Senior Management

Investment Management
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Basil Demeroutis Managing Partner, FORE Show biography

    Basil is the Managing Partner of FORE Partnership. Basil has 20 years of experience in finance and European real estate. Previously a Partner of Capricorn Investment Group, a family office with over $4 billion in total assets, Basil was responsible for the $500+ million global Real Assets portfolio, and oversaw the firm's overall business in Europe. Basil was previously a Managing Partner at Jargonnant Partners, a European real estate fund where he shared responsibility for acquiring, managing and successfully exiting a €400 million property portfolio from 2004 to 2008. Prior to Jargonnant, he spent 13 years in investment banking working for ING Barings, Bear Stearns and Bankers Trust (Deutsche Bank). Basil holds a BSc in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University and has been based in London and Munich since 1998.

  • 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.

  • Stephan Schaal Head of Investment, Germany Show biography

    Stephan is Head of Investment, Germany, with responsibility for investments and portfolio management in the German market.

    Stephan has worked in real estate asset management for 13 years and benefits from a wide experience in investment and portfolio management. Prior to joining Cording, Stephan worked at AEW (formerly known as Curzon) in London between 2007 and 2011 as Director of Investment. In this role he successfully sourced and executed various pan-European acquisitions. Before Curzon he worked for two years at Henderson Global Investors in London and six years for Invesco (formerly known as HVB REAM) in Munich.

    Stephan has executed transactions in Germany, France, UK, The Netherlands, Greece and Spain in the office, retail and logistic sectors. During his time at Invesco Stephan was the fund manager of an ‘Immobilien-Spezialfonds’ (German regulated vehicle for institutional investors).

  • René de Heus Director of Investment, Benelux Show biography

    René de Heus is Director of Investment, Benelux and is based in our Amsterdam office.

    De Heus has worked in the Benelux real estate market for 12 years. He previously worked for FGH Bank as a real estate manager, disposing of commercial real estate portfolios in the Netherlands.

    Before joining FGH Bank in 2014, he spent four years at Valad Europe as an investment manager, responsible for the acquisitions and disposals of Valad Benelux. His first six years in real estate, after he graduated from the University of Tilburg in 2004, were spent at Statement Real Estate, where he became a senior property consultant.

    In 2014, de Heus was awarded a Master in Science of Real Estate at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate.

  • Richard Cundall Independent Advisor Show biography

    Richard is an Independent Advisor to Cording, assisting in the direction and development of the group and reviewing investment strategies. Richard has over 30 years experience investing in commercial property and establishing commercial property investment funds. In 1990 Richard helped establish Morgan Grenfell Property Asset Management. Under Richard's leadership MGPAM's funds were among the best performing in their peer group. Prior to that, Richard held management positions at Surelodge Investments, a private property company, The Law Land Company Plc, Churchbury Estates Plc and Greycoat Plc.

Asset Management
  • 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.

  • Onno Scheij Head of Benelux Show biography

    Onno Scheij heads the Benelux team from Cording's Amsterdam office.

    Onno began his career in 1993 in property management at De Boer Den Hartog Hooft (currently Bilfinger) in Amsterdam. In his last role he was Business Unit Manager, Commercial Real Estate. In 2000 he moved to VIB (later Corio) where he was responsible for a portfolio of industrial and office properties in the Netherlands, and was Head of Valuations.

    Onno established the Amsterdam office of Horizon Netherlands in 2004 and was responsible for all Dutch activities, initially on an exclusive basis for Deka Immobilien but later also for clients such as BlackRock, AEW & Akron. From 2012, Horizon Netherlands widened its exposure to the Benelux as asset and investment manager on behalf of TH Real Estate and Warburg-Henderson. Onno’s primary expertise is in asset and investment management of offices, logistics and retail property. Onno has a university degree in Business Economics and a Master’s degree in Real Estate.

  • Siegfried C. Fernitz Head of Asset Management, Germany Show biography

    Siegfried joined Cording in early 2014 and is responsible for asset management in Germany. He began his real estate career more than 27 years ago in the international investment departments of DTZ and Jones Lang Wootton in Frankfurt. Subsequently, Siegfried joined Arthur Andersen as a manager in its Real Estate Services Group.

    Since 1999, he has established and managed the German operations of various Anglo-Saxon real estate investment groups where he has asset managed in excess of one thousand properties.

    In his career, Siegfried has also acted on behalf of major institutional German clients including Deutsche Bank, Münchener Rück, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, DEGI, Difa and Commerz Leasing. In 2011, he founded the real estate investment firm Target.

  • Suzy McNally Head of UK Property Accounting Show biography

    Suzy McNally joined Cording in 2009 and is head of the UK Property Management Accounts team. Suzy has worked in property management accounts for over 25 years having started her career at Chesterton in 1987. At Chesterton she worked on the Church Commissioners residential portfolio before leaving after 5 years to gain commercial property experience at Hillier Parker where she was responsible for the property accounting for clients including Royal Sun Alliance and Prudential.

    In 1997 she joined a new commercial property practice specialising in shopping centre management – ACR Commercial Property. When the company was sold to GVA Grimley in 2005, ACR had under management 22 shopping centres, for clients including British Land, Standard Life and Tesco. Suzy joined Hammond Phillips in December 2007 becoming head of management accounts in September 2008.

Property Management
  • 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.

  • Frank Ritschek Head of Property Management, Germany Show biography

    Frank Ritschek is Head of Property Management in Germany. He joined Cording in 2013 as part of Cording’s merger with Marstall Verwaltungsgesellschaft in Germany where is had been a Managing Director since 1995. Based out of Stuttgart, Frank manages the property management operations as well as the technical management of Cording in Germany and additionally oversees the generation and implementation of all value add initiatives for clients. With a keen eye for detail, Frank likes to get his hands dirty and is active in the day-to-day management of many of Cording’s clients. A keen sportsman, Frank studied Economics and Sports at Bayreuth and worked in Event and Project Management between 1991 and 1995. He was involved in projects such as the IAAF World Championships 1993, Eurocard Open and the Eurobowl Final.

  • Toby Bedford Director of Property Management, UK Show biography

    Toby joined Cording in early 2012 and is responsible for our UK property managers.

    He started his career and early training at Chesterton Plc. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor whilst with SBM Ltd (latterly SBM Corporate Real Estate) where he worked for several years providing strategic real estate advice to a range of corporate clients. In 2002 Toby joined Knight Frank where he subsequently spent 10 years managing commercial property across different sectors. He was responsible for looking after mixed use portfolios located throughout the UK on behalf of both funds and private clients.

  • Nigel C. Beavan Head of Facilities Management, UK Show biography

    Nigel is the Head of Facilities Management for Cording, which he joined in 2012, and is responsible for the FM team and developing systems and processes to continually improve the quality of services in all our managed properties.

    Nigel has a varied background, firstly as a Fire Officer, before progressing to become a Local Authority Health & Safety Officer. His career then followed a route into Facilities Management when he worked for GVA as the Regional Facilities Manager covering Wales and the South West before joining Cording.

    Nigel has experience of managing a wide range of property types from large multi-let office accommodation to shopping centres and retail parks.

  • Gerhard Müller Head of Technical Property Management, Germany Show biography

    Gerhard Müller is Head of Technical Property Management and an authorised officer (Procurist) of Cording Management GmbH. He has over 35 years of experience and is an expert on technical property matters.

    From 1984 to 1994 he gained experience as a manager at IHM Ingenieurgesellschaft für Haus- und Meßtechnik. In 1995 he joined Marstall Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH (now Cording Management GmbH), to assist with the development of the company and its technical management platform.

Finance & Operations
  • 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.

  • Jürgen Grieb Head of Finance and Operations Continental Europe Show biography

    Jürgen Grieb is Head of Finance and Operations for Continental Europe. Jürgen has extensive experience with a number of real estate funds where he set up the accounting and operating functions, built up and managed teams as well as implemented accounting and controlling systems.

    From 2005 until 2008 Jürgen Grieb was responsible for the areas of fund accounting, controlling, reporting and tax at the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment GmbH, which had over €2 billion of real estate assets under management globally.

    Previous to that he headed the area of fund operations at TMW Pramerica. From 2001 to 2004 he was responsible for finance and controlling in the German based team at Henderson Global Investors. From 1992 until 2001 Jürgen Grieb worked for a German subsidiary of the Precision Valve Corporation where he headed the accounting function.

  • 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.