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.

Grant Nichols

Fund Manager
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Grant joined Australian Unity in 2011. He is the Fund Manager, responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Fund.

Prior to this, Grant was a Fund Manager at Investa Property Group. Grant has over 10 years’ experience in the property industry, working primarily in funds and asset management roles.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Land Economics from the University of Technology, Sydney, a Masters of Applied Finance from FINSIA, and is a Fellow of FINSIA and a Licensed Real Estate Agent.

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.

David Bryant

Chief Executive Officer for Australian Unity Investments and Chief Investment Officer for the Australian Unity Group
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David joined Australian Unity in 2004. He is Chief Executive Officer for Australian Unity Investments and Chief Investment Officer for the Australian Unity Group. He is responsible for Australian Unity’s financial services, investment and banking activities in Australia and Hong Kong. He is a board member of many of its operating entities and Investment Joint Venture subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Australian Unity in 2004, David was Chief Operating Officer at Perpetual Personal Financial Services, and has held senior roles in financial services, asset consulting, and banking,
for both Australian and international organisations.

David is a director of the Australian Financial Services Council, and co-chair of its Advice Board Committee. David is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and Finsia.

Mark Pratt

General Manager – Australian Unity Real Estate Investment
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Mark joined Australian Unity in 2004. As General Manager – Australian Unity Real Estate Investment, he is responsible for the commercial management and growth of Australian Unity’s Real Estate Investment businesses.

Mark currently sits on the national executive committee of the Property Funds Association and is also a member of the Victorian Division Council of the Property Council of Australia.

Prior to his current role, Mark was Australian Unity Investments’ Chief Operating Officer, responsible for supporting the growth of the overall business, together with responsibility for finance, client service, IT and operational functions.

Before joining Australian Unity, Mark managed a major change programme at MLC. He has also worked at Plum Financial Services, AMP Financial Services and State Street Australia in a variety of roles.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting from the University of NSW.

Mark Lumby

Head of Commercial Property, Australian Unity Real Estate Investment
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Mark joined Australian Unity in 2011, following its acquisition of Investa Funds Management Limited, where Mark worked for three years as General Manager of Retail Funds. Mark is responsible for Australian Unity’s property funds in the office, retail and industrial sectors as well as its diversified property funds.

Mark has over 15 years of experience in the property and funds management industry, which includes roles with Stockland and Trafalgar Corporate’s funds management businesses.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is also Chairman of the Property Council of Australia’s Retail Investment Forum.

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 (AUIRE), ABN 86 606 414 368, AFS Licence No. 477434.
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.