The Association has made a number of awards since 2011 to recognise achievement and contribution, by our members and others who support the work of AREF.

We are delighted to announce details of the AREF Annual Awards 2021. This year we have added a new award to the line up 'The AREF Research Award' as well as adding a new criteria for the 'Investors' Award for Outstanding Achievement'. Both are now open for members to submit their entry.

Pre-pandemic, the winners would be announced at our prestigous AREF Annual Dinner.

To find out more information, including the nominations, deadlines, purpose, selection criteria, selection process and previous winners, click on the awards below:

The AREF Research Award

New for 2021, members of the Research & Information Committee are launching the AREF Research Award.

We invite all member firms to submit a maximum of three pieces of original research, published by your firm or sent to your clients since 1st July 2020, to be judged by a panel of AREF Committee members.

In line with the AREF Research and Information Committees’ long term goals, the winner of the prize will be judged upon:

  • Its contribution to the UK institutional real estate funds industry
    • The topical nature of the research and information presented
    • New understanding it brings to an area
    • The degree to which it helps the industry learn

The winner will be invited to present their research at an AREF event for members. In addition, the winning paper and any other reports the judges consider noteworthy will be showcased on the AREF website.

The Winner:

AEW won this award for their paper called “Climate Informed Real Estate Returns In Europe”

Terms and conditions:

  • Papers must have been published or sent to clients during the last year 1st July 2020 to 30th June 2021.
  • Papers can be submitted in any format (PDF/Word/Web).
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept academic research.
  • The research need not refer to or use the AREF/MSCI UK QPFI data.


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Investors' Award for Outstanding Achievement

Launched in 2019 and with a new criteria for 2021, this award, open to all AREF Fund Members is judged by a panel of key fund investors.

Members are invited to nominate their fund by stating, in no more than 500 words, how their fund excels and why it should be considered for this award with regards to any of the following criteria:

  • Governance (candidates should consider more than the AREF Code of Practice);
  • Material Progress towards Net Zero Carbon as well as transitioning the portfolio with regard to Paris Alignment for a 2 degrees or less world
  • Response to COVID-19 (including communication, actions taken with respect to preservation of capital and income as well as the approach to suspensions and Material Uncertainty Clauses.

Terms and conditions:

  • Papers can be submitted in any format (PDF/Word/Web).
  • Up to three pieces of supporting material can be submitted to accompany your submission.
  • Submissions will be treated confidentially

The Winner:

Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust


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Previous Winner:

2021:  Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust, for thinking outside the box on how the fund could achieve Net Zero Carbon.

2020: UBS Triton Property Fund LP, for the strength of its achievements in relation to Environmental and Social Impact.

2019: UBS Triton Property Fund LP, for exemplary governance and demonstrable ESG achievements.

Affiliate of the Year Award

This award recognises the invaluable support many of our Affiliate member firms provide to the association in a variety of ways. Although this is often manifest through the efforts of one or two individuals, the award is to the firm as a whole, recognising the background support that the individual representatives can draw on. The award is judged on a number of measures, such as significant activity in a key area, hosting of events, or consistent contribution to our affairs over a long period. The selection of nominees is done with input from our Board, Management Committee and the AREF Team.  The Board and AREF Team then hold a vote to determine the winner.


We are delighted to announce the 2021 Winner of the Affiliate of the Year Award is Carbon Intelligence.

Previous winners include:

2021: Carbon Intelligence (other nominees included Aztec and Carey Olsen)

2020: Ocorian (other nominees included: Aztec, Carey Olsen and RSM)

2019: CMS (other nominees included: CBRE, Charles Russell Speechlys, Deloitte, Vistra)

2018: Browne Jacobson (other nominees included: Eversheds Sutherland, Vistra, CMS)

2017: Intertrust (other nominees included: CMS, Osbourne Clark, Browne Jacobson)

2016: CBRE (other nominees included: CMS, Eversheds, Hogan Lovells)

2015: Eversheds (other nominees included: Hogan Lovells, Mourant Ozannes, Nabarro)

2014: KPMG (other nominees included: CBRE, Nabarro, Willis)

2013: Nabarro (other nominees included: Berwin Leigton Paisner, Deloitte, PwC)

2012: Eversheds (other nominees included: Berwin Leighton Paisner, Hogan Lovells, Nabarro)

2011: Ogier (other nominees included: Bovill, Eversheds, Nabarro)

Outstanding Individual Contribution Award

This is a discretionary award, decided by the Board, which is not necessarily made each year, but is awarded to an individual who has gone the extra mile in terms of their personal involvement in our affairs and their commitment to the evolution of the association and the industry.  The selection of nominees is done with input from our Board, Management Committee and the AREF Team.  The Board and AREF Team then hold a vote to determine the winner.


We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award is Sam Carson of CBRE.

Previous winners include:

2021: Sam Carson of CBRE

2020: Tom Pinnell of Langham Hall

2019: Guy Glover of BMO

2018: Joint winners:  Will Chetwood, Aviva & Melville Rodrigues, Charles Russell Speechlys

2017: John Forbes, John Forbes Consulting LLP

2016: No award given

2015: Paul Edwards, Legal & General

2014: Anthony Shayle, UBS

2013: Jenny Buck, Tesco Pension Investment Ltd

2012: Jenny Pidgeon, TIAA Henderson Global Investors

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