Management & Investment Team

Grant Atchison

Grant Atchison - Managing Director

Grant co-founded Freehold Investment Management and is the company's Managing Director. He oversees all aspects of the group's A-REITs & listed infrastructure, unlisted and direct property investment strategies.

Prior to Freehold, Grant was a Senior Consultant with Atchison Consultants where his advisory and research experience included the global and domestic, listed and unlisted property sectors. His strategy consulting work covered the establishment of fund management businesses and products with both new and existing fund managers.

Grant brings a wealth of knowledge to the company from over 23 years’ experience in the property industry, working for both Lend Lease Australia and the AIM listed property group ISG in the United Kingdom. His direct property experience includes project management, design and construction in the office, retail, industrial, residential, performing arts, education and infrastructure sectors.

Grant has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from RMIT University and a Masters of Business Administration from Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship to undertake the Certified Investment Management Analyst program and now holds the CIMA® designation.


Grant MacKenzie

Grant MacKenzie - Senior Portfolio Manager

Grant is the Senior Portfolio Manager for the Freehold's A-REITs & Listed Infrastructure Fund. His responsibilities incorporate portfolio construction, co-lead real estate and infrastructure securities analyst and a member of the investment committee.

Grant has extensive knowledge and experience in the Australian property funds industry, gained from over 20 years managing listed property portfolios; analysing and forecasting property markets and listed property and infrastructure businesses; and representing property companies to the investor market.

Prior to Freehold, Grant was Senior Investor Relations Manager for Federation Centres (now Vicinity Centres) and Portfolio Manager of Macquarie's Australian Listed Real Estate Fund, one of the largest A-REIT funds in Australia.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Land Economics from the University of Technology, Sydney.


Simon Karlsson

Simon Karlsson - Portfolio Manager

Simon is the Portfolio Manager for Freehold's A-REITs & Listed Infrastructure Fund. His responsibilities include co-lead real estate and infrastructure securities analyst and is a member of the investment committee.

With over 10-years in the Australian property and international equities markets, Simon's experience extends across valuation analysis, portfolio construction and risk management. Prior to Freehold, he held positions with Macquarie Group and Perennial Real Estate Investments.

Simon is a CFA® charterholder and has completed a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating with a triple major in Finance, Economics and Russian with a distinction average.


Sascha Harms

Sascha Harms - Head of Direct Property

Sascha is the Portfolio Manager for Freehold's Direct Property strategies. His responsibilities include managing the direct property strategies from core through to development for Freehold's domestic and international property mandates, partnerships and joint venture relationships.

Sascha is a senior real estate professional with more than 15 years' experience in global and domestic real estate markets. His experience incorporates managing residential and commercial assets; portfolio construction, management and fund raising; transaction sourcing as well as cross border mergers & acquisitions. Prior to Freehold, he was Managing Director & Head of Schroders Plc Real Estate Investment business in Germany. He has a track record in building business lines and has transacted c. 2bn AUD in direct real estate in Europe and Australia.

Sascha holds a Business Administration/Real Estate Management Degree from the University HTW, Berlin and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).


Paul Lachal

Paul Lachal - Investment Specialist

Paul is an Investment Specialist with broad responsibilities within Freehold's Direct Property team. He is responsible for various real estate mandates and contributing to the group's commercial real estate expertise and execution ability.

Paul is a highly experienced Real Estate professional, who has developed his extensive knowledge and breadth of skills over his more than 35 years in the Industry. Notably, this includes managing assets and transaction projects worth more than A$2bn and personally executing development feasibilities, design and development deliveries in excess of A$200m across all property sectors.

Paul is a founding partner of Elan Property Group, a property investment and advisory business. Previously he held senior management roles with Knight Frank as National Director - Leasing and as Director - Investment Management, and with Deloitte Australia in Corporate Finance.

Paul has an Associate Diploma in Valuations from RMIT and is a Licenced Real Estate Agent.


Omar Khan

Omar Khan - Head of Capital & Investment Specialist

Omar is the Head of Capital and an Investment Specialist at Freehold.

Omar has over 14 years' experience within private equity, funds management and real estate businesses. His experience extends across structuring, due diligence, capital raising, as well as managing and growing funds management businesses.

Prior to Freehold, Omar was Managing Director of First Quay Capital (a family office private equity fund), Strategy Director at Crescent Wealth and Associate Director at Lendlease Ventures.

Omar holds a Bachelor of Laws & Commerce from Deakin University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law & Tax from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Sydney. In 2013, he was the winner of AFR BOSS' and the University of Sydney's prestigious award for Australia's top Emerging Leader.


Neil Proudlove - Investment Specialist

Neil is an Investment Specialist with broad responsibilities within Freehold’s Direct Property team. He is responsible for specialist retail real estate mandates and contributing to the group’s commercial real estate expertise and execution ability.

Neil is an experienced professional, with over 30 years’ experience in the UK, Australian and New Zealand commercial property markets. He has held senior commercial valuation and agency directorship positions in CBRE, Richard Ellis and Mason Owen & Partners (UK). Prior to establishing his own specialist retail property consultancy business, Neil was General Manager, Precision Group of Companies, responsible for a portfolio of approx. $800m of prime quality Australian retail/commercial property assets.

Through his career, Neil has been involved in over $3bn of shopping centre sales, including approx. $350m since mid-2016.

Neil is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a Licenced Real Estate Agent.

Board

Glenn Woolley - Chairman

Glenn has more than 30 years' experience in the financial services industry, with responsibilities spanning across senior executive management, portfolio management, product and distribution.

Glenn is currently the Managing Director of Intrinsic Investment Management, a specialist Australian equities fund manager, which he co-founded in 2003.

He is the former Chief Investment officer of ANZ Funds Management where he was responsible for more than $11 billion funds under management, including more than $1.5 billion of direct property, REIT, and mortgage fund investments. At HSBC Securities, Glenn was Head of Product and Distribution and at IOOF Financial Group, Director, Equity Investments.

Glenn holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours degree and a Master of Economics. He has been awarded as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Joseph Ferragina

Joseph Ferragina - Director (Non-Executive)

Joseph is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in Australia and is one of Freehold Investment Management's key shareholders, Pacific Current Group. He is responsible for overseeing the firm's finance and accounting functions, as well as the investor relations and the day to day engagement with Australian based boutique fund managers.

Joseph has extensive finance experience and property knowledge having held senior finance roles in property funds management firms as Head of Finance at DBRREEF (now Dexus) and Chief Financial Officer of Ronin Property Group. Joe initially started his career in chartered accounting, specialising in business services and taxation.

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master in Applied Finance, is a Chartered Accountant, a graduate of the Australian institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of FINSIA.


Grant Atchison

Grant Atchison - Managing Director

Grant co-founded Freehold Investment Management and is the company's Managing Director. He oversees all aspects of the group's A-REITs & listed infrastructure, unlisted and direct property investment strategies.

Prior to Freehold, Grant was a Senior Consultant with Atchison Consultants where his advisory and research experience included the global and domestic, listed and unlisted property sectors. His strategy consulting work covered the establishment of fund management businesses and products with both new and existing fund managers.

Grant brings a wealth of knowledge to the company from over 23 years’ experience in the property industry, working for both Lend Lease Australia and the AIM listed property group ISG in the United Kingdom. His direct property experience includes project management, design and construction in the office, retail, industrial, residential, performing arts, education and infrastructure sectors.

Grant has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from RMIT University and a Masters of Business Administration from Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship to undertake the Certified Investment Management Analyst program and now holds the CIMA® designation.