Our leadership

 

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

Rachel Aylett

Rachel Aylett

Head of Human Resources
  • Joined the Group: October 2017 as Human Resources Manager. Appointed as Head of Human Resources in September 2018
  • Experience: Former acting Head of HR and HR Manager at Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Responsibilities: Human resource management and development across the Group
Stephen Burrows

Stephen Burrows

Director of Financial Reporting & Investor Relations
  • Joined the Group: September 2003 as Financial Accountant. Appointed Director of Financial Reporting and Investor Relations in 2017
  • Experience: Formerly an Audit Manager in Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Group. Previously with the National Audit Office
  • Responsibilities: Financial reporting, forecasting and investor relations across the Group
  • A member of the British Property Federation Technical Accounting Group and the EPRA IR Committee
Janine Cole

Janine Cole

Head of Sustainability
  • Joined the Group: November 1998 as Health and Safety Administrator. Appointed to Safety, Health and Environmental Manager in 2002. Appointed Head of Sustainability in 2011
  • Experience: Former Professional Services Administrator with National Britannia
  • Responsibilities: Environment and health and safety management across the Group
  • A member of the British Property Federation Sustainability Committee
Toby Courtauld

Toby Courtauld

Chief Executive
  • Committee memberships: Chairman of the Executive Committee and Environmental Policy Committee
  • Appointed to the Board: April 2002
  • Independent: No
  • Skills and experience: Joined in April 2002 as Chief Executive after 11 years at MEPC.
  • Current external commitments: Member of 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.
Kirsty Davie

Kirsty Davie

Head of Investment Analysis & Management Information
  • Joined the Group: February 2013 as Head of Investment Analysis and Management Information
  • Experience: Former Head of Corporate Development at Lonrho Plc. Previously with Deloitte Corporate Finance
  • Responsibilities: Group forecasting, management information and financial appraisal of investments and developments
Helen Hare

Helen Hare

Head of Project Management
  • Joined the Group: August 2007 as Project Manager. Appointed as Head of Project Management in 2017
  • Experience: Proven track record in the successful delivery of major GPE development projects, including Rathbone Square, 12/14 New Fetter Lane and 33 Margaret St. Previously with Brixton Estates and Bucknall Austin
  • Responsibilities: Sets procurement strategy and ensures capital expenditure and delivery on all projects accords with individual asset business plans across the Group
Martin Leighton

Martin Leighton

Director of Corporate Finance
  • Joined the Group: January 2003 as Corporate Finance Manager. Appointed Director of Corporate Finance in 2017
  • Experience: Former Corporate Finance Assistant Director with Ernst & Young
  • Responsibilities: Day-to-day management of all tax affairs, transaction structuring, raising debt finance and interest rate risk management across the Group
  • A member of the British Property Federation Tax Committee
Desna Martin

Desna Martin

Company Secretary
  • Joined the Group: October 1998 as Company Secretary
  • Experience: Former Audit Senior Manager with Ernst & Young
  • Responsibilities: Oversees corporate governance 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
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
David O’Sullivan

David O’Sullivan

Head of Occupier Services
  • Joined the Group: May 2018 as Head of Occupier Services
  • Experience: Former Managing Director of Property Management EMEA at Tishman Speyer and previously Vice President of Corporate Services at Credit Suisse
  • Responsibilities: Responsible for the delivery of Occupier Services across the portfolio
James Pellatt

James Pellatt

Director of Workplace & Innovation
  • Joined the Group: March 2011 as Head of Projects. Appointed as Director of Workplace and Innovation in 2017
  • Experience: Former Senior Director with Tishman Speyer. Previously with More London Development and EC Harris
  • Responsibilities: Innovative design and use of technology to create spaces that meet changing workplace needs and help enhance occupiers’ experience and productivity
Steven Rollingson

Steven Rollingson

Head of IT
  • Joined the Group: February 2016 as IT Manager. Appointed as Head of IT in April 2019
  • Experience: Former IT Manager at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Responsibilities: Responsible for strategic and operational aspects of technology across the Group
Simon Rowley

Simon Rowley

Head of Office Leasing
  • Joined the Group: January 2011 as Leasing Manager. Appointed Senior Leasing Manager in April 2017 and Head of Office Leasing in September 2018
  • Experience: Former Associate Director at GVA Grimley
  • Responsibilities: Implementing and executing leasing strategies and campaigns across the Group’s developments and large-scale refurbishments, including managing the Group’s approach to flexible office offerings
Nick Sanderson

Nick Sanderson

Finance Director
  • Committee memberships: Member of the Executive Committee
  • Appointed to the Board: July 2011
  • Independent: No
  • Skills and experience: Joined in July 2011 as Finance Director. Former Partner, Head of Real Estate Corporate Finance Advisory at Deloitte. This followed a decade’s real estate investment banking experience in the UK and Asia with Nomura, Lehman Brothers and UBS Investment Bank.
  • Current external commitments: Member of the Reporting & Accounting Committee of EPRA.
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

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