Criterion Capital is a real estate asset manager that identifies, acquires, develops and manages real estate on behalf of long-term Investors.
As an entrepreneurial, privately-owned business we offer a proactive, results-driven culture and a collaborative environment for our Investors.
Criterion Capital has a well-resourced team of committed professionals from the fields of finance, asset management, surveying, development and construction.
Asif Aziz, Chief Executive Officer
Asif has over 30 years’ experience of creating value and has an in depth knowledge of the London property market.
Karl Elliott, Head of Portfolio
Karl brings extensive asset management experience spanning retail, office and residential property; together with experience in managing acquisitions and disposals of various asset types.
George Hankinson, Head of AST Residential Portfolio
George joins Criterion Capital from London Central Portfolio, where he gained a broad understanding of the residential property investment market and a wealth of residential property management.
Sandie Harries, Head of Human Resources
A commercially focussed HR professional, Sandie managed strategic and operational human resources across the EMEA region for Computer Associates, the Fortune 500 software company, and later moving into the property sector, initially at the Warner Estate before coming to Criterion.
Robert Hoadley, Head of Asset Management
Robert has experience in diverse property sectors, from hotels and leisure to professional services. Robert started his real estate career with property management roles at Grand Metropolitan Estates and Granada PLC.
Michael North, Head of Hotels
Michael has over 30 years’ experience gained at firms such as Realstar Hospitality, City Inn Ltd and Queens Moat House Plc. Michael brings both strategic and operational expertise in hotel group leadership and asset management.
Inge Van Ooteghem, Head of Hospitality
Inge joined the Criterion Capital team from AccorHotels where she held various senior level positions in operations and marketing, for both the economy and midscale brands.
Inge brings with her a wealth of experience in hotel operations and an in-depth practical knowledge of the industry.
Derrick Turner, Head of Finance
Derrick is a Chartered Management Accountant with extensive experience in the property sector over the past 15 years, both in Edinburgh and London, with the EDI Group, Forth Ports, and Tilstone Investments. Derrick has worked on several notable projects including the Edinburgh Waterfront masterplan, the sale of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, and the creation of the Tilstone industrial portfolio.
Katy Walker, Head of Planning
Katy joined the Criterion Capital team from Sport England, prior to which she was employed by BNP Paribas Real Estate. Katy is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and has significant experience in developing planning policy, strategy and project management.
Graham Wood, Chief Investment Officer
A chartered accountant and corporate finance specialist, Graham has previously worked at advisory firms Ernst & Young and KPMG. His track record includes advising on significant transactions on behalf of major property industry players including Delancey, Deutsche Bank and Kennedy Wilson.
Social Responsibility and Charitable Investment
Criterion Capital is fully committed to achieving sustainability and environmental criteria that minimise waste and carbon emissions. The energy performance of our portfolio is important to us, our investors and our occupiers. We work hard to understand the environmental impact of the properties we acquire and continuously monitor our portfolio to find ways to make it more energy efficient. We are also committed to sustainable development, incorporating green technologies into our design process, sourcing sustainable materials, and opting for low carbon or renewable energy sources wherever possible.
We recognise that properties are not just investment assets, they are part of the built environment in which communities live and work and businesses thrive. Successful assets are the ones that work not only the investors but also the occupiers, visitors and the local community. We consult a wide range of stakeholders, not least local residents, on all of our major development proposals.
Applying entrepreneurship to help improve the lives and the prospects of diverse communities, both at home and internationally, is very much part of Criterion Capital’s ethos. On behalf of our investors we set aside a proportion of revenues to support a number of charitable community and educational organisations. These include charities that specifically help women and girls. In this respect we share similar goals to the Department for International Development’s strategic vision to help stop the disproportionate poverty currently borne by women and girls worldwide before it starts.
Key charities supported by Criterion Capital include:
The Mosaic Futures Primary School Mentoring Project
Founded by HRH the Prince of Wales and funded exclusively by Criterion Capital, the charity aims to raise aspirations of young girls from minority backgrounds and to help mothers support their daughters to fulfil their potential and embrace their host country.
The charity invests in education for girls and young women in rural areas of Africa, who are often excluded from education because poverty prevents their families from sending both sons and daughters to school. Research shows if you educate a girl she will earn up to 25% more and reinvest 90% in her family, be three times less likely to become HIV-positive and have fewer, healthier children who are 40% more likely to live past the age of five.
Seeing is Believing
The charity helps to restore the sight of over 10 million people across 20 countries who suffer from cataracts, as well as helping to tackle the causes of preventable blindness such as glaucoma, trachoma and river blindness. Standard Chartered Bank matches our donation, £1 for every £1 we donate.