>>Meet the People Behind Cogress: The Investor Relations Team

Meet the People Behind Cogress: The Investor Relations Team

In this blog series, we’re going behind-the-scenes to introduce you to our fantastic colleagues, the people responsible for Cogress’s fast-growth and continued success. Today, we’re meeting the Investor Relations Team.

What do the Investor Relations Team do?

From your first enquiry with Cogress right the way through to exiting on your investment, you’ll always deal with the same Investor Relations Manager (IRM). These guys are your dedicated contact and are on hand to answer any questions you have about Cogress or your investments. They’ll let you know about new investment opportunities when they launch, keep you up-to-date on the progress of your current investments and make sure you’re invited to all of our exclusive Investor Club events.

Meet the team

The IRMs are led by our Investor Relations Director, Rachel Stark. The team is made up of Liron Hadar, Barney Joyce, Simon Brown, Emma Huberman and April Thomas (pictured above). They come from a variety of backgrounds; we’ve got individuals with expertise in asset management, commercial strategy, residential property, law, and estate agency on the team. Whatever their background, they’re all committed to the same goal: ensuring every Cogress investor receives the very best customer service.

What do you like most about working for Cogress?

Rachel: Every day is different – it keeps me on my toes!

Simon: I most like the product which in turn leads to building relationships with some really interesting people. After my first meeting with Cogress I was amazed to see the variety of schemes that they had delivered to date and was keen to be a part of it. Two years later, I know I made the right decision.

April: The diversity! Each month Cogress launch a new development so I can offer our investors a variety of exciting opportunities across the UK. 

What is the most challenging part of your role?

Liron: Educating investors about Cogress. We are still a relatively new player in a market that is inundated with crowd funding platforms. But Cogress offers something different — in terms of the product, the transparency and the end-to-end proposition – as IRMs, we work very hard to get that message out there.

April: Balancing my time. As an Investor Relations Manager I need to be fully informed on all aspects of the investments. This includes liaising with the Analyst Team and Monitoring Team, as well as our Finance experts ensuring we are constantly updated. Providing this conscientious and very personal service keeps me pretty busy and I am hugely grateful that I have such a professional, enthusiastic and co-operative team around me. For me, communication is the key!

How do you make a difference to investors?

Barnaby: By always being available to discuss opportunities and ongoing projects, and ensuring all our communications are transparent, honest and informative.

Rachel: We provide investors with investment opportunities that they are unlikely to find elsewhere. And we provide them with the information they need to make an informed investment decision – whether that’s by providing very detailed, clear and transparent business plans or by having a dedicated Investor Relations Manager who is always available to them on the end of the phone or face-to-face to answer any questions

What do you think is the most important part of your role?

Liron: I believe in building relationships with my investors and, as a Senior Investor Relations Manager, it is my role to make sure my investors are fully briefed on our investments and have all the information they need to make an informed decision.

Emma: To bring to life the investment presentations and reports we send to investors, and to always be available to answer individual questions and providing a personal service to each investor. I’m always delighted to undertake extra research if an investor is interested in a particular element of a project or comes with a question that we haven’t been asked before.

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