Team

Patrick Flaton

Executive

Managing Partner / CEO

Doug Burton-Cantley

Asset Management

Real Estate Director

Nils Kok, PhD

Investment

Senior Impact Advisor

Floris Ledder

Investment

Director - Netherlands

Craig Ballantyne

Investment

Investment Director

Darragh Comer, FCCA

Finance

FCCA | Finance Director

Michael Lucey

Property Management, Asset Management

Head of Property & Asset Management

Angela Hendry

Operations

HR Manager

Lauren Newman

Operations

Executive Assistant

Elmar Schilling

Asset Management

Asset Manager

Andrew Lambert

Asset Management

Asset Manager

Joe O’Connell

Investment

Senior Investment Analyst

Luca Castiglione

Investment. Asset Management

Sustainable Investment Analyst

Sahil Chandaria

Investment, Asset Management

Investment & Asset Management Analyst

Omer Azm

Property Management

Property Manager

Charlie Averill

Property Management

Property Manager

Gordon Rolfe

Property Management

Fire Safety Consultant

James Eccleston, ACCA

Finance

ACCA | Financial Controller

Sean McPhail, ACCA

Finance

ACCA | Group Accountant

Paige Jones, ACCA

Finance

ACCA | Management Accountant

Dylan Carey

Finance

Accounts Assistant

Colin Moore

Finance

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

Maarten de Bruijn

Property Management

Head of Property Management - Netherlands

Wim den Boer

Property Management

Senior Technical Manager

Nishaar Faujdar

Finance

Accounts Assistant

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.

Doug Burton-Cantley

BSc (Hons) | Real Estate Director

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.

Nils Kok, PhD

PhD in Real Estate Finance, | Senior Impact Advisor

Nils joined Avignon in 2022 as Senior Impact Advisor. He is responsible for leading the sustainability team and working closely with senior management to further integrate ESG considerations into investment processes as well as develop new related products and solutions.

He is a Professor in Real Estate Finance at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where his research interests range from urban economics to institutional real estate investments, with a strong focus on the economics of energy efficiency and sustainability in the real estate sector. He also serves as non-executive board member at GeoPhy, the leading provider of automated valuations for the real estate sector.

Previously, Nils was the founder and CEO of GRESB, a global ESG rating company for real estate and infrastructure investments.

Nils holds a PhD in Real Estate Finance from Maastricht University, as well as a Masters in Finance and Degree in International Business Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Maastricht Research School of Economics, Technology and Organizations.

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.

 

Craig Ballantyne

Investment Director

Craig joined Avignon in 2022 as Investment Director for Germany. He is responsible for delivering real estate deals across Germany for our clients, including investment strategy, sourcing and origination, debt financing and funding.

He has over 25 years’ experience and in Investment, Asset Management and Development. Prior to setting up his own consultancy firm, CMB Consulting GmbH, in 2006, Craig was previously with Deka Immobilien and Estama. Since 2006 he has successfully transacted over EUR900m across multiple asset classes and project managed the development of assets in excess of 110,000 m²

Darragh Comer, FCCA

BA (Hons) FCCA | FCCA | Finance Director

Darragh was appointed Finance Director at Avignon in 2021, having joined in 2017 as Financial Controller. He has over 15 years’ experience working in the real estate industry and has strong knowledge and understanding of accounting standards / processes.

He is responsible for supervising the finance department, together with monitoring business performance, cash flows and budgets and strategic business planning.

Darragh is skilled in Cash Flows, Fixed Assets, Financial Accounting, Consolidation, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and AML compliance.

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

Michael Lucey

Head of Property & Asset Management

Michael joined in 2019 and was appointed the Head of Property & Asset Management for the UK in 2021. He is responsible for overseeing the UK portfolio, managing investor relations and client reporting.

Michael has a wealth of experience with over ten years in real estate management including periods at Capita Real Estate, NB Real Estate and The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Having developed a reputation for consistent and reliable delivery of services for both Corporate and Investor clients he has broad management experience of multi let offices, flag-ship shopping centres, retail parks, industrial parks, and mixed use centres incorporating residential units.

Angela Hendry

HR Manager

Angela joined Avignon Capital in 2020 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.

She is also responsible for the day-to-day operations and works closely with other senior members of the team on compliance, risk management and developing and improving procedures across the business.

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.

 

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,

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.

 

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.

 

Joe O’Connell

MSc | Senior Investment Analyst

Joe is a Senior Investment Analyst who joined us in 2022.

He has previously worked at CIT and Deloitte and prior to this he completed his Masters in Finance and Law at University of London Queen Mary College.

Joe is responsible for leading the Analytics within the business, coordinating all the analytical requirements on new and existing assets, underwriting and executing investment opportunities.

Joe graduated with a BSc Law from University of Southampton in 2016.

 

Luca Castiglione

MSc | Sustainable Investment Analyst

Luca is a Sustainable Investment Analyst who joined us in 2021.

He has previously worked as an Analyst at Schroders prior to studying for his Masters in Sustainable Finance at Masstricht University.

Luca is responsible for reviewing and improving all areas of ESG, both internal and towards our clients, with a core focus on considering and implementing ESG initiatives throughout the business and the lifecycle of the assets we manage.

Luca graduated with a BSc Economic from York University in 2020.

 

Sahil Chandaria

MSc | Investment & Asset Management Analyst

Sahil joined Avignon Capital in 2020 as Investment and Asset Management 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.

 

Omer Azm

Property Manager

Omer is a Property Manager for the UK portfolio and joined in 2021. He is responsible for conducting regular site inspections, ensuring health and safety compliance, and managing contractors and suppliers.

In addition, Omer manages tenant relationships, maintains accurate records of all activity on site and works closely with the Head of Property & Asset Management in preparing and monitoring property maintenance schedules.

Charlie Averill

Property Manager

Charlie Averill is a Property Manager for the UK portfolio and joined in 2022. He is responsible for conducting regular site inspections, ensuring health and safety compliance, and managing contractors and suppliers.

In addition, Charlie manages tenant relationships, maintains accurate records of all activity on site and working with the team in preparing property maintenance schedules.

Gordon Rolfe

FIFireE / IFSM / FRACS (44) | Fire Safety Consultant

Gordon joined in 2021 as Fire Safety Consultant. He is responsible for conducting Fire Risk Assessments in the buildings we manage and issuing these reports to  clients and tenants throughout our UK Portfolio.

Gordon previously worked as an Associate Director for Fire Safety at CAPITA Property and Infrastructure and previous to that was at the London Fire Brigade for over 30 years. He therefore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in this specialist field.

James Eccleston, ACCA

ACCA | ACCA | Financial Controller

James joined in 2013 and was appointed Financial Controller in 2021. He is responsible for the company’s external client reporting.

James is experienced in financial reporting under both Dutch GAAP and IFRS and manages the quarterly consolidation for a UK-listed REIT. He also specialises in investment modelling and has underwritten a large volume of international investment deals.

James holds a B.A. English from University of Leicester and is a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Sean McPhail, ACCA

ACCA | ACCA | Group Accountant

Sean was appointed Group Accountant in 2021, having joined in 2016 as Accounts Assistant.

He has strong financial reporting and financial analysis skills and oversees the company’s finances, including reporting, financial forecasting, consolidations and liaising with external auditors.

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

Paige Jones, ACCA

BA (Hons) | ACCA | ACCA | Management Accountant

Paige joined in 2018 and is responsible for quarterly client reporting, producing VAT workings, service charge reconciliations and monthly accounts for various clients, together with monitoring arrears on the UK and German properties.

​Paige holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance and MSc in Management and Finance​ and is a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Dylan Carey

BA (Hons) | Accounts Assistant

Dylan joined in 2020 and is responsible for dealing with supplier and tenant queries, doing weekly BACS payment runs,  processing supplier invoices and updating bank activity on a daily basis. He is also responsible for coordinating our monthly reporting and assisting with year end audit queries.

​Dylan holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance.

 

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.

Maarten de Bruijn

Head of Property Management - Netherlands

Maarten is the Head of Property Management in the Netherlands. Having worked in real estate
management for over 12 years, he has in depth knowledge and skills to provide a first-class service to
clients.

Maarten works closely with all his clients, managing their portfolio from an operational and strategic
level.

Wim den Boer

Senior Technical Manager

Wim is the Senior Technical Manager and is responsible for project management, contractor
management, including managing and supervising maintenance of the properties.

He is qualified in engineering from the Royal Dutch Navy and has also studied energy performance of
buildings, Manager UAV 2012 and is a member of Liftinstituut.

Wim is an experienced technical manager with a proven track record in property management and
contractor project management.

He takes a keen interest in new innovations which can help to provide the best solution for both
tenants and clients.

Nishaar Faujdar

Accounts Assistant

Nishaar is responsible for updating and maintaining the Accounts Payable and Receivable for the
Dutch properties. This includes bookkeeping, approval and payment of all purchase invoices and
updating all bank transactions.

Nishaar has over 11 years’ experience in financial administration in both the private and commercial
sector.

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