Meet the team
The Global Cities Team created this resource to share their latest views on the investment trends impacting our global cities.
Tom and Hugo have led the approach to Global Cities at Schroders. They’ve worked in real estate investing for over 17 years and their approach is based on a simple premise: planned urbanisation has the potential to protect and enhance investor returns. By investing in the tradeable shares of property companies, they can access some of the most economically vibrant cities across the world.
The best cities have similar characteristics – diverse economies, zoning regulation, strong universities and developed infrastructure. These ingredients allow select cities to maintain their competitiveness making them well placed for long-term real estate investment.
Co-head of Global Real Estate Securities
- BA Hons in Politics from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Graduate Diploma in Real Estate from London South Bank University
- Fully qualified Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Favourite city: San Francisco
Why: The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, a dramatic setting with its steep rolling hills and interesting architecture. There’s so much to do in the city and it’s a great starting point for many other adventures – the Napa Valley, Pacific Coast Highway, Yosemite National Park – to name but a few. History tells you that there is often something dramatic taking place, from the gold rush of the 1800s, the 1970s hippies to today’s tech unicorns, it is a city that never stays the same.
Co-Head of Global Real Estate Securities
- BA Hons in English Literature from Durham University
- MSc in Real Estate Finance and Investment from Reading University
- Diploma in Cross Border Valuation from Oxford Said Business School.
Favourite city: Hong Kong
Why: Hong Kong is a city that is constantly buzzing. It was the first place I went to long-haul as a ‘unaccompanied minor’. I remember leaving Heathrow having never experienced anywhere outside Europe before. Landing at the old Hong Kong airport which jutted out of the harbour was an eye-opener, as was driving through the high rise of Kowloon before crossing the harbour to Hong Kong Island. For me, Hong Kong has never lost the thrill of that first visit. Hong Kong is one of the world’s major trading hubs but a few miles away from the frenzy of ‘Central’ you can be hiking in National Parks.
Fund Manager Assistant, Real Estate
- Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Analysis (Hons), 2011 from University of Stellenbosch
Favourite city: New York
Why: I must have heard Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" dozens of times as a child before really knowing anything about the city. When I finally discovered it for myself I was not disappointed. Arguably the world's greatest melting pot of cultures, this megacity offers the best of everything, whether you're a foodie, sports enthusiast, shopaholic or show fanatic. The city inspires a feeling of "the sky is the limit", where locals follow their dreams without becoming complacent or giving up and I find that spending time with such an optimistic group very empowering. New York dreams big, always stays true to itself and sets the trend for the rest of the world to follow.
Equities Analyst, Global Real Estate Securities
- Financial Risk Management at London School Economics & Political Science, (Executive Program 2013)
- Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), charterholder, 2010
- BA in Finance & Real Estate at Luigi Bocconi University, Milan
Favourite city: Tokyo
Why: Tokyo is a bustling city that never sleeps. It leads the way in many new trends and is always reinventing itself. Be it fashion or tech, Tokyo offers a glimpse into the future. And while it’s an ultra-modern city, it still has firm roots in traditional Japanese culture, which I find fascinating. The contrast between the modern Akihabara district and the shrines in Asakusa couldn’t be bigger!
Securities Analyst, Real Estate
- BSc Finance and Management
- CFA charterholder
Favourite city: Barcelona
Why: Barcelona is a city you can keep coming back to and have a different and rewarding experience every time. You could be out hiking around the Monserrat Mountain during the day and be back downtown by the beach in time for happy hour. The city’s cultural offerings are also top notch, highlighted by the architectural works of Gaudi. For an indecisive foodie like me, nothing beats picking at all the options presented at the Mercado de La Boqueria in the heart of the city.
Equity Analyst, Global Real Estate
- BEng (Hons) Product Design and Manufacture, Loughborough University, July 2008
- Chartered Financial Analyst, October 2012
- Investment Management Certificate, November 2008
Favourite city: London
Why: London offers something for everyone and is constantly evolving. Historical landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral now rub shoulders with the steel and glass towers of the City, but continue to offer iconic views to brighten up the commute on a cloudy day. Having spent years living in the city, I’ve found London’s green space to be its greatest advantage over other global cities. Its many parks provide the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle whilst still admiring the unique skyline. My favourite spots include the view from Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath and along the Thames from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park.
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