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 has chaired the Business in the Community team tackling economic renewal in deprived communities. Sir Stuart was Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts from 1999 to 2001 and President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2005/2006. He was knighted in 1998 for services to retailing.

  • Alison Nimmo

    Alison Nimmo CBE, FRICS, MRTPI, FICE

    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/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. 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.

  • 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.

  • Chris Bartram

    Chris Bartram MA, FRICS

    Board Counsellor

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2007.

    Appointed Senior Independent Board Member until 31 December 2014.

    Key strengths

    • Urban asset management and investment

    Experience

    Chris was Chairman of Orchard Street Investment Management and was Managing Director of Haslemere NV, which was floated on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange in 1999, until 31 March 2015. He was previously Managing Partner of Jones Lang Wootton.

    External appointments

    Chris is a Non-Executive Director at Land Securities Group plc and is Chris is a Non-Executive Director at Land Securities Group plc, an advisor to Orchard Street Investment Management (from 1 April 2015) 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.

  • 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 and 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.

  • Paula Hay-Plumb

    Paula Hay-Plumb BSc, ACA, MCT

    Non-Executive Board Member

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2015.

    Key strengths

    • Finance
    • Governance and audit
    • Regeneration

    Experience

    Paula is an experienced board director in both the public and private sectors. She completed her term as a Non-Executive Board Member of The National Audit Office in 2014 and chairs The Crown Estate Audit Committee.

    She is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. In 1997/98 Paula chaired the Government’s Coalfields Taskforce and subsequently became a founding Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

    External appointments

    Paula is a Non-Executive Director of Hyde Housing Association and Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc. She is Finance Director of Rosling King LLP. Past appointments include: Chief Executive of National Regeneration Agency, English Partnerships, and Corporate Finance and Group Reporting Director at Marks and Spencer Plc. She was also a Non-Executive Director of Skipton Building Society and the Forensic Science Service; and served as Chair of the National Australia Bank Common Investment Fund.

  • Ian Marcus

    Ian Marcus MA, FRICS

    Non-Executive Board Member and Senior Independent Board Member

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012.

    Appointed Senior Independent Board Member on 31 January 2015.

    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 Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Secure Income REIT PLC, Non-executive Director, Town Centre Securities PLC, 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 advisor 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.

  • 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, HgCapital Renewable Power Partners LLP and of European Photovoltaics Industry Association, and a Non- Executive Director of Lloyd’s of London and Babcock International Group Plc.

    External appointments

    Dipesh currently holds a number of non-executive appointments with Thames Water Utilities, EU Marguerite Fund, JKX Oil and Gas Plc and Cavendish Fluor Partnership. He is a Trustee of the British Youth Opera and a Governor of Merchant Taylors’ School.

  • 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, 2OC and The Green Deal Finance Company. He is a member of the British Government’s Nuclear Financing Assurance Board and he is also a Vice President of the Combined Heat and Power Association. He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for services to UK energy policy.

  • 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 a member of Ingersoll Rand’s Advisory Council and a member of the Smart London Board. 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. Peter was awarded an OBE for services to environmental protection and sustainable development.