• Innovative investment solutions
  • for long term investors


Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited (Darwin Alternatives) was established in 2016 by the same team behind the award winning Darwin Property Investment Management Limited (Darwin Property).


As with Darwin Property, Darwin Alternatives offers innovative, alpha-driven investment solutions.  Darwin Alternatives aims to provide long-term investors with stable absolute returns which can provide predictable levels of income at low levels of risk.


At Darwin Alternatives, we believe that diversification is key to ensuring that an investment portfolio truly generates the best possible returns.  We therefore offer investment products that are completely uncorrelated with traditional asset classes such as equities, bonds and property.


We understand that investors need regular streams of income that they can rely on, but recognise that traditional sources such as cash and bonds do not always provide the best solution.  Our investment products help to ensure that investors can meet their payment liabilities.



Darwin Alternatives offers investment solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of long-term institutional investors. Clients include a number of UK Local Authority pension schemes.


The team, through Darwin Property, has won a number of prestigious industry awards, including:

  •  UK Pension Awards:

Alternative Investment Manager of the Year -  2016, 2014

  •  LAPF Investments Awards:

Alternatives Manager of the Year - 2016, 2015

  •  European Pension Awards:

Alternatives Investment Manager of the Year - 2015



The Darwin Leisure Development Fund follows in the success of the Darwin Leisure Property Fund (DLPF) and is managed by the same team.

The Fund offers institutional investors access to the lucrative UK holiday park market.  Capital growth is the main driver of return and unlike the DLPF, the Darwin Leisure Development Fund will include modest gearing to help finance acquisitions and redevelopment and the Fund will focus on parks with potential for redevelopment.

The Darwin Leisure Development Fund combines a secure return, which is well in excess of inflation, with business strategies that create sustainable shareholder value, in particular through capital growth.

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  • ANTHONY ESSE - Chief Executive

    ANTHONY ESSE - Chief Executive

    Anthony established the Darwin Property Leisure Fund with James Penney in 2007.  He is CEO of Darwin Property Investment Management Limited and Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited, and sits on the boards of the Investment Manager of both the Darwin Leisure Property Fund and Darwin Leisure Development Fund.


    Anthony has worked in the investment management profession for over twenty five years and held directorships with Hermes, Newton (Bank of New York Mellon Group) and GT Management plc.  At Hermes, he was involved in the acquisition of MEPC plc, the joint venture between Hermes and GE Capital, which at the time was the UK's largest ever private-equity backed management buy-out.  He was also instrumental in bringing the Hermes Property Unit Trust (formerly Hill Samuel Property Unit Trust) to Hermes.


    In 2003 Anthony set up The Darwin Group, a strategic consulting boutique which provided investors with strategic research into how major quoted companies competed and created shareholder value, and helped smaller quoted companies raise long-term capital directly from internally managed pension funds.


  • JAMES PENNEY - Chairman

    JAMES PENNEY - Chairman

    James is Chairman of Darwin Property Investment Management Limited and Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited, and sits on the boards of the Investment Manager of both the Darwin Leisure Property Fund and Darwin Leisure Development Fund.


    James was previously the owner and Managing Director of Darwin Consulting, a strategy consulting firm he co-founded in 1997. This firm provided strategic advice to directors and investors in a range of industries, including financial services, private equity and media.  In 2003 James co-founded the Darwin Group with Anthony Esse.


    Prior to founding Darwin Consulting, James had an academic career, which included undergraduate and postgraduate research at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by six years as Principal Lecturer at Westminster College, Oxford. After Oxford, James was a Sloan Fellow at London Business School from which he has an MSc in Management Studies.


  • JAMES WELCH - Investment Analyst

    JAMES WELCH - Investment Analyst

    James joined Darwin Property Investment Management in August 2017 as an Investment Analyst.  James will be assisting with the preparation of the fund valuation models, providing support to the finance department in North Wales and assisting with compliance and regulatory matters.


    James started his professional career at Smith & Williamson LLP and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. At Smith & Williamson James was part of the Financial Services and Markets Group, responsible for providing audit and regulatory advice to small and medium size financial services businesses.


    James has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Newcastle University.

  • ROGER VAIL - Property Adviser

    ROGER VAIL - Property Adviser

    Roger was appointed as Property Adviser of Darwin Property Investment Management in October 2012 and Darwin Alternative Investment Management in 2016.  Roger is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience in the leisure property sector, most recently  a National Director at Jones Lang LaSalle and prior to that a Partner at King Sturge.  Roger has advised Landowners, Developers, Public Bodies and Banks on the value, sale, acquisition and development potential of various leisure properties throughout the UK and Europe.



  • MIKE KEW - Sales Director

    MIKE KEW - Sales Director

    Mike joined Darwin in 2013 as Director of Sales and is responsible for driving relationships with the Fund's client base.


    Mike was previously a Director of Ashcourt Rowan Asset Management, sitting on a number of investment committees whilst supporting the sales team in the provision of investment management solutions to the professional intermediary market. He had previously worked at Williams de Broë for 13 years as an Investment Director where apart from managing a range of private client, personal pension and trust mandates; he managed the top decile performing OEIC Assetmaster Multi Strategy Fund*.  Mike’s career has spanned over 35 years and has also included roles at Allied Provincial Securities and BWD Rensburg.


    *As at 30 September 2013.  Data: Lipper, hindsight May 2004 to September 2009


  • SARAH PARKS - Head of Marketing

    SARAH PARKS - Head of Marketing

    Sarah Parks joined Darwin in 2012 as Head of Marketing, with particular responsibility for the marketing of the Darwin Leisure Property Fund and the Darwin Leisure Development Fund.


    Sarah joined Darwin from Hermes Fund Managers where she was Marketing and Events Manager.  Sarah spent 11 years in the Marketing team at Hermes, building considerable experience within PR, Events and marketing communications.


    After graduating from the University of Surrey, Sarah began her career at People in Business, the internal communications and Employer Brand specialist.




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Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited:

Registered in England & Wales No. 08100415.

Registered office – Empire House, 175 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EN.

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