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 56

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 and General Investment Management, Railtrack and John Laing Developments. Helen is currently a board member of the New Covent Garden Market Authority, a Trustee of the College of Estate Management and an Advisory Board member of Cambridge University Land Economy Department.

 

Committee Membership

None

Vanessa Simms - Finance director
Aged 40

Appointment

Appointed to the board in February 2016.

 

Skills, Competence and Experience

Vanessa has strong and relevant PLC and real estate experience.  Vanessa joined Grainger from Unite Group plc ('Unite'), the FTSE 250 student accommodation provider, where she was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer since 2012. Prior to Unite, Vanessa was UK Finance Director at industrial property specialist SEGRO plc. Vanessa has also held senior finance positions at Vodafone, Porsche and Stryker.  She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

 

Committee Membership

None

 

Nick Jopling

Nick Jopling FRICS - Executive director, Property
Aged 54

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 reviewed the Barriers to Institutional Investment in Private Rented Homes.

 

Committee membership
None

Non-Executive Directors

Baroness Margaret Ford - Non-executive Chairman
Aged 57

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2008 and became senior independent director in February 2014. Appointed Chairman in March 2015.

Skills, Competence and Experience

Margaret has wide-ranging experience in a number of sectors and extensive knowledge of the residential property market. She has substantial plc level experience including chairmanship of both boards and committees. She is chairman of STV Group plc and holds non-executive directorships with SEGRO plc and Taylor Wimpey plc. She is an Honorary Professor of Real Estate at Glasgow University and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Margaret formerly chaired the Olympic Park Legacy Company, English Partnerships, Barchester Healthcare Limited and May Gurney Integrated Services Plc. Prior to these appointments, Margaret had a long career in management consulting with Price Waterhouse and then Eglinton Management Centre, which she founded. She sits in the House of Lords as an independent peer.

 

Committee membership
Chairman of nominations committee
Member of remuneration committee

Belinda Richards

Belinda Richards - Non-executive director
Aged 57

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 54

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 62

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 43

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

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