Corporate Governance

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Corporate Governance

The Board is responsible to the Company’s Shareholders for the long-term success of the Group, its strategy, values and its governance.


Executive Directors

Helen Gordon - Chief executive
Aged 57

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in November 2015.

 

Skills, Competence and Experience

Helen is a highly experienced, proven and well regarded real estate investor. She has significant experience working across a wide range of real estate asset classes, including residential property. This is combined with an extensive knowledge of the City. Helen is a Chartered Surveyor and before joining Grainger was Global Head of Real Estate Asset Management of Royal Bank of Scotland plc. She previously held senior property positions at Legal & General Investment Management, Railtrack and John Laing Developments. Helen has held a number of non-executive board roles over her career, including British Waterways and the Covent Garden Market Authority. She is also an Advisory Board member of Cambridge University’s Land Economy Department.

 

Committee Membership

Executive Committee

Vanessa Simms - Chief Financial Officer
Aged 41

Appointment

Appointed to the board in February 2016.

 

Skills, Competence and Experience

Vanessa brings extensive financial experience to Grainger from the property sector in the UK. Vanessa has particular expertise in leading and implementing strategic change in businesses. She has substantial experience in senior finance leadership roles in a listed environment. Vanessa has worked in finance since 1998 and immediately prior to joining Grainger held a number of senior positions within Unite Group plc, including deputy chief financial officer. Prior to that Vanessa was UK finance director at SEGRO plc.

 

Committee Membership

Executive Committee

 

Nick Jopling

Nick Jopling FRICS - Executive Director
Aged 55

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2010 as executive director with responsibility for property.

Skills, Competence and Experience

Nick has approximately 30 years’ experience in the residential property sector. He has substantial knowledge and expertise in relation to residential property transactions and asset and property management. Nick was previously with CB Richard Ellis where he was executive director of residential. He is a member and former chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council and was a member of Sir Adrian Montague’s committee that produced the review Barriers to Institutional Investment in Private Rented Homes.

 

Committee membership
Executive Committee

Non-Executive Directors

Mark Clare - Non-executive Chairman
Aged 59

Appointment
Appointed Chairman in February 2017.

Skills, Competence and Experience

Mark has wide-ranging experience in a number of sectors and extensive knowledge of the residential property market. He has substantial PLC level experience and is Senior Independent Director of both United Utilities Group plc and Ladbrokes Coral Group plc and a Non-Executive Director of Premier Marinas Holdings Limited. Mark was previously Chief Executive of Barratt Developments plc from 2006-2015 and is a former trustee of the Building Research Establishment and the UK Green Building Council. Prior to joining Barratt, he was an executive director of Centrica plc and held a number of senior roles both within Centrica plc and British Gas. Mark has also been a non-executive director of BAA plc, the airports operator.

Committee membership

Belinda Richards

Belinda Richards - Non-executive director
Aged 58

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2011.

Skills, Competence and Experience

Belinda has a wide-ranging experience and understanding of commerce, finance and business operations. She has strong experience as a board member of other substantial listed companies. Until 2010, Belinda was global head of Deloitte’s Merger Integration and Separation Advisory Services. Prior to this, she held senior roles at Cap Gemini and KPMG. Belinda is a non-executive director of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and Aviva UK Life and Pensions. She was previously a non-executive director of Balfour Beatty Plc and Friends Life Group plc. Belinda serves on the Advisory Group of Audit Committee Chairmen at the Financial Reporting Council and is a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.

  

Committee membership

Senior Independent Director

Chairman of remuneration committee

Member of nominations committee

Member of audit committee

Tony Wary

Tony Wray - Non-executive director
Aged 55

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2011.

Skills, Competence and Experience

Tony brings extensive experience in a broad range of senior operational and strategic leadership roles, in particular in public companies. He was the chief executive of FTSE 100 water company Severn Trent plc from 2007 to 2014, having joined its board in 2005. He has also held director roles within Transco and National Grid Transco, and was a member of the Water UK Board.

 

Committee membership
Member of audit committee
Member of nominations committee

Member of remuneration committee

Andrew Carr-Locke - Non-executive director
Aged 63

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2015.

Skills, Competence and Experience

Andrew has substantial experience in senior finance positions in listed companies, particularly in respect of the residential property sector. He also has wide-ranging experience as a non-executive director of public companies. Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was Group Finance Director at George Wimpey plc between 2001 and 2007. He has previously held senior finance roles at Courtaulds Textiles plc, Diageo plc, Bowater Scott and Kodak. Andrew was Executive Chairman of Countryside Properties until 2014 and is a non-executive director of Dairy Crest plc. He has also previously held non-executive directorships at Royal Mail Holdings, Venture Production and AWG.
 
Committee membership

Chairman of the Audit Committee

Member of nominations committee

Member of remuneration committee

Rob Wilkinson - Non-executive director
Aged 44

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2015. 

Skills, Competence and Experience

Rob has substantial experience in real estate and corporate finance. Rob is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Executive Officer of AEW Europe, a leading European real estate investment manager. Prior to joining AEW Europe in 2009, he was a Managing Director with the Goodman Group and also held investment banking positions at UBS and Eurohypo. Rob is also Chairman of the Green Rating Alliance.

Committee membership
Member of  audit committee

Justin Read - Non-executive director
Aged 55

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2017.

Skills, Competence and Experience

Justin has substantial experience in real estate and corporate finance. He was Group Finance Director of SEGRO plc from August 2011 to December 2016. Between 2008 and 2011 Justin was Group Finance Director at Speedy Hire plc. Prior to this, he spent 13 years in a variety of roles at Hanson plc, including Deputy Finance Director, Managing Director of Hanson Continental Europe, Head of Corporate Development, Head of Risk Management and Group Treasurer. Justin has also held positions at Euro Disney S.C.A. and Bankers Trust Company. Justin is also a non-executive director of Ibstock plc.

 

Committee membership

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