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Octopus Real Estate hires Chris Wishart as Director of Origination to bolster care homes team

23 Apr 2020

Octopus Real Estate, part of Octopus Group and a leading UK specialist real estate lender and investor, has strengthened its care home fund management team with the arrival of Chris Wishart as Director of Origination.

Chris will take a leading role in Octopus Real Estate’s care home investment team, finding and delivering elderly and specialist care real estate acquisitions for its institutionally backed funds.

Octopus Real Estate’s market-leading care homes team currently manages a portfolio of 60 modern, purpose-built homes, including 9 properties under construction, with a market value of over £750 million.

Chris joins from Savills, where he has been a Director in the healthcare practice since 2017. Prior to this Chris was a Partner at Knight Frank where he was instrumental in building a market leading healthcare consultancy team.  

Benjamin Davis, CEO at Octopus Real Estate, said:

“Chris’s significant experience in the healthcare market speaks for itself, and we are delighted that he is joining us. Chris will add further strength to our market-leading care homes team as we continue to grow the portfolio and strive to enhance our offering to both investors and operators in a market that remains undersupplied.”

Commenting on his appointment, Chris Wishart said:

“I’m excited to be joining Octopus Real Estate, which has been leading the care home investment market for over a decade. Beyond building a high-quality portfolio of care homes, Octopus’s reputation as a responsible landlord, committed to ensuring its homes are operated to the highest standards, is something that really stands out for me. I look forward to finding new investment opportunities for the team and contributing to filling the gap that currently exists for those requiring care.”


For journalists in their professional capacity only. Personal opinions may change and should not be seen as advice or a recommendation. Octopus Real Estate is the trading name of Octopus Property Lending Ltd (Reg No 7531926), Bridgeco Ltd (Reg No 6629989), Fern Trading Ltd (Reg No 6447318), Nino Ltd (Reg No 9015082), Octopus Healthcare Adviser Ltd (Reg 09082100), Octopus Healthcare Development Ltd (Reg No 03788979) and Octopus Co-Lend Limited (Reg No 8913299), all registered in England & Wales at: 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT, and Octopus Real Estate S.ar.l. (Reg No B189290) registered in Luxembourg at: Parc d’Activité Syrdall, 6 rue Gabriel Lippmann, L-5365 Munsbach, Luxembourg. Octopus Co-Lend Ltd, Octopus Healthcare Adviser Ltd and Octopus Property Lending Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Issued by Octopus Real Estate. Issued April 2020.