Watkin Jones plc announces the appointments of Alex Pease and Francis Salway to the Board as Executive Director and Non‐Executive Director, both with effect from 10 October 2022.Alex Pease joined Watkin Jones in 2010 and was part of the team responsible for managing the flotation of the company on the AIM market in 2016. In his role as Chief Investment Officer, Alex is responsible for the Group’s property acquisition, planning and divestment activities. He is also a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to Watkin Jones, Alex worked within the Savills Residential Investment Team.
Francis Salway brings property expertise to the Board. He was Chief Executive of Land Securities plc, the country’s largest commercial property company, between 2004 and 2012, having joined the Board in 2001. Francis is currently a Non‐Executive Director of Cadogan Group Limited, which owns and manages the Cadogan Estate in Chelsea. He is also a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics.
Francis was chair of Town and Country Housing Association from 2012 – and following its merger with Peabody Housing Association in 2019, became a Non‐Executive Director of that organisation until 2021. He was a Non‐Executive Director of NEXT plc from 2010 to 2021, latterly as Senior Independent Director, a past President of the British Property Federation and former Chair of the Transport for London Property Advisory Group.
On joining the Board, Francis will become a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
“I am delighted to welcome Alex and Francis to the Board of Watkin Jones. Alex has a long tenure with the company and as a key member of the executive team has helped to transform Watkin Jones from a family‐owned business into a public company. Francis has extensive Board and property experience. Both will add considerable value to the Board.”Alan Giddins, Chair of Watkin Jones