Corporate Governance

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Corporate Governance

The Board of Grainger is committed to providing effective leadership and promoting the highest standards. At our core, the relationship we have with our tenants is the foundation on which our reputation depends.

Good governance involves the board exercising judgement in all matters of leadership, governance and risk to create confidence in Grainger and ensuring that its reputation for its commercial, profit driven approach with integrity is understood by all of the Company’s stakeholders. Grainger has complied with the UK Corporate Governance Code throughout 2014 and the full detail of Grainger’s corporate governance report for 2014 can be found here.


Executive Directors

Helen Gordon - Chief executive
Aged 56

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in November 2015.

 

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, Add additional information here

Appointment:

Appointed to the board in February 2016.

 

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 53

Appointment

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

Experience

Nick was previously with CB Richard Ellis where he was executive director of residential. He was the former chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council and was a member of Sir Adrian Montague’s committee which 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.

Experience
Margaret is chairman of STV Group Plc and is also a non-executive director of Segro plc and Taylor Wimpey plc. She was chairman of the Olympic Park Legacy Company from 2009 to 2012, was a managing director in the Royal Bank of Canada’s Global Infrastructure Group from 2007 to 2009, and between 2002 and 2007 was chairman of English Partnerships.

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.

Experience
Belinda was previously global head of Deloitte’s Merger Integration and Separation Advisory Services and is also a non-executive director of Friends Life Group plc.

Committee membership

Senior Independent Director

Chairman of audit committee

Chairman of remunerations committee

Member of risk committee

Member of nominations committee

Tony Wary

Tony Wray - Non-executive director
Aged 54

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2011.

Experience
Tony was the chief executive of FTSE 100 water company Severn Trent plc from 2007 - 2014, having joined their board in 2005. He is also a member of the Water UK board and has held director roles within Transco and National Grid Transco.

Committee membership
Chairman of risk committee
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.

Experience
Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has previously held senior finance positions at Courtaulds Textiles, Diageo, Bowater Scott and Kodak and more recently was Group Finance Director at George Wimpey plc from 2001 until 2007. In April 2010 he was appointed Executive Chairman of Countryside Properties and stepped down from this board in May 2014 following the successful sale of the business. He is currently a non-executive director at Dairy Crest, where he chairs the audit committee and has previously held non-executive directorships at Royal Mail Holdings, Venture Production and AWG.

Committee membership

Member of nominations committee

Member of audit committee

Member of risk committee 

Member of remuneration committee

Rob Wilkinson - Non-executive Director
Aged 43

Appointment
Appointed to the board in 2015. 

Experience

Rob is Chief Executive Officer of AEW Europe with overall responsibility for the management of the firm. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate and corporate finance. Rob has ultimate responsibility for defining and implementing the strategy of the firm. Since joining the firm in 2009, Rob has overseen over €5 billion in real estate transactions across Europe and has expanded the platform to include UK fund management capabilities. Rob is a member of a number of industry bodies and is the current Chairman of the Green Rating Alliance.

Rob was previously a Managing Director with the Goodman Group responsible for the management of sector-focused funds and business development representing €4.5 billion of assets. He holds a degree from the University of Cambridge and previously held investment banking positions at UBS and Eurohypo.

 

Committee membership
None

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