Vanessa Simms
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Vanessa Simms

Chief Financial Officer

Vanessa was appointed to the Board on 4 May 2021 as Chief Financial Officer Designate and became Chief Financial Officer on 31 May 2021.

Skills and experience

Vanessa brings extensive financial experience to Landsec from the property sector, most recently as Chief Financial Officer at Grainger plc. Vanessa has particular expertise in leading and implementing strategic change in businesses and substantial experience of leadership roles in a listed environment.

Prior to Grainger plc, Vanessa was Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Unite Group plc and prior to that was UK Finance Director at SEGRO plc. Vanessa is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and has an executive MBA (EMBA) from Ashridge Business School.  

Other current appointments

Vanessa has resigned from the Board of Drax Group Plc (where she is Audit Chair and Non-executive Director) effective 18 June 2024 and will join the Board of Rotork plc as a Non-executive Director on 21 June 2024. 


Vanessa is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and attends Audit Committee meetings at the invitation of the Committee Chairs.