Management team

Stephen Oakenfull

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in real estate and corporate finance. Prior to the establishment of Brightbay Real Estate Partners, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of RDI REIT P.L.C. in 2020 after leading a strategic review of the business. He was instrumental in the growth and repositioning of RDI leading up to the acquisition by Starwood. Before joining RDI, Stephen worked for DTZ Corporate Finance raising capital for property developments and investments in the UK and Europe. Prior to DTZ, he worked for Turner & Townsend as a management consultant focused on infrastructure related projects.

Stephen is a CFA Charterholder and holds a BSc (Hons.) in Construction Management.

Donald Grant

Chief Financial Officer

Donald was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2015 having previously held various senior finance positions within the listed Real Estate sector. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the finance function incorporating treasury, tax, information technology and human resources. Prior to moving into listed real estate, he spent over ten years working within the banking and corporate broking sector.

Donald received a B.Com degree from the University of Auckland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant within a Big 4 accounting practice.

Adrian Horsburgh

Property Director

Adrian has over 35 years’ experience in the real estate sector.  Prior to the formation of Brightbay Real Estate Partners, he held the position of Property Director of RDI REIT P.L.C. with the role of deal origination and asset management of the portfolio.  Adrian has worked in real estate capital markets his entire career and was previously an equity partner at King Sturge & Co and subsequently an International Director at JLL.

Adrian is a Chartered Surveyor and also holds a Diploma in Accountancy.

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in real estate and corporate finance. Prior to the establishment of Brightbay Real Estate Partners, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of RDI REIT P.L.C. in 2020 after leading a strategic review of the business. He was instrumental in the growth and repositioning of RDI leading up to the acquisition by Starwood. Before joining RDI, Stephen worked for DTZ Corporate Finance raising capital for property developments and investments in the UK and Europe. Prior to DTZ, he worked for Turner & Townsend as a management consultant focused on infrastructure related projects.

Stephen is a CFA Charterholder and holds a BSc (Hons.) in Construction Management.

Donald was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2015 having previously held various senior finance positions within the listed Real Estate sector. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the finance function incorporating treasury, tax, information technology and human resources. Prior to moving into listed real estate, he spent over ten years working within the banking and corporate broking sector.

Donald received a B.Com degree from the University of Auckland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant within a Big 4 accounting practice.

Adrian has over 35 years’ experience in the real estate sector.  Prior to the formation of Brightbay Real Estate Partners, he held the position of Property Director of RDI REIT P.L.C. with the role of deal origination and asset management of the portfolio.  Adrian has worked in real estate capital markets his entire career and was previously an equity partner at King Sturge & Co and subsequently an International Director at JLL.

Adrian is a Chartered Surveyor and also holds a Diploma in Accountancy.

Sarah Jones

Head of Commercial Asset Management

Sarah has 15 years of experience in real estate and has worked at RDI REIT since July 2015.  Sarah specialises in creative hands-on asset management in a range of commercial real estate sectors.  Prior to joining RDI, Sarah was at ExxonMobil where she worked across EMEA looking at innovative solutions to the real estate needs of the company.  Sarah completed her graduate years at DTZ completing her qualification with experience in valuations and corporate recovery.

Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor with a PGdip in Real Estate from South Bank University.

Louis Ward

Group Financial Controller

Louis has over 12 years’ experience in real estate and infrastructure businesses. Before joining RDI in February 2021 as Group Financial Controller, he worked for Martin’s Properties, a family office real estate investment and development business, where he was responsible for delivering the restructuring of the Group’s companies. Prior to Martin’s Properties, he worked for Colas Rail, a subsidiary of Bouygues Group, where he was Financial Controller for the UK and Central Europe. Louis qualified as an accountant in KPMG’s Property and Infrastructure department.

 

Louis is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages.

Mary Hedges

Head of Management Reporting

Mary joined RDI in February 2015 as part of the Group Reporting team, before transferring to lead the Management Reporting team in October 2017. Mary completed her accounting training with PWC Dublin in the Banking and Capital Markets department of the Audit and Assurance practice.

 

Mary is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a MSc (Hons.) in Accounting from Dublin City University.

Sarah has 15 years of experience in real estate and has worked at RDI REIT since July 2015.  Sarah specialises in creative hands-on asset management in a range of commercial real estate sectors.  Prior to joining RDI, Sarah was at ExxonMobil where she worked across EMEA looking at innovative solutions to the real estate needs of the company.  Sarah completed her graduate years at DTZ completing her qualification with experience in valuations and corporate recovery.

Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor with a PGdip in Real Estate from South Bank University.

Louis has over 12 years’ experience in real estate and infrastructure businesses. Before joining RDI in February 2021 as Group Financial Controller, he worked for Martin’s Properties, a family office real estate investment and development business, where he was responsible for delivering the restructuring of the Group’s companies. Prior to Martin’s Properties, he worked for Colas Rail, a subsidiary of Bouygues Group, where he was Financial Controller for the UK and Central Europe. Louis qualified as an accountant in KPMG’s Property and Infrastructure department.

 

Louis is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages.

Mary joined RDI in February 2015 as part of the Group Reporting team, before transferring to lead the Management Reporting team in October 2017. Mary completed her accounting training with PWC Dublin in the Banking and Capital Markets department of the Audit and Assurance practice.

 

Mary is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a MSc (Hons.) in Accounting from Dublin City University.

Sarah Moon

Manager, Transactions & Operations

Sarah has held various roles spanning financial and management reporting, tax, internal audit and transactions. Her current role includes financial planning and analysis across the operational and commercial aspects of the business.  Before joining RDI in 2008, she worked in finance and management within the retail sector.  Sarah has extensive experience in management reporting, business partnering and business process improvements.

 

Sarah is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), Taxation Technician (ATT) and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Accounting and Financial Management.

Grace Goudar

Group Company Secretary

Grace has over 10 years’ of experience in company secretarial services, compliance, company administration and management across countries.  Prior to joining Brightbay Real Estate Partners, Grace has worked in leading professional firms, media and software companies in the United Kingdom and India.

 

Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce, MBA in Finance and is an Associate member of Chartered Governance Institute, United Kingdom and Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Sarah has held various roles spanning financial and management reporting, tax, internal audit and transactions. Her current role includes financial planning and analysis across the operational and commercial aspects of the business.  Before joining RDI in 2008, she worked in finance and management within the retail sector.  Sarah has extensive experience in management reporting, business partnering and business process improvements.

 

Sarah is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), Taxation Technician (ATT) and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Accounting and Financial Management.

Grace has over 10 years’ of experience in company secretarial services, compliance, company administration and management across countries.  Prior to joining Brightbay Real Estate Partners, Grace has worked in leading professional firms, media and software companies in the United Kingdom and India.

 

Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce, MBA in Finance and is an Associate member of Chartered Governance Institute, United Kingdom and Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Board of Directors

Stephen Oakenfull

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in real estate and corporate finance. Prior to the establishment of Brightbay Real Estate Partners, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of RDI REIT P.L.C. in 2020 after leading a strategic review of the business. He was instrumental in the growth and repositioning of RDI leading up to the acquisition by Starwood. Before joining RDI, Stephen worked for DTZ Corporate Finance raising capital for property developments and investments in the UK and Europe. Prior to DTZ, he worked for Turner & Townsend as a management consultant focused on infrastructure related projects.

Stephen is a CFA Charterholder and holds a BSc (Hons.) in Construction Management.

Donald Grant

Chief Financial Officer

Donald was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2015 having previously held various senior finance positions within the listed Real Estate sector. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the finance function incorporating treasury, tax, information technology and human resources. Prior to moving into listed real estate, he spent over ten years working within the banking and corporate broking sector.

Donald received a B.Com degree from the University of Auckland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant within a Big 4 accounting practice.

Matthew Parrott

Non-executive Director

Matthew Parrott is a Senior Vice President in Acquisitions at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Parrott is responsible for corporate and direct real estate acquisitions in the UK & Ireland. He has been responsible for public and private investments in the industrial, multifamily and office sectors. Prior to joining Starwood Capital Group in 2018, Mr. Parrott was a Principal at CBRE Global Investment Partners’ European value-add strategy and started his career at Deloitte. Mr. Parrott received a B.A. degree in Business Economics from the University of Exeter.

Sarah has held various roles spanning financial and management reporting, tax, internal audit and transactions. Her current role includes financial planning and analysis across the operational and commercial aspects of the business.  Before joining RDI in 2008, she worked in finance and management within the retail sector.  Sarah has extensive experience in management reporting, business partnering and business process improvements.

 

Sarah is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), Taxation Technician (ATT) and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Accounting and Financial Management.

Grace has over 10 years’ of experience in company secretarial services, compliance, company administration and management across countries.  Prior to joining Brightbay Real Estate Partners, Grace has worked in leading professional firms, media and software companies in the United Kingdom and India.

 

Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce, MBA in Finance and is an Associate member of Chartered Governance Institute, United Kingdom and Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in real estate and corporate finance. Prior to the establishment of Brightbay Real Estate Partners, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of RDI REIT P.L.C. in 2020 after leading a strategic review of the business. He was instrumental in the growth and repositioning of RDI leading up to the acquisition by Starwood. Before joining RDI, Stephen worked for DTZ Corporate Finance raising capital for property developments and investments in the UK and Europe. Prior to DTZ, he worked for Turner & Townsend as a management consultant focused on infrastructure related projects.

Stephen is a CFA Charterholder and holds a BSc (Hons.) in Construction Management.

Donald was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2015 having previously held various senior finance positions within the listed Real Estate sector. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the finance function incorporating treasury, tax, information technology and human resources. Prior to moving into listed real estate, he spent over ten years working within the banking and corporate broking sector.

Donald received a B.Com degree from the University of Auckland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant within a Big 4 accounting practice.

Matthew Parrott is a Senior Vice President in Acquisitions at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Parrott is responsible for corporate and direct real estate acquisitions in the UK & Ireland. He has been responsible for public and private investments in the industrial, multifamily and office sectors. Prior to joining Starwood Capital Group in 2018, Mr. Parrott was a Principal at CBRE Global Investment Partners’ European value-add strategy and started his career at Deloitte. Mr. Parrott received a B.A. degree in Business Economics from the University of Exeter.

Thomas Tolley

Non-executive Director

Thomas Tolley is a Managing Director and European General Counsel at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Tolley is actively involved in all aspects of the Firm’s European business, including acquisitions, financing (both on the lending and borrowing side) and asset management having represented Starwood’s legal interests since 2012. Mr. Tolley has an M.A. from Oxford University and is a registered solicitor in England & Wales. Mr. Tolley was previously a Director at Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (formerly Hypo Real Estate Bank AG) working across the bank’s European real estate lending activities having joined them from international law firm Allen & Overy LLP.

Nicholas Chadwick

Non-executive Director

Nicholas Chadwick is a Senior Vice President in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group and is Head of European Hotel Asset Management. In this role, Mr. Chadwick has led the operational turn-around, redevelopment, rebranding, refinancing and disposition of a wide range of hotel real estate. Previously, he worked in Starwood’s European acquisition team.

Prior to joining Starwood, Mr. Chadwick worked at Ernst & Young in the real estate audit department where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Mr. Chadwick received a Bsc in Economics from the University of York and he is a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association European Chapter and currently serves as its President.

Thomas Tolley is a Managing Director and European General Counsel at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Tolley is actively involved in all aspects of the Firm’s European business, including acquisitions, financing (both on the lending and borrowing side) and asset management having represented Starwood’s legal interests since 2012. Mr. Tolley has an M.A. from Oxford University and is a registered solicitor in England & Wales. Mr. Tolley was previously a Director at Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (formerly Hypo Real Estate Bank AG) working across the bank’s European real estate lending activities having joined them from international law firm Allen & Overy LLP.

Nicholas Chadwick is a Senior Vice President in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group and is Head of European Hotel Asset Management. In this role, Mr. Chadwick has led the operational turn-around, redevelopment, rebranding, refinancing and disposition of a wide range of hotel real estate. Previously, he worked in Starwood’s European acquisition team.

Prior to joining Starwood, Mr. Chadwick worked at Ernst & Young in the real estate audit department where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Mr. Chadwick received a Bsc in Economics from the University of York and he is a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association European Chapter and currently serves as its President.