Waypoint Asset Management has expanded its team with the appointment of Hayley Bondi, MRICS, as an asset manager.
With several years’ experience of investment valuation, Hayley has been joined at Waypoint by Steven Kidd, who was recently appointed by the firm as an asset management director, to focus on its shopping centre and retail property portfolio.
Having previously worked for Knight Frank as a senior surveyor, Hayley was appointed by Waypoint during lockdown while staying with her family in Zimbabwe. The Covid-19 restrictions enforced by the UK on travel from ‘Red List’ countries has meant that Hayley has been working remotely since her appointment.
“Hayley has taken remote working to a new level!” said Mike Riley of Waypoint Asset Management. “With a diverse portfolio of assets around the country, even before the pandemic we were used to having our team working remotely. However, having Hayley stranded over 5,000 miles away has taught us a great deal about the need for robust technology and the ways in which we mentor and support our staff. Flexibility and an ability to respond to unexpected challenges like power-cuts and internet outages have been key,” he added.
Hayley Bondi said: “Joining Waypoint provided a great opportunity, and while I knew that moving to the client side from an advisory role would be very different, the situation caused by the pandemic has made it even more challenging.”
Steven Kidd of Waypoint Asset Management added: “Hayley’s experience and enthusiasm will be of great value to the business, our partners and clients. Her ability to get the job done under the difficult circumstances she has found herself in since her appointment has demonstrated great tenacity and determination.”
Hayley studied Property Investment and Management at the University of the West of England and previously worked for Knight Frank and BNP Paribas Real Estate in London.