Our Board

Led by our Chairman, Stephen Hubbard, the Board provides the leadership of the Company and is collectively responsible and  accountable to shareholders for the Company’s long-term success, leadership, strategy, values, culture, control and management.

Our Non-Executive Directors form a diverse and effective team, with a broad mix of business skills, knowledge and experience acquired across different business sectors. This allows them to provide independent and external perspectives to Board discussions.

  • Stephen Hubbard

    Chairman

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    Stephen Hubbard was appointed to the Board in July 2014 and became Chairman in July 2020. He was also appointed as designated Non-Executive Director for employee engagement.

    Stephen previously held the role of CBRE UK Chairman, stepping down in 2019. He joined Richard Ellis in 1976 and held the position of head of EMEA and UK Capital Markets from 1998 to 2012.

    Committee memberships: 
    A member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

    Current external appointments:
    Stephen is Non-Executive Chairman of LXI REIT PLC and a member of the advisory board for Redevco, a pan European property holding company.

  • Graham Clemett BSc, ACA

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Graham Clemett joined the Board as Finance Director in July 2007 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Previously he was Finance Director for UK Corporate Banking at RBS Group PLC where he worked for a period of five years. Prior to that, Graham spent eight years at Reuters Group PLC, latterly as Group Financial Controller.

    Current external appointments:
    Graham is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for The Restaurant Group Plc.

  • Dave Benson

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Dave Benson joined the Group in April 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. He was previously Corporate Finance Director at Whitbread PLC. Prior to that, he held senior finance roles at Kier Group PLC and Keller Group PLC, having qualified as a chartered accountant at Deloitte.

  • Lesley-Ann Nash

    Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Background and relevant experience
    Lesley-Ann joined the Board in January 2021. She was previously a Director in the Cabinet Office of HM Government and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, as well as having formerly worked at UBS and Midland Bank.

    Committee Memberships:
    Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit, Nominations and Risk Committees.

    Current external appointments:
    Lesley-Ann is currently a Non-Executive Director of St James’s Place PLC and a Trustee of the North London Hospice. 

  • Rosie Shapland

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Background and relevant experience
    Rosie Shapland, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed to the Board in November 2020. She was previously an audit partner at PwC.

    Committee Memberships:
    Chair of the Audit Comittee and member of the Nominations and Risk Committees.

    Current external appointments:
    Rosie is currently a Non-Executive Director of Foxtons Group PLC and PayPoint PLC.

  • Damon Russell

    Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Damon was appointed to the Board in May 2013. Damon is currently Chairman of New Telecom Express Group, an interactive media service provider, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. He co-founded the company in 1989. Telecom Express was sold to AMV BBDO, part of the Omnicom Group, in 1998. In 2004, Damon led a successful management buyout.

    Committee memberships: 
    A member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nominations Committees.

    Current external appointments:
    Damon holds advisory roles for a number of smaller companies in the digital media sector.

  • Duncan Owen

    Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Duncan was appointed to the Board in July 2021. He has 30 years' experience in the real estate industry, having previously been CEO of Invista Real Estate Investment Management PLC and then Global Head of Real Estate at Schroders PLC. 

    Committee Memberships:
    A member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

    Current external appointments:
    Duncan is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Governors for the Church Commissioners and Chair of their Property Investment Committee.

  • Manju Malhotra

    Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Manju joined the Board on 26th January 2022. She is currently Chief Executive of Harvey Nichols, having joined the business in 1998 and holding various roles including CFO and co-COO. 

    Committee memberships:
    Member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

    Current external appointments:
    Manju is currently a Non-Executive Director of London & Partners, an international trade and investment agency for London.

  • Nick Mackenzie

    Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Nick joined the Board on 26th January 2022. He is currently Chief Executive of Greene King PLC. He previously spent 17 years at Merlin Entertainments and started his career at pub company, Bass. Between 2016 and 2019, he was Non-Executive Director of Daniel Thwaites PLC. 

    Committee memberships:
    Member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.
     

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