• Audit committee
  • Nomination committee
  • Remuneration committee
  • Chairman

Alan Dickinson
Non-Executive Chairman
Appointed to the Board: 22 May 2014

Alan has spent more than 50 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 and a director of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Nigel Hugill
Chief Executive
Appointed to the Board: 22 May 2014

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. He was presented with the Estates Gazette Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

External appointments

Nigel is chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the respected urban think tank Centre for Cities. He is Co Chairman of the Finance and Estates Committee and is a member of Council of the London School of Economics. 

Robin Butler
Managing Director
Appointed to the Board: 22 May 2014

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
Appointed to the Board: 1 July 2016

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 20 years of experience in the real estate sector.

External appointments


Ian Barlow
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board: 1 September 2016

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 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 The Brunner Investment Trust plc, Foxtons Group plc and Goodwood Estate Company Limited.

June Barnes
Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board: 22 May 2014

June left the East Thames Group, a housing association, 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 currently a trustee of the Building Research Establishment, a member of the Jersey Architecture Commission and a Board member of the Hornsey Housing Trust.


Jon Di-Stefano
Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board: 1 September 2017

Jon joined Telford Homes Plc as financial director in October 2002 where he built up a strong finance function and played a significant role in establishing relationships with the Group’s banking partners and institutional investors. Jon became chief executive on 1 July 2011 and is responsible for the Group’s strategic direction, the approach to risk management and all other long-term business planning. Prior to joining Telford Homes, he had one year with Mothercare following five years with Arthur Andersen.

External appointments

Jon is chief executive of Telford Homes Plc.

Heather Williams
Company Secretary
Date of Appointment: 26 August 2015

Heather is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators with over 20 years’ experience of working in the company secretarial area. She was previously company secretary to Petropavlovsk plc and to Helical Bar plc. Her experience also includes nearly nine years as an investment trust company secretary.