Aviva makes senior hires in UK real estate business

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva, has appointed Daniel McHugh as head of UK real estate and Melanie Collett as head of real estate asset management.

'I am delighted to welcome Daniel and Melanie to Aviva Investors in what are key roles for our real estate business,' said Ed Casal, chief executive - Aviva Investors Real Estate. 'Both Daniel and Melanie have a wealth of experience in the UK and European markets. This, combined with their clear leadership qualities, will be invaluable as we look to strengthen our position in the UK and globally.'

Based in London, McHugh joined on 16 April and reports to Casal. He will be responsible for all direct real estate activity in the UK; leading the firm’s specialist fund management, asset management and transaction teams.

McHugh has more than 20 years’ experience in UK and continental European real estate investment. Most recently, he held the role of head of continental European real estate investment at Standard Life Investments.

Also based in London, Collett joins the business on 23 April and will report to McHugh. She will be responsible for the firm’s sector-focused asset management teams, development management and project management capabilities.

Collett has over 20 years’ experience in real estate debt and equity. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, she was head of asset management at Round Hill Capital from November 2015 to March 2018, managing the European portfolio on behalf of US private equity partners.


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