Our leadership

 

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

Toby Courtauld

Toby Courtauld

Chief Executive
  • Committee memberships: Chairman of the Executive Committee and Sustainability Committee.
  • Joint Venture directorships: Director of the GHS Limited Partnership.
  • Appointed to the Board: April 2002
  • Independent: No
  • Skills and experience: Toby has nearly three decades of extensive experience in real estate. He joined the Group in April 2002 as Chief Executive and 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: Member of the British Property Federation Board and Policy Committee, Director of The New West End Company, Non-Executive Director of Liv-Ex Limited, Member of the Council of Imperial College London and Chairman of their Property Committee.
Janine Cole

Janine Cole

Sustainability & Social Impact Director
  • Joined the Group: November 1998 as Health and Safety Administrator. Appointed to Safety, Health & Environmental Manager in 2002, Head of Sustainability in 2011, Director of Sustainability & Community in 2019 and Sustainability & Social Impact Director in 2021.
  • Responsibilities: Responsible for Sustainability and Social impact strategy across the Group, line management responsibility for Health and Safety.
  • A member of the Group’s Executive Committee, a member of the Better Buildings Partnership Board of Directors and EPRA Sustainability Committee.
Carrie Heiss

Carrie Heiss

Human Resources Director
  • Joined the Group: September 2021 as Human Resources Director.
  • Responsibilities: Human resource management and development across the Group.
  • A member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Darren Lennark

Darren Lennark

General Counsel & Company Secretary
  • Joined the Group: September 2019 as Interim Company Secretary.
  • Experience: Formerly a senior corporate lawyer at CMS for over 10 years. Previously Deputy and Interim Group Company Secretary at Tesco plc and Group Company Secretary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc.
  • Responsibilities: Driving the corporate governance agenda across the Group. Company Secretary for all joint venture companies.
Robin Matthews

Robin Matthews

Investment Director
  • Joined the Group: September 2016 as Investment Director.
  • Experience: Former Property Director at Moorfield Group. Previously with London& Capital Group and Colliers International.
  • Responsibilities: Oversees the Group’s new investment activities.
  • A member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Steven Mew

Steven Mew

Portfolio Director
  • Joined the Group: October 2016 as Portfolio Director.
  • Experience: Former Director at McKay Securities. Previously with Gooch Webster.
  • Responsibilities: Driving the performance of the Group’s Investment portfolio.
  • A member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Dan Nicholson

Dan Nicholson

Executive Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Executive Committee.
  • Appointed to the Board: September 2021
  • Independent: No
  • Skills and experience: Dan has extensive knowledge of the real estate industry, most recently spending over 10 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.
Nick Sanderson

Nick Sanderson

Chief Financial & Operating Officer
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Executive Committee and Sustainability Committee; Chairman of the Health & Safety Committee and Community & Charities Committee.
  • Joint Venture directorships: Director of the GHS Limited Partnership, the Great Ropemaker Partnership and the Great Victoria Partnership.
  • Appointed to the Board: July 2011
  • Independent: No
  • 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; Trustee of the Outward Bound Trust.
Andrew White

Andrew White

Development Director
  • Joined the Group: March 2013 as Head of Development. Appointed to the Executive Committee in July 2015 as Development Director.
  • Experience: Former Divisional Director at Kier Property. Previously with BAA Lynton and Development Securities.
  • Responsibilities: Oversees total return of the development portfolio including the successful delivery of all development projects across the Group.
  • A member of the Group’s Executive Committee and member of the GHS Limited Partnership Operational Committee. A Director of the Great Victoria Partnership.
Marc Wilder

Marc Wilder

Leasing Director
  • Joined the Group: June 2005 as Leasing Manager. Appointed Head of Leasing in 2009. Appointed to the Executive Committee in July 2015 as Leasing Director.
  • Experience: Former Head of Leasing at Benchmark. Previously with Threadneedle Asset Management and Hemingway Properties.
  • Responsibilities: Oversees leasing across the Group’s investment portfolio and development programme.
  • A member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Hugh Morgan*

Hugh Morgan*

Director of Investment Management
  • Joined the Group: September 2007 as Investment Manager. Appointed Director of Investment Management in 2017.
  • Experience: Former Director with Savills and previously with Nelson Bakewell.
  • Responsibilities: Generating and executing strategies for our asset portfolio, including hold/sell decisions.
  • A member of the GHS Limited Partnership Operational Committee. A Director of the Great Wigmore Partnership.

*On the ‘Executive Committee Rotating Seat Programme’, whereby two or three members of the Senior Management Team become Executive Committee members on a six-monthly rotation.

Anisha Patel*

Anisha Patel*

Head of Marketing
  • Joined the Group: June 2020 as Head of Marketing.
  • Experience: Former Head of Marketing at Workspace Group and 13 years marketing experience in the Telecoms industry, working with companies such as Virgin Media and Apple.
  • Responsibilities: Responsible for the creation and implementation of commercial and corporate marketing strategies across the Group.

*On the ‘Executive Committee Rotating Seat Programme’, whereby two or three members of the Senior Management Team become Executive Committee members on a six-monthly rotation.

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