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Chris Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, Hermes Real Estate and Head of Private Markets

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Chris is Head of Real Estate and Private Markets and a member of Hermes’ Executive Committee. Chris joined Hermes in 2010, having successfully established Australian fund manager QIC’s European office in London. Prior to that he was head of European Property at HSBC. Chris spent the majority of his career as a fund manager at Prudential, where he led the diversification of its UK real estate exposure into overseas markets in 2001.

Under his leadership, Hermes Real Estate has led a number of landmark real estate transactions, including the largest regeneration project in Europe at King’s Cross, the development of the iconic Silverstone circuit, the major regeneration at Paradise Circus Birmingham, and the rejuvenation of central Milton Keynes. Chris is currently the Chairman of MEPC, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the senior non-executive director of NewRiver Retail Plc, a member of the Bank of England Commercial Property Committee and a Founding Board Member of INREV. As immediate past President of the British Property Federation, Chris has engaged actively with Central and Local Government to recognise the pivotal contribution that real estate and infrastructure make as conduits for growth and regeneration.

Chris is also the BTPS Director on the Argent Board and has taken a lead role in promoting responsible investment with major regeneration schemes at King’s Cross and Paradise Circus, Birmingham.

Chris holds a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from Reading University.