About Us

Blueray Financial Group is a multi-asset fund management group encompassing real estate, traditional and absolute return strategies to offer investors access to a fully diversified range of investment products.

Established in 1993 by Sir John Beckwith and Mark Johnson, businesses founded by Blueray have gone on to manage over US$80 billion on behalf of institutions, wealth managers, family offices and individuals.

MEET THE TEAM

Alasdair Abram

Alasdair Abram

‍ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - CORPORATE FINANCE

Alasdair joined Blueray in 2021 and is responsible for deal origination, investment appraisal and the ongoing investment management across the Group’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Blueray, Alasdair worked at Numis Securities where he spent over 5 years in the Investment Banking team advising clients in the Real Estate and Consumer sectors on M&A, capital raising and IPOs. Prior to this Alasdair worked in Management Consulting for two years. Alasdair holds a MSc in Management and Finance from University College London and a BA in History from Newcastle University.

Jemima Beard

Jemima Beard

Executive Assistant to Sir John Beckwith

Nicola Bearman

DIRECTOR

Nicola is a director of Blueray Financial Group. She has worked in Sports marketing in both London and Australia, as well as in the leisure and beauty industries working with a team to build and create The Third Space and The Third Space Medical centre in London. Subsequent to this, she set up an online beauty company with Urban Retreat before having a family. In addition, she runs the Sir John Beckwith Charitable Settlement and is a director of a foundation for Cheam School. Over the years, Nicola has raised a large sum of money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Henry Beckwith

Henry Beckwith

DIRECTOR: FINANCIAL SERVICES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

Henry is responsible for the Asset Management & Financial Services division and takes an active role in deal origination and the management of the portfolio of companies. He has spent his whole career in asset management with a particular emphasis on the application of chaos theory to the derivatives and currency markets. In 2011 he became a founding shareholder of Zorin, a leading provider of alternative finance for the UK property market.

In 2012 he co-founded Argentex, Blueray’s foreign exchange specialist which now has annual turnover in excess of £10bn. In 2016 he became a founding partner of Blueray Asset Management, the core asset management business of the group. Henry is a graduate of Newcastle University and a member of both the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and the Society of Technical Analysis.

Sir John Beckwith

Sir John Beckwith CBE

CHAIRMAN

Sir John Beckwith is the Founder and Chairman of Blueray. Sir John’s track record in real estate and asset management spans over 40 years. Since 1971, Sir John has established many successful businesses investing in global real estate markets which have delivered attractive returns to their partners and investors. Real estate businesses founded by Sir John have developed more than 65 million ft² of property.

Through Blueray, Sir John has founded a number of fund management businesses which currently have assets under management in excess of US$50billion across a wide range of asset classes. These businesses include Liontrust Asset Management PLC, Thames River Capital, Nevsky Fund, River and Mercantile Asset Management and Blueray Asset Management. Sir John qualified as a Chartered Accountant and ATII with Arthur Andersen.

Piers Beckwith

Director of Real Estate and Leisure

Piers joined his family office, Blueray Financial Group in 2007 having successfully sold Media Run Group, an online advertising business where he was CEO for 3 years. While at Blueray, Piers has established three Real Estate businesses: Blueray and York Ltd (UK PRS), Red River USA LP (Miami based resi development) and Trinity River Developments (Dublin based resi development).

Piers is the CEO of Mortar Capital, the UK residential development arm of Blueray Financial Group and Puma Capital, an Iberian lending platform. Piers qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in 2004.

Lucy Black

Lucy Black

Executive Assistant to Mark Johnson

Felix Bull

Felix Bull

FINANCE CONTROLLER

Felix joined Blueray in 2019 and is a Financial Controller in the Group finance team, responsible for Group reporting and monitoring. While at Blueray, Felix has also worked on numerous transactions, including modelling Real Estate Investment funds, investment structuring, and corporate disposals. Prior to joining Blueray, Felix qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, specialising in Investment Management and Private Equity audits.

Veronique Couvelard

Veronique Couvelard

Family Office Accountant

Veronique joined Blueray in 2009 as the accountant for the Family Office and takes responsibility for the financial reporting on various private investments across the UK, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Blueray, Veronique worked at the Institute of Independent Business, a not for profit company.

Kate Dransfield

Executive Assistant to Henry Beckwith & Marketing Manager

Tim Eyles

Tim Eyles

Non-Executive Director

Tim joined the board of Blueray Financial Group as a non-executive director in 2020. He is also Chair of Blueray Asset Management.  Tim has a portfolio of Chair roles across a range of sectors including financial services, business services, healthcare, technology and the arts. Apart from Blueray, these include being Chair of Centralis Group (the market-leading international provider of corporate services to some of the world’s leading corporations & financial institutions), Chair of Celsus (the UK’s leading supplier of clinical workforce solutions to the NHS), and Chair of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts).

Tim is former International Board Chair & Managing Partner at global professional services firm Taylor Wessing which he led through a period of transformational growth from 2009 to 2018.

Louise French

Receptionist & Office Manager

Jo Hall

Jo Hall

Executive Assistant to Doug Rogers & family office

Kalpana Jani

Kalpana Jani

Accounts Payable

Kalpana joined Blueray in 2007 and is responsible for corporate side of the business, as a senior accounts payable,  bookkeeper, and cash management across multiple companies within the Blueray Group.

Prior to joining Blueray, Kalpana gained a wealth of experience within the accounting field, working for companies such as Aberdeen Steak Houses, WH Smith and Corporate AV. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Mumbai.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

CEO

Mark Johnson co–founded Blueray Financial Group with Sir John Beckwith. Mark qualified as a lawyer before working in corporate finance at Barclays Merchant Bank and Barclays de Zoete Wedd. He was CEO of the Riverside Group, one of the UK’s leading leisure companies, under the chairmanship of Sir John, and oversaw its successful sale.

Mark is (and has been) a founding partner and shareholder/director of Blueray’s investment portfolio and private equity companies, including Liontrust Asset Management, Thames River Capital, Nevsky Capital, River & Mercantile Asset Management, Argentex, Barbican Healthcare, Sports and Outdoor Media, Blueray Asset Management, Urban Logistics REIT PLC and European Logistics Real Estate Partners.

Mark has worked with Sir John for over 25 years.

Emily Matthews

Emily Matthews

Financial Controller

Emily joined Blueray in January 2022, working as part of the Urban Logistics team. Before this she worked at Shipleys LLP where she qualified as a chartered accountant.

Chris Munro

Chris Munro

L&C Partners LLP Director

Chris has worked in the financial services industry for many years : first in securities and then in asset management. He has chaired a FTSE 250 company and has worked and co invested with the Blueray Group since 1986.

Michael Perkins

Michael Perkins

Accountant

Michael joined Blueray as a financial controller in 2014 where he was primarily responsible for financial reporting across all group companies and partnerships. Since 2019, Michael has been responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of Urban Logistics REIT plc, a company managed by Blueray. Prior to joining Blueray, Michael worked at Gerald Edelman where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Louisa Robbins

FINANCE CONTROLLER

Louisa joined Blueray in May 2020, before that she worked at BDO where she qualified as a chartered accountant.

Stuart Roberts

Stuart Roberts

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Stuart Roberts is the Group Finance Director of Blueray, overseeing multi–jurisdictional reporting and tax compliance across all group companies and partnerships. In addition, he is responsible for corporate structuring and tax planning for all group transactions to ensure that returns are maximised to Blueray and management teams.

Stuart joined Blueray in 2003, prior to which he worked at Zurich Financial Services in their London insurance office reporting to the US and Switzerland. Stuart qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte & Touche where he worked in their Financial Institutions and Corporate Recovery departments. Before training as a Chartered Accountant, Stuart taught economics and politics at Merchant Taylors School, Northwood.

Doug Rogers

Doug Rogers

DIRECTOR: FAMILY OFFICE, REAL ESTATE AND LEISURE

Doug joined Blueray in 2000 and heads the Beckwith Family Office. Doug continues to co-manage Blueray’s private equity division, which focuses on the real estate and leisure sectors. He has been responsible all aspects of the portfolio, including investment structuring, management incentive schemes, acquisitions, disposals and fundraising.

Since joining Blueray, Doug has worked on numerous transactions including negotiating the disposal of a leading sports marketing business in the UK and India, the establishment of a number of asset backed leisure businesses in Europe and the acquisition and disposal of development land in Ireland. Prior to joining Blueray, Doug worked at Price Waterhouse where he became a Chartered Accountant specialising in corporate tax structuring.

Sebastian Steane

Sebastian Steane

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Sebastian joined Blueray in 2018 and is responsible for the Development Management activities across Blueray’s real estate development platforms. The portfolio of developments is both pan-European and multi-sector, focussing on value add Real Estate development opportunities for Blueray and its Investors. Sebastian previously ran the development consultancy team at Arcadis, and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2017.

Neil Sweeney

Head of Compliance for Blueray Financial Group Group

Neil joined Blueray in May 2022 as Risk and Compliance Officer, with specific focus upon REIT regulatory compliance.  Neil has over 30 years regulatory compliance experience in the investment management industry including through previous roles as Global Head of Compliance at both Aberdeen Asset Management and HSBC Global Asset Management, and mostly recently at Sustainable Development Capital LLP. Neil also worked at former regulatory body IMRO, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.

Jamie Waldegrave

Jamie Waldegrave

COO URBAN LOGISTICS PLC

Jamie joined Blueray in 2020. Prior to this he was the CFO of Coniq, a VC backed proptech company which raised £12m of equity, operated in 14 countries and had 100 staff. Coniq produced and sold a SaaS platform into the retail property sector, working closely with major property owners including Unibail Rodamco Westfield, Land Securities, Value Retail and Via Outlets. Jamie qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC in 2010.

Tanya Williams

Tanya Williams

Accounts Payable

Tanya joined Blueray in 2019 and is responsible for both Sales and Purchase Ledger. Prior to joining Blueray, Tanya worked at Turnbull and Asser for 17 years as an Assistant Accountant.

OUR INVESTMENT PARTNERS

We work with a range of joint venture partners and funding institutions.

PHILANTHROPY

We are proud to support a range of charitable initiatives.

LATEST NEWS

March 15, 2023

Urban Logistics REIT – Appoints Ms Lynda Heywood as Non – Executive Director

Urban Logistics REIT plc announce the appointment of Ms Lynda Heywood as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company.

March 9, 2023

Blueray Asset Management – Appoints Elliott Kibble

Blueray Asset Management (PAM) appoints Elliott Kibble as Associate Director in the UK Adviser Solutions Distribution team.

November 23, 2022

Blueray Asset Management – Appoints Chris Fidyk

Blueray Asset Management (PAM) announces the appointment of Chris Fidyk. He will be a Partner of the London-based asset manager.

October 12, 2022

Argentex – Granted E-Money Licence

Harry Adams, CEO of Argentex, celebrates with members of his team by sounding the gong.