Directors

John Hewitt
Non-executive chairman

Appointment to the board
John joined the group as an independent non-executive director in August 1999 and was appointed as non- executive chairman in October 2006.
Committee membership
Chairman of the nomination committee and member of the remuneration and audit committees.
Other appointments
John is an adviser to Wadham College and a trustee of the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind.
Previous experience/ brings to the board
John worked in the City of London in stockbroking for over 20 years where he ultimately became managing director of Scrimgeour Vickers. He was, until recently, campaign adviser for Wadham College Oxford and has advised a number of other local and international businesses and organisations. John’s long term, in-depth working knowledge of the City provides to the board valuable advice and opinion and his numerous other activities give a widespread business view on all of the company’s activities.

Simon Costa
Non-executive director and
senior independent director

Appointment to the board
Simon joined the group as senior independent director in May 2015.
Committee membership
Chairman of the audit and remuneration committees and member of the nomination committee.
Other appointments
Simon holds a senior finance position at one of Oxford University’s colleges, where he oversees the management of the endowment and manages all financial, budgeting and accounting functions.
Previous experience/ brings to the board
Simon has a BSSc in Banking & Finance from Birmingham University and an MPhil in Management from Oxford University. His experience in financial markets has spanned both the USA and the UK, where he has held senior positions at Prudential Securities and Lehman Brothers in their Mergers & Acquisitions divisions. Subsequently, he founded CapStone Property LLC, operating out of Virginia, which specialised in refurbishing residential properties. Following the sale of CapStone, he returned to the UK in 2011.

Simon Gill
Chief executive

Appointment to the board
Simon joined the group as property director in April 2013 and assumed the role of chief executive in August 2013.
Committee membership
Simon chairs the executive committee.
Other appointments
Simon runs his own property investment and development business.
Previous experience/ brings to the board
Simon is a chartered surveyor who started his property career in one of the major London practices, subsequently becoming a partner in Allsop & Co, before setting up his own advisory practice in 1988. Later he took on the role of principal by setting up various joint ventures and becoming an asset manager to one of Close Brothers’ private equity funds. Simon’s long term involvement and experience in the property market in his various positions mean that opportunities for the board are assessed on a quick and efficient basis so that the correct decisions are reached at an early stage.

David Kingerlee
Executive director

Appointment to the board
David joined the group as an executive director in September 1996.
Committee membership
Executive committee.
Other appointments
David is an executive director of each of the Kingerlee group of companies which trade in the construction and property development sectors. He was also chairman of Kingerlee Limited until September 2014 and is company secretary of Kingerlee Holdings Limited.
Previous experience/ brings to the board
David’s long term involvement and knowledge of the company provides a solid bedrock to the management of the business. His technical skills and attention to detail are invaluable in the day-to-day running of the portfolio and our internal IT systems. His other business activities provide the directors with practical solutions and opinion to any property issues.

Roberta Miles
Finance director & company secretary

Appointment to the board
Roberta joined the group in April 2010 and was appointed to the board as finance director and company secretary in June 2010.
Committee membership
Executive committee.
Other appointments
Roberta acts as company secretary or chief financial officer for a number of companies. She is currently a director of both MCD Ventures Limited and Microbial Solutions Limited.
Previous experience/ brings to the board
Roberta qualified as a chartered accountant in 1988 and after leaving the profession in 1996 has maintained a portfolio of part-time, executive, board level roles in a variety of businesses at various stages of their lifecycle. Her acute attention to detail, financial acumen and business expertise are a valuable asset to the board and her lively and positive approach to all matters is something that all boardrooms should possess. The board benefits greatly from the experience of her varied executive roles.

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