We have created a smaller, more effective executive team so as a business we can respond in a more flexible and agile way. Five of the eight members are new or new in post and with this new expertise and a fresh perspective our decision-making will be bolder and more effective.
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 secured debt including £1.5 billion bond and bank debt refinancing of six centres, £500 million bond refinancing of intu Metrocentre and £600 million revolving credit facility. He led on the acquisition of The Trafford Centre in 2010, assets from Westfield in 2014 and assets in Spain in 2013 and 2015.
Chief financial officer
Robert has extensive experience of refinancing, M&A, treasury, IT and investor relations. At Crest Nicholson, Robert led a refinancing with private placement in the US and renewed banking facilities amid a change of brokers. As regional finance controller, EMEA of BAT, he was accountable for all aspects of finance across the region, comprising 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 2008/2009 financial crisis.
Centre performance director
Martin joined the group in 2002 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2016. His role encompasses asset and development management, visitor experiences and centre operations. Martin has over 25 years’ experience in the retail property industry including previous roles at MEPC and JLL, the latter including 4 years in Spain. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the strategy board of Revo.
Corporate affairs and sustainability director
Amanda joined the Group in 2011; she became corporate affairs and sustainability director and was appointed to the Executive Committee in August 2019. Her responsibilities include corporate communications, branding, internal communications, public affairs, sustainability, B2B and corporate marketing and reputation management. Amanda began her career in advertising and has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications primarily in the retail and property sectors. Prior to intu, Amanda worked in communications and marketing positions with international and UK-based companies, including Lend Lease, Adams Childrenswear and ATS Euromaster.
General counsel and group treasurer
Hugh joined the Group as general counsel in 2003. He was 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.
Group company secretary
Susan 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.
Customer performance director
Rebecca has over 20 years of shopping destination experience and joined intu in 2000, 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. 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. Rebecca is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and on the Revo Gold Awards judging panel.
Chief investment officer
Dushyant joined the Group in 2010 and was appointed chief investment officer in 2019, having previously been corporate development director and a member of the Executive Committee since 2014. Since joining intu in 2010, Dushyant has worked on over £5.5bn of transactions, including leading on the introduction of all its joint venture partners as well as recent divestments in Spain and the UK. 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 has 17 years of real estate M&A and investment experience. including roles in private equity and investment banking at MGPA (now Blackrock) and UBS respectively.