The Company currently conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by IFAs to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA's rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Company's shares are excluded from the FCA's restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.
Barry is a consultant with a focus on real estate, strategy and risk, with more than 45 years' experience advising on property, including formerly as an adviser to the Bank of England and as President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2004-2005). Barry is a former partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) and former non-executive consultant to Knight Frank LLP. He has held advisory appointments with the United Nations and the UK Government.
His previous public company independent non-executive directorships include Custodian REIT, Granite REIT and RONA Incorporated. Barry has chaired or served on various committees in these companies, including Audit (and Risk), Governance, Nominations, Strategy and Remuneration.
Barry served on the Council of The University of Bath from 2014 to 2020, previously serving on the Finance Committee and chairing the new Remuneration Committee; holds Visiting Professor appointments at two UK universities and was awarded Honorary Membership of four international professional bodies. Among his voluntary roles, Barry is Chairman of The City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bill was a senior partner in KPMG’s real estate practice and was responsible for the audit of a wide range of property companies and funds encompassing investors, developers, housebuilders and surveyors in the listed and private sectors.
In his 32 year career with KPMG, he spent 25 years specialising in the real estate sector, the last 19 years as partner. He also sat on the finance committees of the British Property Federation and INREV and on a working committee of The Association of Real Estate Funds.
He is also a director and audit committee chair of CLS Holdings plc and Urban & Civic plc, and a governor at Winchester College, chairing the estate committee and sitting on the finance committee.
Katherine, an experienced non-executive director, brings broad commercial experience, corporate finance, mortgage lending, house building and residential construction industry experience to the Board.
Katherine is Chair of the Mortgage Advice Bureau plc, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of building products company Forterra plc and non-executive director of the house builder Vistry Group PLC.
Katherine was a non-executive director at Go-Ahead Group PLC until November 2020, a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc from 2001 to 2011, chairing the Remuneration Committee from 2004 to 2011, and non-executive director of Bryant Group plc prior to its acquisition by Taylor Woodrow. She was also a non-executive director at St Modwen Properties PLC from 2010-2013. Other appointments include Gigaclear Limited until 2018 and Colt Telecom Group SA until 2015. Katherine has a degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University.
Jane is an experienced fund manager and investment director, with almost twenty years' experience, bringing a professional investor's perspective to the Board. Jane also brings social housing experience to the Board from her role as Vice-Chair of Greenoak Housing Association where she sits on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and Assets and New Business Committee, and her previous roles on the boards of two housing associations. She is an independent non-executive director at Northern Trust Global Investments and is Chair of Margetts Fund Management. Jane has chaired or served on various committees within these companies, including Risk and Audit and Remuneration committees.
Jane continues to work in the investment industry providing services to investment management companies including leading training courses at the Investment Association. She is a visiting lecturer at a number of business schools including King's College London and Cranfield School of Management, teaching courses on all aspects of asset management.