Board of Directors

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Simon Laffin

Non-Executive Chairman

Simon Laffin is the Non-Executive Chairman of Assura. Simon is also Non-Executive Chairman of Flybe Group plc. Previously he served as chairman of Hozelock Group and a Non-Executive Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc, Aegis Group plc and Northern Rock plc (as part of the rescue team).

Between 1995 and 2004 he was Group Chief Financial Officer of UK grocery retailer Safeway plc (which he joined in 1990) and was latterly also responsible for property. Prior to that, he held a variety of finance and management roles in Mars Confectionery, Rank Xerox and BP. He is a qualified accountant.

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Jonathan Murphy

CEO

Jonathan Murphy is the CEO of Assura and was previously the Finance Director, having joined the Group in January 2013. Jonathan was previously Finance Director of the fund management business of Brooks Macdonald Group plc, having joined as a result of the acquisition of Braemar Group plc in 2010, where he was Finance Director for four years. Jonathan was previously Managing Director for the property management business of Brooks Macdonald.

His earlier career included commercial and strategic roles at Spirit Group and Vodafone. Jonathan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, holding management roles in both the UK and Asia. Jonathan holds an MBA from IESE, the leading European Business School in Barcelona.

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Jenefer Greenwood OBE

Non-Executive Director

Jenefer Greenwood is a Chartered Surveyor who started her career at Hillier Parker in 1978, becoming Executive Director and Head of Retail on merger with CBRE. Jenefer  worked for Grosvenor  Estate from 2003 until 2012.

Jenefer sits on the Investment Advisory Board of INTERNOS Global investors and was appointed to the Board of DCH Group in August 2014.

She has previously  served on the Board of The Crown Estate and chaired its Remuneration Committee. She has held positions as Chair of the National Skills Academy for Retail and President of the British Council
of Shopping Centres.

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David Richardson

Non-Executive Director

David Richardson is a Non-Executive Director of Assura. David is currently Chairman of BBGI SICAV SA and a Board member of The Edrington Group. Previously he spent 22 years at Whitbread Plc where he was the Strategic Planning Director for eight years and the Finance Director for four years. 

At Whitbread he played a pivotal role in transforming the Group from a brewing and pubs company into a market leader in hotels, restaurants and leisure clubs. Following this he has held a number of Non-Executive roles in FTSE listed companies including Serco Group plc, Forth Ports plc (now called Forth Ports Ltd), Tomkins plc (now called Gates Worldwide Limited), Dairy Crest plc and De Vere Group plc. He is a Chartered Accountant.

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Andrew Darke

Property Director

Andrew is a chartered surveyor and has been with Assura since floatation having acquired the seed portfolio in 2003.  He has led the property team through its growth since then and been instrumental in all aspects of the property development, investment and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Assura he held investment and development roles at Barlows plc, Rowlinson Securities plc and Royal Sun Alliance.  He started his career at the District Valuers office following graduation from Liverpool University.