About Us

Who We Are and What We Do
About Hearthstone Investments

Our Mission

We aim to make residential property investment accessible to all. Private investors up to large institutions can invest into our fund which is directly linked to the residential property market.

Our Philosophy

Our investment philosophy is to capture UK house price growth whilst generating rental income, over the medium to long-term, by identifying homes within sought after areas.

Who We Are

Hearthstone Investments PLC was founded in 2009 as the UK’s first specialist residential property fund manager. The property portfolio is managed by a highly experienced investment team.

Meet the team

Alan Collett, FRICS

Chairman and Fund Manager
Alan is Chairman of Hearthstone Investments plc, and Fund Manager of the TM home investor fund. As a Past President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he brings a lifetime of residential investment to Hearthstone. An experienced Chartered Surveyor and former Senior Partner of Allsop & Co, he has worked in all aspects of the acquisition, development, management and sale of residential and mixed use property. Furthermore, Alan is a member of the NHBC Council, and Chairman of the Hyde Housing Group which owns and manages 50,000 properties.

Cedric Bucher, CFA

Chief Executive Officer
Cedric Bucher is the Chief Executive Officer of Hearthstone Investments plc. He was with Architas from 2011-2017, and previously held senior strategic and commercial positions with Barclays Wealth, SEI and Cardano. Cedric has a proven track record in the UK investment management industry, with responsibilities including Strategy, Business Development, P&L, Sales, Marketing and Product Development. Born and educated in Switzerland, Cedric spent the first part of his career with McKinsey&Co. in Zurich and London. He holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School and is a CFA Charterholder.

Andrew Smith, FRICS

Chief Investment Officer
Andrew Smith is the Chief Investment Officer at Hearthstone Investments. His 30 year property investment career has included international fund management and strategy roles at Aberdeen Asset Management, where he ultimately served as Global Head of Property, and previously at Henderson Global Investors. He is a past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, and has served on a variety of industry steering groups for organisations such as INREV, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Bank of England Property Forum.

Darren Stent, DipPFS

Head of Business Development
Darren joined Hearthstone at the beginning of 2012 and has over 30 years' Financial Services experience. During his career he has worked for some of the UK's largest Investment Management and Life and Pensions providers in investor- and intermediary-facing roles. Based in East Anglia, Darren heads-up Hearthstone's Business Development Team and looks after intermediaries across London, East Anglia and the Midlands.

Iman Askari

Business Development Manager (Wholesale)
Iman joined Hearthstone in October 2018, covering the wholesale channel nationally with a focus on London-based discretionary accounts. He has over 10 years’ experience in financial services having previously held similar roles at a number of firms including Seven Investment Management, Liontrust Investment Partners and Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

Richard Smith

Business Development Manager - South East
Richard was most recently Head of IFA Sales at The Share Centre, and has worked for a number of well-respected financial services firms during his career including 8 years at Schroder Investment Management as Regional Sales Manager.

David Hall

Business Development Manager - South West
David joined Hearthstone in May 2018, having previously worked with the adviser platform, Ascentric. David has previously worked in business development roles at a number of financial services firms, including Vitality Life & Health, Zurich Intermediary Group, Skandia and Close Fund Management.

Marie Cooper, MRICS

Residential Asset Manager
Marie, a Chartered Surveyor, is responsible for the day to day asset management of Hearthstone’s residential property portfolios. Marie was previously residential Asset Manager at Mill Group (2014-16) overseeing a £50million portfolio of Build to Rent units across the South of England. Client Services Manager at Allsop Residential Investment Management (2010-14) maximizing returns on both PRS and Ground Rent assets over £250million for a range of investors including Terrace Hill, Aviva, Legal & General, Shell, Dorrington & Grainger.