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GWOF MANAGEMENT

GPT Wholesale Office Fund's (GWOF or the Fund) management team is responsible for all aspects of the management of the Fund. This includes determining the strategic direction, managing assets, acquiring and selling properties, accessing funding and providing appropriate services to investors.

In addition to a dedicated team, GWOF draws on the wider resources of  The GPT Group (GPT) providing access to specialised services and teams for the benefit of investors.


Martin Ritchie


Head of Office - The GPT Group
Martin Ritchie - Fund Manager - GPT Wholesale Office Fund

Qualifications

  • Honors Degree in Urban Estate Surveying - Trent Polytechnic Nottingham UK

Career Summary
Martin is responsible for the investment, asset management and development of GPT’s portfolio of Office assets, and has oversight of the GPT Wholesale Office Fund. Martin has 30 years of experience in the office sector including investment and asset management, leasing and sustainability.
 
Prior to becoming GPT’s Head of Office, Martin was Fund Manager of the GPT Wholesale Office Fund since inception which he grew to be the largest wholesale office fund in Australia. Before joining GPT in 2001, Martin worked at Knight Frank, Sydney where he was a director, responsible for the management and leasing of landmark Sydney office buildings and at Baker Harris Saunders in London.


 

Chris Blackmore


Fund Manager - GPT Wholesale Office Fund
Chris Blackmore - Fund Manager - GPT Wholesale Office Fund

Qualifications

  • Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • Investment Management Certificate (as required by the UK Financial Conduct Authority)
  • Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree, Estate Management - Oxford Brookes University, UK

Career Summary
Chris is responsible for managing all aspects of the GPT Wholesale Office Fund, including risk, strategy setting, capital management and investment performance, incorporating development, capital transactions, leasing and asset management. He has over 20 years of real estate experience, centred on investment management in commercial property, for listed and wholesale vehicles, with a strong corporate governance focus. Chris re-joined GPT in May 2022 and has held senior property roles at several industry leading organisations, including Lendlease, The GPT Group (2004 -2016), Macquarie Group and Legal & General. His most recent roles include Fund Manager of Lendlease’s Sydney Place Club Fund and prior to that, Fund Manager of GPT’s ASX-listed Metro Office Fund, from IPO until its sale.
 


Katie O'Meara


Head of Governance and Reporting - Office, The GPT Group
Katie O'Meara - Head of Reporting & Governance - Office

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - University of Sydney

Career Summary

Katie has over 14 years' experience as a lawyer, working within the real estate sector at law firms in Australia and Ireland. Her legal experience includes funds management, corporate governance, and the acquisition, disposal, development and leasing of commercial property.

Prior to becoming GPT's Head of Governance and Reporting - Office, Katie was Investment Manager - GWOF, responsible for writing and co-ordinating funding requests, papers and reports for the board, investor representation committee and investors. Before joining GWOF, Katie was the company secretary of GPTFM, during which time she was responsible for managing the governance requirements of the GPTFM board and ACRMC, and was heavily involved in the 2016 GWOF Fund Terms review. She joined the GPT Legal team in 2010.
 


 

Shane Wang


Senior Fund Analyst - GPT Wholesale Office Fund
Martin Ritchie - Fund Manager - GPT Wholesale Office Fund

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Business - University of Technology, Sydney
  • Master of Finance - University of New South Wales

Career Summary
Shane has over 7 years of experience across the real estate and funds management sectors. Prior to joining GPT, Shane was a senior analyst in CBRE’s Financial Consulting Group, where he specialised in the delivery of sophisticated financial underwriting and analytical consulting services required by international and institutional grade property transactions. Before that, Shane was a corporate finance analyst at Aveo Group, one of Australia’s leading operator, manager, and developers of senior living communities, where he played a significant role in the company’s mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, and funds management activities. Shane joined the GWOF team in March 2019 as the senior fund analyst and is responsible for the management of the fund model, assisting with the preparation of fund reports and the analyses of the Fund’s transaction, capital management and other strategic projects.
 


Ryan Swanson


Financial Controller - GPT Funds Management
Ryan Swanson - Financial Controller, Funds d Manager - GPT Wholesale Office Fund

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) - Western Sydney University
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
Career Summary
Ryan is responsible for the financial reporting of the GPT Wholesale Funds. Prior to becoming the Financial Controller - Funds in April 2022, Ryan was the Trust Reporting Manager for the GPT Group with responsibility for the financial reporting of the General Property Trust along with the GPT Group financial accounts.

Ryan has experience in audit and commercial roles in both listed and unlisted companies. Ryan has previously held roles at Goodman Group and ING Real Estate, providing him with experience in the logistics property sector across both Australia and Europe along with roles at Link Market Services where he was responsible for the management of the financial accounting team and Group reporting.