Board Composition

  • Vicky Cotton Managing Agents Partnership Chair

    ESG Director, Workman

    Vicky is responsible for all aspects of ESG at Workman, from clients and their portfolios to the firm’s own activities, and is also responsible for the management and implementation of various environmental strategies across the client portfolio, working closely with clients to review risk associated with these.

    Passionate about her profession and highly skilled, Vicky seeks opportunities at property and portfolio level to drive efficiencies, implement initiatives and ensure an embedded understanding of the processes and opportunities to achieve the set targets. This extends to overseeing training for on-site teams, Property Managers and Facilities Management teams to ensure a thorough understanding of processes, systems and legislative requirements.   

    Having previously spent 14 years as a Property Manager prior to her current role, Vicky is able to take a pragmatic and commercial approach when advising on all ESG matters.

  • Carl Brooks

    Global Head of ESG- Property Management, CBRE

    Carl has worked in the sustainability sector for 21 years with the last 14 years spent working in commercial real estate. He is currently a Director at CBRE UK where he has joined to lead the development and integration of sustainability as a core competence, and service, within the property management division. Prior to joining CBRE Carl worked in leadership roles in sustainability at MAPP and at Hammerson working to establish principles of sustainability and environmental management into corporate and operational processes to better address the risks and leverage the opportunities presented by sustainability through all stages of the built environment lifecycle.  Carl is an active voice in the industry occupying committee roles with both Revo and the BCO, has been involved with the Better Buildings Partnership since his time at Hammerson and has chaired the Managing Agents Partnership since its inception in 2015.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Head of Sustainability, Avison Young

    Jon is Head of Sustainability at Avison Young with oversight for Avison Young’s CR strategy and sustainability services. He advises investment managers, REITs and private equity companies on responsible property investment strategy, with a focus on embedding RPI strategies into existing business models to manage risk and to identify opportunities to add value. Jon is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) gaining over 9 years’ experience at CBRE and Lothbury Investment Management, during which time he was responsible for development as well as asset and fund management for a prime balanced UK portfolio. In 2007 he qualified as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), before making a full time move into sustainability consulting at JLL’s Upstream in 2011. Jon is a regular industry speaker on Responsible Property Investment (RPI) and contributes on related issues via the property trade press and blogs. He is an active member of the UK-GBC, presenting at workshops, briefing seminars and bespoke training and sits on the Sustainability Committee of the British Property Federation (BPF).

  • James Woodhead

    Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield

    James is an Associate Director within the Energy, Infrastructure and Sustainability team at Cushman Wakefield. James has comprehensive experience in supporting the development of environmental strategies and improving energy performance in the built environment for national corporates and real estate portfolios. At Cushman & Wakefield James oversees the integration of sustainability practices within property management services and is responsible for supporting the environmental, social & governance (ESG) programmes of its investor clients.

    James joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2017. Prior to this he worked at Carbon Credentials (now Carbon Intelligence) as an energy engineer and holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nottingham University.

  • David Goatman

    Head of Sustainability, Knight Frank LLP

    David is a Partner and Head of Energy and Sustainability at Knight Frank LLP, the largest privately owned real estate consultancy in the world. David oversees a team based in London working across a wide range of energy and sustainability consultancy instructions, projects, and transactions. In addition David is Senior Advisor to the Climate-KIC Urban Transitions theme, Europe’s largest public-private climate innovation partnership, and a member of the RICS Sustainability and Valuation group.

    Prior to joining Knight Frank David was Senior Sustainable Development Manager at the London 2012 Olympics, with specific responsibility for legacy. Prior to London 2012 David was Principal of the Mouchel Plc Carbon Projects business. David started his career working on large commercial and mixed use developments in London for leading Development Manager M3 Consulting.

  • Rowan Packer

    Executive Director - Head of Sustainability and Social Value at MAPP

    Rowan leads a skilled team of Sustainability consultants at MAPP. Their aim is to serve and manage a multi-use real estate portfolio worth more than £12bn in the UK. His team guides clients, owners and investors on their net-zero pathway from basic data and carbon management, through to building performance and with some leading clients he advises on long-term climate risk modelling and ESG investment criteria.

    Rowan has almost 15 years of extensive experience in sustainability ESG and energy management across a range of sectors in the UK and Europe, having worked with companies such as Sainsburys, Landsec, CLS Holdings, CBRE and Pfizer. 

    During his career, Rowan has developed skills not only to deliver and guide major companies on their new-zero journey but believes strongly in empowering people around him to integrate sustainability into their jobs instead of it being a specialist area. One of his favourite quotes is "I am working hard to become unwanted!". Rowan's career goal in the climate change challenge is to make sustainability simple, mainstream and embedded into everything people do and therefore hopes to be unwanted as a specialist in the future.

  • Lizzie Jones

    Sustainability Director, Savills UK

    Lizzie Jones is the Sustainability Director for Savills (UK) Ltd, leading their Sustainability department. Lizzie supports an extensive European portfolio of managed properties, working with a network of over 400 clients to improve environmental performance. Her team ultimately aims to raise the bar on environmental management to create more responsible, sustainable properties. Lizzie chairs the Savills Sustainability Committee, having responsibility for Savills’ corporate strategy on sustainability.

    Lizzie represents Savills on a number of external committees including the MAP Better Buildings Partnership and the UKGBC. Lizzie has been at Savills since 2014 but has over 15 years environmental and sustainability experience gained at Land Securities, AECOM, PRP Architects and AMEC. Lizzie is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with a BSc Environmental Science and MSc in Clean Technology both from Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • Oli Williams

    Associate Partner, Tandem

    Oli is an Associate Partner at Tandem and chairs the company’s ESG Committee. Working alongside the Senior Partners, he is responsible for shaping Tandem’s ESG strategy for both clients as well as their own initiatives to ensure it is embedded at all levels of the business.

    Oli is a qualified surveyor (MRICS) with over 12 years’ experience, primarily in property and service charge management, acting on behalf of REITS, developers, occupiers and investment clients. He promotes practical and pragmatic, sustainable led solutions within Tandem’s managed portfolio. Prior to joining Tandem in 2019, he spent 9 years at GVA where he was a Director and Regional Head of Property Management in Leeds.