Board of Directors

John Gildersleeve

Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2008 and as Chairman on 1 January 2013

Skills and experience
John is deputy chairman of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC. He was formerly deputy chairman and senior independent director of Spire Healthcare Group plc, chairman of Carphone Warehouse Group, New Look Retail Group, EMI Group and Gallaher Group; a non-executive director of Dixons Carphone plc, Lloyds TSB Bank PLC, Vodafone Group and Pick n Pay Stores (South Africa) and an executive director of Tesco plc.

Committee membership
Nomination (Chairman).

Chris Grigg

Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board in January 2009

Skills and experience
Chris has more than 30 years’ experience in the real estate and financial industries in a range of leadership roles. Until November 2008, Chris was chief executive of Barclays Commercial Bank, having joined Barclays in 2005. Prior to that, Chris spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs.

External appointments
Non-executive director of BAE Systems plc
Member of the board of the British Property Federation
Member of the executive board of the European Public Real Estate Association

Lucinda Bell

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board in March 2011 and as Chief Financial Officer in May 2011

Skills and experience
Lucinda is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of industry experience. She is Chairman of Broadgate Estates Limited, British Land’s property management business.

External appointments
Non-executive director of Rotork plc, where she is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees
Member of the Accounting for Sustainability CFO Leadership Network

Charles Maudsley

Head of Retail and Leisure

Appointed to the Board in February 2010

Skills and experience
Charles joined British Land from LaSalle Investment Management where he was Co-Head of Europe, Managing Director of the UK business, a member of the Management Board and an International Director. Prior to joining LaSalle he was with AXA Real Estate Investment Managements for seven years where he was Head of Real Estate Fund Management in the UK.

Tim Roberts

Head of Offices and Residential

Appointed to the Board in July 2006

Skills and experience
Before joining British Land in 1997, Tim was a partner at Drivers Jonas, in the Investment Agency team. He was formerly a non-executive director of Songbird Estates. Tim is Trustee of LandAid, the property industry charity, and Chair of their Grants Committee.

Lord Turnbull

Senior Independent Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2006

Skills and experience
Lord Turnbull entered the House of Lords in 2005 as a Crossbench Life Peer. He retired as Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service in July 2005. Lord Turnbull previously held the positions of Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury and Permanent Secretary at the Department of the Environment. He was formerly a non-executive director of Prudential PLC, Arup Group and Frontier Economics Ltd and chairman of BH Global Limited. Lord Turnbull will step down from the Board at the end of the 2017 AGM.

Committee membership
Remuneration, Nomination.

Aubrey Adams

Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2008

Skills and experience
Aubrey is group chair of L&Q, the housing association and residential developer. He is also chairman of the board of trustees of Wigmore Hall. Aubrey was formerly head of property within RBS’s Restructuring Division, and has variously been a non-executive director of Pinnacle Regeneration Group Limited, senior independent director of Associated British Ports PLC, non-executive chairman of Unitech Corporate Parks PLC, Air Partner PLC and Max Property Group PLC and chief executive of Savills PLC.

Committee membership
Audit.

Simon Borrows

Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in March 2011

Skills and experience
Simon is the chief executive of 3i Group plc and a member of the supervisory board of Peer Holdings BV, the Dutch holding company for 3i’s investment in Action, the non-food discount retailer. He worked for 28 years in the banking and finance industry, most recently as chairman of Greenhill & Co. International LLP. He was also chief executive officer of Baring Brothers International Limited, the corporate finance division of ING Barings and was a non-executive director of Inchcape plc. Simon will step down from the Board at the end of the 2017 AGM.

Committee membership
Audit.

Lynn Gladden

Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in March 2015

Skills and experience
Lynn is Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, commissioner of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and a non-executive director of IP Group plc. She was formerly a member of the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and held the position of pro-vice-chancellor for research at the University of Cambridge until the end of 2015.

Committee membership
Remuneration.

William Jackson

Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2011

Skills and experience
William is Managing Partner of Bridgepoint, one of Europe’s leading private equity groups, which he has led since 2002. He also serves as chairman of the board of Pret A Manger and president of Dorna Sports SL, the rights holder to the Moto GP world motorcycling championships. He has served on a range of boards during his career and has extensive operational and transactional experience. William will become Senior Independent Director at the end of the 2017 AGM.

Committee membership
Remuneration, Nomination.

Tim Score

Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in March 2014

Skills and experience
Tim is a non-executive director of Pearson plc and HM Treasury, an independent member of the Football Association’s audit committee and a senior advisor to Brunswick Group on financial matters. He was chief financial officer of ARM Holdings PLC from 2002 to 2015 and has held senior financial positions at Rebus Group Limited, William Baird plc, LucasVarity plc and BTR plc. From 2005 to 2014, he was a non-executive director of National Express Group PLC, including time as interim chairman and six years as senior independent director.

Committee membership
Audit, Nomination.

Laura Wade-Gery

Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in May 2015

Skills and experience
Laura is a trustee of the Royal Opera House and Aldeburgh Music and a member of the Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board. Between July 2011 and September 2016 Laura was executive director Multi Channel at Marks and Spencer Group plc. Previously, Laura served in a number of senior positions at Tesco PLC and was a non-executive director of Trinity Mirror plc.

Committee membership
Remuneration.

Lord Macpherson of Earl’s Court

Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in December 2016

Skills and experience
Lord Macpherson is chairman of C. Hoare & Co and a director of The Scottish American Investment Company PLC. He was the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury for over 10 years from 2005 to March 2016, leading the department through the financial crisis and the subsequent period of banking reform. Lord Macpherson trained as an economist working at both the CBI and Peat Marwick Consulting.

Committee membership
Audit.

Elaine Williams

Company Secretary

Appointed Company Secretary and General Counsel in 2015

Skills and experience
She was formerly Deputy Group Company Secretary at HSBC Holdings plc and, prior to that, a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.