Crown Estate picks first woman chief executive

THE MONARCHY’S £7bn portfolio of land and property has hired Alison Nimmo as its new chief executive.

The Crown Estate, known for owning most of Regent Street, several London housing estates and 144,000 hectares of agricultural land and forests, has never had a woman as chief exec or chairman since it was established in its current form in 1961.

Nimmo is currently director of design and regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority and was one of the people responsible for the design of the London 2012 Olympics venues.

She is also a non-executive director of Berkeley Group and a visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University.

Her previous roles include chief executive of the Sheffield One regeneration scheme and project director of Manchester Millennium.