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The Board is responsible for leading and controlling the Company and has overall authority for the management and conduct of the Company’s business, strategy and development.

The Board is also responsible for ensuring the maintenance of a sound system of internal control and risk management (including financial, operational and compliance controls) and for reviewing the overall effectiveness of systems in place as well as for the approval of any changes to the capital, corporate and/or management structure of the Company.

Sir R Jewson

Sir Richards Jewson KCVO, JP

Independent Chairman
Appointed: 18 November 2013

Board committee memberships:

  • Significant leadership experience as an Executive Director, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of a number of public companies
  • Long-standing commercial experience through both executive and non-executive roles in the construction, infrastructure and real estate sectors
  • Skilled in guiding companies through string growth phases as well as managing the impact of business cycles

External appointments:

  • Chairman of the Raven Property Group Limited
  • Board member since June 2007
  • Senior Independent Director of Temple Bar Investment Trust plc. Board member since May 2001

Other:

  • Chair of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee
Aubrey Adams 2552

Aubrey Adams OBE, FCA, FRICS

Senior Independent Director
Appointed: 11 September 2017

Board committee memberships:

  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Almost 40 years’ experience at Board level in the real estate industry, including part of his executive career as Chief Executive of Savills plc
  • Extensive experience as a Chairman and Non-Executive Director, including as Senior Independent Director of Associated British ports plc and Chairman of Max Property Group plc
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Significant previous external experience:

  • Chief Executive of Savills plc from 1991-2008
  • Senior Independent Director of Associated British Ports plc
  • Chairman of Air Partner plc and Max Property Group plc
  • Non-Executive Director of The British Land Company plc from 2008-2017

Principal external appointments:

  • Group Chair of L&Q Housing Trust, a leading housing association since September 2015
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wigmore Hall since May 2011
Susanne Given 2995

Susanne Given

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 13 September 2016

Board committee memberships:

  • Chair of the Management Engagement Committee
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Over 20 years’ experience in managing and running large retail companies
  • High profile involvement in investor presentations as well as previous membership of remuneration and risk and audit committees
  • Creation of five-year strategy plans and overseeing their implementation
  • Significant experience in the management of logistics and property assets

Significant previous external experience:

  • Chair of Outfittery GmbH
  • Chief Operating Officer of SuperGroup plc for three years from 2012
  • Group Director of Fashion & Beauty for John Lewis & Partners from January 2011 to April 2012
  • Managing Director of TK Maxx UK & Ireland for three years from December 2007
  • General Merchandise Director of Harrods Limited for four years from December 2001
  • Chair of VC-backed Push Doctor Limited, Europe’s largest online surgery for three years from April 2016
  • Non-Executive Director of Deloitte NSE since January 2019
  • Non-Executive Director of Eurostar International Limited since December 2016

Principal external appointments:

  • Chair of Made.com since April 2016
  • Non-Executive Director of Al Tayer Insignia and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at the Middle Eastern luxury group, a division of Al Tayer Group, since January 2016
  • Non-Executive Director of Morrisons Supermarkets plc since August 2020
  • Non-Executive Director of Trent Limited, a company incorporated in India and listed on the National Stock Exchange of India and BSE since November 2020
Richard Laing 2457

Richard Laing FCA

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 16 May 2018

Board committee memberships:

  • Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • In depth knowledge of financial matters through his previous role as Finance Director and Chief Executive of CDC Group plc for 11 years; as Finance Director of De La Rue plc; as financial analyst and manager at Bookers; and from five years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Significant previous external experience:

  • Chief Executive of CDC Group plc from 2004-2011, having joined the organisation in 2000 as Finance Director
  • Group Finance Director of De La Rue plc, where he held a number of positions over 15 years, in the UK and internationally
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Plan International UK, the international children’s charity
  • Non Executive Director of Development Works Limited, a trading subsidiary of Plan International UK
  • Non Executive Director of Murray Income Trust plc

Principal external appointments:

  • Chairman of Perpetual Income and Growth Investment Trust plc since July 2017
  • Chairman of 3i Infrastructure plc since January 2016
  • Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee of JP Morgan Emerging Markets Investment Trust plc since January 2015
  • Chairman of Miro Forestry Limited since May 2014 having joined the board in May 2012
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Leeds Castle since September 2012, currently chairing the Audit & Risk and Investment committees
Alastair Hughes 2580

Alastair Hughes FRICS

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 1 February 2019

Board committee memberships:

  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • 30 years’ experience in the UK and international real estate markets both at an operational and strategic level
  • Former director and Global Executive board member of Jones LaSalle Inc. (“JLL”), previously serving as Managing Director of JLL in the UK, before becoming CEO for Europe and Africa and then most recently regional CEO for Asia Pacific
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Significant previous external experience:

  • Executive board member and Chief Executive for Asia Pacific at Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. for eight years; previously Chief Executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa and formerly UK Managing Director of JLL

Principal external appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of QuadReal since November 2019
  • Non-Executive Director of The British Land Company plc since January 2018
  • Non-Executive Director of Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust Limited since April 2017
Karen Whitworth A5781

Karen Whitworth ACA

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 21 October 2019

Board committee memberships:

  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Over 17 years operating at Board level in a variety of roles in Commercial, Operations and Governance in several private and publicly listed organisations
  • Breadth of experience across all aspects of logistics and supply chain as well as retail and property
  • Good knowledge of technology and the demands of e-commerce channels
  • Track record in delivering change and transformation programmes
  • Financial acumen – qualified as a chartered accountant at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Significant previous external experience:

  • Various roles at J Sainsbury’s PLC, from 2007 to 2018, ultimately becoming a member of the Commercial Board and Director of Non-Food Grocery and New Business for the last three years
  • Managing Director at Whitworth Corporate Holdings Limited from 2005 to 2007
  • Chairman’s Advisor/Finance Director at BGS Holdings Limited (trading as ‘Tunetribe’) from 2005 to 2007
  • Various roles at Intercontinental Hotel Group plc from 2000 to 2005, including Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations
  • Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1997 to 2000

Principal external appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of Whitworth Holdings Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of The Rank Group Plc as at 4 November 2019 and Audit Committee chair with effect from 21 November 2019
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Pets at Home Group plc
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