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The Board is responsible for leading and controlling the Company and has overall authority for the management and conduct of the Company’s business, strategy and development.

The Board is also responsible for ensuring the maintenance of a sound system of internal control and risk management (including financial, operational and compliance controls) and for reviewing the overall effectiveness of systems in place as well as for the approval of any changes to the capital, corporate and/or management structure of the Company.

Robert Orr (2)

Robert Orr

Independent Chairman
Appointed: 5 June 2018

Committee memberships

  • Chairman of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Extensive board experience at a strategic and operational level in the real estate industry, most significantly as JLL Inc.’s European CEO and currently as a Non-Executive Director of M&G European Property Fund SICAV
  • Chartered surveyor with an in-depth knowledge of the real estate industry, in particular the European real estate markets
  • Founded the International Capital Group for JLL in 2005, establishing strong relationships with international investors seeking real estate investment opportunities

Significant previous external experirnce

  • JLL Inc.’s European Chief Executive Officer
  • Non-Executive Director of RDI REIT P.L.C.
  • Non-Executive Director of Tishman Speyer Properties UK Limited
  • Senior Advisor to Canaccord Genuity Limited

Principal external appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director of M&G European Property Fund SICAV and Non-Executive Manager of M&G Real Estate Funds Management S.a.r.l.
  • Non-Executive Director of the advisory board of APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH
  • Member of the Investment Advisory Committees of EQT Real Estate
  • Senior Adviser to Blue Coast Capital (Lewis Trust Group)
1568Keith Mansfield

Keith Mansfield 

Senior Independent Director
Appointed: 5 June 2018

Board committee memberships:

  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Chartered accountant with extensive experience of leading significant international transactions
  • Partner at PwC for 22 years where he developed a specialisation in the real estate industry, serving as regional Chairman of PwC in London for seven years

Significant previous external experience:

  • Partner at Pricewaterhouse Cooper (“PwC”) for 22 years
  • Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Tarsus Group plc
  • Chairman and Non-Executive Director of RTSB Ltd

Principal external appointments:

  • Chairman of Albemarle Fairoaks Airport Limited
  • Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Motorpoint Group PLC
  • Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Digital 9 Infrastructure plc
1600Taco De Groot

Taco de Groot

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 5 June 2018

Board committee memberships:

  • Chairman of the Management Engagement Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Chartered surveyor with significant experience in the real estate and investment funds markets
  • Experienced Non-Executive Director, CEO and Partner across a number of pan-European real estate and investment companies

Significant previous external experience:

  • One of the founding partners of M7 Real Estate LLP in the UK
  • Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Vastned Retail NV, a European retail property company listed on Euronext Amsterdam
  • One of the founding partners of GPT/Halverton LLP, Heston Real Estate B.V. and Rubens Capital Partners
  • Chief Executive Officer of Cortona Holdings BV, Amsterdam

Principal external appointments:

  • Visiting lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and Hogeschool of Rotterdam
  • Non-Executive Director of EPP NV, a real estate investment company that operates throughout Poland
1849Eva Lotta Sjostedt

Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 10 December 2019

Board committee memberships:

  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Management Engagement Committee

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Global senior executive with an in-depth knowledge of global retail, supply chain and digital transformation strategy

Significant previous external experience:

  • CEO of Georg Jensen, a Scandinavian luxury jewellery and home design brand
  • CEO of Karstadt, a German premium luxury department store chain
  • Various senior roles at IKEA, the Swedish home furnishing brand, over a ten-year period including:
    – Deputy Global Retail Manager, responsible for the development and implementation of Ikea’s global omnichannel strategy
    – CEO of IKEA Holland
    – Deputy Retail Manager at IKEA Japan, responsible for developing and growing the IKEA brand across Japan

Principal external appointments:

  • Supervisory Board Member at METRO AG, a leading international wholesale and food service company
  • Non-Executive Director of Elisa Corporation, a telecommunications company registered on the Nasdaq Helsinki
  • Founder and Senior Advisor of KUNO Leadership Community
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