Brian Bickell

Chief executive

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

Starting with £10 million of private capital in 1986, Shaftesbury now has a market capitalisation of c. £2.5 billion. It has assembled a portfolio of 14 acres of freeholds in the West End, comprising c. 600 buildings. Its ownership includes 1 million sq. ft. of shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Brian is a board member of Freehold, the London-based LGBT real estate professionals group, which in the five years since it was founded life has built up a membership of over 950. He has been recognised in the FT-sponsored OUTstandinglist of LGBT business leaders, and he is also a Stonewall Ambassador.