Leadership Team

  • Mandeep Bhatti

    Mandeep Bhatti, BA (Econ), FCCA

    Head of Audit and Risk

    Mandeep Bhatti joined The Crown Estate in October 2012 after more than 11 years' experience at Ernst & Young LLP.

    Mandeep is a qualified accountant with experience of internal audit and risk management, particularly in the property industry. He is a member of the Real Estate Heads of Audit Forum. Prior to joining The Crown Estate he worked as a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young's risk advisory business, with day to day responsibility for a number of internal audit partnerships across the FTSE 250 and central government. Mandeep qualified with the National Audit Office as an external auditor.

    Mandeep's main responsibility is managing the audit and risk function, providing assurance over internal control and delivery of risk management activity.

  • Claudine Blamey

    Claudine Blamey, MSc, MICRS

    Head of Sustainability and Stewardship

    Claudine joined The Crown Estate in 2012 and is responsible for Sustainability and Stewardship strategy and activity. Claudine is also the Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), the UK’s first professional body for everyone working in CR and sustainability and Board Member of Business in the Community.

    Before joining The Crown Estate, Claudine was Head of Sustainability at SEGRO and before that Director of Corporate Responsibility at British Land. Her first CR role was as Environment Manager at Honda.

    Claudine was previously a Board member of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Chair of its Policy and Communications Committee.

    Claudine’s role involves integrating sustainability into fabric of the business, as a part of business strategy and practice.

  • Adam Bray, BA, MA, MCIPR

    Head of Brand and Marketing

    Adam Bray joined The Crown Estate in 2011.

    He is a marketing and communications professional with experience in both agency and client-side roles across the private and public sector. He specialises in destination marketing.

    Adam previously worked for global advertising agency Lowe Worldwide before moving to English Heritage where he delivered major investment projects across London and the south east. He is currently also a Board Member of the Tourism Society.

  • Malcolm Burns

    Malcolm Burns, BSc (Hons), MRICS

    Head of Rural

    Malcolm joined The Crown Estate in October 2012 as Rural and Coastal Portfolio Manager for Wales and the North of England. Promoted to Head of Rural in October 2017, Malcolm is now responsible for the management and development of all the Crown Estate’s extensive rural assets, including onshore minerals and renewable projects energy across England and Wales.

    Previously Land Strategy Manager at the Co-operative Group, he was responsible for the strategy, management and development of the Group's rural assets. As well as leading on a variety of development projects, this role also included advising the group's farming business on land and property issues. Prior to that, Malcolm spent 10 years with land agents Strutt & Parker.

    Malcolm is a Governor of Reaseheath College in Cheshire.

  • James Cooksey

    James Cooksey, BSc (Hons), MRICS

    Director of Central London

    James joined The Crown Estate in March 2009 as Head of St James’s and the Regional Portfolios. He previously worked for Norwich Union/Morley Fund Management for over 10 years having held a number of posts, including Fund Manager for The Aviva Staff Pension Fund and Head of European Multi Manager.

    Since joining The Crown Estate James has played a key role in driving activity across the St James’s and Regional Portfolios, in particular developing the business’s joint venture partnerships with Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), Oxford Properties and most recently Gingko Tree, and re-positioning the Regional Portfolio towards dominant/prime retail.

    In 2015 James was promoted to Director of Central London, giving him overall responsibility for the Regents Street & St James’s portfolio’s, which combined have a total value of £5 billion.

    James holds a 2:1 degree in Land Management, is a member of the IPF, has passed the full IMC, and is also Chairman of the Westminster Property Association.

  • Bob Dawson

    Bob Dawson, MRICS

    Head of Regent Street, Central London

    Bob joined The Crown Estate in 1989 and is currently Head of the Regent Street portfolio.

    A chartered surveyor and member of BCSC, Bob is responsible for delivery of the Regent Street portfolio's day to day business plan objectives, reporting both to The Crown Estate and our investment partner Norges Bank Investment Management. The partnership portfolio is valued at close to £5 billion.

    Bob has previously represented The Crown Estate as a Director of the Heart of London Business Alliance and currently is a Business Director, and treasurer, to the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forurm, which is seeking to draft a new local plan for Mayfair.

  • Huub den Rooijen

    Huub den Rooijen, MSc

    Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure

    Huub joined The Crown Estate in 2012 as Head of Offshore Wind, and was appointed as Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure in November 2015.

    Huub continues to lead the offshore wind team in addition to overseeing ocean energy, marine aggregates, carbon capture and storage, and infrastructure including cables and pipelines.

    Huub has worked in the renewable energy sector with Shell Renewables since the late nineties, where he was responsible for its first offshore wind projects. He was Director for the Shell joint venture that developed the first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, and thereafter worked with UK consultants PMSS. Prior to moving to renewables, he worked with Shell in oil and gas in The Hague, Houston and London.

    He holds a degree in astrophysics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

  • Neil Jacobson

    Neil Jacobson, BSc (Hons), MRICS, PGCE

    Head of Coastal

    As Head of Coastal, Neil’s role entails overseeing management of all The Crown Estate’s coastal assets in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    He has worked at The Crown Estate for over 30 years, including several years in the former Urban team, managing the commercial diversification portfolio, and more recently as a Portfolio Manager in the present Rural & Coastal Team, which involved managing both rural (principally agriculture land and property) and coastal assets along the south of England.

    He is a chartered surveyor (Marine Resource Management).

  • Ken Jones

    Ken Jones, BSc (Hons), FRICS, FAAV

    Director of Rural and Coastal

    Ken joined The Crown Estate in November 2012 following a 31-year career at Savills. At Savills, he headed up portfolio valuation and agricultural investments with clients including the Church Commissioners, the Duchy of Lancaster and The Crown Estate. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, he is responsible for the strategic development and management of agricultural, mineral and forestry estates, including rural residential and commercial interests, as well as the only Royal Park within The Crown Estate portfolio, the Windsor Estate, and over half the foreshore around the UK.

    He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

  • Alan Meakin

    Alan Meakin, BSc, DipPropInv, MRICS

    Investment Strategy Manager

    Alan joined The Crown Estate in 1986 and has been the Investment Strategy Manager since 2004.

    The team is responsible for organising the valuation of the entire Crown Estate, measuring its performance, assessing individual investment proposals, forecasting portfolio performance and formulating the investment strategy.

    Alan has a broad knowledge of The Crown Estate garnered through his time working on the marine, urban regional and Regent Street portfolios. His experience ranges from the development of Cambridge Business Park, the introduction of Regent Street Direct to manage Regent Street and developing The Crown Estate's investment strategy.

    He holds a postgraduate diploma in Property Investment and is a member of the RICS.

  • Hannah Milne

    Hannah Milne, MA

    Director of Regional Portfolio

    Hannah joined The Crown Estate in January 2011 and is Director of the Regional Portfolio, which is principally invested in prime dominant retail and leisure outside London and now totals £2.2 billion.

    Hannah is focused on delivering revenue and capital performance through active asset management of the portfolio. Previously with Knight Frank and BNP Paribas, she has over 20 year's transactional experience in the investment markets and also takes responsibility for investment transaction executions on the portfolio with the principal aim of re-orientating the portfolio towards our core sectors.

    She is a chartered surveyor with a MA from Cambridge University in Modern Languages.

  • Colin Mooney

    Colin Mooney, CMIOSH

    Head of Health and Safety

    Colin Mooney joined The Crown Estate in 2014 after more than six years at NATS and eight years with Virgin Media.

    Colin is a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health with over fifteen years’ experience in a variety of industries including, construction, electrical engineering, telecommunications, air traffic control and television production.

    Colin is responsible for monitoring health and safety performance across The Crown Estate and the development and implementation of the health and safety strategy. Colin is also responsible for ensuring the health and safety management system is compliant with OHSAS 18001 and that risks are effectively managed.

  • Andrew Payne, BA, MCIPR

    Head of Corporate Affairs

    Andrew Payne joined The Crown Estate in 2004, after three years working in government relations for a global technology company, and prior to that for a Member of Parliament. As Head of Corporate Affairs, he leads the team responsible for public affairs and stakeholder engagement, internal communications, media relations, customer experience and crisis preparedness.

    The team drives value for the business by managing the reputation of our assets locally, regionally and nationally; delivering consultation and engagement programmes to support development and asset management; shaping our culture and staff engagement; and delivering our customer experience strategy.

  • Paul Sedgwick

    Paul Sedgwick, BSc Hons, MRICS

    Deputy Ranger, Windsor Great Park

    Paul was appointed Deputy Ranger of the Windsor estate in August 2014, and manages a team of around 200 covering activities such as property management, tourism, horticulture, marketing, grounds maintenance and forestry. Paul reports to the Ranger of the Great Park, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and also to Ken Jones, Director of Rural and Coastal portfolio.

    As Deputy Ranger, Paul sits on a number of committees including being a governor of the Royal School, a committee member of the Royal Chapel Committee, The York Club, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Park Equestrian Club and the Royal Forest Agricultural Association.

    He is a qualified chartered surveyor and was previously a partner with Strutt and Parker. He has managed the Duke of Wellington’s Stratfield Saye estate and Lord Iliffe’s estate at Yattendon. During Paul’s tenure Yattendon won the highly prestigious RASE’s Bledisloe gold medal for a range of successful diversification projects and a commitment to improving the rural environment.

  • Anne Thomas

    Anne Thomas, FCA

    Group Financial Controller

    Anne Thomas joined The Crown Estate in February 2008.

    Anne is a qualified chartered accountant with considerable experience within the property industry. Prior to joining The Crown Estate she worked for British Land as head of fund accounting and before that for Pillar Property PLC as chief accountant. Previously, Anne worked at Arlington Securities and qualified with Pannell Kerr Forster.

    Anne reports directly to John Lelliott, Finance Director. Her main responsibility is managing the integrity and reliability of all aspects of financial reporting both internally and externally.