Board of Directors

Alison Carnwath (59)
Chairman of the Board

Member of the Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Nominations Committee

Alison was appointed to the Board in September 2004 and became Chairman in November 2008. She is Chairman of the Nominations Committee and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee. Alison worked in investment banking and corporate finance for 20 years, before pursuing a portfolio career. During her career, Alison became the first female Director of J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co, where she worked for 10 years. Alison also held the positions of a Senior Partner of Phoenix Securities and Managing Director, New York at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She has served as a Non-executive Director of Friends Provident plc, Gallaher Group plc and Glas Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water).

She has some 30 years' experience in international finance and investment banking and has wide Board level experience. Alison is currently a Non-executive Director at Man Group plc, Barclays plc, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Paccar Inc, a Fortune 500 company.

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Robert Noel (48)
Chief Executive

Robert was appointed to the Board in January 2010 as Managing Director, London Portfolio and became Chief Executive on 1 April 2012. A chartered surveyor and graduate of the University of Reading, Robert was previously Property Director at Great Portland Estates plc between August 2002 and September 2009. Prior to that, he was a director at property services group Nelson Bakewell.

Robert is a trustee of the property industry charity, Landaid and former positions include being a director of the New West End Company, the Central London Business Improvement District and Chairman of the Westminster Property Association. Robert brings over 20 years' experience in a number of sectors within the property market to his new role and has an outstanding track record in the London property market.

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Martin Greenslade (47)
Chief Financial Officer

Martin joined the Group as Chief Financial Officer in September 2005. A chartered accountant, having trained with Coopers & Lybrand, Martin was previously Group Finance Director of Alvis plc. He has also worked in corporate finance having served as a member of the executive committee of Nordea's investment banking division and Managing Director of its UK business. Martin is a director of International Justice Mission UK. Martin brings financial and accounting expertise from the property, engineering and financial sectors in the UK and overseas.

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Simon Palley (54)
Non-executive Director

Member of the Remuneration Committee

Simon was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in August 2010 and will become Chairman of the Remuneration Committee on 1 October 2012. A senior figure within the private equity industry, Simon is Chairman of the private equity firm Centerbridge Partners Europe and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and The Tate Foundation.

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Richard Akers (50)
Executive Director

Richard joined the Board in May 2005, following his appointment as Managing Director, Retail Portfolio in July 2004. A chartered surveyor, Richard joined the Group in 1995 and previously held the position of Head of Retail Portfolio Management. Prior to joining the Group, Richard worked in retail development for AMEC Developments and prior to that, ARC Properties.

Richard brings more than 25 years' experience of the retail property industry to his role and is a regular author and panellist on industry matters. He is a former President of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), the main industry body for retail property owners, and has recently become a Non-executive Director of Barratt Developments PLC.

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Kevin O’Byrne (47)
Senior Independent Director

Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominations Committee

Kevin was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in April 2008. Kevin is a chartered accountant who trained with Arthur Andersen and has been the Group Finance Director of Kingfisher plc since 2008. He has recently been appointed Kingfisher Divisional CEO, B&Q, responsible for Group businesses in the UK, China, Turkey and Germany.

His previous roles included Group Finance Director of Dixons Retail Plc, and European Finance Director for The Quaker Oats Company. Kevin brings experience of international retail and finance matters to Board discussions.

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Sir Stuart Rose (63)
Non-executive Director

Member of the Remuneration Committee

Sir Stuart joined the Board as a Non-executive Director in May 2003 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. His extensive retail experience includes the positions of Chief Executive and then Chairman of Marks & Spencer Group plc from 2004 until 2010, Chief Executive of Arcadia Group from 2000 until December 2002 and Chief Executive of Booker PLC from 1998 until 2000. He is a Non-executive Director of Woolworths Holdings South Africa, is on the advisory board of Bridgepoint Capital and was Chairman of Business in the Community from 2008-2010. Sir Stuart commenced his career in the retail industry in 1972 and has a wealth of international management experience in the sector, being knighted in 2007 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility.

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David Rough (61)
Non-executive Director

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee

David joined the Board as a Non-executive Director in April 2002 and was Senior Independent Director from November 2003 to March 2012. David was Group Director (Investments) of Legal & General Group Plc until December 2001, and during that time also served as the Chairman of the Association of British Insurers' Investment Committee.

David is the Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chairman of Xstrata Group PLC and a Non-executive Director of the London Metal Exchange. He is a Non-executive Director of Brown, Shipley & Co. Ltd, the private bank. He has many years' experience as a Non-executive Director in the investment, property, finance and mining industries.

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Chris Bartram (63)
Non-executive Director

Member of the Audit and Nominations Committee

Chris was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in August 2009. Chris is Chairman of Orchard Street Investment Management LLP, a specialist UK commercial property investment manager. He is a chartered surveyor and a Non-executive Director of the Crown Estate and a Wilkins Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge.

He has previously served as Managing Director of Haslemere NV, Chairman of Jones Lang Wootton Fund management, President of the British Property Federation and Chairman of the Bank of England Property Forum. Chris has many years' experience in commercial property in the UK and abroad, and in particular in the property investment management industry.

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Stacey Rauch (54)
Non-executive Director

Member of the Audit Committee

Stacey is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the US and internationally for 24 years. Whilst there she co-founded the New Jersey office and was the first woman to be appointed as an industry practice leader. She was a leader in the firm's Retail and Consumer Goods Practices, served as the head of the North American Retail and Apparel Practice and acted as the Global Retail Practice convener. She retired from McKinsey & Company in September 2010.

Her career with McKinsey saw her consult to a wide range of retailers, apparel wholesalers and consumer goods manufacturers. She is currently a Non-executive Director of Ann Inc, (a listed American women's speciality apparel retailer) and the Tops Holding Corporation, (the parent company of Tops Markets LLC, a US grocery retailer) and was recently appointed as a Non-executive Director of the Fiesta Restaurant Group which is listed on NASDAQ. She brings extensive international experience of retailing and wider business experience to the Board.

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