Management Team

The majority of the management team has worked together for more than seven years on the Fund, creating strong relationships with tenants across the property portfolio.

James Freeman

Fund Manager
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James was appointed fund manager for Australian Unity Office Fund in 2020 and is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Fund. 

Prior to joining AOF, James was portfolio manager for Mirvac, managing its South Eveleigh precinct (formerly Australian Technology Park) and before this was portfolio manager with Investa Property Group.

With more than 25 years of experience across property and financial markets James has a strong track record of active asset management of prime grade office assets to improve, reposition and maximise asset value. He has deep experience in both listed and wholesale funds management including capital raisings as well as a solid track record of acquisitions and divestments domestically and internationally.

James holds a Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma of Property & Planning from University of Technology, Sydney.  

Simon Beake

Portfolio Manager
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Simon joined Australian Unity Investments in 2011 and is responsible for the financial management of the Fund.

Simon has over 20 years of financial and transaction experience; the last eight in property. Prior to joining Australian Unity, Simon worked at Investa Property Group for four years as a Senior Fund Analyst and has held various roles in the UK at Biwater and Cascal Services developing and acquiring international PPP (public private partnership) projects.

Simon is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting and Finance) from Lancaster University (UK) and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Giovanna Reale

Asset Manager
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Giovanna joined Australian Unity in 2006, and is responsible for the asset management of the Fund.

Giovanna has 20 years’ property experience, including in management and leasing gained with leading real estate agencies and owner managers including industrial, healthcare, commercial and retail property.

Giovanna has a Bachelor of Business in Property from RMIT.

In addition, the dedicated management team are able to draw on the broader resources of Australian Unity, including the following key people.

Mark Pratt

Mark Pratt

Executive General Manager – Property – Australian Unity
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Mark joined Australian Unity in 2004. As Executive General Manager – Property, he is responsible for the commercial management and growth of Australian Unity’s real estate investment management and development businesses.

Australian Unity actively manages more than $3.5 billion in commercial property assets; including the listed Australian Unity Office Fund, unlisted funds in healthcare and commercial property as well as commercial and development debt funding. Australian Unity is also the Master Developer of the $1.1 billion redevelopment of the Herston Quarter healthcare precinct in Brisbane. This project is set to provide Queenslanders with access to state-of-the-art health, hospital and aged care services, as well as creating international standard research and educational facilities.

Prior to his current role, Mark was Chief Operating Officer for Australian Unity Wealth & Capital Markets. Mark is on the Committee of the Property Funds Association, and the Melbourne Racing Club and is a former member of the Victorian Division Council of the Property Council of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting from the University of NSW.

Emma Rodgers

Company Secretary of AUIRE and Head of Legal and Business Governance, Australian Unity Investments
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Emma joined Australian Unity in 2006.

Emma is an accomplished financial services lawyer, having worked in the industry for over 20 years as a legal, compliance, governance and risk professional.

As well as heading the Legal and Business Governance team at Australian Unity Investments, Emma acts as company secretary for a number of Australian Unity’s joint venture partners. Prior to joining, Emma was Associate Director - Legal and Compliance with UBS Wealth Management Australia, and before this worked for Perpetual Trustees as National Counsel. Emma also worked for NAB as a senior solicitor with a focus on providing legal support to the private banking division.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law from Monash University.

Important information

The Fund is issued by Australian Unity Investment Real Estate Limited (AUIREL) which is owned by Australian Unity Keppel Capital Pty Ltd ABN 67 637 410 505, a joint venture company owned equally by subsidiaries of Australian Unity Limited ABN 23 087 648 888 and Keppel Capital Holdings Pte Ltd CRN 201302079N, the asset management arm of Singapore based Keppel Corporation Limited CRN 196800351N. The information on this website is general information only and is not based on the financial objectives, situations or needs of any particular investor. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.