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.

Rob Clifford

Group Commercial Director

Rob returned to SDL in 2009. He was Managing Director of Virgin Money and Chief Executive at Mortgageforce. Rob led the rebrand to SDL in 2015, is CEO of our estate agency businesses, and also has responsibility for financial services, marketing and PR across the group.

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.

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.

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.

Rory Daly

Chief Executive Officer, SDL Bigwood

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.

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.

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.

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.