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Border to Coast Pensions Partnership (“Border to Coast”), one of the largest public sector pension pools in the UK, has announced the appointment of Tim Sankey as its first Head of Real Estate.

The appointment is part of Border to Coast’s commitment to deliver a diverse class of high-quality investments – and Tim will lead the development of property funds for our Partner Funds, with a potential size of c.£5bn.  This is likely to be based on two property funds – a predominately direct UK fund and an indirect Global fund.

Tim and the real estate team will work with the Partner Funds to design and develop the funds to allow them to meet their long-term investment objectives.  Border to Coast is working towards launching the Global fund in 2022 and the UK fund in 2023.  Tim will be responsible for recruiting a dedicated real estate team to manage the new funds.

Daniel Booth, Chief Investment Officer at Border to Coast, said: “Tim brings a wealth of experience of property investing together with hands-on experience of building and running property funds.  We are looking forward to working with him as we deliver high quality investments for our Partner Funds.”

Tim Sankey, who joined Border to Coast in November, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to join Border to Coast.  Underpinned by long term investors, our collective scale gives us real opportunity to lower costs and deliver strategic investment benefits, including expanded market access with improved diversification and risk management.”

Tim is an investment professional with more than twenty years’ experience in asset management.  He joins Border to Coast from having worked for Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) for 17 years, most recently as the Fund Manager for the Aberdeen UK Property Fund.  While there he was also the Fund Director for a major middle eastern Sovereign Wealth UK property portfolio.  Prior to this he worked as a Senior Surveyor for Strutt & Parker.

Tim will be supported by Portfolio Manager Paul Campbell and Peter Lunn, who recently joined Border to Coast as Property Programme Manager.

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