Board of Directors

Robert Plumb - Chief Executive Officer

Robert Plumb – Chief Executive
Rob qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young before working in financial services as the European CEO of an American owned bank.
In 2000, Rob became CEO of Hercules Property Services Plc, a company quoted on the London Stock Exchange.

Rob was appointed as Chief Executive of HML in October 2005 and became a Fellow of the Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2014.

DUTIES: Execution of operating/strategic plan; chair of operations committee/systems council; acquisitions; public and investor relations.

Richard Smith - Chairman

Richard Smith – Chairman
The founder of Hawksworth Management Limited (HML) in 1991. Richard qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with DTZ Debenham Tie Lung and has over 30 years’ of experience in the property industry.

After setting up his own practice, Richard went on to property investment and development and was co-founder and Managing Director of Artesian Estates which subsequently floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1997.

He is CEO of LTC Holdings plc, from which HML was demerged in 2006 prior to its floatation. LTC continues to retain substantial shareholding in HML.

DUTIES: Oversight of business strategy; chair board meetings

James Howgego – Chief Finance Officer

James Howgego – Finance Director
James qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Smith & Williamson Limited in 1996. He subsequently worked at Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton Corporate Finance.

James worked in a venture capital backed leisure group before being appointed as Finance Director of HML 6 months prior to its floatation.

DUTIES: Internal controls; treasury management; compliance; payroll and administration; statutory/management reporting

Alec Guthrie - Chief Operating Officer

Alec has 30 years experience working in the property services industry including Estate Agency, Residential Lettings, Surveying and Residential and Commercial Property Management. Alec joined the Group through the acquisition of The Guthrie Partnership; a business he set up and as Managing Director of our largest group of businesses (formerly HML Andertons), is ideally placed to lead the operating group in the next exciting phase of our development.

DUTIES: Leadership of all the Group's property management businesses including the integration of acquisitions and the ongoing refinement of the group’s operating processes.

Geoffrey Griggs – Non-executive Director

Geoffrey Griggs – Non-executive Director
Geoffrey qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and then moved to Spicer and Pegler where he became director of finance. He then moved to a firm of specialist advisors which at the time of joining was an associated company of Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank.

Geoffrey has since worked as an Executive and Non-Executive Director in a wide range of companies both as an advisor and principal for companies privately owned and listed on AIM. Geoffrey is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

DUTIES: Chairman of remuneration and audit committees

Elizabeth Holden – Non-executive Director

Elizabeth Holden – Non-executive Director
Elizabeth was appointed to HML’s board in June 2015. She is also Non-Executive Director of Great Portland Estates plc and Your Life Space Ltd.

Elizabeth worked for Slaughter and May for 20 years, the last twelve of which was as Corporate Partner, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and governance matters.

DUTIES: Remuneration/audit committee