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Our people

Overview
The Board
Management
Expenditure
Performance

Board members are appointed by the Monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Board currently comprises eight members: a Chairman (who is non-executive), Chief Executive, six Board members (non-executive) plus two Board counsellors (non-executive), of which one position is currently being filled. The composition of the Board is defined by the Crown Estate Act 1961. Board members are appointed in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.

Sir Stuart HampsonChairman and First Commissioner

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Appointment

Sir Stuart took up the post of chairman of The Crown Estate on 1 January 2010.

Key strengths

  • Leadership
  • Strategic overview
  • Government relations

Experience

Sir Stuart was educated at St John's College Oxford. He spent 12 years as a civil servant before joining the John Lewis Partnership where he was Chairman for 14 years. He was a founding member of the Oxford Retail Group on planning law and of London First, the private/public sector partnership aimed at maintaining London's standing as a world-class capital.

External appointments

Sir Stuart chaired the Business in the Community team tackling economic renewal in deprived communities, and he is one of the Prince of Wales's Ambassadors in this area. Sir Stuart was President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2005/2006.

He was knighted in 1998 for services to retailing.

Aged 66.

Alison Nimmo CBE, FRICS, MRTPIChief executive and Second Commissioner

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Appointment

Alison took up the post of chief executive of The Crown Estate on 1 January 2012.

Key strengths

  • Leadership
  • Corporate overview
  • Government relations
  • Property

Experience

Alison spent five years with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) where, as Director of Design and Regeneration, she was responsible for delivering the overall design and early delivery of many of the venues for the London 2012 games. Alison specialises in urban regeneration and was awarded a CBE in 2004. Her previous roles have included Chief executive of Sheffield One and Project Director of Manchester Millennium Ltd.

External appointments

Alison is Non-executive director at Berkeley Group and a visiting professor for Sheffield Hallam University.

Aged 48.

Gareth Baird DL, FRAgSNon-executive Board member and Scottish Commissioner

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Appointment

Appointed to the Board on 1 October 2009.

Key strengths

  • Scotland
  • Farming
  • Enterprise

Experience

Gareth is a third generation tenant farmer involved in arable and beef production near Kelso in the Borders and is a leading figure in Scotland's agricultural and food and drink sectors.

External appointments

He is Chairman of Scott Country Potato Growers Ltd, Vice Chairman of Grainco Ltd, and a Director of Scotland Food and Drink. Gareth has been involved with farming co-operatives for many years, and it was this commitment to co-operation that led to his chairmanship of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) for two separate three-year terms. He currently chairs the South of Scotland Economic Forum for Scottish Enterprise. He is a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society, a former director of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale.

Aged 56.

Ian Marcus MA, FRICSNon-executive Board member

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Appointment

Appointed to the Board in January 2012.

Key strengths

  • Real estate investment banking

Experience

Ian is currently non-executive Chairman of Evans Property Group, a position he took up in May 2012. He was previously Chairman of European Real Estate Investment Banking at Credit Suisse where he was responsible for leading the bank's property related activities across its asset management, private banking and investment banking businesses.

External appointments

He is also Chairman of the Bank of England Commercial Property Forum and Chairman of The Prince's Regeneration Trust. Ian's previous roles have included the Presidency of the British Property Federation and Chairmanship of the Investment Property Forum. He is a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board of the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, an Eminent Fellow of the RICS and a Member of the Chartered Surveyors Company.

Aged 54.

 

Chris Bartram MA, FRICSNon-executive Board member

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Appointment

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2007.

Key strengths

Urban asset management and investment

Experience

Chris is currently Chairman of Orchard Street Investment Management and was Managing Director of Haslemere NV which was floated on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange in 1999. He was previously Managing Partner of Jones Lang Wootton.

External appointments

He is a non-executive Director at Land Securities Group plc and is Chairman of Estate Management Development Fund at Cambridge University. He is also a Wilkins Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. Past appointments include: President of the British Property Federation and Chairman of the Bank of England Property Forum.

Aged 63.

 

David Fursdon FRICS, FAAVNon-executive Board member

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Appointment

Appointed to the Board in January 2008.

Key strengths

  • Rural land/business
  • Public bodies

Experience

David is a qualified rural chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer. He was educated at St John's College Oxford and at the RAC Cirencester. He owns and manages an 800 acre family estate in Devon. He was formerly President of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA).

External appointments

David is an English Heritage Commissioner, Chairman of SW Chamber of Rural Enterprise, Chairman of the SW Board for the 2012 Games and SWRDA Board member. He is also the chairman of Governors for Blundell's School, Parish Chairman, Deputy Lieutenant for Devon and a former member of the Government's Affordable Housing Commission. Previously he has been a civil servant, a teacher and an equity partner of a firm of Auctioneers and Chartered Surveyors.

Aged 60.

Dipesh Shah OBE, MSc, FRSANon-executive Board member

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Appointment

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2011.

Key strengths

  • Marine
  • Energy including renewables and infrastructure

Experience

Dipesh has an extensive background in business, including renewable energy, utilities and infrastructure. Since 2009 he has been a non-executive member of The Crown Estate's offshore energy supervisory committee. Recent appointments include: Chief executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Chairman of Viridian Group Plc and of HgCapital Renewable Power Partners LLP, and a Non-executive Director of Lloyds of London and Babcock International Group Plc.

External appointments

He currently holds a number of non-executive appointments with Thames Water, JKX Oil & Gas Plc and the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure (Marguerite Fund). He is a Trustee of the British Youth Opera and a Governor of Merchant Taylor's School.

Aged 59.

Dr Anthony White MBENon-executive Board member

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Appointment

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2011.

Key strengths

  • Low carbon energy and investment

Experience

Tony has worked in the utility and finance sectors since leaving Oxford University with a Doctorate in Physics in 1977. His professional interests include the valuation of generating assets in liberalised power markets, the evolution of energy markets in a carbon constrained world and the development of network regulation. He left Climate Change Capital, a bank he and four others established in 2003, but continues to provide advice through his company BW Energy Limited.

External appointments

He is a non-executive director of the Green Energy Options. He is a member of the British Government's Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board and its High Level Strategy Group for the Built Environment. He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for services to UK energy policy.

Aged 60.

Jenefer Greenwood BSc, FRICSBoard counsellor

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Non-executive Board member February 2004 - December 2011.

Appointment

Appointed to the Board on 19 February 2004.

Key strengths

  • Urban asset management
  • Retail strategy

Experience

Jenefer joined Grosvenor in May 2003 as Retail Strategist to give advice on retail positioning across the portfolio. She was then appointed Director - Sales & Lettings for Great Britain and Ireland across all retail, commercial and residential estates. She retired in 2012. She previously worked for CB Hillier Parker for 25 years, where she was Head of Retail.

External appointments

In May 2012, Jenefer was appointed as non‑executive Director of Assura Group, where she is also Chair for the Remuneration Committee, Jenefer is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Skills Academy for Retail. She is a past President of the British Council Shopping Centres (BCSC) and member of the ICSC European Advisory Board. She is also a Governor of Westonbirt School.

Aged 55.