Executive committee

With the chief executive and chief financial officer, the executive committee oversees the day to day operations of the Group

The executive committee meets every fortnight to consider investment proposals and prospects, to review progress on projects and project expenditure in detail, and to receive updates on other business matters. The members of the executive committee are the chief executive and the chief financial officer, plus...

Matthew Roberts
Chief Executive

Matthew has significant real estate and retail experience and a strong track record of successfully recycling capital, with over £1.6 billion of assets having been sold since 2010. He has led on financing/refinancing of £4 billion of secured debt in over 20 transactions since 2013, including on £1.5 billion bond and bank refinancing of 6 centres, £500 million bond refinancing of intu Metrocentre and £600 million revolving credit facility. He led on the acquisition of the Trafford Centre in 2011 for £1.6 billion, with both a share issue and placing to fund the acquisition. He also led in acquiring assets from Westfield in 2014 and in Spain in 2013 and 2015. 

Robert Allen
Chief Financial Officer

Robert has extensive experience of refinancing, M&A, treasury, IT and investor relations. At Crest Nicholson, Robert led a financing with private placement in the US and renewed banking facilities amidst a change of brokers. As Regional Finance Controller, EEMEA of BAT, he was accountable for all aspects of finance across the region, comprising of 83 countries, accounting for £10 billion of sales and £1.5 billion operating profit. As Head of Corporate Finance and Group Treasurer of BAT, Robert led the Group's M&A team, responsible for all acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures globally, as well as holding responsibility for all aspects of global treasury during the 2008/09 financial crisis.

Martin Breeden
Development director

Joined the Group in 2002 and was appointed Group development director and a member of the Executive Committee in January 2016. As development director, Martin has direct responsibility for intu's development programme across the UK and intu's Spanish business. Martin has worked on almost all of intu's assets at various times, and has over 25 years' experience in the retail property industry. Previous roles have included working for MEPC and Jones Lang LaSalle, the latter including four years in Spain. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the advisory panel of the British Council of Shopping Centres.

Amanda Campbell
Corporate affairs and sustainability director

Joined the Group as Head of PR and Communications in February 2011. Previously held Head of Marketing and Communications positions with international and UK based large private companies.

Hugh Ford
General counsel & group treasurer

Joined the Group as General Counsel in 2003. Appointed General Counsel and Group Treasurer in April 2015. Previously, he was General Manager, Legal at Virgin Atlantic Airways and before that, a commercial lawyer with British Airways plc. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992 with Freshfields. 

Susan Marsden
Group company secretary

Joined the Group as Company Secretary in 2000. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Susan commenced her career at the London Stock Exchange and has been Company Secretary of two FTSE real-estate sector companies before joining intu.

Gordon McKinnon
Operations director

Joined the Group as Operations Director, CSC Trafford in January 2011 and became a Regional Centre Director in January 2013 Before taking on the role of operations director of intu, in November 2013. He spent 20 years in various roles with Marks & Spencer before taking up an assignment with Manchester Millenium Limited, the task force rebuilding Manchester City Centre following the 1996 IRA bomb. Subsequently appointed Chief Executive of Manchester City Centre Management Company Limited. He was appointed Director of Operations at The Trafford Centre in 2004.

Trevor Pereira
Commercial & digital director

Joined the Group in 2007 as Commercial Director, Capital Shopping Centres plc. He was subsequently appointed Group Digital and Commercial Director, responsible for digital activities, commercialisation, marketing and customer experience. Previously worked for airport group BAA plc for 21 years, latterly as Retail and Commercial Director for Heathrow Airport.

Rebecca Ryman
Customer performance director

Rebecca has over 20 years shopping destination experience and has been with intu for 19 years, working on the majority of our centres through a combination of asset management, leasing, commercialisation and property management roles. Up until her appointment as Customer performance director and upon joining the Executive Committee in August 2019, Rebecca was most recently responsible for our southern region, and delivered the extensions at intu Watford and intu Lakeside. As Customer performance director, Rebecca is responsible for ensuring all our brand customers flourish through closer partnership working, sharing our insight and developing new products and services so that their intu locations are their most successful.  In addition to her role Rebecca is active on the Revo Gold Awards judging panel.

Dushyant Sangar
Chief investment officer

Joined the Group in 2010 and appointed Chief Investment Officer in 2019, having previously been Corporate Development Director and a member of the executive committee since 2014. As Chief Investment Officer, Dushyant has responsibility for implementing the Group’s investment strategy, managing acquisitions and disposals as well as sourcing and building relationships with capital partners. He previously had roles in real estate private equity and investment banking at MGPA (now Blackrock) and UBS respectively.


Julian Wilkinson
Asset management director

Appointed Group Asset Management Director and a member of the Executive Committee in January 2016. As Asset Management Director Julian has responsibility for optimising the performance of intu's shopping centres. He has held similar positions at Director level over the last 25 years on behalf of both retailers and landlords. He is also a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.