Global Cities

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Team Biographies

Tom and Hugo have led the approach to Global Cities at Schroders. They’ve worked in real estate investing for over 17 years and their approach is based on a simple premise: planned urbanisation has the potential to protect and enhance investor returns. By investing in the tradeable shares of property companies, they can access some of the most economically vibrant cities across the world.

Tom Walker


Co-Head of Global Real Estate Securities

  • BA Hons in Politics from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Graduate Diploma in Real Estate from London South Bank University
  • Fully qualified Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Favourite City: San Francisco

Why: The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, a dramatic setting with its steep rolling hills and interesting architecture.  There’s so much to do in the city and it’s a great starting point for many other adventures – the Napa Valley, Pacific Coast Highway, Yosemite National Park – to name but a few.  History tells you that there is often something dramatic taking place, from the gold rush of the 1800s, the 1970s hippies to today’s tech unicorns, it is a city that never stays the same. 


Hugo Machin


Co-Head of Global Real Estate Securities

  • BA Hons in English Literature from Durham University
  • MSc in Real Estate Finance and Investment from Reading University
  • Diploma in Cross Border Valuation from Oxford Said Business School

Favourite city: Hong Kong

Why: Hong Kong is a city that is constantly buzzing. It was the first place I went to long-haul as a ‘unaccompanied minor’. I remember leaving Heathrow having never experienced anywhere outside Europe before. Landing at the old Hong Kong airport which jutted out of the harbour was an eye-opener, as was driving through the high rise of Kowloon before crossing the harbour to Hong Kong Island. For me, Hong Kong has never lost the thrill of that first visit. Hong Kong is one of the world’s major trading hubs but a few miles away from the frenzy of ‘Central’ you can be hiking in National Parks.

Jon Consolo


Equities Analyst, Global Real Estate Securities

  • Financial Risk Management at London School Economics & Political Science, (Executive Program 2013)
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), charterholder, 2010
  • BA in Finance & Real Estate at Luigi Bocconi University, Milan


Favourite city: Tokyo

Why: Tokyo is a bustling city that never sleeps. It leads the way in many new trends and is always reinventing itself. Be it fashion or tech, Tokyo offers a glimpse into the future. And while it’s an ultra-modern city, it still has firm roots in traditional Japanese culture, which I find fascinating. The contrast between the modern Akihabara district and the shrines in Asakusa couldn’t be bigger!  

Ryan Bennett


Securities Analyst, Real Estate

  • BSc Finance and Management
  • CFA charterholder

Favourite city: Barcelona

Barcelona is a city you can keep coming back to and have a different and rewarding experience every time. You could be out hiking around the Monserrat Mountain during the day and be back downtown by the beach in time for happy hour. The city’s cultural offerings are also top notch, highlighted by the architectural works of Gaudi. For an indecisive foodie like me, nothing beats picking at all the options presented at the Mercado de La Boqueria in the heart of the city. 

Ben Forster


Equity Analyst, Global Real Estate

  • BEng (Hons) Product Design and Manufacture, Loughborough University, July 2008
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, October 2012
  • Investment Management Certificate, November 2008

Favourite city: London

London offers something for everyone and is constantly evolving. Historical landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral now rub shoulders with the steel and glass towers of the City, but continue to offer iconic views to brighten up the commute on a cloudy day. Having spent years living in the city, I’ve found London’s green space to be its greatest advantage over other global cities. Its many parks provide the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle whilst still admiring the unique skyline. My favourite spots include the view from Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath and along the Thames from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park.


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