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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:
    A member of the Audit, Nominations, Risk and Remuneration 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. 

  • Chris Girling

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Chris Girling, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed to the Board in February 2013. He was previously Group Finance Director of Carillion PLC.

    Committee Memberships:
    Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

    Current external appointments:
    Chris is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committees of Keller PLC and South East Water Limited and Chair of Trustees for the Slaughter and May Pension Fund.

  • Rosie Shapland

    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:
    A member of the Audit, Nominations and Risk Committees.

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

  • Damon Russell

    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

    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.

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