The Board

Our Board provides leadership of the Company and oversees the management of our activities.

It is collectively responsible and accountable to shareholders for St. Modwen’s long-term success.

Executive Directors

Mark Allan

Chief Executive

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Appointed

1 November 2016 as Chief Executive Designate, 1 December 2016 as Chief Executive.

Committees

Attends meetings of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees by invitation.

Key strengths: extensive knowledge and experience of the property sector combined with strong operational leadership and financial and strategic management skills.

Experience: joined St. Modwen from The Unite Group plc where he had been Chief Executive since 2006. He moved to Unite in 1999 from KPMG and held a number of financial and commercial roles in the business, including Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2006. A qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

External appointments: None

Rob Hudson

Chief Financial Officer

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Appointed

September 2015 as Group Finance Director.

Committees

Attends meetings of the Audit Committee by invitation.

Key strengths: strong financial management, commercial and operational experience in financial services, information services and commercial property sectors.

Experience: over 20 years’ experience in finance, most recently as Group Financial Controller at British Land plc from 2011. Joined PricewaterhouseCoopers on graduating then moved to Experian plc in 2000 where he held a number of senior financial roles, including Global Finance Director of its Decision Analytics business and UK Finance Director. A qualified Chartered Accountant.

External appointments: none.

Non-Executive Directors

Danuta Gray

Non-executive Chairman

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Appointed

October 2018 as non-executive director and Chair Designate, March 2019 as non-executive Chairman.

Committees

Chairs the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Key strengths: Extensive operational and Board experience in both executive and non-executive roles in FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies across the global telecommunications and IT, consumer and financial services sectors.

Experience: Over 26 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry; including as Chief Executive of Telefónica O2 in Ireland from 2001 to 2010 and Chair from 2010 to 2012. A former non-executive director of PageGroup plc, Paddy Power Betfair plc, Aer Lingus Group plc, Irish Life permanent plc and Old Mutual plc. Has also served on several Remuneration Committees. Prior to Telefónica O2, held various senior positions within BT Group from 1984 to 2001.

External appointments: Non-executive director of Direct Line Insurance Group plc, Senior Independent Director of Aldermore Group plc and a Defence Board Member of the Ministry of Defence People Committee.

Ian Bull

Senior Independent Director

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Appointed

September 2014.

Committees

Chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Key strengths: strong financial management and operational experience in major commercial businesses across a range of sectors.

Experience: Chief Financial Officer of Parkdean Resorts Group from March 2016 to June 2018. Previously Chief Financial Officer and main board director at Ladbrokes plc (2011 to 2016) and Group Finance Director of Greene King plc (2006 to 2011). Over 20 years’ financial experience with companies such as Whitbread plc, Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Walt Disney Company) and BT Group. Former non-executive director of Paypoint Ltd. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

External appointments: Non-executive director of Domino’s Pizza Group plc and Dunelm Group plc.

Simon Clarke, DL

Non-executive director

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Appointed

October 2004

Committees: Attends meetings of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees by invitation.

Key strengths: strong commercial and management experience in both farming and property and extensive knowledge of the Company’s history.

Experience: the son of Sir Stanley Clarke, the founder and former Chairman of St. Modwen, he represents the interests of the Clarke family, one of the Company’s largest shareholders, on the Board. Former Deputy Chairman of Northern Racing plc and director and Vice-Chairman of The Racecourse Association Ltd. An Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University.

External appointments: Chairman of Dunstall Holdings Ltd. Trustee of Racing Welfare and Chairman of Racing Homes. Chairman of Staffordshire University’s Development Board. Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire.

Jenefer Greenwood, OBE

Independent non-executive director

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Appointed

June 2017

Committees

Chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Audit Committee.

Key strengths: extensive knowledge of the retail and regeneration sectors of the real estate industry combined with significant board-level experience.

Experience: Over 30 years’ experience in the real estate sector with companies such as Hillier Parker (now CBRE) and Grosvenor Ltd, where she was Director of Sales and Lettings, Great Britain and Ireland before retiring in 2012. Currently serves the board of Assura plc and LiveWest Homes. Formerly served on the board of The Crown Estate and has chaired the National Skills Academy for Retail. Awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to the UK Real Estate Industry and for voluntary services to young people. A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

External appointments: Non-executive director for both Assura plc and LiveWest Homes, member of the supervisory board of INTERNOS Global Investors Ltd and trustee of the Ernest Cook Trust.

Jamie Hopkins

Independent non-executive director

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Appointed

1 March 2018

Committees

Member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Key strengths: strong commercial, strategic and operational management skills and significant knowledge and experience of asset management services and the real estate sector.

Experience: Chief Executive Officer of Workspace Group plc from 2012 until May 2019. Formerly served as Chief Executive and then a non-executive director of Mapeley plc from 2002 until 2010 and a director of Chester Properties from 2009 to 2012. Also acted as investment director of Delancey Estates and Savills between 1990 to 2002. A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

External appointments: None

Sarah Whitney

Independent non-executive director

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Appointed

September 2019

Committees

Member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Key strengths: Extensive real estate experience, with a particular focus on public private partnerships, combined with strong investment and corporate finance experience.

Experience: Over 30 years’ experience in the real estate and corporate finance sectors, including as an Executive Director at CBRE from 2007 to 2012, and as a Managing Director at DTZ Holdings plc between 2003 and 2006. Prior to that, was a corporate finance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and held investment banking roles at Kleinwort Benson and Barings.  A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

External appointments: Member of the Supervisory Board of BBGI SICAV SA; Treasurer of University College London; Trustee of The Land Restoration Trust; Trustee of The Canal & River Trust; and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge Department of Land Economy.

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Andrew Eames

General Counsel and Company Secretary

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Appointed

November 2017.

Committees

Secretary of Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Key strengths: a lawyer with over 15 years of legal, commercial and governance experience across a number of different sectors.

Experience: Joined St. Modwen from Mothercare Plc where he was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary (Interim), having previously held various positions at Nomura International Plc including Co-Head of Corporate Legal and Company Secretary.

Key responsibilities: leads the legal, company secretarial, compliance, risk and insurance functions and is responsible for legal, compliance and governance activity across the Group. Provides advice and support to the Board and its Committees and oversees the Group’s relationships with its external law firms.