The Board

  • Sir Stuart Hampson

    Sir Stuart Hampson

    Chairman and First Commissioner

    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 67.

  • Alison Nimmo

    Alison Nimmo CBE, FRICS, MRTPI

    Chief Executive and Second Commissioner

    Appointment

    Alison took up the post of Chief Executive of The Crown Estate on 1 January 2012.

    Key strengths

    • Leadership
    • Corporate overview
    • Government relations
    • Urban regeneration

    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. Her previous roles have included Chief Executive of Sheffield One and Project Director of Manchester Millennium Ltd. She was awarded a CBE in 2004.

    External appointments

    Alison is Non-Executive Director at Berkeley Group and a visiting professor for Sheffield Hallam University. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal for recognition of her services to town planning and sustainability throughout her career.

    Aged 49.

  • Gareth Baird

    Gareth Baird DL, FRAgS

    Non-Executive Board Member and Scottish Commissioner

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 October 2009.

    Key strengths

    • Scottish affairs
    • 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

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

    Aged 56.

  • Ian Marcus

    Ian Marcus MA, FRICS

    Non-Executive Board Member

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012.

    Key strengths

    • Real estate investment banking

    Experience

    Ian 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

    Ian is Chairman of the Bank of England Commercial Property Forum, Chairman of The Prince's Regeneration Trust, on the Advisory Board of Redevco and a senior advisory to both Wells Fargo Securities and Eastdil Secured. 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 55.

  • Chris Bartram

    Chris Bartram MA, FRICS

    Non-Executive Board Member

    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

    Chris 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 64.

  • David Fursdon

    David Fursdon DL, FRICS, FAAV

    Non-Executive Board Member

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 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 Chairman of the SW Rural Farming Network, Chairman of Beeswax Farming Ltd and Chairs the joint Government and Industry ' Future of Farming' Review. He serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Dyson Family Board, is Parish Chairman, a Deputy Lieutenant for Devon, a former member of the Government's Affordable Housing Commission and a former English Heritage Commissioner. Previously he has been a civil servant, a teacher and an equity partner of a firm of auctioneers and chartered surveyors.

    Aged 61.

  • Dipesh Shah

    Dipesh Shah OBE, MSc, FRSA

    Non-Executive Board Member

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2011.

    Key strengths

    • Energy including renewables and infrastructure

    Experience

    Dipesh has an extensive background in business, including renewable energy, utilities and infrastructure. Previous appointments include: Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Chief Executive of several businesses in BP Group PLC, 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

    Dipesh 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 60.

  • Dr Anthony White

    Dr Tony White MBE

    Non-Executive Board Member

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2011.

    Key strengths

    • Low carbon energy and investment
    • Competitive energy markets

    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

    Tony is a Non-Executive Director of Green Energy Options, 20C and The Green Deal Finance Company. He is a member of the British Government's Nuclear Financing Assurance Board and is a Vice President of the Combined Heat and Power Association. He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for services to UK energy policy.

    Aged 61.

  • Peter Madden

    Peter Madden

    Board Counsellor

    Appointment

    Appointed as Board Counsellor on 1 January 2014.

    Key strengths

    • Sustainability
    • Urban innovation

    Experience

    Peter is the Chief Executive of the Future Cities Catapult, a global centre of excellence on urban innovation that brings together cities, businesses and universities to develop solutions to the future needs of our cities. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, a non-profit organisation working globally with cities, governments and leading businesses to promote sustainable development.

    External appointments

    Peter is an Advisory Board Member for Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, and a member of the UK Government Smart Cities Forum. His previous posts have included Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, Ministerial Adviser at Defra, Director of Green Alliance and Head of Policy at Christian Aid.

    Aged 49.