Neil has over 25 years of experience working in the securities and investment banking industries in the City of London and is presently a managing director at Kroll, a division of Duff and Phelps, in their Business Intelligence and Investigations Practice and Head of Kroll’s London office.
He is also a non-executive director of Ingenta plc. 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.
Neil was appointed as a Director and Chairman of the Company on 1 August 2017.
Non-Executive Director (non-independent)
Stephen BarrowNon-Executive Director (non-independent)
Stephen is an experienced global equity investor. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Glia Ecosystems Limited and a non-employee Partner of Absolute Return Partners in Richmond, where he manages his own portfolio. 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.
Stephen was appointed as a Director of the Company on 24 July 2017.
Non-Executive Director (non-independent)
Simon HopeNon-Executive Director (non-independent)
Simon leads the real estate investment teams at Savills. He was on the Savills plc board from 1999 to 2010 and has sat on the Group Executive Board since 2008. His customers have included Lloyds Bank plc, LondonMetric Property plc, Employees’ Provident Fund, Barlows plc, State of Michigan Pension Fund and Hansteen Holdings plc. He helped to establish the Charities Fund Property Board in 2001, 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.
As part of Savills Investment Management, Simon 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%. Simon is the non-executive chairman of Tilstone and represents Tilstone on the Board.
Simon was appointed as a Director of the Company on 24 July 2017.
Lynette LackeyNon-Executive Director
Lynette is a chartered accountant and experienced non-executive director with considerable knowledge of the real estate sector. Lynette is a non-executive director of Places for People Group and, until 31 March 2019, was senior independent director and chair of the group audit and risk committee of the group board. From 1 April 2019, she has been appointed chair of the regulated board of the group. She is also a non-executive director and chairs various group board committees at The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and at Land Aid Charitable Trust.
Lynette previously spent 10 years as a partner of BDO LLP, where she was responsible for a portfolio of real estate investor and developer clients. Her experience also includes being a former partner in Greenside Real Estate Solutions as well as the chairman of the Association of Women in Property.
Lynette was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 November 2018.
Senior Independent Director
Martin MeechSenior Independent Director
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. In this role, he oversees the group’s freehold portfolio, with a market value in excess of £700 million, and is also responsible for group environment.
Martin has operational experience gained as property director for over 30 years. He is also a former non-executive director of Quintain Estates and Development plc, Chairman of the BRC Property Advisory Group and a member of the Bank of England Property Forum. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Martin was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 August 2017.
Aimee PitmanNon-Executive Director
Aimée runs her own strategy consulting business, Pitman & Co. Consulting. She has over 25 years’ experience in strategy development across various sectors, most notably real estate, travel and leisure, and financial services. As an independent consultant, she works as a Client Director alongside the partners of 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.
Formerly a Vice President within MAC Group/Gemini Consulting’s strategy practice, Aimée went on to work over a number of years with European travel group, TUI, supporting it on strategy, distribution and operational excellence.
Aimée was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 August 2017.