Non-executive directors

Our non-executive directors provide the executive management team a valuable forum for discussion and advice based on wide-ranging experience

Adèle Anderson
Senior independent director

Appointed to the Board: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 22 February 2013 and Senior independent director on 3 May 2017.

Career: Adèle Anderson commenced her career at KPMG where she became a partner and held a number of senior roles, including Chief Financial Officer. She is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee at easyJet plc, a Non-Executive Director of the Spire Healthcare Group plc, a member of the audit committee of the Welcome Trust and a trustee of Save the Children UK. 

Skills and Experience: Adèle graduated from Kent University with BSc Hons in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is a qualified ACA. She has gained extensive financial experience throughout her career and has significant Audit Committee experience.

Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of easyJet plc; a Non-Executive Director of Spire Healthcare Group plc; a member of the audit committee of the Welcome Trust and a member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children UK.

 Committees:

  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Review Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Richard Gordon
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board:
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in May 2010.

Career:
Richard Gordon previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Capital Shopping Centres PLC between 1996 and 2006, and was appointed as an alternate Director in respect of Graeme Gordon’s directorship of the Group in 2001.  

Skills and experience:
Richard has also served on the boards of a number of companies within the Liberty Life Group and various companies within the commercial and residential real estate sector, mainly in South Africa.

Rakhi Goss-Custard
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board: Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 7 October 2015.

Career: Rakhi's early career included roles at TomTom, content management provider Article27 and 11 years at Amazon until 2014, where she held a number of key roles including responsibility for the Amazon UK Media category.

Skills and Experience: Rakhi has an up-to-date perspective on retail and consumer trends, as well as deep insight and knowledge of the digital environment. Rakhi has a BA in Marketing & Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Rightmove plc. Non-Executive Director at Be Heard Group plc. Non-Executive Director of Kingfisher plc.  Non-Executive Director of Schroders plc.

Committees:

  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Review Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Lady Louise Patten
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board:
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 22 September 2011.

Career:
Louise Patten began her career at Citibank, working mainly in retail financial services until she joined global strategy advisers Bain & Company Inc in 1993 where she has been a Senior Adviser since 1997.

Skills and Experience:
Louise Patten has extensive board level experience at a number of retail and property companies including as Chairman of Brixton plc and Interim Chairman of Somerfield plc, and Non-Executive roles at Marks and Spencer plc, where she chaired the Remuneration Committee, GUS plc, Hilton Group plc, Harveys Furnishings plc and Control Risks Group. 

Other appointments: Non-Executive Director at Abcam plc and. Non-executive director of both Arthur J. Gallagher Holdings (UK) Limited's UK Board and its retail business Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited.

Committees:

  • Chair of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Review Committee

Andrew Strang
Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board:
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 8 July 2009.

Career:
Andrew Strang started his career with Richard Ellis 40 years ago. He served as Managing Director of Threadneedle Property Investments Limited for 17 years until January 2008. He was Chairman of Hermes Real Estate Investment Management from 2009 to 2011. He was a Director of the British Property Federation from 1994 to 2013. He is a current member of the Norges Bank Investment Real Estate Advisory Board, a member of the Investment and Governance Committees at AEW UK and he was appointed as a Director of the Pollen Estate Trustee Company Limited between August 2014 and January 2016. 

Skills and experience:
Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor and has substantially focused on property investment throughout his career.

Other appointments:
Non-Executive Director of Capital & Counties Properties PLC.

Committees:

  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Review 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 Chairman, Deputy Chairman and two executive directors can be found here.