Our People

The Board

Malcolm NaishMalcolm Naish

Malcolm was the director of real estate at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) until June 2012 and was responsible for overseeing its portfolio of commercial property assets across the UK, Europe and North America.

He has more than 40 years’ experience of working in the real estate industry. Prior to joining SWIP, he was director and head of DTZ Investment Management, where he was responsible for business development in the UK and in international markets. He was also a founding partner of Jones Lang Wootton Fund Management, and UK managing director of LaSalle Investment Management. In 2002, he co-founded Fountain Capital Partners, a pan-European real estate investment manager and adviser.

He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1976 and was Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation from 2010 to 2011.

Simon WombwellSimon Wombwell

Simon joined Brooks Macdonald as a non-executive director in 2002 and was appointed director of Brooks Macdonald’s funds business upon its launch in 2011. He is a member of the executive management committee.

Simon has spent his entire career in the financial services industry and previous roles include Head of Sales and Marketing at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Managing Director of Newton Fund Managers Limited and Managing Director of Royal Bank of Scotland Unit Trust Managers.

He is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals.

Paul CraigPaul Craig

Paul is Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual. He has more than 20 years’ investment experience, including 10 years at Exeter Investment Group and six years at New Star Asset Management, where he was a Director of the asset management subsidiary.

During the past 18 years, his focus has been multi-manager products with an emphasis on closed-end funds.

He is an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals.

Full Scope Alternative Investment Fund Manager

Brooks Macdonald Funds Limited (BMF) was appointed as our full scope alternative investment fund manager in 2013. It is a fund management business and is a subsidiary of Brooks Macdonald Group plc, an AIM-listed, integrated wealth management group.

BMF has extensive experience in investing in the real estate sector, including ground rents, and expertise in acquiring and managing ground rent investments.

BMF is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as a fund manager and as an operator of collective investment schemes.

Management Team

James AgarJames Agar
Director, Head of Specialist Funds

James is Head of Specialist Funds, concentrating on fund management, property acquisition and financial relationship management. James has had lead responsibility for all aspects of Ground Rents Income Fund since launch, covering equity raising and shareholder communications, to asset sourcing, legal due diligence and valuation.

He is the alternate Director of each of Brooks Macdonald Funds’ offshore funds. His background is primarily investment banking, having previously worked at Barclays and Singer & Friedlander and focused on specialist real estate funding since 2004.

He has a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing and attended Harvard Business School in 2010. He is a member of the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM).

Ground Rents Income Fund plc Incorporated in England and Wales Company No.8041022. Registered Office: 72 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0AY. Email: info@groundrentsincomefund.com

Important information: Investors should be aware that the price of shares in this company, and the income generated, can go down as well as up and that neither is guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns. Investors may not get back the amount invested. Changes in asset value may have an adverse effect on the price or income of an investment. Investors should be aware of the additional risks associated with investment in the UK ground rents market as more particularly set out in part 8 of the Listings Particulars dated 3 May 2013. Brooks Macdonald Funds Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England No 5730097. Registered office: 72 Welbeck Street London W1G 0AY. GRIF is incorporated in England and Wales Company No. 8041022. Registered Office: 72 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0AY.