Great Portland Estates is a central London property investment and development company owning over £2.0 billion of real estate.
Our strategy is simple - to generate superior portfolio and shareholder returns from a combination of our active asset management, development and investment management skills. We aim to maximise equity returns through the effective reading of the property cycle in a focused market that we know well.
Martin Scicluna, BCom, FCA, Doctor of Laws (Hon Causa), Chairman/Non-Executive
Appointed to the Board on 1 October 2008 and became Chairman on 16 March 2009. Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Lloyds Banking Group and previously Chairman of Deloitte from 1995 to 2007
Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Toby Courtauld, MA, MRICS, Chief Executive
With MEPC from 1991 to 2002, joined the Group and appointed to the Board in 2002. A Non-Executive Director of Liv-ex Limited and of the London Board of Royal & Sun Alliance and a member of the Management Board of the Investment Property Forum. Member of the Policy Committee and President of the British Property Federation and a director of The New West End Company.
Nick Sanderson, BA (Hons), ACA, Finance Director
Formerly head of Real Estate Corporate Finance Advisory at Deloitte, previously with Nomura, Lehman Brothers and UBS. Joined the Group and appointed to the Board in 2011. Member of the Finance Committee of the British Property Federation.
Neil Thompson, BSc(Hons), MRICS, Portfolio Director
With Derwent Valley from 1996 to 2002 and previously with Legal & General. Joined the Group in 2002 and appointed to the Board in 2006. Member of the Management Board and Management Executive of the British Council of Offices and Council Member and Member of the Operations Committee of the Westminster Property Association.
Charles Irby, FSA, Non-Executive Director
A Non-Executive Director of North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust and QBE Insurance Group Limited and formerly Chairman of Aberdeen Asset Management. Appointed to the Board in 2004.
Senior Independent Director. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.
Jonathan Short, BSc, ACIB, Non-Executive Director
Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of Internos Real Investors LLP, a pan-European real estate investment management business. Non-Executive Director of Big Yellow Group plc, Independent Director to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre Fund and Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. Appointed to the Board in 2007.
Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Jonathan Nicholls, BA(Hons), ACA, FCT, Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SIG plc and DS Smith Plc. Formerly Group Finance Director of Old Mutual plc from 2006 to 2008 and previously Group Finance Director of Hanson plc. Appointed to the Board in 2009.
Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Elizabeth Holden MA(Hons), Non-Executive Director
Formerly a corporate partner at Slaughter and May specialising in mergers & acquisitions, corporate advisory and governance matters. Joined the Board in 2012. Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.