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The Company

Kinrise is an award-winning investment company (est. 2015) which is focussed on creating spaces that inspire and enable. The company is building a portfolio of iconic buildings and ventures designed to contribute to the inclusive rise of UK cities, through creative work space, technology and social and environmental initiatives. 


Why the name Kinrise? In short it translates as community rising. The team are united by a shared belief that building equitable business agreements, developing strong local community relationships, serving people and being mindful of the environment is not at odds with creating a long-term, profitable business. 



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Samuel Lawson Johnston

Samuel is focused on investment strategy, management and creative direction at Kinrise. He is also a trustee of charity:water and Hackney.Church, and co-founded eyewear brand Finlay London. Samuel has worked in UK commercial real estate for 14 years, with former roles as equity partner at Cording Real Estate Group, and Investment Director of FORE Partnership.

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George Haddo

George is focused on investment strategy and asset management at Kinrise. He is also President of Field Lane charity, which has been helping vulnerable people since 1841. George is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and has worked in UK commercial real estate for 14 years. He started his career at Knight Frank Investment Management and then became an Investment Director of FORE Partnership.

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Isabelle Hayden

Isabelle graduated from the University of the Arts in London with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Business, focusing her dissertation on social responsibility within the fashion industry, transparency in supply chains and millennials’ attitudes towards these issues. She joined Kinrise in 2015 and manages operations and marketing strategies such as social media channels for underlying projects and events organisation.

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Christian Millard

Christian is focused on asset management of the property portfolio at Kinrise. Christian is passionate about conservation of buildings and as well as promoting this interest at Kinrise has renovated his period family home in the Cotswolds. Christian is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and has worked in UK commercial real estate for 15 years. He started his career at Lambert Smith Hampton, followed by Knight Frank and then Danmerc (part of Cording Real Estate Group).


Harry Lawson Johnston

Harry was a Founding Partner of LJ Partnership helping drive the firm to $15bn of assets across 8 offices globally and was previously a Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners in Geneva and London. Today he is focussed on investment strategy at Kinrise. He is on the Advisory Board of FODIS, a US based firm delivering a comprehensive suite of direct investment services for family offices, family business holding companies and business owning families. He is a Trustee of the Church Revitalisation Trust.

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Nat Wei

Nat Wei, Lord Wei of Shoreditch, entered the House of Lords in 2010 and is the most senior Chinese origin politician in Europe. He formerly worked at McKinsey & Co, was a member of the founding team of Teach First, and later became an advisor to Absolute Return for Kids (Ark). He has expertise in technology, connected cities and social reform. Nat serves on the advisory board of Kinrise.

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Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle served as CFO and Head of the Family Office at The Grosvenor Estate until 2018. Prior to that Peter worked at KPMG, including 16 years as a partner in the London office and latterly as Head of Financial Services. Peter is a Governor at Eltham College, a Trustee at Wycliffe Hall Oxford and chairs the Black Stork Charity, formed to build the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. He serves as a member of the Audit Committee at the University of Cambridge. Peter serves on the advisory board of Kinrise.

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Stephen Smith

Steve manages legal and compliance risks for Kinrise. He is the founder of Artos Ltd, a family office supporting select clients on wealth structuring and management. Steve spent 20 years in legal private practice and in-house roles. He worked in the London offices of Olswang LLP for 10 years, leaving as Legal Director.


Kinrise is the trading name for Kinrise Real Estate Ltd. Kinrise Real Estate Ltd is the appointed representative of Host Capital Limited, 73 New Bond Street, London W1S 1RS, Registered in England (No. 3692681) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No. 429093). .