Board of directors

    John Gildersleeve

    John Gildersleeve ( 68 )
    Non-Executive Chairman

    Appointment to the Board
    John became a Non-Executive Director in September 2008. He was appointed Senior Independent Director in November 2010. He became Non-Executive Chairman in January 2013.

    Committee membership
    Chairman of the Nomination Committee

    External appointments
    John is Deputy Chairman of Carphone Warehouse Group PLC and a Non-Executive Director of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC.

    Previous experience
    Until February 2004, he was a Director of Tesco plc. He was formerly Chairman of New Look Retail Group Ltd, EMI Group, Gallaher Group and Carphone Warehouse Group and was also a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds TSB Bank Plc and Vodafone Group.

    Chris Grigg

    Chris Grigg ( 53 )
    Chief Executive

    Appointment to the Board
    Joined British Land as Chief Executive in January 2009.

    Committee membership
    Chairman of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee and member of the Risk Committee.

    External appointments
    Chris is a member of the Executive Board of EPRA, the European Public Real Estate Association and is Immediate Past President of the British Property Federation. He is also a Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems plc.

    Previous experience
    Chris was Chief Executive of Barclays Commercial Bank until November 2008, having joined the bank in 2005 as Group Treasurer. Prior to Barclays, he held a broad range of leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, where his career spanned 20 years. He rose to partner of Goldman Sachs, working principally in its capital markets and derivatives business.

    Lucinda Bell

    Lucinda Bell ( 48 )
    Finance Director

    Appointment to the Board
    Lucinda joined the Executive Committee in 2010, joined the Board in March 2011 and became Finance Director in May 2011.

    Committee membership
    Executive Committee and Investment Committee and Chair of the Risk Committee.

    Previous experience
    Lucinda qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining British Land in 1991, where she has held a wide range of roles in the Group finance function, including Tax Director. Lucinda was also a Governor of the University of Westminster where she chaired the Finance and Property Committee.

    Tim Roberts

    Tim Roberts ( 48 )
    Head of Offices

    Appointment to the Board
    Tim was appointed to the Executive Committee in August 2005 and elected as an Executive Director in July 2006. He has responsibility for the Office sector of the Company's portfolio.

    Committee membership
    Executive Committee, Investment Committee and Risk Committee.

    External appointments
    Tim is a Trustee and Board Member of LandAid, the Property Industry Charity.

    Previous experience
    Before joining British Land in 1997 he was a partner at Drivers Jonas, in the Investment Agency team.

    Charles Maudsley

    Charles Maudsley ( 48 )
    Head of Retail

    Appointment to the Board
    Charles joined the Board in February 2010. He has responsibility for the Retail sector of the Company's portfolio.

    Committee membership
    Executive Committee, Investment Committee and Risk Committee.

    Previous experience
    Charles joined British Land from LaSalle Investment Management where he was Co-Head of Europe, Managing Director of the UK business, a member of the Management Board and an International Director. Prior to joining LaSalle he was with AXA Real Estate Investment Managers for seven years where he was Head of Real Estate Fund Management in the UK.

    Lord Turnbull

    Lord Turnbull ( 68 )
    Senior Independent Director

    Appointment to the Board
    Andrew was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in April 2006 and became Senior Independent Director in January 2013.

    Committee membership
    Nomination Committee and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

    External appointments
    Andrew is a Non-Executive Director of Prudential PLC and Frontier Economics Ltd. He entered the House of Lords in 2005 as a Crossbench Life Peer.

    Previous experience
    He retired in July 2005 as Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service, 2002-05. He was Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury, 1998-04; and before that Permanent Secretary at the Department of the Environment, 1994-98. Andrew was Chairman of BH Global limited for five years until 1 January 2013.

    Aubrey Adams

    Aubrey Adams ( 63 )
    Non-Executive Director

    Appointment to the Board
    Aubrey was appointed a Non-Executive Director in September 2008.

    Committee membership
    Audit Committee

    External appointments
    He is Head of Property within RBS's Global Restructuring Group and Non-Executive Chairman of Max Property Group PLC. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wigmore Hall.

    Previous experience
    Until May 2008, Aubrey was Chief Executive of Savills PLC. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Pinnacle Regeneration Group Limited, Senior Independent Director of Associated British Ports PLC and Unitech Corporate Parks PLC, and Non-Executive Chairman of Air Partner PLC.

    Dido Harding

    Dido Harding ( 45 )
    Non-Executive Director

    Appointment to the Board
    Dido was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in January 2010.

    Committee membership
    Remuneration Committee
    Nomination Committee

    External appointments
    She is Chief Executive Officer of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC and is also a trustee of Charity Go ON UK, which aims to make the UK the most digitally skilled nation in the world.

    Previous experience
    Prior to joining TalkTalk in early 2010, Dido was Sainsbury's Convenience Director and a member of J Sainsbury plc's Operating Board. Dido previously held senior management positions within Tesco plc, Kingfisher Plc and Thomas Cook Ltd.

    Simon Borrows

    Simon Borrows ( 54 )
    Non-Executive Director

    Appointment to the Board
    Simon was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 17 March 2011.

    Committee membership
    Audit Committee

    External appointments
    Simon joined 3i Group plc in October 2011 as Chief Investment Officer and became Chief Executive in May 2012. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Inchcape plc.

    Previous experience
    Before his appointment to 3i Simon worked for 28 years in the banking and finance industry, most recently as Chairman of Greenhill & Co. International LLP, having served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the firm (2007-10) and Co-President (2004-07). Prior to Greenhill, Simon held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Baring Brothers International Limited, the corporate finance division of ING Barings.

    William Jackson

    William Jackson ( 49 )
    Non-Executive Director

    Appointment to the Board
    William was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 11 April 2011.

    Committee membership
    Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee

    External appointments
    He is the Managing Partner of Bridgepoint, a leading private equity firm. William has served on a number of Bridgepoint portfolio Boards. He is currently the Chairman of Pret A Manger, the ready to eat food and beverage retailer and Dorna Sports SL, holder of the commercial rights of the Moto GP World Championship.

    Previous experience
    William began his career at NatWest's investment banking arm, before working extensively on private equity transactions in Europe. He was appointed Managing Partner of Bridgepoint, formerly NatWest Equity Partners, in 2001.

    Tim Score

    Tim Score
    Non-Executive Director

    Appointment to the Board
    Tim was appointed a Non-Executive Director in March 2014.

    Committee membership
    Chairman of the Audit Committee

    External appointments
    Tim is Chief Financial Officer of FTSE 100 company ARM Holdings PLC, a position he has held since joining the company in 2002. Tim is a Chartered Accountant.

    Previous experience
    Prior to joining ARM, Tim held senior financial positions at Rebus Group Limited, William Baird plc, Lucas Varity plc and BTR plc.

    From 2005 to 2014, Tim was a Non-Executive Director of National Express Group PLC. He was Chairman of the Audit Committee and also a Member of the Remuneration and Safety Committees. From December 2008 to April 2009, he was interim Chairman and from 2009 to 2014 he was Senior Independent Director of National Express.

    Anthony Braine

    Tony Braine ( 56 )
    Secretary

    Tony joined British Land in 1987 as Assistant Secretary and became Group Secretary in 1995.

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John Ritblat, Honorary President
Sir John became Managing Director of British Land in 1970 and Chairman in 1971. He retired from the Board in December 2006 and was appointed Honorary President.

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