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Our Team

Andrew Smith

Chief Investment Officer

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Andrew’s 30 year property investment career has included international fund management and strategy roles at Aberdeen Asset Management, where he ultimately served as Global Head of Property, with oversight of client assets of over £20 billion across all market sectors, and previously at Henderson Global Investors, where he was responsible for European real estate research and investment strategy.

A graduate of Birmingham University, he is a past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has served on industry steering groups in the UK and internationally, for organisations such as INREV, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the National Retail Planning Forum and the Bank of England Property Forum. He is currently the honorary President of the Society of Property Researchers.

Richard Otten

Director, Asset Management

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Richard has run residential property investment funds for over 25 years, holding number of senior roles in which he has gained experience of managing the complete property investment cycle, including identifying sites, transactions and asset management.

He read law at Cambridge University and then joined Price Waterhouse in their London office. He formed one of the early Business Expansion Scheme property companies, raising funds from Lazards. He later became a director of Pinnacle Housing, which managed approximately 25,000 properties throughout the UK, with a capital value of over £900 million, mainly on behalf of mortgage lenders. He went on to establish Fairbridge Estates, raising private equity capital from Electra Partners and building a residential portfolio of some £60 million. Following a successful sale of the assets to a pension fund, achieving an IRR of nearly 20%, Richard jointly set up Fairbridge Residential, a fund management company providing end-to-end investment strategies for a number of major institutions.

Andrew Tarbit

Finance Director

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Andrew is a qualified chartered accountant who has worked within real estate finance and operations teams for over ten years, most recently as Fund Accounting Manager for Schroders in London, and previously with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked with onshore and offshore investment vehicles covering a broad range of real estate investment structures throughout the property lifecycle. In doing so, he has led teams with responsibility for core, middle office and auxiliary services, on behalf of funds with real estate assets totalling over £4 billion.

Michael Dinsdale

Head of Investor Relations

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Michael joined Hearthstone in 2019 as Head of Investor Relations. After graduating from the University of Reading in Land Management, Michael qualified as a chartered surveyor and has over 35 years’ experience in property investment. His career started in 1981 at the Prudential Assurance Company before he moved to TSB Investment Management. In 1989 he joined Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, where the property business eventually became part of Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Michael joined Scottish Amicable as a Fund Manager for segregated, direct property mandates investing in commercial property across the UK. He also played a pivotal role in managing clients through five acquisitions of the business and moved fully into a relationship management and business development role. His focus has always been on property clients, but he also has experience in non-property asset classes, managing a broad range of institutional clients.

In his most recent role prior to joining Hearthstone, Michael was heavily involved with Local Government Pension Schemes where he developed a deep understanding of the issues faced by the sector. He also led the design, development and capital raise for a £115 million UK residential fund.

Bhavini Mistry

Asset Manager

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Bhavini is responsible for the operational oversight of strategic asset management activities. She has over 10 years of industry experience in the residential property sector, covering both the private rented sector and social housing. Prior to joining Hearthstone, she spent eight years with Grainger plc in roles covering the Lloyds TSB insolvency fund, supporting the company’s REIT portfolio with APG and running the Grainger Trust registered provider portfolio.

A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Bhavini trained with Allsop in Leeds as an undergraduate. She relocated to London to take up a tenancy management position with Haart, the UK’s largest independent estate agency, before moving to Grainger.

Bhavini has significant experience in customer service, expenditure management, leading asset management and improvement initiatives, compliance oversight and KPI delivery.

Helen Simons

Investment Manager

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Helen has worked in residential asset management for over 10 years, focusing primarily on the private rented sector. She has deep end-to-end experience in the investment process and strategic asset management, and a track record of building investment portfolios. Her current responsibilities include managing the property acquisitions pipeline and overseeing the delivery of new investment assets.

A graduate of the University of Leeds, Helen began her career at Grainger plc on 2007, where she spent eight years working on their PRS and regulated portfolios, latterly as part of the team running the JV portfolio with Dutch pension fund manager APG.

Prior to joining Hearthstone, Helen worked at two early stage businesses scaling and overseeing the performance of their residential portfolios, focusing on driving both large scale acquisitions and strategic asset management initiatives.

Brian Radford

Project Manager

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Brian is responsible for the operational delivery of active management initiatives in the portfolio, such as overseeing certain tenant relationship issues and the management of improvement projects. He also project manages the delivery and satisfactory handover of new homes where forward purchase deals have been agreed with housebuilders.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the residential property letting industry, managing assets across the UK, and brings a wealth of “hands on” operational knowledge. Since 2007 he has run his own business, Radford Residential. Prior to that, he was a Director at Fairbridge Residential, responsible for managing a large privately rented portfolio.