Specialist lender Octane Capital, which officially launched in early May, has appointed Matthew Bird as director of commercial real estate finance.
Bird joins from Legal & General Investment Management and has 20 years’ experience within commercial property.
Prior to LGIM Real Assets, Bird spent 10 years at UK real estate fund manager, Frogmore. He began his career at Gooch Webster and Colliers.
Bird has worked with the Octane team in the past, having been involved as an external consultant in the launch of Dragonfly Property Finance’s commercial property division. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, board member of the Investment Property Forum and founding member of the IPF Proptech board.
Octane Capital managing director Mark Posniak says: “Matt brings a huge amount of experience, sectoral knowledge and technical know-how to our rapidly growing team. For the large and highly complex commercial loans we are targeting, his skillset is second to none. Residential clearly remains a massive market for us but commercial has vast potential, too, and we plan to make our mark. With Matt on board, we certainly have all bases covered.”