The Conygar group aims to invest in property assets where we can add significant value using our property management, development and transaction structuring skills.
The Board currently comprises the Chief Executive, two Property Directors, the Finance Director and two independent Non-Executive Directors of which one is Chairman. These demonstrate a range of experience and sufficient calibre to bring independent judgement on issues of strategy, performance, resources and standards of conduct which are vital to the success of the Company.
The Board is responsible to shareholders for the proper management of the Company. The Board has a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved to it. All directors have access to the advice and services of the Company Secretary, D Baldwin, who is responsible to the Board for ensuring that Board procedures are followed and that applicable rules and regulations are complied with. In addition, the Company Secretary ensures that the directors receive appropriate training as necessary.
The appointment and removal of the Company Secretary is a matter for the Board as a whole. The Board meets approximately ten times a year, reviewing trading performance, ensuring adequate funding, setting and monitoring strategy, examining major acquisition possibilities and reporting to shareholders. The Non-Executive Directors have a particular responsibility to ensure that the strategies proposed by the Executive Directors are fully considered. The Remuneration committee and Audit Committee deal with specific aspects of the group’s affairs.
Nigel Hamway, aged 64, qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with Peat Marwick after obtaining a degree from Cambridge University.
He joined Dubilier PLC as Chief Financial Accountant, leaving to take up a position in international corporate finance at Charterhouse Bank in 1986, becoming a Director in 1990. From 1991 to 2016, he was a Director of Charterhouse Development Capital. For several years he was responsible for Charterhouse’s international investment business. He has had extensive Board experience in many countries and businesses.
Robert Ware, aged 66, qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with Peat Marwick. He served as a Director of Development Securities PLC between 1988 and 1994, filling the roles of Joint Managing Director and Finance Director in the latter stage of his tenure.
He joined MEPC PLC in June 1997, serving first as Corporate Development Director and then as Deputy Chief Executive between June 1997 and June 2003. He is Chairman of Marwyn Value Investors Limited which is quoted on the London Stock Exchange.
Freddie Jones, aged 41, graduated from St Andrews University before going on to Cass Business School where he completed an MSc in Real Estate Finance and graduated from there in 2007. He joined Conygar in 2008 and has since then managed multiple investment and development projects for them.
Christopher Ware, aged 35, graduated from the University of Exeter before completing a Master’s degree in Real Estate. He started his career at Colliers International, working in the Central London investment team and becoming a Chartered Surveyor in that time. He joined Conygar in 2012 after a time at ICG Longbow. Christopher is a CFA charterholder.
Bim Sandhu, aged 59, is a graduate of the LSE and was Secretary of the KPMG UK Property & Construction Group after qualification as a Chartered Accountant. He left to become Finance Director and then Managing Director of the UK operations of a client, Hudson Conway, an Australian listed developer. Bim was co-founder & CEO of UK developer Raven Mount plc and co-founder of Raven Russia Limited, a developer of logistics warehouses, and co-founder and Chairman of Raven Audley Court plc, a developer and operator of Assisted Living facilities. He is currently owner & CEO of The Santon Group and Non-Executive Director of AEW UK Reit plc and Africa Logistics Properties.
Finance Director and Company Secretary
David Baldwin, aged 52, qualified as a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in 1992. He joined Frogmore Estates PLC as a commercial and residential property accountant in 1995 before moving to Prestbury Investment Holdings Limited as Financial Controller until 2015. After which he joined Conygar also as its Financial Controller before being appointed Company Secretary in April 2020 and Finance Director in May 2021.
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