Board of Directors
The Board currently consists of 4 Directors, each with significant experience. Karen Bach is an Independent Director for the purpose of the Corporate Governance Code. The Directors recognise that good corporate governance necessitates the presence of independent directors on the Board. Whilst at Admission there will only be one independent Non-Executive Director on the Board, it is the Directors’ intention to appoint an additional suitably experienced Non-Executive Director to the Board as soon as practicable following Admission.
Mike Goddard, Chairman (aged 63)
Mike and his wife Stephanie founded Belvoir in 1994. Mike remained Belvoir’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman until July 2010, when the Chief Executive Officer position was handed over to Dorian Gonsalves. Prior to forming Belvoir, Mike had a distinguished career in the Royal Air Force, retiring as Wing Commander in 1995. During his time at Belvoir he has held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors at the BFA (February 2008 to December 2010), where he is currently still serving as a board member. He has been a director of the Government accredited National Approved Lettings Scheme and he is currently on the Board of Directors of The Property Ombudsman. He is a member of the Policy Board of the European Franchise Federation, has represented Great Britain at the World Franchise Council in Seoul, South Korea, in Berlin, Germany, and in Manila, The Philippines. He is a well-respected and well recognised figure in both the UK lettings market and the franchising industry. His key skills are team building, strategic business planning and focused achievement.
Dorian Gonsalves, Chief Executive Officer (aged 38)
Dorian has been with Belvoir since 2005 and has over a decade’s experience in the property industry. He joined Countrywide as an estate agent in 1998 and rose rapidly to become an Executive Branch Manager. He joined Belvoir as a Business Development Manager and rose quickly through the ranks to Head of Sales, Director of Operations and subsequently to Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. His key skills include people management, business development and he has a deep understanding of the lettings market and successful franchising.
Carl Chadwick ACA, Finance Director (aged 52)
Carl has been a Chartered Accountant for 30 years, having trained with KPMG and PWC. Following his training, Carl became a Corporate Finance specialist and worked for 20 years with PKF, Grant Thornton and latterly Sunaxis and worked with Belvoir during that period. Carl also has retail experience at Boots having been part of the team which built Boots Opticians. He joined Belvoir as Finance Director in 2011.
Karen Bach ACA, Non-Executive Director (aged 42)
Karen joined Belvoir as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration and Audit Committees on Admission on 21st February 2012. Karen’s career includes public, private and multi-national corporate businesses including IXEurope Plc, Advanced Computer Software Plc. and Kewill Plc. as CFO. Previously, Karen worked in various international roles with General Motors, EDS and MCI WorldCom having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young. More recently, Karen was Commercial Director of a multi-site, private equity backed children’s nursery business. Karen has also been Non-Executive Director of a pre-revenue start-up, a Princes Trust mentor and an independent consultant. Karen is a Trustee of the eLearning-Foundation.
Nicholas Leeming, Non-Executive Director (aged 57)
Nick joined the Belvoir board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the 22 November 2012. Nicholas has over 30 years' experience in the property industry and has held a number of senior positions throughout his career. He was a Partner for 15 years at Humberts Limited (now Chesterton Global Limited), before joining propertyfinder.com where he spent some 15 years. He then moved to Zoopla Limited and spent nearly 3 years as their Business Development Director, until he left in August 2012. Nicholas currently has Non-Executive directorships in a number of property and insurance related businesses as well as being trustee to private investment trusts and corporate pension funds.