Our Co-founderTrish Barrigan, 1972-2020
Our Co-founderTrish Barrigan, 1972-2020

Trish Barrigan co-founded Benson Elliot with Marc Mogull in 2005. She brought to the Firm a career of high achievement, a fierce determination to build Benson Elliot into a market-leading business, a quick wit and an inspirational leadership style. From the moment of her arrival at Benson Elliot, her style set an imprimatur on the ethos of the Firm, embedding in the Benson Elliot DNA a culture of tolerance, openness, camaraderie, competitive spirit and resiliency.

Trish was a leader, a mentor, an outstanding investment professional, at times a mischief-maker, and always a dear friend. She wore her power lightly, keen to empower others, to cultivate the potential of Benson Elliot’s young professional team, and to instil a sense of self-belief in all those who looked to her for leadership and guidance. In that way, she built a team that could thrive even if she was no longer there to lead, and left a powerful legacy via the countless professionals she trained, mentored or inspired.

An exemplar of female leadership in real estate, Trish was perhaps best known outside the Firm as a champion for women in the profession. She was a founder of Women in Real Estate (London), an active leader of Real Estate Balance, and a dedicated and valued member of PoWRE, a tight-knit global group of women C-Suite executives. Trish was also an active supporter of the Urban Land Institute, where she served as a mentor for students and newcomers in the industry, a member of the Office and Mixed-Use Product Council, and as a Global Governing Trustee.

Her talent was obvious to all who worked with her, earning her PERE’s European Industry Figure of the Year award in 2019, recognition on PERE’s list of ‘Most influential women in private real estate investing’ and similar recognition on Bisnow’s list of the ‘most influential women in UK real estate”.

Trish’s innate competitive drive extended well beyond her professional pursuits; indeed, she was a fearless and talented sportswoman. Trish was awarded a soccer scholarship to Boston College, where she captained the Eagles women’s soccer team for three years. She would leave BC ranked as one of the best players in the program’s history. Later, Trish took up middle distance triathlon, securing a place on the Irish national team and representing the country in Ironman 70.3 events.

Beyond her Benson Elliot family, Trish’s own family – husband Ian, son Jack and daughter Grace – were her pride and joy.

Trish earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College. She began her career in the Real Estate Department of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, where she focussed on principal investing and portfolio management for the Whitehall Funds in New York, Paris and London. Prior to co-founding Benson Elliot, Trish spent two years with the Dubai Holding Group as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Real Estate Investments for the Dubai Investment Group, with responsibility for defining and implementing the Group’s global real estate strategy. During her 25-year career in property Trish was associated with some of the industry’s most significant transactions, including the acquisition of New York’s landmark Rockefeller Center.