Board Profile

The Board is responsible for the setting and oversight of Harworth Group plc’s strategy – to promote, develop and utilise our existing portfolio, in addition to replenishing our asset base with attractive investment opportunities, to enhance net asset value and to increase our recurring income base.

The Board

Jonson Cox
Non-Executive Chairman
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Jonson Cox

Jonson Cox is the non-executive Chairman of Harworth Group plc. Jonson joined the Board on 15 November 2010 to lead the former UK Coal plc through its 2012 restructuring.  His early career was with Royal Dutch Shell Group and Kelda Group plc and he joined AWG plc (later Anglian Water Group plc) as Chief Executive from January 2004 until March 2010. He was a non-executive director of Wincanton plc from October 2005 to May 2014.  In November 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat).  He also serves as a senior policy advisor to infrastructure fund I Squared Capital LLP and as non-executive Chairman of Denmark Holdco Limited. Jonson has served as Chairman of Coalfield Resources plc and of Harworth Estates Property Group Limited since the 2012 restructuring.  Having led Coalfield Resources plc through its 2015 acquisition of Harworth Estates Property Group Limited, he now continues in a non-executive role as Chairman of Harworth Group plc.

Owen Michaelson
Chief Executive
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Owen Michaelson

Owen Michaelson is the Chief Executive of Harworth Group plc. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the remediation of brownfield land and has held executive roles at the Peel Group, Black Country Properties and Viridor. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive of Harworth Group plc, he took over the stand alone operations of the Harworth Estates Group at the commencement of the restructuring of the UK Coal Group in August 2010.  He fully established the business as a recognised developer of brownfield land, prior to the company becoming fully listed in March 2015 under the Harworth Group plc name.

Andrew Kirkman
Finance Director
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Andrew Kirkman

Andrew joined Harworth Group as Finance Director on 1 January 2016 and has executive responsibility for all of the company’s financial functions. Prior to joining Harworth, Andrew was Finance Director of Viridor, the recycling and renewable energy company, for five years. He has also previously held a number of other senior finance roles, including Chief Financial Officer at Balfour Beatty Capital and Global Head of Corporate Finance at Bovis Lend Lease. Andrew is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has an MA in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University.

Lisa Clement
Senior Independent Director
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Lisa Clement

Lisa, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive director and is chair of the renumeration committee.  She is now the nominated Senior Independent Director for the business. Lisa was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Sea Containers Limited, Managing Director of Capita Learning and Development and has held senior divisional roles at Cendant Inc and BPP Holdings Plc. She is also a director of Everything But The Cow Limited.

Steven Underwood
Non-Executive Director
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Steven Underwood

Steven has served on the board as a non-executive director since 2010, representing the Peel Group. Peel remains the Company’s largest shareholder.  Steven is Chief Executive of the Peel Group of Companies and also brings the extensive experience of the Peel Group in brownfield land remediation and regeneration. He is also a non-executive director of Pinewood Group plc and an alternate director of Intu Properties plc.

Martyn Bowes
Non-Executive Director
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Martyn Bowes

Martyn joined the Board as the nominee of the Pension Protection Fund on 24 March 2015. He was appointed to the Board of Harworth Estates Property Group Limited as the nominee of the Industry Wide Mining Pension Scheme Trustees in 2013 and was retained by the Pension Protection Fund when they acquired the Trustees interest in Harworth Estates Property Group Limited in 2014. Martyn originally trained as an accountant and as a banker.  He has spent the majority of his career in banking, most recently from 2001 to 2007 with Barclays Capital as Managing Director, Real Estate Finance.  Since leaving Barclays he has pursued a portfolio business career, which in 2012 involved a takeover with fellow directors of the South of England based Welbeck Land real estate business.  Martyn now acts as Finance Director for Welbeck Land and also maintains other interests in debt advisory and healthcare.

Anthony Donnelly
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Anthony Donnelly

Anthony joined the board as an Independent non-executive director on 24 March 2015. After early finance roles with Scottish & Newcastle Breweries from 1986, he joined Morrison Homes Limited as Finance Director in 1990.  In 2000 he was appointed Managing Director of Scotland-based AWG Property Limited.  He has consequently overseen the workout and extraction of value from an extensive commercial and residential portfolio across the UK & Ireland and its transformation into a strategic and income generating portfolio. He had previously been on the Board of Harworth Estates Property Group Limited as an Independent non-executive director since 2012.

Andrew Cunningham
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham joined the Board of Harworth Group in 2016 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Andrew graduated from Cambridge University and then trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins and Sells (a predecessor firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in London. He worked in their Nairobi and Bristol offices before being made a corporate finance / audit partner in Newcastle. In 1996 he was appointed finance director of Grainger plc, which was to become the UK’s largest listed residential investor, and CEO in 2009. He retired from Grainger at the end of 2015. Andrew has served on the advisory boards of Durham University Business School and Cambridge University Land Economy Department and was a member of the policy committee of the British Property Federation.  Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.