Board of directors

Each of our directors has a wealth of experience and a strong track record in the real estate sector.

Alex Jeffrey - chief executive

Alex JeffreyAlex has been chief executive of M&G Real Estate since July 2012 and is also a director of its parent company M&G Investments, the investment arm of Prudential Plc. Alex has broad experience in international real estate investment in Europe and Asia, with a strong track record of growing businesses. Before joining M&G Real Estate, Alex was a founding shareholder and global chief investment officer of MGPA, the independent private equity real estate investment advisory business, based in Singapore. He has also worked in various senior investment management and corporate finance roles at Lend Lease Corporation, JP Morgan and HSBC. In all, Alex has 26 years’ experience in investment management and finance, of which the past 16 have been exclusively dedicated to global real estate investment. Alex has an MA (Hons) in Law from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

Tony Brown - chief investment officer

Tony BrownTony leads M&G Real Estate's fund managers and investment teams across the global fund range. He has over 20 years’ real estate investment experience across the UK, Continental Europe and Asia. Prior to joining M&G Real Estate in January 2014, he was managing director of Lend Lease Investment Management, EMEA, where he was responsible for a business managing £2bn of real estate and £2.5bn of infrastructure funds on behalf of over 50 institutional clients. Before that, Tony was fund director at Schroder Investment Management, where he worked for 14 years and was responsible for the Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust, the largest balanced PUT in the UK, with investment in circa £10bn of assets. Tony started his career with Cushman and Wakefield where he worked for three years as a graduate surveyor.

Christopher Andrews - head of client relationships & marketing

Chris AndrewsChris’s primary role is to lead product development, marketing, client service and institutional capital raising globally, including direct responsibility for raising capital from Asia Pacific investors. Chris is based in Singapore and sits on the Singapore board as well as the main M&G Real Estate board. He joined M&G Real Estate in 2013 from MGPA with a successful track record of capital raising. Chris joined the funds management industry in 1988 with prior roles including division director for real estate at Macquarie Group in Melbourne, as well as national practice leader and head of investment consulting for Australia and New Zealand at Mercer in Melbourne and regional director, Asia for Citigroup Asset Management in Singapore. Chris has a BA (Hons) from Oxford University, an MBA from IMD in Geneva and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Nick Brown - finance director

Nick BrownNick has global responsibility for the finances of the M&G Real Estate business in the UK, Europe and Asia. He joined M&G Real Estate in 2014 and has 25 years of experience in finance and the built environment. Most recently, Nick held interim roles as Chief Financial Officer at Value Chain Lab Ltd and Head of Financial Planning at Wellcome Trust in London. He has also spent a number of years at Ernst and Young, including heading the Real Estate Due Diligence team. Nick is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in civil engineering.

Ng Chiang Ling – Asia CEO

Scott GirardChiang Ling is responsible for all of M&G Real Estate’s Asian operations, and is based in Singapore. She joined M&G Real Estate in January 2014 as acquisitions director, heading up activity in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore and also supporting the Tokyo-based team on Japan investments. Chiang Ling’s previous experience includes 15 years at the real estate private equity division of Goldman Sachs. She spearheaded the division’s expansion into China in 2002, and was responsible for investments and coverage across other countries in the Asia Pacific, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and India, through 2012. Chiang Ling is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a BSE degree in Electrical Engineering. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Japanese.

Sanjeev Sharma - chief operating officer

Sanjeev SharmaSanjeev has global responsibility for Portfolio Management (consisting of Supplier Relationship Management and Insolvency, Customer Relationship Management, Health & Safety for the Investment Portfolio, Transactional Credit Risk Management and Insurance); Corporate Services (Company Secretariat, Systems Administration and Information Services and M&G RE’s corporate responsibilities for Health & Safety and Premises), Operations (IT, Luxembourg operations, Business Change and Fund Operations) and the HR team with a strategic focus on Recruitment, Reward, Learning & Development, Employee Engagement. Sanjeev has been a board member of M&G Real Estate since 2001. He was formerly head of HR and a board member of NatWest Life Assurance. Sanjeev holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Martin Lewis - non-exec director (chief operating officer, M&G FA Limited)

Martin LewisMartin joined the M&G Real Estate Board as a non-executive director in 2009. Martin has been chief operating officer for M&G Group since 1999, when M&G was acquired by Prudential. He first joined M&G in 1996 as IT director. Before this, he spent 17 years with JP Morgan Chase, leaving his role as a senior vice president in Global IS to join M&G.

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