Kajima appoints new board of Directors

Investor, developer and asset manager Kajima has announced a series of senior promotions at its London head office.

Anuja Karia succeeds Nigel Chism as Kajima's Finance Director | PBSA News
Anuja Karia succeeds Nigel Chism as Kajima's Finance Director.

The promotions reflect Kajima’s ambitious growth plans and strategic expansion of its portfolio with £10bn assets under management.

Among the appointments, Anuja Karia was promoted to Finance Director at Kajima Properties (Europe) Ltd and Kajima Student Housing Ltd, succeeding Nigel Chism.

She previously held the title of Senior Financial Controller, focusing on commercial property.

Christine Philips is promoted to the board of Kajima Partnerships Ltd, as Deputy Finance Director. She has worked at the company for over three years and previously worked at John Laing.

Christine Philips, Deputy Finance Director, Kajima | PBSA News
Christine Philips, Deputy Finance Director, Kajima.

Tim James is also appointed Investment Director to the European board.

He joined the company in 2021 from Longmead Capital, bringing over 15 years of experience in commercial property to grow Kajima’s London base.

Tim James, Investment Director, Kajima | PBSA News
Tim James, Investment Director, Kajima.

“As we continue to strategically expand our real estate businesses in the UK and Europe, we are excited to welcome Anuja and Tim to the board of our European Properties business alongside Christine to the board of our Partnerships business. These new appointments to our board positively reflect the diversity of backgrounds, demographics and skills across business, especially throughout the last several years of expansion.”

John Harcourt, Managing Director (MD), Kajima Properties (Europe)

Earlier in the year, the business welcomed Philip McLaughlin as the new Project Director, also within the London team.

Kajima Europe’s expansion of their European portfolio consists of a range of real estate developments across Poland, Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

They are Poland’s most prominent student housing developer, owner and operator who have developed over 1.4 million sqm of European logistics assets to date. In Q4 2022, Kajima and Griffin Capital also completed Student Depot Kraków, its PBSA scheme in Poland.

In the UK, the Partnerships business manages 55 operational facilities valuing at £1bn across multiple sectors including education, health/care, extra care and workspace.