MEDIA RELEASE: Dr Ian Woods to join Qualitas ESG Advisory Group

21 June 2023

Qualitas Limited (ASX: QAL) one of the leading alternative real estate investment managers in Australia, has announced the appointment of Dr Ian Woods to the Qualitas ESG Advisory Group.

Dr Woods is a founding member and Deputy Chair of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), which aims to raise awareness of the potential positive and negative effects of climate change and encourage best practice investment analysis. Woods is also a member of Chronos’s Expert Sustainability Network and the Principal and Founder of Ian Woods Advisors.

Andrew Schwartz, Qualitas Group Managing Director and Co-Founder, said Dr Woods’ appointment to the ESG Advisory Group comes as Qualitas releases the Qualitas ESG Advisory Group Charter.  “We are looking forward to working alongside the ESG Advisory Group as they provide strategic advice on policy development, ESG strategy, and the reporting of ESG strategic priorities.

“Qualitas has a longstanding commitment to ESG and we firmly believe it adds value to our investors, employees and the community. We are focused on where we can make a real impact.  For example, in regard to the E in ESG, we want to leverage our leading position and deep expertise in real estate private credit to drive change across the industry by supporting and encouraging borrowers to invest in real assets with a strong sustainability focus.  This not only helps mitigate climate change but also delivers desired investment outcomes and protect the long-term value of real assets.

“Having founded and worked at some of the most significant ESG and responsible investing organisations, Ian will be vital to helping Qualitas ensure we maximise our impact in a sustainable and responsible way from both an investment and corporate operating perspective,” said Schwartz.

Ian Woods said: “I am very pleased to be joining Qualitas’ ESG Advisory Group as it implements the charter and look forward to working with Chair Fiona Reynolds and other members to advise on ESG best practice to support Qualitas execute in the best interests of its shareholders.”

Brian Delaney will provide QAL Board representation within the ESG Advisory Group.

The ESG Advisory Group members are:

  • Fiona Reynolds, Chair
  • Ian Woods, Independent Member
  • Brian Delaney, QAL Board Member

The ESG Advisory Group attendees from QAL are:

  • Andrew Schwartz, Group Managing Director and Co-Founder
  • Mark Fischer, Global Head of Real Estate and Co-Founder
  • Kathleen Yeung, Global Head of Corporate Development
  • Terrie Morgan, Company Secretary

The ESG Advisory Group’s Charter can be accessed here.

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About Qualitas

Qualitas Limited (Qualitas) is an ASX-listed Australian alternative real estate investment manager with approximately A$6.0 billion1 of committed funds under management.

Qualitas matches global capital with access to attractive risk adjusted investments in real estate private credit and real estate private equity through a range of investment solutions for institutional and retail clients. Qualitas offers flexible capital solutions for its partners, and creating long-term value for shareholders, and the communities in which it operates.

For 15 years Qualitas has been investing through market cycles to finance assets with a combined value of over A$19 billion1 across all real estate sectors. Qualitas focuses on real estate private credit, opportunistic real estate private equity, income producing commercial real estate and build-to-rent residential. The broad platform, complementary debt and equity investing skillset, deep industry knowledge, long-term partnerships, and diverse and inclusive team of more than 80 professionals provides a unique offering in the market to accelerate business growth and drive performance for shareholders.



1. Based on FUM as at 31 March 2023 and adjusted for the active component of the new credit mandate announced 8 May 2023. 

2. As of 31 December 2022.


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