Board of directors
The Board of LSL Property Services plc comprises:
Non Executive Director
Gaby joined LSL as an independent Non Executive Director on 1 September 2019 and was appointed Senior Independent Director on 30 June 2021; she is also a member of LSL’s Nominations, Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committees. Gaby has significant experience in strategy, technology, operations, and sales and marketing, particularly in the professional information solutions sector. This includes her current appointment as Chief Digital Product Officer at Reed Exhibitions (a RELX Group plc company). Gaby is also currently a board member of the International Association of STM Publishers, a global industry trade body. Gaby has previously held a number of executive strategic digital and marketing roles including Global Director of Strategy and Director of Research Strategy at Elsevier in Amsterdam. Before joining Elsevier, Gaby held a number of operating positions at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, within the Procter & Gamble group of companies, and was a senior manager at McKinsey & Co. Gaby holds a BA from the University of Cambridge.
Executive Director - Estate Agency
Helen was appointed as Executive Director – Estate Agency on 2 February 2017 and has overall responsibility for the performance, strategy and development of LSL’s Estate Agency Division. Prior to this role Helen had, since December 2011, served as an independent Non Executive Director and was also a member of LSL’s Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Helen was previously Chief Operating Officer at Palmer & Harvey. Prior to this she was part of the Sainsbury’s management team from 2005 to 2015, including five years as a member of the Operating Board. Helen has extensive expertise in strategy, marketing, commercial and operations. Before joining Sainsbury’s, Helen held a number of senior positions at Marks & Spencer, Woolworths and Safeway and was a senior manager at McKinsey & Co.
Executive Director - Group Chief Financial Officer
Adam was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer on 2 November 2015. Adam has a breadth of financial skills and experience in the retail and services sectors. Adam joined LSL from French Connection Group PLC where he was the Group Finance Director. He previously held leadership roles at a number of market leading companies including O2 UK, eBay and The Walt Disney Company. Adam has over 30 years' experience in finance, having started his career with Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989.
Simon was Non Executive Chair of the LSL Board from 1 January 2015 and became Chair of the Nominations Committee on 1 May 2020. With effect from 28 April 2021 Simon stepped down from these roles as a result of his appointment as Chief Executive of Pivotal Growth Limited, which is an LSL joint venture with Pollen Street Capital. Simon has remained on the Board as a Non Executive, allowing the Group to continue to benefit from his knowledge and experience. This position will be kept under review. He was previously Deputy Chair from 2014 to 2015 and Group Chief Executive Officer until 2014, a role which he held at the time of the management buy-out of e.surv and Your Move from Aviva (formerly Norwich Union Life) in 2004. Prior to the management buy-out, Simon was responsible for the strategic direction of these companies and subsequently he oversaw and was responsible for the turnaround of the initial Group. Simon’s other directorships are limited to a small estate management company, Eveclo Holdings (an IT business), Road to Health (a healthcare provider) and the role of non executive chair at Global Property Ventures, which distributes a tenant deposit replacement product.
Independent Non Executive Director, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Designated Workforce Engagement Director
Darrell was appointed as an independent Non Executive Director on 28 February 2019 and he was appointed as Chair of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 28 April 2021. He is also member of LSL's Nominations Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee and is LSL’s designated Non Executive Director for workforce engagement. He has significant experience in financial services and is currently Managing Director, Retail Bank at the Co-Operative Bank plc. Darrell spent the first part of his career at Royal Bank of Scotland plc, where he was Managing Director, Mortgages, Loans and Retail Telephony in the retail banking division, responsible for all aspects of the Group’s mortgage proposition. Prior to that he was Product Director for the RBS retail bank. Darrell has also held senior executive roles at Direct Line Insurance Group plc, Virgin Money plc and The Consulting Consortium, where he was CEO.
Independent Non Executive Director and Chair of the Group’s Audit & Risk Committee
James was appointed as an independent Non Executive Director and as Chair of LSL’s Audit & Risk Committee on 27 September 2021. He also serves on the Group’s Nominations and Remunerations Committees. James has significant experience in audit, risk and financial services, particularly in the retail finance sector. This includes his current appointment as CFO at Barclays Bank UK plc. James was previously CFO at Aldermore plc and acting CFO at the Co-operative Bank. His previous experience also includes senior roles in Finance and Internal Audit at Skipton Building Society. James qualified as an accountant with KPMG and holds a BA from the University of Nottingham.
Independent Non Executive Director, Chair of the Board and Chair of the Nominations Committee
With effect from 28 April 2021 Bill was appointed as Chair of the Board, having been first appointed as a Non Executive Director on 7 January 2014. He also chairs the Group’s Nominations Committee and he is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Bill has significant PLC board experience in strategy, operations, finance, and governance, in the consumer, financial services, residential and commercial property sectors. He is also currently Council Member at the University of Southampton. He was previously at Whitbread Group plc from 1974 and between 1994 and 2004, he was a Divisional Managing Director. He has also served as non executive chair of Johnson Service Group plc, of Aegon UK plc and St Modwen Property PLC, and as a non executive director of Rank Group plc, Barratt Developments plc and Matalan plc.
Group Chief Executive Officer
David was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2020 and has primary responsibility for the performance, strategy and development of LSL. Prior to this David was a Non-Executive Director having joined the Board on 1 May 2015. He was until the 1 ;May 2020 also Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees. David has significant experience in finance, strategy, operations, risk and compliance with a particular expertise in financial services. He is also the non executive chair of the Enra Group. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Coventry Building Society (2006-2014), having earlier served as Finance Director and Operations Director. Prior to joining the Coventry, David spent ten years at DBS Management plc, holding a number of board positions including Group Chief Executive and Group Finance Director. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick (KPMG) and is a graduate of Warwick University.
Sapna Bedi FitzGerald
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Sapna is a solicitor (qualified in 1998) and has been in the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary at LSL since 2004. Prior to the management buy-out of Your Move and e.surv, Sapna was a member of Aviva Life Legal Services and had since 2001 formed part of the team that supported Your Move and e.surv Chartered Surveyors.