Howard Group makes strategic hire with appointment of Fred Murphy as Asset Manager


Property investment and development company Howard Group has announced the appointment of Fred Murphy MRICS as Asset Manager.

Fred, who joined Howard Group in May 2022, is a chartered surveyor with experience in asset management, development, and investment activity across office, retail and residential sectors and has a keen interest in environmental sustainability.

Reporting to Katherine Friend, Director – Investment & Asset Management, Fred will be responsible for driving the value and income of the Group’s property investment portfolio, in line with its financial, environmental and social responsibilities as a long-term investor in people, places and ideas.

Fred joins Howard Group from Alchemy Asset Management, a boutique asset manager focussed on the office sector in London and the South East. Prior to this, Fred spent time with both Cushman & Wakefield and Landsec. He holds a master’s degree in real estate from the University of Reading and a philosophy degree from the University of Leeds.

Katherine Friend, Director – Investment & Asset Management, Howard Group, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Fred to Howard Group. This strategic hire reflects our commitment to the continued growth of our talented and dedicated team as we continue to strengthen our asset management and investment activities across the ever-evolving and fast-paced sectors in which we develop and invest.

Fred added: Conscientious, pioneering and responsive asset management practices are fundamental to generating sustainable value. These values sit at the heart of Howard Group’s core objective to deliver positive and lasting commercial, environmental and social value. As part of the Howard Group team, I am very much looking forward to applying my asset management capabilities to drive value across all these dimensions, spanning multiple sectors and projects.”  

Fred’s initial focus will be on asset level business planning including sustainability initiatives across Howard Group’s asset base which includes its 11.5-acre urban innovation district in Sawston, Unity Campus.

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