OPTIMUS INVESTMENTS ADVISORS LIMITED
THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Suzanne Forster - CEO
A senior leader with over twenty-five years’ experience within the social & affordable housing and property sector; working at executive and non-executive level within complex groups, with turnovers exceeding £300m, debt portfolios in excess of £1.2bn and property asset bases exceeding £4bn. Strong adaptive leadership, drive and integrity and a comprehensive understanding of good governance, with strong financial and business management skills. She has extensive experience of the management, maintenance and development of large property portfolios of up to 40,000 homes and multi office estates delivered in the roles of Finance Director, Deputy Chief Executive and Acting Chief Executive.
Rahul Shetty - Managing Partner
Over 14 years’ experience in investment banking and real estate. Prior to Optimus, Rahul was an investment banker with bulge bracket banks such as Lehman Brothers, Nomura, and Barclays. He has raised £30m of investments from the UK for investments into Indian real estate. He previously managed a commercial real estate portfolio in the UK for a family office. He is a Duke University alumni and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.
Harsh Adholiya - Managing Partner
Harsh has over 15 years of experience in diverse industry domains including Real Estate, Finance & IT and has worked in the UK and India with global corporations such as ABN AMRO, Convergys, and Wipro. Prior to Optimus, he worked with HDFC in the UK managing their multi-million-pound loan book for over 8 years. He previously managed a mezzanine and new builds portfolio in the UK for an overseas family office.
David Frohnsdorff - Advisor, Land & Valuation
David Frohnsdorff studied Land Economy at Cambridge and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Savills in 2002. David has 20 years of professional experience in real estate investment, development, planning, and funding. During his career he has closed over £4.5Bn in over 50 transactions throughout the UK and EU. Over the last decade David has focused on complex brownfield developments acting as promotor and principal for various projects.
Tom Luttrell - Director, Global Partnerships
With over 30 years’ experience, Tom was a UK regulated corporate financial advisor. A Stakeholder and founding Divisional director in one of the largest Independent Financial services advisory business in the UK, the company floated on AIM, achieving a market cap of circa £250m in 1999-2020. He then co-founded an overseas property development company which was developing on 4 continents with total GDVs exceeding $1.6bn. Now, he is an advisor to property developers, Investors as well as an investor and board director of prop-tech company Trust Bricks.
EDWARD BOURGOIN - non executive director
Experienced non executive director with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Skilled in Corporate Finance, Funding, Asset Management, Research, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Strong entrepreneurship professional graduated from University of Cambridge. Edward has worked across all jurisdiction and asset classes, including med/bio/fin-tech, technology, infrastructure, real estate, life sciences and energy and media.
THE INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The fund has appointed an independent investment advisory committee to provide strategic direction and oversight of the fund’s investment strategy. The committee will be formed of the following members who bring a varied joint experience of over 100 years.
A career Chartered and Cost Accountant, and a Certified Internal Auditor, Financial Planner & Fraud Examiner. His career spans over five decades. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of L&T Finance Holdings Limited, L&T Mutual Fund, Future Lifestyle Fashions Limited, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd, Blue Star Ltd, Etc. He is Vice Chairman of GOvEVA consulting Pvt. LTD. His other Directorships are: Brookcorp Reit pvt ltd (A Brookfield REIT), Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd (Times Group), Ambuja Cements Ltd, ACC Ltd, Bajaj Electricals Ltd. He serves on Advisory Boards of Doha Bank and Gaja Advisors Pvt LTD.
An experienced social housing and asset management professional working at Director and NED level, with expertise in developing strategy and managing complex high-volume operations, developing building safety programmes and net zero carbon strategies for residential portfolios, managing change and digital transformation programmes at scale. Nilavra has worked with multiple Greater London Authorities in their housing department and is currently the Non-Executive Board Member for Evolve Housing + Support.
Over 40 years of experience in real estate having run investment and development Companies in the UK, USA, and Europe. He was Managing Director of Tishman International Group of Companies. He has managed over five million square feet of commercial properties in the UK, acquired nearly £2b of office investments in the UK, undertaken over 2 million square feet of development and refurbishment in the UK and Ireland, and has raised more than £1.5b of debt financing.