Neil Kirton

Non-Executive Chairman

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Neil was appointed as a Director and Chairman of the Company on 1 August 2017.

Skills and experience

Neil has over 25 years of experience working in the securities and investment banking industries, giving him a deep understanding of capital markets and investor needs.

Other current appointments

Neil is a managing director and co-regional head, EMEA, Business Intelligence and Investigations at Kroll. He is also a non-executive director of Ingenta plc.

Past appointments

Neil was formerly global head of equity distribution at ABN AMRO Bank NV and a member of ABN AMRO’s Global Equity Directorate. He was head of UK equity sales and deputy chief executive at Hoare Govett, head of equities at Bridgewell Securities, head of corporate finance and CEO at Arbuthnot Securities and an executive director of Arbuthnot Banking Group plc.

Aimée Pitman

Non-Executive Director

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Aimée was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 August 2017.

Skills and experience

Aimée has over 30 years’ experience in strategy development across various sectors, most notably real estate, travel and leisure, and financial services.

Other current appointments

Aimée runs her own strategy consulting business, Pitman & Co. Consulting. As an independent consultant, she works as a client director with Eden McCallum LLP, a London-based consultancy firm, where she co-leads the Travel & Leisure and Property practices. She is also a non-executive advisor of McArthurGlen and a director of Go Native Holdings Limited.

Past appointment

Aimée was a Vice President within MAC Group/Gemini Consulting’s strategy practice and went on to work over a number of years with European travel group TUI, supporting it on strategy, distribution and operational excellence.

Lynette Lackey

Non-Executive Director

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Lynette was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 November 2018.

Skills and experience

Lynette is a chartered accountant and experienced non-executive director. She has considerable knowledge of financial matters and of the real estate sector.

Other current appointments

Lynette is a non-executive director of Places for People Group and chair of its regulated board. She was previously the Senior Independent Director and chair of the group audit and risk committee of the group board. Lynette is also a director of Centaurea Investment Limited, Derwent Housing Association and Cotman Housing Association, and a member of council at the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Past appointments

Lynette was a partner of BDO LLP for ten years, where she was responsible for a portfolio of real estate investor and developer clients. She is a former partner in Greenside Real Estate Solutions, as well as the chair of the Association of Women in Property. Until recently, she served on the boards of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Land Aid Charitable Trust as a non-executive director.

Neil was appointed as a Director and Chairman of the Company on 1 August 2017.

Skills and experience

Neil has over 25 years of experience working in the securities and investment banking industries, giving him a deep understanding of capital markets and investor needs.

Other current appointments

Neil is a managing director and co-regional head, EMEA, Business Intelligence and Investigations at Kroll. He is also a non-executive director of Ingenta plc.

Past appointments

Neil was formerly global head of equity distribution at ABN AMRO Bank NV and a member of ABN AMRO’s Global Equity Directorate. He was head of UK equity sales and deputy chief executive at Hoare Govett, head of equities at Bridgewell Securities, head of corporate finance and CEO at Arbuthnot Securities and an executive director of Arbuthnot Banking Group plc.

Aimée was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 August 2017.

Skills and experience

Aimée has over 30 years’ experience in strategy development across various sectors, most notably real estate, travel and leisure, and financial services.

Other current appointments

Aimée runs her own strategy consulting business, Pitman & Co. Consulting. As an independent consultant, she works as a client director with Eden McCallum LLP, a London-based consultancy firm, where she co-leads the Travel & Leisure and Property practices. She is also a non-executive advisor of McArthurGlen and a director of Go Native Holdings Limited.

Past appointment

Aimée was a Vice President within MAC Group/Gemini Consulting’s strategy practice and went on to work over a number of years with European travel group TUI, supporting it on strategy, distribution and operational excellence.

Lynette was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 November 2018.

Skills and experience

Lynette is a chartered accountant and experienced non-executive director. She has considerable knowledge of financial matters and of the real estate sector.

Other current appointments

Lynette is a non-executive director of Places for People Group and chair of its regulated board. She was previously the Senior Independent Director and chair of the group audit and risk committee of the group board. Lynette is also a director of Centaurea Investment Limited, Derwent Housing Association and Cotman Housing Association, and a member of council at the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Past appointments

Lynette was a partner of BDO LLP for ten years, where she was responsible for a portfolio of real estate investor and developer clients. She is a former partner in Greenside Real Estate Solutions, as well as the chair of the Association of Women in Property. Until recently, she served on the boards of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Land Aid Charitable Trust as a non-executive director.

Martin Meech

Senior Independent Director

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Martin was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 August 2017.

Skills experience

Martin has more than 30 years’ operational experience as a property director, gained in a range of major companies. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Current appointments

Martin is the group property director of Travis Perkins plc, the largest supplier of building materials in the UK, and chief executive officer of Travis Perkins (Properties) Ltd. He oversees the group’s freehold portfolio, with a market value in excess of £700 million.

Past appointments

Martin is a former non-executive director of Quintain Estates and Development plc, chairman of the BRC Property Advisory Group and member of the Bank of England Property Forum.

Simon Hope

Non-Executive Director (non-independent)

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Simon was appointed as a Director of the Company on 24 July 2017.

Skills and experience

Simon has 35 years’ experience in the real estate sector, gained during his career at Savills, one of the world’s leading property agents.

Current appointments

Simon leads the real estate investment teams at Savills. He has sat on the group executive board since 2008. He helped to establish the Charities Fund Property Board, which has a current fund value of approximately £1.16 billion and is the first Common Investment Fund available to all charities in England and Wales that directly invests in UK commercial property. Simon is the Non-Executive Chairman of Tilstone and represents Tilstone on the Board. He is a director of a number of bloodstock syndicates and other horse racing organisations, and a governor of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Past appointments

Simon was on the Savills plc board from 1999 to 2010. As part of Savills Investment Management, he was chair of Savills UK Limited’s proprietary trading arm, Grosvenor Hill Ventures Limited, during a five-year period up to 2006, when this fund delivered an internal rate of return in excess of 35%.

Stephen Barrow

Non-Executive Director (non-independent)

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Stephen was appointed as a Director of the Company on 24 July 2017.

Skills and experience

Stephen is an experienced global equity investor, giving him an in-depth understanding of capital markets and institutional investors.

Other current appointments

Stephen is a member of the advisory board of Glia Ecosystems Limited and a non-employee partner of Absolute Return Partners, where he manages his own portfolio.

Past appointments

In his former roles as chief investment officer at IronBridge International and head of global equities at Deutsche Asset Management, Stephen managed over £5 billion of assets for a wide variety of clients, including many large global institutions.

Martin was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 August 2017.

Skills experience

Martin has more than 30 years’ operational experience as a property director, gained in a range of major companies. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Current appointments

Martin is the group property director of Travis Perkins plc, the largest supplier of building materials in the UK, and chief executive officer of Travis Perkins (Properties) Ltd. He oversees the group’s freehold portfolio, with a market value in excess of £700 million.

Past appointments

Martin is a former non-executive director of Quintain Estates and Development plc, chairman of the BRC Property Advisory Group and member of the Bank of England Property Forum.

Simon was appointed as a Director of the Company on 24 July 2017.

Skills and experience

Simon has 35 years’ experience in the real estate sector, gained during his career at Savills, one of the world’s leading property agents.

Current appointments

Simon leads the real estate investment teams at Savills. He has sat on the group executive board since 2008. He helped to establish the Charities Fund Property Board, which has a current fund value of approximately £1.16 billion and is the first Common Investment Fund available to all charities in England and Wales that directly invests in UK commercial property. Simon is the Non-Executive Chairman of Tilstone and represents Tilstone on the Board. He is a director of a number of bloodstock syndicates and other horse racing organisations, and a governor of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Past appointments

Simon was on the Savills plc board from 1999 to 2010. As part of Savills Investment Management, he was chair of Savills UK Limited’s proprietary trading arm, Grosvenor Hill Ventures Limited, during a five-year period up to 2006, when this fund delivered an internal rate of return in excess of 35%.

Stephen was appointed as a Director of the Company on 24 July 2017.

Skills and experience

Stephen is an experienced global equity investor, giving him an in-depth understanding of capital markets and institutional investors.

Other current appointments

Stephen is a member of the advisory board of Glia Ecosystems Limited and a non-employee partner of Absolute Return Partners, where he manages his own portfolio.

Past appointments

In his former roles as chief investment officer at IronBridge International and head of global equities at Deutsche Asset Management, Stephen managed over £5 billion of assets for a wide variety of clients, including many large global institutions.

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