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James Thornton has over 35 years’ experience in UK commercial property. James spent the first 15 years of his career at Jones Lang Wootton (now JLL), 11 of which were in its investment management division, JLW Fund Management. In 1996, James joined Savills, where he was appointed Director of Fund Management, a role he performed for 6 years. James co-founded Mayfair Capital in 2002 and became Chief Executive in April 2014 having previously performed the role of Chief Investment Officer and sits on Mayfair's Investment Risk Committee.
Following the acquisition of Mayfair Capital by Swiss Life in November 2016 , James, in his role as UK country head, sits on the Pan European Management Committee for Real Estate (MCRE) the Investment Risk Committee (ICRE) and the Product and new Business Board (REF PB). James is also Fund Director for Mayfair Capital’s flagship Fund the Property Income Trust for Charities, a bespoke Fund for charity investors. This Fund operates within strong ethical and environmental criteria.
Given Mayfair‘s commitment to the charity sector, James is a Committee Member of the Charity Investors’ Group which is committed to education for charity trustees and their advisers.
James is also Fund Director for MC Residential 2 (MCR2) an opportunistic Fund which provides preferred equity to developers in central London residential.
James is FCA authorised and is a member of the RICS and the Investment Property Forum. He has always had an interest in fund management and financial markets in a wider context than real estate.