• Audit committee
  • Nomination committee
  • Remuneration committee
  • Chairman

Alan Dickinson
Non-Executive Chairman

Alan has spent more than 45 years in banking, originally joining the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1973, having started his career with Westminster Bank in 1968. A former chief executive of RBS UK, he is an experienced retail and corporate banker with a strong strategic focus and considerable
experience of the corporate world and the impact of current and past economic cycles upon markets and market participants.

External appointments

Alan is a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, a governor of the charity Motability and honorary treasurer of Surrey County Cricket Club.

Nigel Hugill
Chief Executive

Nigel has held numerous senior positions within the property and regeneration industry over a career spanning 30 years, including serving as special policy adviser to Sir Bob Kerslake at the HCA. He was chief executive officer of Chelsfield plc from 1992 to 2005 and executive chairman of Lend Lease Europe from 2005 to 2008, having joined the company through the joint acquisition of the residential developer Crosby.

External appointments

Nigel is chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the respected urban think tank Centre for Cities as well as chairing the Estates Strategy Committee of the London School of Economics.

Robin Butler
Managing Director

Robin joined Elliott Bernerd in 1985 and in 1986 became a founding director of Chelsfield plc and was a main board director until the sale of the business in 2004. At Chelsfield he was involved in regeneration projects of metropolitan scale and international significance, including Merry Hill, Paddington Basin, White City (now Westfield) and Stratford City in London. He joined Lend Lease Europe in 2005 and was appointed chief executive in 2006.

External appointments

Robin is on the board of the Royal Academy of Music and is chairman of New Heritage, the regeneration body for Dudley MBC.

David Wood
Group Finance Director

David joined Urban&Civic in April 2010, having previously held senior finance positions at Minerva plc, Multiplex Developments and Chelsfield plc. Having qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche, David has over 19 years of experience in the real estate sector.

External appointments


Ian Barlow
Non-Executive Director

Ian was senior partner (London) at KPMG until his retirement in 2008. Other previous roles include chairman of WSP Group plc and Think London, the direct inward investment agency for London, and board member and chair of the audit committee of the London Development Agency. Ian is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He holds an MA in engineering science from the University of Cambridge.

External appointments

Ian is a non-executive director of Smith & Nephew plc, The Brunner Investment Trust plc and Foxtons Group plc.

June Barnes
Independent Non-Executive Director

June left the East Thames Group in 2014 after serving as group chief executive for over 16 years. She trained as a town planner and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. June has served on a number of boards and working groups over the years concerned with the built environment and poverty. She was chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission from 2005 to 2008 and, more recently, vice chair of the National Housing Federation, a board member of the Institute for Sustainability and a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group.

External appointments

June is a trustee of the Building Research Establishment and a member of the Jersey Architecture Commission.

Robert Dyson
Independent Non-Executive Director

Bob is a chartered surveyor and former chairman of the north west region of property advisers JLL, from where he retired at the end of 2013. He joined the property profession in 1970 and after periods in nationalised industry and the public sector entered private practice, from where he has dealt with all aspects of residential and commercial property. Over the past 25 years Bob specialised in investment, development and large-scale mixed-use regeneration schemes. He has held a number of non-executive positions in finance and property organisations including Manchester Building Society.

External appointments


Duncan Hunter
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

On leaving Oxford with a DPhil, Duncan joined Cazenove & Co in 1974, becoming a partner in 1981. As a managing director in the successor business, JPMorgan Cazenove, he led some of the firm’s largest financial advisory mandates for M&A and equity offerings.

External appointments

Duncan is executive chairman of EQL Capital.

Mark Tagliaferri
Non-Executive Director

Mark heads the London office of GI Partners, a leading alternative investment management firm with $12 billion in capital commitments from institutional investors around the world. Prior to joining GI, Mark spent six years with Nomura Principal Finance Group which became Terra Firma Capital Partners where he served as a senior partner. Previously, he was founder and chief executive of Dawnay Day Corporate Finance, a corporate finance advisory business that was ranked in the top five UK mergers and acquisition boutiques during his tenure. His early career was with Deloitte & Touche, where he finished as head of its London M&A Advisory Practice. 

External appointments

Mark is managing partner of GI Partners and is the chairman of London Strategic Land.