An Evening with Dame Alison Nimmo and Brian Bickell


An Evening with Dame Alison Nimmo and Brian Bickell will be held on Wednesday 27 November 6-8.30pm at The Crown Estate, 
1 St James's Market, London, SW1Y 4AH

Join us for an evening with these two leading figures from the property sector, who are passionate champions of diversity and inclusion. Drawing upon their extensive careers and experience, Dame Alison Nimmo, CEO of The Crown Estate, and Brian Bickell, CEO of Shaftesbury, will host a conversation across various topics, ranging from the importance of leadership and the disruption facing the sector, to creating a more diverse, inclusive and inspiring working environment.

The timetable for the evening is as follows:
6pm: Registration
6.30pm: Conversation starts, followed by audience Q&A.  
7.45pm: Networking drinks
8.30pm: Event closes. 

This event is open to all members. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. These events are very popular so it is advisable to register early if you or your colleagues wish to attend. We do hope that you are able to join us. Please RSVP by Wednesday 13 November 2019 to

About our speakers

Dame Alison Nimmo DBE has been the Chief Executive of The Crown Estate since 2012. The Estate has a capital value of £14.3Bn and returned over £343M in profits to HM Treasury in 2018/19.  Alison worked on the London 2012 Games for over 8 years, originally as part of the bid team and then subsequently as Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).  Previous roles have included: Chief Executive of Sheffield One; and Project Director of Manchester Millennium (the taskforce that spearheaded the rebuilding of the City Centre after the 1996 bomb). She was awarded a CBE for services to urban regeneration in 2004 and a DBE for public service and services to the Exchequer in 2019.   

Alison is also: a non-executive director of the Berkeley Group; a trustee of the UK Green Building Council; chair of the CBI’s Economic Growth Board; and a council member of Imperial College and Chair of its White City Syndicate.  

Alison is committed to promoting greater diversity and inclusion across The Crown Estate, ensuring equal opportunities on recruitment, pay and career progression. Alison believes this is fundamental to helping The Crown Estate attract and retain talent and support a healthier, more productive workplace. 

Brian Bickell qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976.  He joined Shaftesbury when it was formed in 1986, and was Finance Director from its float on the London Stock Exchange in 1987 until he became Chief Executive in 2011.

Starting with £10 million of private capital in 1986, Shaftesbury now has a market capitalisation of c. £2.75 billion.  It has assembled a portfolio of 15 acres of freeholds in the West End, comprising c.600 buildings, valued at £3.9 billion. Its ownership includes 600 shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs across 1.1 million sq. ft. in Carnaby and West Soho, Chinatown, Seven Dials and Fitzrovia.

Brian is a member of the board of Freehold, the London-based LGBT real estate professionals group.  He is also a board member of The Westminster Property Association and chairs its Transport and Infrastructure sub-committee. He has recently become a trustee of the Young Westminster Foundation.

Through his board role at Freehold, and personal and corporate support for Real Estate Balance from its early days, Brian is a high-profile advocate for the imperative to improve all aspects of diversity across the real estate sector. Tackling this challenge requires engagement and practical support from industry bodies and corporate leaders as well as encouraging a grass roots change in attitudes, behaviours and aspirations at all levels through leadership by example.