Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Bending has a BA (Hons) in Politics and History, PG Dip in Business Administration and the CIM Diploma. After many years as an international money broker in the City Matthew moved to Scotland to take up the post of Marketing Manager for Standard Life Investments “Scottish Shopping Centres”, which kick-started the SpaceandPeople concept.
Non Executive Chairman
George is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland. He is an experienced non executive director having served on several company and charity boards and until April 2019 was the CFO of STV Group plc, a post he held for nearly 20 years. Prior to this he worked for KPMG in their audit and assurance services practice in both the UK and US. He is a non executive director of GamesAnalytics Ltd and is also an executive committee member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and a trustee of the STV Appeal.
Chief Operating Officer
A Business Graduate with French and Marketing, Nancy started out as a Graduate Trainee with BP and worked for BAA. She left to be Marketing Manager for Intercity and the Marketing Manager for Eurostar, then spent 7 years as Marketing Manager at Brent Cross in North London - responsible for the development of commercial strategy and first steps in commercialisation as well as all Marketing Activity. Nancy won several awards including Jean Louis Salal Award for Marketing at ICSC for Brent Cross relaunch campaign and BCSC awards for PR and marketing activities.
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Gregor joined SpaceandPeople in September 2010 having spent three years with Industrious Asset Management Limited as Finance Director. Prior to this Gregor spent almost ten years with DAKS Simpson plc where he had various roles including Head of Finance and General Manager. Gregor has Bachelor of Accountancy degree from The University of Glasgow and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Gregor additionally has responsibility for shaping and implementing the HSEQ strategy for the Group. This role includes providing assurance to the Board and clients that HSEQ risk is managed effectively. Responsibilities include the development and delivery of the health, safety and environment strategy plan, implementing information management systems, driving a positive safety culture across the business, monitoring performance and driving continual performance improvement.
Client Services Director
After starting his career in Higher Education Andrew worked in conferencing including spells in Toronto and Florida and managing teams in London, Montreal, New York and Singapore. Andrew has been working in the commercialisation sector since 2004, and has held Sales Director, Venues Director and Client Service Director roles. Within SpaceandPeople Andrew has responsibility for managing and developing our presence in the transport sector and working with our key promotional, experiential and retail clients. Andrew has a BA (Hons) in Combined Arts (Politics, Education and Contemporary Asian Studies) from De Montfort University.
Non Executive Director
Graham is CFO of Escape Hunt Plc, a global provider of 'escape room' experiences. He previously led the Strategic Public Equity Strategy at Gresham House Asset Management. Prior to this, he spent six years as a senior executive at PayPoint Plc. Previously he was executive chairman and president of PayByPhone, and head of strategic investment at SVG Investment Managers, the public equities team within SVG Capital plc. Additionally, Graham was a non-executive director of Journey Group plc including periods as chairman of the audit and nomination committees, and acting chairman when Journey Group was subject to a successful takeover bid by private equity. He began his career at Deloitte, is a chartered accountant (ICAEW), holds an investment management certificate and has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Non Executive Director
With over 30 years’ experience as a media professional, focussed on the ‘out of home’ sector, Steve is highly regarded as an innovative business developer. He is at the forefront of media retail commercialisation both in the UK and overseas, assisting both venue and media owners to develop effective media business models and development strategies. Through his highly successful media consultancy business he works with global property owners and media groups and has been responsible for planning media networks within some of the world’s foremost retail destinations and urban centres. Steve has extensive international experience in the Far East, USA, Africa and the UAE. Steve is an MBA graduate.