Jonathan Bloomer MBE


Jonathan is our non-executive chairman. A former CEO of Prudential, he is also non-executive chairman of both Arrow Global Group PLC and Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s employee benefits board.

Paul Gratton

Chief Executive Officer

A co-founder of the SDL Group, Paul began his career at Midland Bank. There he played a key role in the creation of First Direct, becoming Financial Services Director. Paul went on to become CEO of the innovative bank Egg, before returning to the SDL Group in 2006.

Colin Anderton

Chief Financial Officer

ACA-qualified Colin trained with Deloitte in Nottingham, before joining Egg in 2001, fulfilling a number of senior management roles at Egg and Citigroup. Colin joined the SDL Group in 2013, and played a key role in the 2015 acquisition of CP Bigwood.

Rob Clifford

Group Commercial Director

Rob has been on the group board for 8 years having worked in the property and mortgage sector for 30 years. Prior to SDL he was Managing Director of Virgin Money and Chief Executive at Mortgageforce. Rob is CEO of SDL’s estate agency businesses and he’s Head of SDL’s financial services division.

Andy Deller

Group Strategy Director

A proven business leader with over 25 years’ experience, Andy’s experience before joining the SDL Group included 6 years as Chief Executive of Dunbar Bank, and 10 years with Egg in a variety of operational and commercial roles, finishing as Chief Marketing Officer.

Simon Jackson

Chief Operating Officer

A former COO of Aon's retail division and operations leader at Egg, Simon joined the SDL Group in 2007 to lead the surveying businesses, and oversee operations across the Group.

Rory Daly

CEO & Auctioneer of SDL Auctions

Rory joins our executive team with over 25 years’ experience in the property sector and is a highly experienced auctioneer. He is CEO of SDL Bigwood and leads the SDL Auctions network. Rory also regularly conducts auctions at charity events which have helped raise more than £1.5m for great causes in the UK.

Nicholas Faulkner

Managing Director, SDL Estate Management

Nicholas qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1992 and was elected a Fellow of the RICS in 1999. He has a specific focus on large, complex schemes. Nicholas plays a key role in our SDL Property Management business.

Andrew Parker

Managing Director, SDL Auctions

Andrew is a highly experienced auctioneer and joined the SDL Auctions team after our acquisition of Graham Penny Auctions. Andrew brings with him many years of experience in the property sector and conducts 20+ auctions each year.

George Brewster

Non-Executive Director

A qualified Chartered Surveyor since 1983, George is Senior Partner of J&E Shepherd partnership. He played a key role in the 2002 creation of SDL Surveying.

Ian Fergusson

Non-Executive Director

Managing Partner of Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, Ian is also a member of the UK and Ireland and World Boards of the RICS.

Chris Hickling


Chris co-founded the SDL Group with the creation of Direct Valuations – now SDL Risk Management – providing valuations to HSBC and First Direct – a relationship that endures to this day, over a quarter of a century later.

Nigel Tamplin

Senior Non-Executive Director

Nigel is the former Managing Partner of KPMG East Midlands, having worked for the accountancy firm for 28 years.