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.
Barry Gilbertson PPRICS
Barry is the designated Senior Independent Director and chairs the Management Engagement Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is an international consultant with a focus on real estate, strategy and risk, with more than 40 years’ experience advising on property – especially where real estate is material to the corporate entity.
He was an adviser to the Bank of England from 2003 to 2014 and the 123rd President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2004/5. In 1996, Barry became the first chartered surveyor to become a full equity partner in any firm of chartered accountants worldwide when he joined the Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) partnership, where he remained a partner until 2011. Barry has been a non-executive consultant to Knight Frank LLP, and has held advisory appointments with the United Nations and the UK Government.
Barry’s other public company non-executive directorships have previously included Chairman of conwert Immobilien Invest SE, quoted on the Vienna Stock Exchange in Austria; RONA Incorporated, in Montreal, Canada, quoted on the TSX and Granite REIT, in Toronto, Canada, quoted on the NYSE and TSX, where he served on the Audit Committee throughout his six year term, and chaired the Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee until retiring by rotation, having previously also chaired the following three Committees: Compensation, Real Estate Investment, Strategy at different stages of the company’s evolution.
Barry has served on the Council of The University of Bath since 2014, serving on the Finance Committee and was recently elected to Chair the new Remuneration Committee, holds Visiting Professor appointments at two UK universities, and been awarded Honorary Membership of four international professional bodies. Among his voluntary roles, Barry has been, since July 2017, Chairman of The City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Matthew Thorne MA, FCA
Matthew chairs the Company’s Audit Committee. Matthew qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978 with Price Waterhouse. He has been an independent non-executive director for the last nine years of Bankers Investment Trust plc, retiring in 2018, having chaired the Audit Committee. Since May 2007 Matthew has been an advisor 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.
Hazel was appointed as an Independent Director in December 2019. She 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 was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Aberdeen Latin American Income Fund Limited in 2018 and holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma.
Ian Mattioli MBE
Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is the founder director of Custodian REIT. Together with Bob Woods, Ian founded Mattioli Woods plc, the AIM-listed wealth management and employee benefits business which is the parent company of Custodian Capital, external fund manager of Custodian REIT. Mattioli Woods now has £9.4bn 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. His personal achievements include winning the London Stock Exchange AIM Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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.
Nathan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 with Ernst & Young, specialising in providing mergers and acquisitions advice to a broad range of quoted and unquoted clients in the UK and abroad. He joined Mattioli Woods as Finance Director in 2005 – prior to its admission to AIM – and oversees the reporting and accounting framework of the Group. He also leads the Group’s acquisition activity.
Nathan is also Finance Director of Custodian Capital Limited (the discretionary investment manager of Custodian REIT plc – a real estate investment trust listed on the main market of London Stock Exchange).
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and holds the Corporate Finance qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Nathan is also an independent non-executive director of Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) plc, chairing the audit committee, and is a trustee of Leicester Grammar School.