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Anthony Simmonds BA(Hons) MA FCA FCCA
Non-executive Chairman

Anthony joined Aukett Swanke as a non executive director in 2009 and was appointed Non Executive Chairman in March 2012. He is a qualified chartered accountant and former senior partner of a top 50 accountancy practice. He has had many years' experience in dealing with quoted public companies on a professional basis including advising on corporate finance, M&A, due diligence, as well as initial introductions to the market. He has held a number of executive and non executive positions and is experienced in the strategic development of businesses and the management of financial risk.


Nicholas Thompson BSc(Hons) MBA ACMA

Chief Executive Officer

Nicholas is Aukett Swanke’s CEO and has over 30 years of experience in the property and consulting sector having originally joined Fitzroy Robinson as its Finance Director in 1994. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from City University and currently sits on the Cass MBA Advisory Board. He is also qualified accountant and has a degree from Bath University. In 2015 he became a non-executive director of the Wren Insurance Association Limited, a mutual insurer for architectural practices, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. At Aukett Swanke Nicholas is responsible for the Group’s strategic growth plans and has wide experience in this area. During his career he led the finance team of Bernard Thorpe, a major UK surveying practice, to create what later became DTZ in 1993; and, followed this with a reverse takeover of Aukett Group Plc by Fitzroy Robinson Limited in 2005. In 2013 he led the negotiations to acquire Swanke Hayden Connell Europe and established a new international brand: Aukett Swanke;  and, followed this in 2015 with the acquisition of a controlling interest in John R Harris & Partners based in the Gulf region in order to capitalise on our presence in the Middle East.  

Andrew Murdoch MA RIBA

Executive Director

Andrew is a qualified architect who joined Fitzroy Robinson in 1984. He was Chairman of Fitzroy Robinson in the 1990’s, and was appointed to the board in December 2013. He is architect to a number of significant buildings in London’s West End and the UK regions, and has a strong and enduring client following. His work includes the flagship Fenwick store in Bond Street, the Home of Alfred Dunhill in Mayfair, and the refurbishment of the Royal Exchange in the City. Andrew sat on the board of management of the British Council of Offices for 12 years and regularly chairs design reviews of recent office buildings for them.


Nick Pell BA(Hons)

Executive Director

Nick was appointed to the Board in December 2013 upon the acquisition of Swanke Hayden Connell Europe Limited and is International Interior Design Director. He has over 20 years of experience designing interiors projects across Europe having graduated from Kingston Polytechnic. Nick has established a reputation for designing creative interior solutions for a wide range of project types; hotels, restaurants, retail banks, residential, leisure facilities and commercial office space and he has led the design direction of several award winning projects. His projects are wide ranging, including the British Council for Offices award winning VISA HQ fit out, and an experimental hotel pilot project.


Beverley Wright BA(Hons) FCA
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Beverley joined Aukett Swanke in September 2014. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years of experience with construction and engineering firms and has significant experience in senior financial roles for international companies. Following 16 years at Mowlem Plc, Beverley joined Midas Group in 2005 as Group Finance Director. In 2006 she took over as Commercial and Financial Director Europe and Middle East at CH2M HILL, becoming International Commercial Director in 2012. Her roles have covered a very broad spectrum including tax, treasury, corporate finance, M&A and structuring, as well as commercial and financial management, analysis, control and governance  

John Bullough
Non-executive Director

John joined Aukett Swanke as a non-executive director in June 2014. He has over 40 years of international experience in property development and investment. Following 18 years with Grosvenor, John joined ALDAR Properties in Abu Dhabi and was their Chief Executive until 2011. He is a chartered surveyor and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and is a past president of the British Council of Shopping Centres.



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