Team

Peter Ferrari

Chief Executive

Peter is our Chief Executive. He set up AshbyCapital in 2013.

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry. His previous experience includes roles as Managing Director at Heron International and as a Director at London & Edinburgh Trust. He was instrumental in the growth of both, working on exciting projects across various sectors in the UK and Europe.

Peter holds a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Land Management from Reading University. He has been a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1988.

Peter is proud of the dynamic, close-knit and ambitious team he has built under the AshbyCapital brand. Outside of work, he enjoys various sports and is a keen family man.

Charles-Etienne Lawrence

Investment Director

Charles is our Investment Director and takes particular responsibility for deal making, structuring and negotiation. With previous experience at JER Partners as well as in the Real Estate Finance and Advisory teams at both HSBC and RBS Charles has comprehensive knowledge of real estate investment across the debt-equity spectrum.

Charles holds an MSc Finance from HEC Montréal and a degree in international business from Université du Québec à Montréal. He is also a CFA charterholder and speaks English, French and Spanish.

Charles uses exercise to switch off from work, whether through climbing, hiking, cycling or yoga.

Tom Smithers

Head of Asset Management

Tom joined us in January 2016 and has a broad range of cross sector property experience. He as a passion for creating best-in-class real estate assets and delivering the highest possible service for tenants.

Tom previously worked at Green Property, where he was responsible for three UK distressed asset management platforms on behalf of various banking clients. Prior to this, he spent six years at German Fund IVG, where he was responsible for acquisitions and disposals. Tom started his career at Grosvenor, where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

Tom holds a first-class honours degree in Real Estate Management and has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 2006.

Away from the office, Tom is an avid water sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family on the south coast.

Lucy Arthur

Head of Asset Marketing

Lucy is Head of Asset Marketing.

After obtaining a first-class degree in Politics from Durham University, Lucy worked as a management consultant across the retail, leisure and financial services industries before joining Ashby in 2013.

Lucy enjoys the varied nature of her role, coordinating with operators, tenants, agents, and our building management teams across all of our investments.

Out of the office, Lucy can usually be found playing sport – she is a keen sailor, windsurfer, skier and tennis player.

Simon Osborne

Legal Counsel

Simon is our Legal Counsel.

He trained and qualified at Clifford Chance LLP and joined us from Forsters LLP, one of the UK’s top real estate law firms. Simon has worked across a broad range of M&A transactions, with a particular focus on property holding company acquisitions and development joint ventures, as well as private equity work and corporate restructurings. He has substantial and wide-ranging experience in the commercial and residential real estate sectors and enjoys the sense of satisfaction of getting a deal done.

Simon has a degree in Modern History from the University of St Andrews, a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law and completed his Legal Practice Certificate at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

Out of work, Simon’s passions include his family, golf and countryside walks.