Board of Directors

The Board of Helical is collectively responsible for providing effective leadership of the Company within a framework of controls and reporting structures designed to assist the pursuit of strategic aims and business objectives.

Richard Cotton

Richard Cotton

Chairman of the Board
Richard Cotton

Richard Cotton

Chairman of the Board

About Richard

Richard Cotton was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in March 2016 and as Senior Independent Director in February 2018. On 14 July 2022, Richard assumed the role of Board Chairman. 

Richard has a wide range of experience in both executive and non-executive roles at a number of quoted and unquoted companies. Richard was formerly head of UK Real Estate at J.P. Morgan Cazenove, a position he held until 2009, and he spent five subsequent years as Managing Director of Forum Partners. Richard has also previously held the position of Chairman of Centurion Properties and was a Non- Executive Director of Hansteen Holdings plc.

His experience in the financial sector, together with his knowledge and skills in property, strengthens the overall expertise of the Board. He is a key contributor to the firm’s strategic discussions, and his knowledge of the financial services industry is frequently drawn upon in Board discussions and assists the Board in decision making.

His appointment as the Group’s Chairman is underpinned by his extensive board experience and understanding of stakeholder interests.

Other current external appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of Big Yellow Group plc
  • Member of the Commercial Development Advisory Group at Transport for London
  • Non-Executive Director of Target Healthcare REIT plc (announced 12 October 2022 and effective 1 November 2022)

Key responsibilities

  • Board

Committee Memberships

  • Chair of the Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Gerald Kaye

Gerald Kaye

Chief Executive
Gerald Kaye

Gerald Kaye

Chief Executive

About Gerald

Gerald Kaye, BSc (Est Man) FRICS, was appointed Chief Executive in 2016. He joined the Board as an Executive Director in 1994, responsible for the Group’s development activities.

Gerald is a past President of the British Council for Offices, a former Director of London & Edinburgh Trust Plc and former Chief Executive of SPP. LET. EUROPE NV.

Gerald’s experience at Helical ensures that he has an in-depth knowledge of the Group’s operations and markets, which helps him to lead the business, be a key contributor to Board discussions and aid the effective decision making of the Board.

He considers stakeholder engagement to be a crucial aspect of his role given its impact on the long-term success of Helical, and he therefore spends considerable time engaging with our major shareholders, visiting the Group’s properties and development sites and maintaining extensive relationships in the property industry.

Other current external appointments:

  • Member of the Investment Committee at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation

Key responsibilities

  • Board

Committee Memberships

Chair of the Executive Committee

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Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy

Chief Financial Officer
Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

About Tim

Tim Murphy, BA (Hons) FCA, joined the Group in 1994 and became Chief Financial Officer of the Company in 2012. He is responsible for the financial statements, financial reporting, treasury and taxation. Before joining Helical Tim worked at the financial and professional services firm Grant Thornton.

Tim is a highly experienced financial practitioner with significant sector knowledge, both technical and commercial.

Tim is experienced in working with boards and management teams in respect of financial and commercial management, reporting, and risk and control frameworks. These experiences make Tim particularly well-placed to contribute to the Group’s broader strategic agenda and further the sustainable success of the business.

Key responsibilities

  • Board
  • Finance
  • Investor relations

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Matthew Bonning-Snook

Matthew Bonning-Snook

Property Director
Matthew Bonning-Snook

Matthew Bonning-Snook

Property Director

About Matthew

Matthew Bonning-Snook, BSc (Urb Est Surveying) MRICS, was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director in 2007. Prior to joining Helical in 1995, he was a Development Agent and Consultant at Richard Ellis (now CBRE).

Matthew’s long tenure with the Group, detailed knowledge of the London property market and his extensive network of contacts within the industry means that he has valuable knowledge and insight to promote and contribute to the Group’s strategy.

In 2019, the Board appointed Matthew as Chair of the Sustainability Committee and he leads our commitment to measuring and improving Helical’s corporate ESG performance against external industry benchmarks. Matthew’s valuable contributions to the long-term sustainable success of the business are therefore evident, both in his skill and experience as a property development executive but also in his leadership of the Group’s sustainability initiatives.

Key responsibilities

  • Board
  • Property
  • Sustainability

Committee Memberships

Chair of the Sustainability Committee

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Amanda Aldridge

Amanda Aldridge

Non-Executive Director
Amanda Aldridge

Amanda Aldridge

Non-Executive Director

About Amanda

Amanda Aldridge was appointed to the Board in April 2024.

Having spent 33 years at KPMG, Amanda has garnered extensive experience in the fields of audit, governance and capital markets. She was a KPMG partner for 20 years, holding numerous positions and was latterly the Head of Intellectual Property & Contract Governance in the firm’s Risk Consulting Division. 
Over the last 6 years, Amanda has served as a Non-Executive Director on several quoted and unquoted company boards, and is an experienced audit and risk committee chair. Through her directorships, she has also gained considerable experience in the property sector. 

Amanda qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is also an active member of the Institute’s Corporate Governance, Sustainability & Climate Change and Construction & Real Estate Communities.

Amanda's strong financial background, combined with her knowledge and experience in risk management across a variety of sectors, including property, will be highly valuable to the Board and contribute to the long- term success of the business.

Subject to Amanda's re-election at the 2024 AGM, it is intended that she will succeed Joe Lister to become Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee following the conclusion of the AGM. 


Other Current External Appointments

  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee at Impact Healthcare REIT plc;  
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee at The Brunner Investment Trust plc;
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee at Staffline Group plc; and
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee at The low Carbon Contracts Company Limited.

Key responsibilities

  • Board

Committee Memberships

  • Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (Designate)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Sue Clayton

Sue Clayton

Senior Independent Director & Designated Non-Executive Director for Workforce Engagement
Sue Clayton

Sue Clayton

Senior Independent Director & Designated Non-Executive Director for Workforce Engagement

About Sue

Sue Clayton, FRICS, was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in February 2016.

In 2019, the Board appointed Sue as the designated Non-Executive Director for workforce engagement and she has engaged directly with members of the workforce on a regular basis throughout the year. Our workforce are key to our strategy and long-term sustainable success and Sue’s role thus contributes to the strategic aims of the Company.

On 14 July 2022, Sue assumed the role of Senior Independent Director and her appointment as the Group’s is underpinned by her extensive board experience and understanding of stakeholder interests.

Sue has over 30 years of experience in UK investment markets. She is a former Managing Director of CBRE’s Capital Markets Team and has sat on the CBRE UK Management and Executive Boards. She also held the position of Employee Director on the CBRE Group Inc. Board. Sue started her career as a graduate with Richard Ellis (now CBRE) and worked in Valuation and Fund Management before moving into Investment Agency.

Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and her extensive commercial experience in the property industry and knowledge of the UK property market renders her a highly valuable contributor to the Group’s strategy. It is also through her skills and experience in the field of property valuation that she provides a significant contribution to the effectiveness of the Group’s governance structure, especially with respect to the work of the Property Valuations Committee.

Other current external appointments:

  • Board Member of the Committee of Management of Hermes Property Unit Trust
  • Non-Executive Director of SEGRO plc

Key responsibilities

  • Board

Committee Memberships

  • Chair of the Property Valuations Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Sue Farr

Sue Farr

Designated Non-Executive Director for ESG and Sustainability
Sue Farr

Sue Farr

Designated Non-Executive Director for ESG and Sustainability

About Sue

Sue contributes considerable knowledge, skill and experience to the Board and its Committees, particularly in the areas of marketing, branding and consumer issues, which are key areas of focus for the Board and important for the continued success of our business.

Sue is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and has served on the boards of a diverse range of companies and has experience on other remuneration committees, both as a member and Chair. Her effectiveness as Chair is bolstered by her understanding of employee and wider business perspectives and her ability to consider the consequences of remuneration decisions. She is also a member of the Audit and Risk and Nominations Committees.

In May 2021, the Board appointed Sue as the designated Non-Executive Director for ESG & Sustainability and she plays a key role in monitoring Helical’s Culture and ensuring its alignment with Company strategy to support the long-term sustainable success of the business.

Sue is a former Chair of both the Marketing Society and the Marketing Group of Great Britain. In 2003, Sue joined the Chime Group, where she was Chair of the Advertising and Marketing Services Division and Strategic and Business Development Director until 2015, and served as a Special Advisor to their Board until July 2020. Prior to joining the Chime Group, Sue served as Marketing Director of the BBC for seven years, Director of Corporate Affairs at Thames Television for three years and Director of Corporate Communications at Vauxhall Motors. Sue has also served as a Non-Executive Director for British American Tobacco plc, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc, New Look plc, Accsys Technologies plc, Lookers plc, Unlimited Marketing Group Ltd, DNEG Limited, Dairy Crest plc, Dolphin Capital Partners and Historic Royal Palaces.

Other current external appointments:

  • Senior Independent Director, THG plc
  • Non-Executive Director, Ebiquity Plc 

Key responsibilities

  • Board
  • Sustainability

Committee Memberships

  • Chair of the Remuneration Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Nominations Committee
Robert Fowlds

Robert Fowlds

Non-Executive Director
Robert Fowlds

Robert Fowlds

Non-Executive Director

About Robert

Robert Fowlds was appointed to the Board in February 2024.

Robert has over 40 years’ experience in real estate. He was head of real estate investment banking at J.P. Morgan Cazenove until 2015, advising on numerous capital markets and M&A transactions. Prior to working in corporate finance, Robert was MD and Co-Head of the Pan-European real estate sector equity analyst team at Merrill Lynch, and previously a member of the team at Kleinwort Benson. Robert is a chartered surveyor and spent his early career specialising in investment and development.

Robert’s financial knowledge and background in the real estate industry, as well as his experience as a non-executive director in the listed sector, strengthens the overall expertise of the Board and contributes to the long-term success of the business.

Other Current External Appointments

  • Member of the Supervisory Board, Klepierre S.A.
  • Non-Executive Director, LondonMetric Property plc

Key responsibilities

  • Board
Joe Lister

Joe Lister

Non-Executive Director
Joe Lister

Joe Lister

Non-Executive Director

About Joe

Joe Lister was appointed to the Board in September 2018 and as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in July 2019. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Unite Group plc, a position he has held since January 2008 after joining the company in 2002. Prior to joining Unite Group plc, Joe qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In addition to being Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Joe is a member of both the Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Joe is a key contributor in all aspects of the Group’s strategy, and he brings a wealth of experience and insight into the effect that strategic changes might have on the property sector and consequently, the long-term success of the business. He has a strong financial background, having qualified as a chartered accountant, and is highly knowledgeable and experienced in risk management in the property sector. His background therefore enables him to effectively perform the role of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Helical. Furthermore, he is an experienced listed company director and contributes helpful insights to shareholder relations offering differing perspectives gained through his experience as a member of the executive management team at Unite Group plc.

Other current external appointments
• Executive Director (CEO), Unite Group plc

Key responsibilities

  • Board

Committee Memberships

  • Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
James Moss

James Moss

Chief Operating Officer and Group Company Secretary
James Moss

James Moss

Chief Operating Officer and Group Company Secretary

About James

James Moss, MChem (Hons) (Oxon) FCA, joined Helical in September 2014 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in March 2018. He was previously at Grant Thornton, where he was responsible for leading audit and other assurance assignments in their Real Estate sector.

James has a broad range of responsibilities, contributing to setting and delivering Helical’s strategy and ensuring its operational and financial effectiveness.  As Group Company Secretary, he is responsible corporate governance and Board administration matters.

Key responsibilities

  • Board
  • Finance
  • Investor relations
  • Company secretarial
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