Alison Nimmo CBE
Alison took up the post of Chief Executive of The Crown Estate on 1 January 2012, and was re-appointed on 1 January 2016.
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.
Chief Investment Officer
Paul joined The Crown Estate in 2007 and until the end of 2015 had overall responsibility for investment strategy as well as leading The Crown Estate’s Urban portfolio. As part of the wider executive reorganisation, Paul has now stepped into the role of Chief Investment Officer and is now the strategic lead on portfolio management, investment and development for The Crown Estate.
Significant recent initiatives have included managing major West End and retail joint ventures with a range of major investors including NBIM (Regent Street), Gingko Tree Investment (Fosse Park) and Oxford Properties (St James’s Market). Significant current activity includes 700,000 sq ft of mixed-use development under construction in the West End, overseeing major capital market trading and executing the investment strategy for the business.
Prior to joining The Crown Estate, Paul was responsible for the Church Commissioners’ £1.7 billion property investment portfolio. Beyond his Chief Investment Officer role at The Crown Estate, Paul is also a Non-Executive Director of the Hermes Property Unit Trust and Ronson Capital Partners.
Chief Financial Officer
Kate joined The Crown Estate in October 2016 as Chief Financial Officer.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Judith joined The Crown Estate in 2013 and until the end of 2015 led on communications and engagement for The Crown Estate. As part of a wider executive reorganisation, Judith has now stepped into the role of Chief Operating Officer and is the strategic lead for a portfolio of corporate functions including Human Resources, Health and Safety, Sustainability and all aspects of branding, engagement and internal and external communications.
Judith has experience of business development, marketing and external affairs at an international level across a variety of sectors, having worked with Royal Dutch Shell, Scottish Enterprise and Threadneedle Investments. She joined from AstraZeneca, where she was on the global Corporate Affairs leadership team, covering strategy, brand and sustainability.
Judith is a graduate of both Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities where she read International Relations and Business.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Rob is a qualified solicitor, who joined The Crown Estate in 2012 from City law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where he specialised in commercial property and infrastructure projects.
Rob has been the General Counsel and Company Secretary of The Crown Estate since 1 January 2016, having previously held the role of Head of Legal. Rob has responsibility for all of the legal affairs of The Crown Estate and, as Company Secretary, is responsible for the delivery of company secretarial support to the business, ensuring robust standards of corporate governance. Rob is also the strategic lead on Knowledge Management and Information Security.