Board of Directors
Chairman and Non-executive Director
Aged 57. A chartered accountant, with a background in investment banking, Alison was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in September 2004 and appointed Chairman in November 2008. She was Chairman of M F Global (a NYSE Listed company) until March 2010 and will retire from their Board in August 2010. She will join the Board of Barclays PLC as a Non-executive Director in August 2010. A Non-executive Director of Man Group plc and an independent Director of PACCAR Inc., a Fortune 500 Company Listed on NASDAQ.
Aged 46. A chartered surveyor, Robert was appointed to the Board in January 2010 as Managing Director, London Portfolio. Previously Property Director at Great Portland Estates plc between August 2002 and September 2009. Prior to that Robert was a Director at property services group Nelson Bakewell. Also Chairman of the Westminster Property Association, a Director of The New West End Company, the central London Business Improvement District and a Trustee of Landaid.
Aged 45. Appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in April 2008. A chartered accountant who trained with Arthur Andersen, Kevin has been the Group Finance Director of Kingfisher plc since 2008. Previously Group Finance Director of DSG International PLC, Chief Financial Officer for Hemscott Publishing Group and European Finance Director for The Quaker Oats Company.
Aged 63. Appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in June 2004. Previously Group Chief Executive of Associated British Ports Holdings PLC and Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Stena Line AB. Chairman of Mouchel Group plc and a Non-executive Director of G4S plc, Thomas Cook Group PLC and Rorvik Timber plc (Sweden). Since 2007, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK.
Aged 52. Joined the Group in October 2000. A chartered surveyor, Francis was previously an Investment Director at Standard Life Investments where he was responsible for the management of a number of property funds. He was appointed to the Board in April 2001. Appointed Chief Operating Officer in January 2003 and Group Chief Executive in July 2004. Appointed a Non-executive Director of Next plc with effect from 1 June 2010. Also past President of the British Property Federation.
Aged 48. Joined the Board in May 2005, following his appointment as Managing Director, Retail Portfolio in July 2004. A chartered surveyor, Richard joined the Group in 1995 and previously held the positions of Head of Retail Portfolio Management and also worked in the retail development team. Richard is also Senior Vice President of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), the main industry body for retail property owners.
Aged 59. Joined the Board as a Non-executive Director in April 2002 and appointed Senior Independent Director in November 2003. As Group Director (Investments) of Legal and General Group PLC until December 2001, David was responsible for their investment fund management and also served as Chairman of the Association of British Insurers’ Investment Committee. A Non-executive Director of Xstrata Group PLC and London Metal Exchange.
Aged 61. Appointed to the Board in August 2009, Chris is Chairman of Orchard Street Investment Management LLP. A chartered surveyor, he is also a Non-executive Director of The Crown Estate and a Wilkins Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. Past appointments include serving as Managing Director of Haslemere NV, President of the British Property Federation, Chairman of the Bank of England Property Forum and Non-executive Director of George Wimpey plc.
Aged 45. Joined the Board as Group Finance Director in September 2005. A chartered accountant, having trained with Coopers & Lybrand, Martin was previously Group Finance Director of Alvis PLC. He also has experience in corporate finance, having served as a member of the executive committee of Nordea’s investment banking division and Managing Director of its UK business. Also a Director of International Justice Mission UK.
Sir Christopher Bland
Aged 72. Appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in April 2008. Served as Chairman of Land Securities Trillium Limited until its sale in January 2009. His extensive business experience includes serving as Chairman of BT Group plc and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC. He is Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Canongate Books and Leiths School of Food and Wine.
Sir Stuart Rose
Aged 61. Joined the Board as a Non-executive Director in May 2003. Chairman of Marks & Spencer Group plc. Chairman of Business in the Community since 2008. Stuart’s extensive retail experience includes the positions of Chief Executive of Arcadia Group until December 2002 and Chief Executive of Booker PLC from 1998 until 2000.