Senior Leadership Team

  • John Partridge Chairman Show biography

    John is Chairman of Cording Group and has thirty-five years of experience in investment markets. He spent thirteen years as an equity fund manager before founding Morgan Grenfell Property Asset Management (latterly Deutsche Property Asset Management and then RREEF) in 1989, creating a series of UK property specialist sector funds.

    He then became a director of the property forecasting and strategy firm, Real Estate Strategy Limited, before that business was placed into a joint venture with Henderson in 1993 to create a new property fund management business. He became Head of Property when Henderson was merged with AMP Asset Management, building and overseeing a global property investment business with operations in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific, with a global range of investment products.

    John then set up the independent fiduciary brand Cordea Savills in 2003 and had overall responsibility for the forming of a pan-European business through the creation of a suite of property funds, including specialist and diversified UK funds, specialist retail funds and pan-European funds. Savills acquired the management’s equity interest in Cordea Savills in 2010.

  • Rodney Bysh Chief Executive Officer Show biography

    Rodney Bysh is CEO. He is responsible for developing and implementing high level business strategies across the firm. He also has primary responsibility for all Investment Management and Business Development activities and is a member of the Investment & Risk Committee. Rodney has over 25 years of experience in the real estate and finance industry where he has gained extensive experience in building real estate management platforms, real estate investment, structuring and managing real estate funds for institutional investors in Europe.

    Previously Rodney headed Feldberg Capital whose investment management business has been merged into Cording. He was a Managing Director at Rothschild, responsible for real estate investment banking in German-speaking Europe, from 2006 to 2008. During this period he advised on a number of large German real estate mergers and acquisitions. Rodney continues to be a Senior Adviser to Rothschild.

    Prior to Rothschild he spent seven years at Henderson Global Investors and was a part of the property management team and Head of Germany, at first responsible for building the business in Continental Europe and then as Head of Business Development for the whole of Europe.

    He began his career in 1988 at the HypoVereinsbank (now Unicredit), and his last position held was as Director of real estate funds.

  • Peter Dove Head of Asset Management and Property Management Show biography

    Peter Dove is Head of Asset Management and Property Management and a founder of Cording Real Estate Group, where he oversees all property and asset management and is a member of the Investment & Risk Committee.

    Peter began working in a London-based, broad-ranging professional practice in 1980, gaining significant experience across all property services and sectors through several economic cycles. His primary expertise is in property asset management and adding value. Peter’s clients have included RREEF, Henderson, various family offices, property companies, pension funds and semi-discretionary mandates. Peter has managed some of his clients’ accounts for over 25 years and, before founding Cording, he was personally responsible for a portfolio of UK offices and industrial assets valued at £1.56bn. Peter is a Chartered Surveyor.

  • Mark Millar Head of UK and Investment Show biography

    Mark is a founder of Cording Real Estate Group and is Head of Investment. He is responsible for formulating and implementing investment strategies for clients and working with the fund managers and their asset and property management teams. He is a member of Cording's Investment and Risk Committee.

    Mark has worked in the UK commercial property investment market since joining Jones Lang Wootton as a graduate in 1983. He left to become a founder of Millar Kitching in the early 1990's which became a successful advisory business specialising in investment and asset management. The business transacted over £3.5bn of investments and had over £1.6bn of properties under management on behalf of institutional and family office clients. The business was sold in 2005.

  • Bill Hackney Chief Operating Officer Show biography

    Bill joined Cording in early 2013 as the group's Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for Cording’s operational platform. He is a director of Cording Real Estate Group Limited and also chairs Cording’s Investment and Risk Committee.

    He has been working in investment markets since 1987. Bill spent 16 years with Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank, the majority of which was with Deutsche Property Asset Management (latterly RREEF). Bill was a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and was DePAM’s Chief Operating Officer. He joined the Savills Group in 2003 to assist in the formation and management of Cordea Savills, as Chief Operating Officer and member of Cordea Savills LLP. During Bill’s tenure with Cordea Savills, he oversaw the development of their pan-European operating platform, and the creation and management of several funds and vehicles with sector and/or geographic focuses. Bill was also a permanent member of Cordea Savills’ Investment and Risk Committee, and Managing Director of Cordea Savills’ FSA regulated businesses.

  • Philip Gittins Group Finance Director Show biography

    Philip joined Cording in May 2015 as Group Finance Director and is responsible for Cording’s overall finance function. He is a director of Cording Real Estate Group Limited.

    He has been working in investment markets since 1987. Philip spent almost 20 years at Henderson Global Investors (latterly TH Real Estate) where, for almost 12 years until 2007, he worked within the real estate group as a director responsible for Finance and Operations including overseeing the creation and operating of various pan-European real estate funds. In 2007 Philip left to jointly create a real estate and private equity fund administration business, Saltgate, and was based in Luxembourg for over 6 years where he acted as Executive Director on many companies including various Luxembourg, German, French, Channel Islands and UK structures. Philip was Managing Director of the Luxembourg operations and was also a member of the Compliance and Risk Committee.

  • Reiner Beckers Head of Business Development Show biography

    Reiner is based in Frankfurt and is responsible for the development and distribution of products. He has 11 years of experience in structuring and placing real estate funds and investments.

    Previously Reiner was the Head of Product Development at MGPA (formerly Macquarie Global Property Advisors) in London. From 2006 to 2008 Reiner worked at UBS Global Asset Management in London in the development of a number of international real estate funds and was the product manager for two continental European real estate funds with over €3 billion assets under management.

    From 2001 to 2005 he worked at Henderson Global Investors in Frankfurt and London in the Business Development area, where he structured and placed real estate investments with German institutional investors.