The Board

  • Robin Budenberg CBE

    Chairman and First Commissioner

    Appointment

    Robin Budenberg took up the post of Chairman of The Crown Estate in August 2016.

    Key strengths

    • Finance
    • Leadership
    • Strategic overview
    • Governance

    Experience

    Robin is a prominent figure from the UK finance sector and his appointment follows the retirement of Sir Stuart Hampson. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Exeter. He was awarded CBE in 2015 for his services to the taxpayer and the economy.

    Robin is currently London Chairman of Centerview Partners and a Non-Executive Director for Charity Bank Ltd and the Big Society Trust. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive of UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI), whose responsibilities include managing the Government’s shareholdings in The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and Lloyds Banking Group plc.

    *The independence of each non-executive Board Member/Counsellor has been assessed against the criteria for independence as set out in section B.1.1. of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.

  • Alison Nimmo

    Alison Nimmo CBE

    Chief Executive and Second Commissioner

    Appointment

    Alison took up the post of Chief Executive of The Crown Estate on 1 January 2012, and was re-appointed on 1 January 2016.

    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.

  • Kate Bowyer

    Comissioner

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2017

    Key strengths

    • Real Estate Finance

    Experience

    Kate joined from FTSE 100 intu properties plc where she had been Director of Finance. She had previously managed intu's investor relations after joining in 2000 as Group Financial Controller. Kate qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1995, working in their Canadian and corporate finance practices. 

  • Paula Hay-Plumb

    Paula Hay-Plumb

    Independent 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 is a Non-Executive Board Member of Hyde Housing Association and Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc. Paula 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.

    *The independence of each non-executive Board Member/Counsellor has been assessed against the criteria for independence as set out in section B.1.1. of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.

  • Ian Marcus

    Ian Marcus

    Non-Executive Board Member and Senior Independent Board Member*

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012, and re-appointed on 1 January 2016. 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.

    *The independence of each non-executive Board Member/Counsellor has been assessed against the criteria for independence as set out in section B.1.1. of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.

  • Dipesh Shah

    Dipesh Shah OBE

    Independent Non-Executive Board Member*

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2011, and re-appointed on 1 January 2015.

    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.

    *The independence of each non-executive Board Member/Counsellor has been assessed against the criteria for independence as set out in section B.1.1. of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.

  • James Darkins

    James Darkins

    Independent Non-Executive Board Member*

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2016.

    Key strengths

    • Strategic leadership
    • Real estate investment management
    • International joint ventures

    Experience

    James has an extensive track record of success in the global real estate investment management industry. From 2001 he led the expansion of Henderson’s real estate business in Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2014 TH Real Estate was formed as a joint venture between Henderson and TIAA-CREF, becoming the world’s fourth largest real estate investment manager with combined assets of £59 billion. He retired as Chief Executive of TH Real Estate in 2015.

    *The independence of each non-executive Board Member/Counsellor has been assessed against the criteria for independence as set out in section B.1.1. of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.

  • Peter Madden

    Peter Madden OBE

    Independent Non-Executive 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. 

    *The independence of each non-executive Board Member/Counsellor has been assessed against the criteria for independence as set out in section B.1.1. of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.

  • Gareth Baird

    Gareth Baird

    Independent Non-Executive Board Member and Scottish Commissioner*

    Appointment

    Appointed to the Board on 1 October 2009, and re-appointed on 1 October 2013.

    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. 

    *The independence of each non-executive Board Member/Counsellor has been assessed against the criteria for independence as set out in section B.1.1. of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.