+44 (0) 20 3301 1300 info@hearthstone.co.uk

Management team

Hearthstone has an experienced and highly-regarded management team, including:
  • Executive Board

    Hearthstone's Executive Board comprises:

    • Alan Collett

      Alan Collett

      Executive Chairman and Fund Manager
      tel: 020 3301 1300
      Alan is a Past President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and brings a lifetime of experience of residential investment and development to Hearthstone. An experienced Chartered Surveyor and former Senior Partner of Allsop & Co, he has worked in all aspects of the acquisition, development, management and sale of residential and mixed use property. Alan is a member of the NHBC Council, past Chairman of the Residential Committee of the British Property Federation, and an Honorary Fellow of the University College of Estate Management.  He also serves as Deputy Chairman at Hyde Housing Group, a large housing association owning and managing nearly 50,000 homes, where he is also Chairman of the Investment Committee.  
    • Andrew Smith

      Andrew Smith

      Chief Investment Officer
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1305
      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 overseeing client assets of over £20 billion, and previously at Henderson Global Investors. He is a past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, and has served on a variety of industry steering groups for organisations such as INREV, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Bank of England Property Forum.
    • Peter Beaumont

      Peter Beaumont

      Executive Director
      tel: 020 3301 1300

      Peter has over 32 years’ experience in the UK real estate and financial markets. In addition to his role at Hearthstone, he is currently Investor Director for the private equity division of GSP, a significant minority investor in Hearthstone Investment Plc, with investments ranging across the real estate, engineering, technology, food and beverages sectors.  He has previously served as Chief Executive of RPS Capital Partners, a specialist residential and student accommodation fund management business, as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mortgages plc and as a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  In the last of these positions he chaired the Product and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

    • Richard Otten

      Richard Otten

      Director – Asset Management
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1322
      Richard has run residential investment funds for over 25 years, in roles covering the complete property investment cycle from site finding to transactions and asset management.  He formed one of the early Business Expansion Scheme property companies, funded through Lazards, and later became a director of Pinnacle Housing, which managed approximately 25,000 properties with a value of over £900 million.  He went on to establish Fairbridge Estates, and jointly set up Fairbridge Residential, a specialist fund management company.
    • Cristoforo Rocco

      Cristoforo Rocco

      Director – Investor Relations
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1335
      Cristoforo has more than 25 years’ experience working with institutional investors across asset classes, focusing in particular on private equity, infrastructure and currency risk. He spent 14 years with Schroders in London, Tokyo, Geneva, Zurich and Seoul, and subsequently managed the London office of AG Bisset Associates.  He has developed particular specialist knowledge of public sector pension funds, and their investment requirements.
  • Non-executive Board

    Non-executive members of the Hearthstone Board are:

    • David Dutton

      David Dutton

      Non-executive Director
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1300

      David is a “hands on” business angel in a number of small company start-ups and, until June 2016, was Executive Group Property Director for The Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), a major UK media company, Chairman of DMG Information, ad as a Non-Executive Director for a number of other subsidiaries of DMGT.

    • David Livesey

      David Livesey

      Non-executive Director
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1300
      David is Chief Executive of Connells and is credited as being largely responsible for creating some of the most successful parts of the business. David has been a Director of Connells Group since 1995, becoming Group CEO in 2008.
    • Mark Drysdale

      Mark Drysdale

      Non-executive Director
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1300
      Mark is a Chartered Surveyor with considerable experience in fund management and asset management. He has a proven track record of success across deal origination and execution, intensive asset management, capital raising and fund structuring.
    • Richard Twigg

      Richard Twigg

      Non-executive Director
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1300
      Richard is a Chartered Accountant who joined the Skipton Group in 1993 as Head of Finance of Homeloan Management and in 1996, following the acquisition by Skipton, he was appointed Finance Director of Connells.  In 2002 he was appointed to the Skipton Board and served as Group Finance Director until 2014 when he re-joined Connells as Group Finance and Commercial Director.
    • Mark Witherspoon

      Mark Witherspoon

      Non-executive Director
      tel: +44 (0) 20 3301 1300
      Mark is the former CEO of both Hometrack and UKValuation, and is Strategic Development Director at Zoopla. Mark also spent 10 years with Barclays’ retail banking as Head of Strategy & Planning for retail banking products.

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