ABOUT DARWIN ALTERNATIVES
Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited (Darwin Alternatives) was established in 2016 by the same team behind the award winning Darwin Property Investment Management Limited (Darwin Property).
As with Darwin Property, Darwin Alternatives offers innovative, alpha-driven investment solutions. Darwin Alternatives aims to provide long-term investors with stable absolute returns which can provide predictable levels of income at low levels of risk.
At Darwin Alternatives, we believe that diversification is key to ensuring that an investment portfolio truly generates the best possible returns. We therefore offer investment products that are completely uncorrelated with traditional asset classes such as equities, bonds and property.
Darwin Alternatives offers investment solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of long-term institutional investors. Clients include a number of UK Local Authority pension schemes.
The team, through Darwin Property, has won a number of prestigious industry awards, including:
Alternative Investment Manager of the Year - 2016, 2014
Alternatives Manager of the Year - 2016, 2015
Alternatives Investment Manager of the Year - 2015
DARWIN LEISURE DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Darwin Leisure Development Fund follows in the success of the Darwin Leisure Property Fund (DLPF) and is managed by the same team.
The Fund offers institutional investors access to the lucrative UK holiday park market. Capital growth is the main driver of return and unlike the DLPF, the Darwin Leisure Development Fund will include modest gearing to help finance acquisitions and redevelopment and the Fund will focus on parks with potential for redevelopment.
The Darwin Leisure Development Fund combines a secure return, which is well in excess of inflation, with business strategies that create sustainable shareholder value, in particular through capital growth.
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ANTHONY ESSE - Chief Executive
Anthony established the Darwin Property Leisure Fund with James Penney in 2007. He is CEO of Darwin Property Investment Management Limited and Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited, and sits on the boards of the Investment Manager of both the Darwin Leisure Property Fund and Darwin Leisure Development Fund.
Anthony has worked in the investment management profession for over twenty five years and held directorships with Hermes, Newton (Bank of New York Mellon Group) and GT Management plc. At Hermes, he was involved in the acquisition of MEPC plc, the joint venture between Hermes and GE Capital, which at the time was the UK's largest ever private-equity backed management buy-out. He was also instrumental in bringing the Hermes Property Unit Trust (formerly Hill Samuel Property Unit Trust) to Hermes.
In 2003 Anthony set up The Darwin Group, a strategic consulting boutique which provided investors with strategic research into how major quoted companies competed and created shareholder value, and helped smaller quoted companies raise long-term capital directly from internally managed pension funds.
JAMES PENNEY - Chairman
James is Chairman of Darwin Property Investment Management Limited and Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited, and sits on the boards of the Investment Manager of both the Darwin Leisure Property Fund and Darwin Leisure Development Fund.
James was previously the owner and Managing Director of Darwin Consulting, a strategy consulting firm he co-founded in 1997. This firm provided strategic advice to directors and investors in a range of industries, including financial services, private equity and media. In 2003 James co-founded the Darwin Group with Anthony Esse.
Prior to founding Darwin Consulting, James had an academic career, which included undergraduate and postgraduate research at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by six years as Principal Lecturer at Westminster College, Oxford. After Oxford, James was a Sloan Fellow at London Business School from which he has an MSc in Management Studies.
JAMES WELCH - Investment Analyst
James joined Darwin Property Investment Management in August 2017 as an Investment Analyst. James will be assisting with the preparation of the fund valuation models, providing support to the finance department in North Wales and assisting with compliance and regulatory matters.
James started his professional career at Smith & Williamson LLP and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. At Smith & Williamson James was part of the Financial Services and Markets Group, responsible for providing audit and regulatory advice to small and medium size financial services businesses.
James has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Newcastle University.
ROGER VAIL - Property Adviser
Roger was appointed as Property Adviser of Darwin Property Investment Management in October 2012 and Darwin Alternative Investment Management in 2016. Roger is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience in the leisure property sector, most recently a National Director at Jones Lang LaSalle and prior to that a Partner at King Sturge. Roger has advised Landowners, Developers, Public Bodies and Banks on the value, sale, acquisition and development potential of various leisure properties throughout the UK and Europe.
MIKE KEW - Sales Director
Mike joined Darwin in 2013 as Director of Sales and is responsible for driving relationships with the Fund's client base.
Mike was previously a Director of Ashcourt Rowan Asset Management, sitting on a number of investment committees whilst supporting the sales team in the provision of investment management solutions to the professional intermediary market. He had previously worked at Williams de Broë for 13 years as an Investment Director where apart from managing a range of private client, personal pension and trust mandates; he managed the top decile performing OEIC Assetmaster Multi Strategy Fund*. Mike’s career has spanned over 35 years and has also included roles at Allied Provincial Securities and BWD Rensburg.
*As at 30 September 2013. Data: Lipper, hindsight May 2004 to September 2009
SARAH PARKS - Head of Marketing
Sarah Parks joined Darwin in 2012 as Head of Marketing, with particular responsibility for the marketing of the Darwin Leisure Property Fund and the Darwin Leisure Development Fund.
Sarah joined Darwin from Hermes Fund Managers where she was Marketing and Events Manager. Sarah spent 11 years in the Marketing team at Hermes, building considerable experience within PR, Events and marketing communications.
After graduating from the University of Surrey, Sarah began her career at People in Business, the internal communications and Employer Brand specialist.
03 April 2017 - New holiday park investment fund launches for institutional investors
New holiday park investment fund launches for institutional investors
Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited (Darwin Alternatives) has launched the Darwin Leisure Development Fund, which will invest in the £6bn UK holiday park industry. The Fund, and Darwin Alternatives, are managed by the same award-winning team behind the Darwin Leisure Property Fund.
This new fund will be available to institutional investors only and will follow a similar operating model to the Darwin Leisure Property Fund, with two important differences:
- First, it will focus on parks with potential for redevelopment and sites which have planning permission that has not yet been implemented.
- Second, unlike the Darwin Leisure Property Fund, this fund will utilise modest gearing, at a level of around 20%, to help finance acquisitions and redevelopment.
The Fund will target annual returns of 10-14% and capital growth, rather than income, will be the main driver. This will be achieved though:
- Exploitation of existing planning permissions.
- Development gains from new planning permissions.
- Modest level of gearing (max 20% at Fund level).
- Proven ’operational excellence’ model of management of parks post development.
15 June 2017 - Darwin Leisure Development Fund makes first acquisition
Darwin Leisure Development Fund makes first acquisition
The Darwin Leisure Development Fund has purchased its first property. Stratford Armouries, located just 4 miles from the centre of historic Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, was acquired in June 2017. The 8.8 acre property is adjacent to the Stratford Armouries museum and at present is a greenfield site.
There is planning permission in place for 44 static caravans, and the Darwin Leisure Development Fund plans to develop the site into a luxury lodge retreat. The new retreat will make an ideal base for those seeking premium self-catering accommodation to visit local attractions such as Shakespeare's Birthplace and Warwick Castle.
7 June 2018 - Sporting Legends charity golf day at The Springs raises over £16,000 for ReachOut
Sporting Legends charity golf day at The Springs raises over £16,000 for ReachOut
A host of sporting legends took part in a charity golf day at The Springs on 7th June, which raised over £16,000 for the mentoring charity ReachOut.
14 teams took part in the Texas Scramble competition and they were joined by:
ReachOut UK is a mentoring charity working with young people which aims to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and attainment. ReachOut’s activities are designed to tackle educational inequality in young people from disadvantaged communities. ReachOut partners with schools to support young people aged 9 to 16, who are referred to them because of either low academic attainment, low confidence, behaviour issues, or because their teachers believe they would benefit from the support of a role model.
The event was a great success for The Springs, which is also due to host the Oxfordshire leg of the Trilby Tour in July. To view pictures from the day, please Click Here.
Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited
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Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited:
Registered in England & Wales No. 08100415.
Registered office – Empire House, 175 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EN.
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