Team

An expert team who deliver exceptional returns

Peter Ferrari

Chief Executive

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

Peter has over 35 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, leading development and investment projects across various property 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

Property Director

Tom is our Property Director, he joined us in January 2016 and has a broad range of cross sector property experience. He has 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

Operations and Marketing Director

Lucy is Operations and Marketing Director at Ashby.

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 when it was founded in 2013.

Lucy’s role spans Operations, Marketing, PR and HR at Ashby and Lucy enjoys the varied nature of her role, working closely with our developers, tenants, agents, building management teams, amenity operators and creative agencies across all of our investments. She has been particularly involved in developing Ashby’s market leading workplace offering bringing wellness, community and service to traditional office buildings.

Out of the office, Lucy enjoys various sporting activities – she is a keen skier, runner and tennis player – and won the MIPIM Tennis Classic in 2018 along with her colleague Simon. Lucy is also a keen backgammon 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.

When not at work, Simon enjoys golf by the sea, walks in Scotland and tennis anywhere, especially with his family