Patrick Flaton

Managing Partner / CEO

Patrick’s role as managing partner at Avignon Capital involves the day-to-day operations as well as developing strategic plans to create enterprise value.

Furthermore Patrick is responsible for the performance of the company including all financial matters.

Patrick has over 20 years of experience and has spent the past 14 years as an entrepreneur in different kinds of private equity businesses. He specialises in building company value and strategic growth in companies.
He has worked as a Managing Partner and CFOO for several private equity firms, two of which sold successfully and the other one sold via an IPO.

He has a strong focus on strategy but with the power to execute this from an operational level.

Michel Snoek

LLM | COO

Before joining Avignon Capital as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Michel was a partner at a mid-sized law firm where he was also responsible for the daily operations and management.

At Avignon, Michel is responsible for the day-to-day operations, including compliance, and risk management. In addition to the responsibility of the day-to-day operations, he focuses on operations management, including the development and improvement of procedures and the services Avignon provides.

Michel also assists internally with Avignon’s real estate transactions, given his strong background and knowledge in commercial real estate law.

After graduating from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Michel has established several companies over the past 25 years. He has taken a seat on various boards of directors of companies, charities and sports associations. Michel also had a postgraduate degree in legal mediation.

 

David Kirkby

Non-Executive Director

David joined Avignon Capital in 2018 as director and partner and has over 35 years experience in real estate. He was previously CEO of Cromwell and Valad Europe, responsible for leading the business, including partaking in the real estate investment committee.

Prior to joining Valad, David was CEO of the European funds management division of the Lend Lease Group. His previous roles include CEO of Lend Lease’s funds and development businesses in Asia and Head of Wholesale Funds. David has multi-sector experience including office, shopping mall investment, development and industrial.

David is qualified in valuation and land economics from the University of Technology, Sydney. He holds management qualifications from Mount Eliza Business School and London Business School.

Doug Burton-Cantley

BSc (Hons) | Head of Transactions & Asset Management

Doug joined Avignon in 2010.

Doug has 18 years of experience within the commercial property environment. He has strong knowledge across all sectors and aspects of the property cycle. He has a particular focus on value enhancement and financing. Doug is responsible for all UK and European asset management activities within the Avignon portfolios and leads debt origination and refinancing activities.

Prior to joining the Avignon team in 2010, Doug was Fund Manager at Mirvac Plc, for over 11 years and was responsible for the City Opportunities Fund, a £175m joint venture with HSBC Specialist Investments.

Doug graduated from Portsmouth University in 1997 with a degree in Land and Estate Management.

Simon Shelley

BA (Hons) MRICS | Director, Capital & Acquisitions

As Director of Capital & Acquisitions, Simon is responsible for leading the Investment Team to deliver real estate deals across Europe, including investment strategy, sourcing and origination, capital raising, financing and funding

Prior to joining Avignon he spent three years at United Green Group as Property Director, where he grew the portfolio significantly. Before that, he worked as an Investment Manager, sourcing and acquiring numerous properties on behalf of family offices and institutional investors.

In a career spanning over two decades, Simon has purchased more than £1.5billion of property on behalf of clients across all asset classes. He has strong strategic and commercial judgement with extensive knowledge of the real estate market and a wealth of experience across acquisition, asset management, planning and construction.

Phil Walker

BSc (Hons) MRICS | Head of Investment Management

Phil works in the investment team who are responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing UK and European investment opportunities. Since joining Avignon Capital in 2015, Phil and the team have completed over 40 transactions across a variety of sectors, geographies and risk profiles.

Prior to joining Avignon, Phil worked for Savills Investment Management where he was part of the Fund Team that launched and grew a Core Plus / Value Add Fund to in excess of £375m over 18 months. Before this, Phil was employed at Montagu Evans LLP where he gained experience in a variety of advisory disciplines.

Phil has worked across all major sectors in property on both the consulting and client sides. He has experience of institutional fund management and adding value through active asset management.

Phil graduated from Reading University in 2010 with a first class degree in Investment & Finance in Real Estate.

Lauren Newman

BA (Hons) | Executive Assistant

Lauren joined Avignon Capital in 2016, initially as a team assistant. Her role now involves supporting both the managing partners, along with overseeing the office management. She also administers the accounts, procurement and organises client & staff events.

Prior to joining Avignon, Lauren worked in other executive and team support roles in Sydney and Melbourne.

Lauren graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Sociology,

Bianca Tristao

MSc MRICS | Senior Investment Manager

Bianca joined Avignon Capital in 2017 to focus on sourcing, underwriting and executing UK and European investment opportunities. Since joining Avignon, Bianca and the team have completed several transactions across different sectors and geographies.

Prior to joining Avignon, Bianca worked at Knight Frank in the Hotels team where she worked on consultancy assignments and valuations within the UK and European hotel sector. As a graduate she also gained experience in transactional disciplines including Central London Office Agency and European Investment.

Bianca graduated from Cass Business School in 2014 with a MSc in Real Estate and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Abigail Smith

BA Hons | Office Assistant

Abigail joined Avignon Capital in 2018 as an office assistant. Her role involves managing and maintaining the office, organising events, diary management, arranging travel and general assistance to the team.

Prior to joining Avignon, Abigail worked in another team support role for BDS Sponsorship, a leading sponsorship consultancy.

Abigail graduated from Plymouth University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography.

Elmar Schilling

MRICS | Asset Manager

Elmar is an asset management consultant at Avignon Capital and brings over 30 years of experience, 15 of those years working for UK and US property investors across Germany.

He has strong asset and property management experience and works with the Avignon team on the German portfolio.

Elmar also has transactional experience and has worked for international industry groups on their corporate property affairs from renegotiating leases, disposing of non-core assets and property sale and leaseback transactions.

Prior to working in real estate, Elmar worked in management consulting, M&A and transaction services with subsidiaries of Deutsche Bank and HVB/Uni Credit.

Elmar graduated from University of Mannheim in 1984 with a degree in economics and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Gavin Comer

BA ACCA | Financial Manager

Gavin is an ACCA qualified accountant with over five years experience working in real estate asset management.

He has strong financial reporting and financial analysis skills and oversees the company’s finances, including reporting and consolidations. He is also responsible for financial reports for the portfolios Avignon Capital manages on behalf of clients.

Prior to joining Avignon, Gavin worked at Crosslane Fund Managers as Group Fund Accountant where he was responsible for the accounting of a Student Accommodation European Fund.

Gavin graduated from The Manchester Metropolitan University with a first-class BA in Accounting and Finance and is a member of the ACCA.

 

Stephanie Legh

BSc | Senior Asset Manager

Stephanie joined Avignon Capital in 2019 as an Asset Manager.

Prior to joining Avignon Stephanie worked at Texton Property Fund as an Asset Manager where she was responsible for their United Kingdom portfolio. Their portfolio was made up of assets across the office, retail and industrial sectors.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Property Studies, Honours.

 

Erwin Hebels

Managing Director - Netherlands

Erwin is responsible for Avignon Capital’s Dutch office and manages the day-to-day operations, real estate sourcing and asset management in the Netherlands. From the office in Rotterdam, Erwin ensures further growth and expansion of Avignon’s real estate network in the Netherlands.

Over the past 18 years, Erwin has established property management companies with national coverage and has a broad network with 4 offices across the Netherlands.

Erwin has worked with various clients across numerous transactions as well as consulting on portfolio optimisation. His wide experience gained over the past two decades has enabled him to execute strategic, operational and tactical frameworks.

Erwin graduated from Tilburg University with a degree in structural business administration and continued his studies at the Technical University in Eindhoven.  He is a visiting lecturer at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Erwin has a strong focus on customer loyalty, trust and personal attention.

 

Floris Ledder

Director - Netherlands

Floris’s role as director is to manage Avignon Capital’s Dutch office and he leads the business development for Avignon in the Netherlands. He is also responsible for sourcing investment opportunities across the Netherlands and the development of asset management operations.

He has over 12 years of multi-sector experience and has spent the past 5 years working as an interim manager for various investment and real estate companies. He specialises in organisation change and development to facilitate growth and improvement of performance.

Floris’s knowledge and experience of the real estate sector and Dutch market will enable Avignon to further expand in the Netherlands.

Floris graduated from the University of Utrecht in 2007 with a degree in economics and geography. He is a visiting lecturer at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate.

 

Andrew Lambert

Asset Manager

Andrew joined Avignon Capital in 2020 as an Asset Manager responsible for the management of the Dutch Portfolio.

Prior to joining Avignon Capital, Andrew spent almost 6 years with UK PropCo, TCN UK where he was Director of Asset Management, responsible for the London and regional portfolio of Creative Office Campus’ and ancillary schemes.

Prior to this, Andrew spent 6 years at CBRE as Associate Director in the Asset Services team where he was responsible for the delivery of Asset Services to clients with a portfolio value of £2bn across the UK, covering all property sectors. In addition, Andrew spent time with the Corporate Real Estate team, working on the UK and off shore island occupancy portfolio of a large UK based financial institution.

Andrew is a graduate of D.I.T. Dublin (now Technological University Dublin) and has over 20 years of experience in the Irish and UK Property markets.

 

Darragh Comer

BA (Hons) FCCA | Head of Corporate Accounting

Darragh is responsible for the corporate accounting and reporting services at Avignon and has over 14 years’ experience working in the real estate industry.

He has strong knowledge and understanding of accounting standards / processes and is skilled in Cash Flow, Fixed Assets, Financial Accounting, Consolidation, and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Darragh holds a B.A. (Hons) Accounting & Finance from Manchester Metropolitan University and is a Qualified FCCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

 

Angela Hendry

HR Manager

Angela joined Avignon Capital in 2020 as HR Manager and is responsible for all HR matters, including recruitment, employee inductions, employee benefits, as well as implementing new HR strategies, policies and procedures to promote employee engagement, well-being, and learning and development.

Prior to joining Avignon, Angela worked as an Executive Assistant for 16 years. Within that role she also acted as the HR function of the business, for a team of 25 employees and has built up a wealth of knowledge and skills.

Angela is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aider and is currently studying towards her CIPD Level 5 in Human Resource Management.

 

Sahil Chandaria

MSc | Portfolio Analyst

Sahil joined Avignon Capital in 2020 as a Portfolio Analyst. He is responsible for sourcing and underwriting Dutch investment opportunities and providing support to the asset management team.

Before joining Avignon Capital, Sahil completed an internship at UBS, Amsterdam working with the Benelux Real Estate and Private Markets (REPM) teams, gaining valuable analytical and research experience across the Benelux and Nordic regions.

Sahil also worked as an acquisition analyst for IMMO Investment Technologies, a real estate and investment management start-up based in London where he worked with a team on the valuation of residential assets and deploying investor capital into the Hamburg residential market.

Sahil graduated from Cass Business School with a BSc (Hons) Management with a placement year at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and then went on to complete MSc in Real Estate at Cass Business School in 2017.

 

Colin Moore

Tax Consultant (CIOT & Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners)

Colin has been consulting for Avignon for over 5 years.

At Avignon Colin is responsible for providing the team with sophisticated tax and structuring advice across the different jurisdictions the company has exposure to. His advice always takes into account the circumstance of the specific client.

Colin has over 30 years’ experience in the tax profession and advises international investors about their wealth structuring requirements.

Our clients benefit from Colin’s extensive network of professional contacts to ensure that any property acquisition are structured effectively on a local and an international basis.

Work with us

Work, Play, Stay – Our employees are incredibly valuable and Avignon Capital foster a work hard, play hard culture that ensures our people are both productive and happy, and therefore want to stay with the company for the long term.

We have a strong focus on teamwork and our lean organization offers exciting opportunities and career development.

To enquire about opportunities at Avignon please contact people@avignoncapital.com