Chairman and executive directors

The Group's most senior management combines a wealth of knowledge with experience

John Strachan
Chairman

Appointed to the Board: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 7 October 2015 and as Chairman on 3 May 2017.

Career: John was Global Head of Retail Services at Cushman and Wakefield until December 2015. John's career commenced at Healey and Baker in 1972 where he rose to become Head of UK and European Retail from 1996 to 2000. Healey and Baker was acquired by Cushman and Wakefield in 2000.

Skills and Experience: John brings a wealth of experience from the retail property sector, an international perspective including extensive knowledge of the Spanish retail property market. He is known for his creative and entrepreneurial approach to developing new business opportunities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Other appointments: Advisory Board member of Truecap Private Equity; A member of the European Executive Committee and Advisory Board of the International Council of Shopping Centres.

Committees:

  • Chairman of the Capital Projects Committee
  • Chairman of the Nomination & Review Committee
  • Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

John Whittaker
Deputy chairman

Appointed to the Board:
Appointed as Deputy Chairman and a Non-Executive Director on 28 January 2011.

Career:
John Whittaker is the Chairman of the Peel Group which he founded in 1971 and developed into a leading UK infrastructure, transport and real estate enterprise.

Skills and Experience:
John is a highly regarded real estate investor, and has overseen the growth of the Peel Group across many sectors such as land, real estate, ports, airports, renewable energy and media. John is an experienced property developer and business leader, illustrated by projects such as The Trafford Centre and MediacityUK. His appointment to the Board followed the acquisition by intu of The Trafford Centre from the Peel Group.

Other appointments:
Chairman of the Peel Group.

Committees:

  • Member of the Capital Projects Committee

David Fischel
Chief executive

Appointed to the Board:
Appointed Finance Director in 1988, Managing Director in 1992 and Chief Executive in March 2001.

Career:
David Fischel qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983 at Touche Ross & Co before joining intu in 1985.

Skills and experience:
At Touche Ross, David worked in the corporate finance department with experience in acquisitions, flotations and capital raisings. During his 30-year career with intu, David has gained significant executive experience in numerous aspects of the shopping centre industry including shopping centre acquisitions and developments. He has also been closely involved with the Group’s corporate development including equity and debt financings, and a wide range of other corporate transactions, including the 2010 demerger of Capital & Counties from intu.

Other appointments:
Non-Executive Director of Prozone Intu Properties Limited, having resigned as a Non-Executive Director of Equity One, Inc (NYSE: EQY) with effect 19 January 2016.

Committees:

  • Chairman of the Executive Committee
  • Member of the Capital Projects Committee
  • Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Matthew Roberts
Chief financial officer

Appointed to the Board: Appointed on 3 June 2010.

Career: Matthew Roberts was previously the Finance Director of Debenhams plc from 1996 to 2003, and Chief Financial Officer of Gala (subsequently Gala Coral Group) from 2004 to 2008.

Skills and experience: Matthew Roberts (FCA) joined intu as Finance Director in May 2010 and was part of the team which acquired The Trafford Centre, Manchester, in the UK's largest ever single property transaction. In Spring 2013, he led the establishment of intu’s Secured Group Structure with initial issue of £1.15 billion of bond and bank debt. Since then he has led a series of further transactions, which have raised an additional £4 billion of leverage.

In January 2016, Matthew also assumed responsibility for intu's centre-based operations, whilst retaining his existing responsibilities.

Other appointments:
Non-Executive Director of Marston's PLC.

Committees:

  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Member of the Capital Projects Committee

In addition to the Chairman, the Board is comprised of the Deputy Chairman, two executive directors and five non-executive directors. More information about the non-executive directors can be found here.