People Moves: Knight Frank Investment Management appoints Matthew McDonald as new Chief Executive Officer


Press Release -- Knight Frank Investment Management (KFIM) has appointed Matthew McDonald as CEO, following Kevin Aitchison's move to Savills IM.

Matthew has been a member of the KFIM board since 2015, with responsibility for the products division of the business. With over 20 years' experience in property investment management, Matthew has particular expertise as a Fund Manager of pooled property vehicles and has primary responsibility for the growth and operation of KFIM's principal Pooled Fund - the KFIM Long Income Property Unit Trust, established in 2016.


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Matthew has held positions at Dorrington Properties Plc, ING Real Estate Investment Management and CBRE Global Investors (now CBRE IM) where he was the Fund Manager of the flagship core pooled property fund. Matthew is a professional member of the RICS, an FCA Authorised person, and is a Member of the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF). 

Matthew commented: "I am delighted to be appointed CEO of the KFIM business and to continue the leadership of an exceptional team of people. Our ongoing focus will remain to provide the best possible property performance for clients, delivered with a personal level of service, whilst aiming to invest and manage client assets responsibly".

In the past 10 years, KFIM has grown from £0.5bn to over £4bn Assets Under Management, continuing to deliver investment returns for clients, whilst also expanding its ESG advisory capabilities.

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About Knight Frank Investment Management

Knight Frank Investment Management LLP is a specialist real estate investment management business operating primarily in the UK and Continental European markets with Assets Under Management of c.£4.1bn. The firm provides innovative investment solutions for both direct and indirect investors, focussing primarily on core strategies. KFIM LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 439995) for investment business. For more information, please visit


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