Alison Nimmo CBE

Chief Executive

The Crown Estate

Alison Nimmo is Chief Executive of The Crown Estate which has a capital value of over £8 billion. The Estate’s assets range from prime real estate in London’s West End, to around 50% of the UK’s foreshore and almost the entire seabed around the UK, to farmland and forestry.  Last year it returned £240 million to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation.

Last year Alison was listed in both Radio Four Woman’s Hour’s Power 100 and the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 lists. She was also number one in Property Week’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Property. 

Alison was previously Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority, for five years. She led on the overall design, planning and early delivery of most of the venues and the parklands for London's Olympic Park.  She was also the lead on sustainability and legacy for the multi-award winning Olympic Park.

Her previous roles have included: a central role in the London 2012 bid team and interim Director who led the establishment of the Olympic Delivery Authority; Chief Executive of Sheffield One, a seminal city centre regeneration programme for Sheffield; and Project Director of Manchester Millennium Ltd, the taskforce responsible for spearheading the regeneration of Manchester city centre following the terrorist bombing in 1996.

Alison is a chartered surveyor and town planner by training and was awarded a CBE for services to urban regeneration in 2004. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University where she has been a visiting professor for 7 years. Alison is a non-executive director of the Berkeley Group.

In January 2014 Alison was awarded the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal for services to planning throughout her career.

Outside of work, Alison has a keen interest in sports and enjoys cycling, swimming and walking.  In October 2013 she successfully reached base camp at Mount Everest.  This year’s challenge is an Olympic distance Triathalon.  Alison also enjoys theatre, art and travel.