David is a professional strategic adviser focused principally on UK and international real estate.
He is on the boards of both listed and unlisted companies in the UK and overseas, as well as holding corporate advisory roles.
He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1978 and has over 25 years’ experience as a fund manager, including as Managing Director of Aberdeen Asset Management’s property fund business.
David is a former President of the British Property Federation and was actively involved in the introduction of REITs to the UK. He is also Honorary Swedish Consul to Glasgow and an Honorary Professor of real estate at Heriot-Watt University.
Matthew Thorne MA, FCA
Matthew chairs the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee. Matthew qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978 with Price Waterhouse. He was an independent non-executive director for nine years of Bankers Investment Trust plc, retiring in 2018 having chaired the Audit Committee. Since May 2007 Matthew has been an adviser to Consensus Business Group (led by Vincent Tchenguiz). Matthew was also Audit Committee chair and the finance member of the Advisory Board and Advisory Panel of Greenwich Hospital, the Naval Charity, until January 2020. Matthew’s previous executive roles have included Group Finance Director of McCarthy & Stone plc from 1993 to 2007, Finance Director of Ricardo plc from 1991 to 1992 and Investment Director of Beazer plc from 1983 to 1991.
Matthew’s other roles are not considered to impact his ability to allocate sufficient time to the Company to discharge his responsibilities effectively.
Hazel was an investment analyst with Scottish Life until 1996 and then joined Standard Life Investments. As a fund manager she specialised in UK and then Emerging Market equities. In 2005 Hazel joined Goldman Sachs International as an executive director on the new markets equity sales desk before moving to HSBC in 2012, holding a similar equity sales role until 2016.
Hazel is an independent non-executive director of Aberdeen Latin American Income Fund Limited and holds the CFA Level 4 certificate in ESG Investing and the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma.
Hazel’s other role is not considered to impact her ability to allocate sufficient time to the Company to discharge her responsibilities effectively.
Ian Mattioli MBE
Ian is CEO of Mattioli Woods plc (“Mattioli Woods”) with over 35 years’ experience in financial services, wealth management and property businesses and is the founder director of Custodian REIT. Together with Bob Woods, Ian founded Mattioli Woods, the AIM-listed wealth management and employee benefits business which is the parent company of the Investment Manager. Mattioli Woods now has over £9bn of assets under management, administration and advice. Ian is responsible for the vision and operational management of Mattioli Woods and instigated the development of its investment proposition, including the syndicated property initiative that developed into the seed portfolio for the launch of Custodian REIT. Ian and family own circa 2% of the Company as part of their long-term investment planning. His personal achievements include winning the London Stock Exchange AIM Entrepreneur of the Year award and CEO of the year in the 2018 City of London wealth management awards.
Ian was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list for his services to business and the community in Leicestershire. Ian is also Non-Executive Chairman of K3 Capital Group plc, which is listed on AIM and specialises in business transfer, business brokerage and corporate finance across the UK.
Ian’s other roles are not considered to impact his ability to allocate sufficient time to the Company to discharge his responsibilities effectively.
Elizabeth’s substantive executive career was with Tesco plc where she was a Stores Board Director before embarking on a non-executive career in 2005.
Elizabeth is currently SID and Remuneration Committee Chair at Unite plc, the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation and Non-Executive Director and Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Committee Chair of Dalata Hotel Group plc, the largest hotel group in the Republic of Ireland. Her other Board roles include Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair at McBride plc, Europe’s leading manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products, and Non-Executive Director of Fresca Group Limited, a fruit and vegetable import/export company.
Previously Elizabeth was SID of JD Wetherspoons plc, SID and Remuneration Committee Chair of Flybe plc and Chair of Moat Homes Limited.
Chris joined international property consultancy King Sturge in 1979 as a graduate and has worked his whole career across the UK investment property market. He ran the investment teams at King Sturge before becoming Joint Managing Partner and subsequently Joint Senior Partner prior to its merger with JLL in 2011.
Chris was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of JLL UK in 2016 and will become its Chairman in April 2021. He will continue to play an active role in the capital markets business and is committed to leading the property sector on sustainability and supporting the debate around the climate emergency.
Chris is a former Chair of the Investment Property Forum and is a Non-Executive Director of Le Masurier, a Jersey based family trust with assets across the UK, Germany and Jersey.
Chris is also a keen supporter of the UK homelessness charity Crisis.
Malcolm Cooper FCCA FCT
Malcolm is a qualified accountant and an experienced FTSE 250 company Audit Committee Chair with an extensive background in corporate finance and a wide experience in infrastructure and property.
Malcolm worked with Arthur Andersen and British Gas/BG Group/Lattice before spending 15 years with National Grid with roles including Managing Director of National Grid Property and Global Tax and Treasury Director, and culminated in the successful sale of a majority stake in National Grid’s gas distribution business, now known as Cadent Gas.
Malcolm is currently a Non-Executive Director of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a FTSE 250 UK construction and regeneration business, Chairing its Audit and Responsible Business Committees. He is also Senior Independent Director of MORhomes plc, Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at Southern Water Services Limited and Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair at Local Pensions Partnership Investment.
Malcolm was previously Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee chair at CLS Holdings plc, a Non-Executive Director of St William Homes LLP, President of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Authority Advisory Panel.
Ed Moore FCA
Ed qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 with Grant Thornton, specialising in audit, financial reporting and internal controls across its Midlands practice. He is Finance Director of Custodian Capital with responsibility for all day-to-day financial aspects of its operations. Ed is also a member of the Custodian Capital Investment Committee.
Since IPO in 2014 Ed has overseen the Company raising over £300m of new equity, arranging or refinancing six loan facilities and completing three corporate acquisitions. Ed’s key responsibilities for Custodian REIT are ongoing regulatory compliance, accurate external and internal financial reporting and maintaining a robust control environment. Ed was appointed Company Secretary of Custodian REIT on 17 June 2020.