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Discover more about our Board and Senior Management team, who are responsible for guiding our strategy and operations.

Richard Mully

Richard Mully

Non-Executive Chair
  • Committee memberships: Chair of the Nomination Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: December 2016
  • Date appointed as Chair: February 2019
  • Independent: Yes, on appointment as Chair
  • Relevant skills and experience: Richard is currently Senior Advisor to TPG Real Estate. He has extensive property, banking and private equity experience. This, combined with his Senior Independent and Non-Executive Director experience, enables him to provide constructive leadership, challenge and support to the Board and wider business for the benefit of all stakeholders. Richard was formerly Chairman of Arlington Business Parks Partnership Ltd and Campus Living (a TPG company), Vice Chairman and member of the Supervisory Board of Alstria Office REIT-AG, founder and Managing Partner of Soros Real Estate Partners LLC, a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Standard Life Aberdeen plc and Senior Independent Director at ISG, Hansteen Holdings and St Modwen Properties.
  • Current external commitments: Senior Advisor to TPG Real Estate.
Toby Courtauld

Toby Courtauld

Chief Executive
  • Committee memberships: Chair of the Executive Committee and Sustainability Committee
  • Joint venture Directorships: Director of the GHS Limited Partnership
  • Date appointed to the Board: April 2002
  • Independent: No
  • Relevant skills and experience: Toby joined the Group in April 2002 as Chief Executive and has nearly three decades of extensive experience in real estate. He was previously with the property company MEPC for 11 years where he gained broad experience ranging from portfolio management through to corporate transactions and general management as a member of the Group Executive Committee. He is past President of the British Property Federation. Toby’s significant knowledge of the Company and the sector enables him to provide broad leadership of the business internally and externally, through the successful design and implementation of the Company’s strategy, values and business plans and their exemplary communication to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Current external commitments: Director of The New West End Company, Non-Executive Director of Liv-ex Limited, Member of the Council of Imperial College and Chair of their Property Committee.
Nick Sanderson

Nick Sanderson

Chief Financial & Operating Officer
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Executive Committee, Sustainability Committee, Inclusion Committee, Chair of the Health & Safety Committee and Social Impact Committee
  • Joint venture Directorships: Director of the GHS Limited Partnership, the Great Ropemaker Partnership and the Great Victoria Partnership
  • Date appointed to the Board: July 2011
  • Independent: No
  • Relevant skills and experience: Nick joined the Group in July 2011 as Finance Director, was subsequently promoted to Finance & Operations Director and is now Chief Financial & Operating Officer. He was formerly Partner, Head of Real Estate Corporate Finance Advisory at Deloitte, following ten years of real estate investment banking experience in Europe and Asia with Nomura, Lehman Brothers and UBS Investment Bank. Nick’s wide range of property-related financial experience combined with strategic and corporate finance skills enables him to provide valuable support in developing, implementing and articulating the Company’s strategy, and taking leadership over the delivery of a wide range of financial, new business and operational matters.
  • Current external commitments: Member of the Reporting and Accounting Committee of EPRA and Trustee of the Outward Bound Trust.
Dan Nicholson

Dan Nicholson

Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Executive Committee and Sustainability Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: September 2021
  • Independent: No
  • Relevant skills and experience: Dan joined the Group in September 2021 as an Executive Director with responsibility for Portfolio Management and Development Management. He has extensive knowledge of the real estate industry, most recently spending over ten years with Tishman Speyer, for the majority of which he ran their UK business. Dan started his career as a surveyor at Lambert Smith Hampton before gaining broad property investment, development and asset management experience in a number of organisations, including at City & West End Property Group, Quintain Estates & Development and real estate private equity firm, Three Delta LLP. Dan’s significant sector and business expertise enables him to provide valuable support in developing and implementing the Company’s strategy with responsibility for Portfolio Management and Development Management matters.
  • Current external commitments: Non-Executive Director of Bioregional Homes Limited.
Charles Philipps

Charles Philipps

Senior Independent Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: April 2014
  • Independent: Yes
  • Relevant skills and experience: Charles is currently Chairman of the Outward Bound Trust. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of MS Amlin plc and a director of NatWest Markets. Charles’ significant financial, commercial and general management experience gained within the banking and insurance industries provide him with a good understanding of others’ views, significantly contributing to his ability to offer wise counsel in his role of Senior Independent Director.
  • Current external commitments: Chairman of the Outward Bound Trust.
Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Non-Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: September 2021
  • Independent: Yes
  • Relevant skills and experience: Mark is currently Property and International Managing Director of Whitbread Plc and leads its international businesses and M&A activities. Mark previously spent 16 years at J Sainsbury PLC in a variety of senior positions, finally managing all aspects of its property estate. Mark’s significant property, operational and customer service knowledge and expertise, gained over many years, enable him to provide valuable strategic insight and challenge to Board and Committee discussions.
  • Current external commitments: Property and International Managing Director of Whitbread Plc and Trustee of Tourism For All UK.
Nick Hampton

Nick Hampton

Non-Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: October 2016
  • Independent: Yes
  • Relevant skills and experience: Nick is currently Chief Executive Officer (previously Chief Financial Officer) of Tate & Lyle PLC, and prior to this spent 20 years with PepsiCo in a number of financial, commercial and operational roles. Nick’s strong financial background and various operational and commercial roles, in particular his knowledge of risk assessment and management systems, provides a strong basis for his effective performance as the Audit Committee Chair. He also brings a strong customer-centric approach to the Board.
  • Current external commitments: Chief Executive Officer of Tate & Lyle PLC.
Vicky Jarman

Vicky Jarman

Non-Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Chair of the Audit Committee and Member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: February 2020
  • Independent: Yes
  • Relevant skills and experience: Vicky is currently a Non-Executive Director of Entain plc and Melrose Industries plc. She is a chartered accountant who qualified at KPMG before spending over ten years with Lazard Ltd working in the Investment Banking team and then as Chief Operating Officer for the London and Middle East operations until 2009. Vicky has previously been a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees of Equiniti Group plc, Hays plc and De La Rue plc, a Non-Executive Director of Signature Aviation plc and Senior Independent Director at Equiniti Group plc. Vicky’s significant financial, commercial and non-executive
    experience enable her to contribute to the strategy of the business and its long-term sustainable success.
  • Current external commitments: Non-Executive Director of Entain plc and Melrose Industries plc.
Champa Magesh

Champa Magesh

Non-Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.
  • Date appointed to the Board: 1 August 2022
  • Independent: Yes
  • Relevant skills and experience: Champa is currently a member of the executive team at Trainline plc and President of Trainline Partner Solutions where she is responsible for Trainline's business travel and white label businesses. Champa has over 20 years’ international business experience gained in multiple industries and diverse functional areas, underpinned by a strong technology focus, and a background in leading successful customer-facing and digital transformation initiatives. Before joining Trainline, Champa held senior positions at Amadeus IT Group between 2015 and 2020 and previously held leadership roles at American Express, Royal Bank of Scotland and Cisco Systems.  Champa’s significant digital transformation, technology, operational and broad commercial experience enable her to provide valuable insight as GPE evolves its strategy, products and Customer first approach.
  • Current external commitments:  Trainline plc executive team and President of Trainline Partner Solutions.

 

Alison Rose

Alison Rose

Non-Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: April 2018
  • Independent: Yes
  • Relevant skills and experience: Alison is currently Chief Executive Officer of NatWest Group plc and was previously Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NatWest Holdings and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Bank of Scotland Commercial and Private Banking. She has also held a number of other banking and finance roles within Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest Markets. Alison’s significant experience of real estate financing, capital markets and customer relations through her different roles at Royal Bank of Scotland enables her to provide an informed view and helpful challenge to Board and Committee discussions.
  • Current external commitments: Chief Executive Officer of NatWest Group plc, Trustee of BITC and Chair of the Scottish BITC Advisory Board, Member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum, Member of the Board of the Institute of International Finance and Trustee of the Coutts Charitable Foundation.
Emma Woods

Emma Woods

Non-Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee
  • Date appointed to the Board: February 2022
  • Independent: Yes
  • Relevant skills and experience: Emma is currently a Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of The Gym Group plc, Non-Executive Director of Huel Limited (a nutritional food company), Chair of Tortilla Mexican Grill plc and an Advisory Board Member of the Wagamama Brand Board. Emma was formerly Chief Executive Officer at Wagamama between 2018 and 2021 and held senior marketing roles at Merlin Entertainments, Pizza Express and Unilever. Emma’s extensive operational, customer service, digital and marketing skills, combined with her non-executive experience, allow her to
    provide valuable strategic insight and challenge, including to further enhance delivery on our customers’ needs.
  • Current external commitments: Chair of Tortilla Mexican Grill plc, Non-Executive Director of The Gym Group plc and Huel Limited and an Advisory Board Member of the Wagamama Brand Board.

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