered surveyor and previously worked for Standard Life and Jones Lang LaSalle. He has  a BSc in Economics from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Estate Management from London South Bank University.

Nick Westoby

Nick Westoby

Fund Manager

Nick leads the commercial term product; he sources new debt investment opportunities on commercial property throughout the UK. A qualified chartered surveyor, Nick joined the team in 2017

James Nunn

James Nunn

Fund Manager

James is focused on commercial bridging and leads our lending into the Republic of Ireland. He is a qualified chartered surveyor and has been part of the team since 2017.

Clare Grimes

Clare Grimes

Investment Associate

Clare joined in 2017, she specialises in the origination of commercial real estate debt transactions. In addition to her role she is a member of the Association of Real Estate Fund’s future generation committee. Clare graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Sociology and then from  from Henley Business School with a MSc in Real Estate Investment & Finance. She holds a Diploma in Property Investment from the Investment Property Forum.

Development lending

Andy Scott

Andy Scott

Head of Development Lending

Andy joined Octopus in 2021, his team provides bespoke funding solutions to property developers to enable them to deliver ‘living’ assets; from residential through to student accommodation schemes and care homes. In a career spanning just under 20 years, Andy has gained significant experience including working for Lloyds Banking Group, Santander and most recently Secure Trust Bank.

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.

Investment

Care homes

Michael Toft

Michael Toft

Head of Care Homes

Michael joined Octopus Real Estate in March 2021. Previously, Michael was a Founding Director and Board Member of Lothbury Investment Management following a management buy-out from KBC Group in 2010. Michael has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 2005 and holds a BLE (Hons) in Land Economy from the University of Aberdeen.

Chris Wishart

Chris Wishart

Origination Director

Chris is an Origination Director leading the generation and progression of new investment opportunities for our care homes team, working closely with operators and developers. Chris has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare real estate. Prior to joining Octopus he worked at Knight Frank and Savills specialising in the acquisition and sale of healthcare assets on behalf of investors and operators.

Max Weitzmann

Max Weitzmann

Senior Investment Manager

Max joined Octopus in 2018, and works in the Care Home Investment Team. He focusses on sourcing and progressing new acquisitions as well as portfolio management.

Stavros Criticos

Stavros Criticos

Investment Manager

Stavros joined in 2015 and sits within the Care Home’s Investment team, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions and portfolio management. Stavros has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 2019 and holds an MSc in Real Estate from Bayes Business School.

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 living

Kevin Beirne

Kevin Beirne

Head of Retirement Living

Kevin has over 25 years real estate experience, he is an FCA senior manager and holds a master’s from Oxford Brookes School of the Built Environment. He joined Octopus Real Estate in 2018 as a member of the Executive Management Team to head up senior living investment strategies and sits on Investment Committee, he heads up the team for investing and raising funds to facilitate the development of retirement communities.

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.