Non-executive chairman; appointed to the Board in October 2016
Michael has spent the last 27 years in investment banking working for firms including Robert Fleming, UBS and Merrill Lynch. He recently retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was Co-Head of Investment Banking for the UK and Ireland, having previously been the Co-Head of Corporate Broking EMEA. During his career in investment banking, Michael has advised the Boards of many leading UK PLCs on a wide range of strategic, financing and governance matters. He is Chairman of Fin Capital Limited and was previously Senior Independent Director at UK Mail Group PLC. Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Chief executive; appointed to the Board in October 1994
John was appointed as chief executive in November 2012. He has overall responsibility for proposing and developing the strategy and day-to-day management of the operational activities of the Group. He co-founded Morgan Lovell in 1977 which then reversed into William Sindall plc in 1994 to form Morgan Sindall Group plc. He was formerly chief executive from 1994 to 2000 and executive chairman from 2000 to 2012.
Finance director; appointed to the Board in February 2013
Steve was previously finance director of Filtrona plc (now Essentra plc). Prior to that he held senior finance roles with a number of listed companies, including Exel plc, McKechnie plc and Logica plc. Steve qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and has been chair of the audit committee and a non-executive director of Consort Medical plc since 2012.
Patrick De Smedt
Senior independent director; appointed to the Board in December 2009
Patrick's career includes 23 years with Microsoft, during which time he founded the Benelux subsidiaries, led the development of its Western European business and served as Chairman of Microsoft for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Since leaving Microsoft in 2006, Patrick has served on the boards of a number of European public and private companies. He is currently a non-executive director of Victrex plc, where he also chairs the remuneration committee, senior independent director of PageGroup plc, senior independent director of KCOM Group plc, non-executive director of Nexinto Holding Limited and Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited. He is an investor in several European technology companies.
Independent non-executive; appointed to the Board in March 2010
Simon is chief executive officer of Gulliford Consulting, the marketing consultancy which he founded in 1992 and which is now part of Chime Communications plc. Simon is also a non-executive director of Scottish Equitable plc and a number of private companies including Hortons' Estate Limited. Before setting up his own consultancy, he was head of the marketing faculty at Ashridge College and he has previously held marketing roles at companies including Sears plc, EMAP plc, Barclays plc and Standard Life plc.
Elizabeth Peace CBE
Independent non-executive; appointed to the Board in November 2012
Liz became a non-executive director at Redrow plc in September 2014 and at The Howard de Walden Estates in January 2015. More recently she has taken on shadow roles in Birmingham City Council’s Curzon Urban Regeneration Company and the Government Property Unit’s New Property Model Delivery Body, as well as being a member of the Mayor's Homes for London Board. She is a member of the board of Peabody, chairman of the property industry’s charity, LandAid, chairman of trustees for the Centre for London, a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust and chairman of the Architectural Heritage Fund. Liz spent 12 years as chief executive officer of the British Property Federation between 2002 and 2014. This followed a career in the Ministry of Defence including as director of corporate affairs from 1990 to 2002 at QinetiQ Group plc (formerly the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency).
Independent non-executive; appointed to the Board in November 2015
Malcolm is a qualified accountant and experienced FTSE 250 audit committee chair. He has an extensive background in corporate finance and experience of the property industry. Malcolm is managing director of National Grid Property as well as managing the sale of National Grid’s gas distribution business. He has previously been global tax and treasury director of National Grid. Malcolm is currently senior independent director and audit committee chair at CLS Holdings plc and a non-executive director of St William Homes LLP. Prior to National Grid he was director of corporate finance at Lattice Group Plc and BG Group Plc. He has previously acted as president of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Authority Advisory Panel.