The Board

  • Robin Budenberg CBE

    Robin Budenberg CBE - Chairman and First Commissioner

    Robin took up the post of Chairman of The Crown Estate on 1 August 2016.

    Key strengths

    • Finance
    • Leadership
    • Strategic overview
    • Governance

    Experience

    Robin has advised companies on strategy and governance throughout his career. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Exeter. He was awarded a CBE in 2015 for his services to the taxpayer and the economy.

    External appointments

    Robin is currently London Chairman of Centerview Partners and a Non-Executive Director for The Charity Bank Ltd and the Big Society Trust. He is also a Trustee of the Adam Rogers Trust, and Director of Boxted Developments and JDR Developments. Robin is the former Chairman and Chief Executive of UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI).

  • Alison Nimmo

    Alison Nimmo CBE, FRICS, MRTPI, FICE

    Chief Executive, Executive Board Member and Second Commissioner

    Alison took up the post of Chief Executive of The Crown Estate on 1 January 2012, and was reappointed on 1 January 2016.

    Key strengths

    • Leadership
    • Corporate overview
    • Government relations
    • Urban regeneration/property

    Experience

    Alison spent five years with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) where, as Director of Design and Regeneration, she was responsible for delivering the overall design and early delivery of many of the venues for the London 2012 games. Her previous roles have included Chief Executive of Sheffield One and Project Director of Manchester Millennium Ltd. She was awarded a CBE in 2004.

    External appointments

    Alison is Non-Executive Director at Berkeley Group and a visiting professor for Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a Trustee of UK Green Building Council, Chair of the CBI Economic Growth Board, and a Trustee of Imperial College London. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal for recognition of her services to town planning and sustainability throughout her career.

  • Kate Bowyer

    Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Member

    Kate was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2017 (appointed to Chief Financial Officer on
    3 October 2016).

    Key strengths

    • Real Estate Finance

    Experience

    Kate joined from FTSE 100 intu properties plc where she had been Director of Finance. She had previously managed intu's investor relations after joining in 2000 as Group Financial Controller. Kate qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1995, working in their Canadian and corporate finance practices.

    External appointments

    Kate is a Trustee of Westminster Amalgamated Charities.

  • Paula Hay-Plumb

    Paula Hay-Plumb BSc, ACA, MCT

    Independent Non-Executive Board Member

    Paula was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2015.

    Key strengths

    • Finance
    • Governance and audit
    • Regeneration

    Experience

    Paula is an experienced director in both the public and private sectors. She spent nine years on the Board of national regeneration agency, English Partnerships, and in 1997/98 chaired the Government's Coalfields Taskforce. A Chartered Accountant, Paula's other roles have included Corporate Finance and Group Reporting Director at Marks and Spencer plc and Non-Executive Director at Skipton Building Society, The Forensic Science Service and The National Audit Office. Paula is a Non-Executive Board Member of Hyde Housing Association and Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc.

    External appointments

    Paula is a Non-Executive Board Member of Hyde Housing Association and Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc, and Finance Director of Rosling King LLP. She is also a Trustee of Oxford University Hospitals.

  • Ian Marcus

    Ian Marcus MA, FRICS

    Non-Executive Board Member and Senior Independent Board Member

    Ian was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012, and reappointed on 1 January 2016. He was appointed Senior Independent Board Member on 31 January 2015.

    Key strengths

    • Real estate investment banking

    Experience

    Ian was previously Chairman of European Real Estate Investment Banking at Credit Suisse where he was responsible for leading the bank’s property related activities across its asset management, private banking and investment banking businesses.

    External appointments

    Ian is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Secure Income REIT plc, Non-executive Director, Town Centre Securities plc, Chairman of the Bank of England Commercial Property Forum, Chairman of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, on the Advisory Board of Redevco and a senior advisor to both Wells Fargo Securities and Eastdil Secured. Ian’s previous roles have included the Presidency of the British Property Federation and Chairmanship of the Investment Property Forum. He is a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board of the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, an Eminent Fellow of the RICS and a Member of the Chartered Surveyors Company.

  • Dipesh Shah

    Dipesh Shah OBE, MSc, FRSA

    Non-Executive Board Member

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2011, and reappointed on 1 January 2015.

    Key strengths

    • Energy including renewables and infrastructure

    Experience

    Dipesh has an extensive background in business, including renewable energy, utilities and infrastructure. Previous appointments include: Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Chief Executive of several businesses in BP Group plc, Chairman of Viridian Group plc, HgCapital Renewable Power Partners LLP and of European Photovoltaics Industry Association, and a Non- Executive Director of Lloyd’s of London and Babcock International Group plc.

    External appointments

    Dipesh currently holds a number of non-executive appointments with Thames Water Utilities, EU Marguerite Fund, JKX Oil and Gas plc and Cavendish Fluor Partnership. He is also Director of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc, and Chairman of ANHD International Advisory Services Ltd. Dipesh is a Trustee of the British Youth Opera and a Governor of Merchant Taylors’ School, and Chairman of Genesis Housing Association.

  • James Darkins

    James Darkins

    Non-Executive Board Member

    James was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2016.

    Key strengths

    • Strategic leadership
    • Real estate investment management
    Experience

    James has an extensive track record of success in the global real estate investment management industry. From 2001 he led the expansion of Henderson’s real estate business in Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2014, TH Real Estate was formed as a joint venture between Henderson and TIAA-CREF, becoming the world’s fourth largest real estate investment manager with combined assets of £59 billion. He retired as Chief Executive of TH Real Estate in 2015.

    External appointments

    James is a Director of The Property Group Limited, Chairman of the Trustees for the Walberswick Common Lands Charity, and Director of Luxury Harvest Pte Ltd.

  • Peter Madden

    Peter Madden OBE

    Board Counsellor

    Peter was appointed as Board Counsellor on 1 January 2014.

    Key strengths
    • Sustainability
    • Urban innovation

    Experience

    Peter is the former Chief Executive of Future Cities Catapult, a global centre of excellence on urban innovation that brings together cities, businesses and universities to develop solutions to the future needs of our cities, having stepped down in June 2017. Previously, Peter was Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, a non-profit organisation working globally with cities, governments and leading businesses to promote sustainable development.

    External appointments

    Peter is a member of Ingersoll Rand’s Advisory Council and Director of ecovivid. His previous posts have included Head of Policy at the Environment Agency and Ministerial Adviser at Defra. Peter was awarded an OBE for services to environmental protection and sustainable development.

  • Gareth Baird

    Gareth Baird DL, FRAgS

    Board Counsellor

    Gareth was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2009, and reappointed on 1 October 2017. Gareth retired as Scottish Commissioner on 31 March 2017.

    Key strengths

    • Scottish affairs
    • Farming
    • Enterprise

    Experience

    Gareth is a third generation tenant farmer involved in arable and beef production near Kelso in the Borders and is a leading figure in Scotland’s agricultural and food and drink sectors.

    External appointments

    Gareth is Chairman of Scott Country Potato Growers Ltd, Vice Chairman of Grainco Ltd, and a Director of Scotland Food and Drink. He currently chairs the South of Scotland regional advisory board of Scottish Enterprise. He is a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale.