Our Trustees

Salah Mussa, Chairman

Salah Mussa Chestertons Foundation

Salah has used his formative years living and studying in London to grow a successful business portfolio spanning finance, commercial, and residential real estate over the last four decades.

Salah’s interest in philanthropic causes led to the founding of the Chestertons Foundation in 2019. The Foundation raises funds for 15 mostly London-based charities, including St Mungo’s and The Passage, both of which seek an end to homelessness. Funds raised from events organised by Chestertons Foundation will be dedicated to people’s long-term recovery by developing their employability.

As head of a family office, Salah has managed and exited various private real estate funds valued in excess of £300m. 

His extensive knowledge of property in prime locations globally and in central London, from apartments in Mayfair to hotels in Knightsbridge and Chelsea, and a diverse career which includes investment, operations, and strategic development, is testament to his commitment to a holistic understanding of London-based real estate.

Salah is best known for purchasing Chestertons, a prime central London estate agency with a 220-year history. During his tenure, the business acquired Humberts in 2009, which also specialised in prime real estate, to revitalise a British institution and bring together two of the longest established firms in the industry. As Chairman, Salah had the vision to build on the heritage and reputation of these two organisations. Over the past sixteen years, Chestertons has expanded internationally, currently in 12 countries with over 70 offices, and will continue to expand the franchise globally.

Sir Vincent Fean

Vincent Fean worked in the British Diplomatic Service for 39 years, retiring in 2014. He was Consul-General, Jerusalem (2010-14); Ambassador to Libya (2006-10), and High Commissioner to Malta (2002-06). 

He now chairs the Balfour Project charity, shedding light on Britain’s role and responsibilities in Palestine before the creation of the modern state of Israel, and advocating equal rights now for Israelis and Palestinians. 

He is a Board member of the Palestine Britain Business Council, and co-patron of the Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network.

Tricia Topping

Tricia has over two decades of property business and marketing experience across both the residential and commercial sectors. Her love of jewellery, art, fashion, interior design and property, inspired Tricia to create LuxuryTopping, which spotlights the trends and people working in the world of luxury. Tricia is well connected within the luxury and property sector; is a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Directors’ Circle of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Tricia is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of World Traders; a member of the Marketing Committee for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and is an Ambassador for Goldsmiths’ Fair. Tricia has judged the International Property Awards for a decade focusing on marketing and hotel entries, and a judge for the past five years for the What House? Interior Design Awards. Her company Carlyle Consultants won the Marketing Firm of the Year from the Influential Businesswoman Awards holding the award for three years in 2018/19/20.

Tricia was Chief Executive at TTA Group (now Good Relations Property), a leading property PR company which she founded and sold to Chime Communications plc

Alison Cooper

As an entrepreneur and natural innovator, Alison Cooper finds creative solutions to gaps in the market. She has successfully built and scaled several businesses, and is currently an investor as well as the CEO of Alicia J Diamonds.

Alison sold En Route International, her award-winning multi-million-pound global on-board service business, to dnata (Emirates Group) in 2017, and went on to create Alicia J Diamonds, a specialist bespoke jewellery service. She has also been involved in holiday properties in the south of England, and is also a co-director of interior design company Design’d Living, which operates in the UK and Dubai.

Alison is proactive in the charity sector, and is particularly interested in helping young people gain access to work. She has been active in assisting those who have grown up with disadvantages to become successful business owners.

Alison’s approach to business, life and charity work is hands-on. She has set up large-scale highly successful charity events, including running a Brilliant Breakfast event for The Prince’s Trust, raising funds for their Women Supporting Women initiative.

As a businesswoman, Alison is an E2E Ambassador, helping to enable connections for fellow entrepreneurs. The platform is for high growth entrepreneurs to access good advice, support, people and finance to give their enterprise the best chance of success. She is a member of the Supper Club, the UK’s leading membership club exclusively for fast-growth entrepreneurs.

Alison’s integrity, expertise and honesty, and her go-getting entrepreneurial spirit and sociable personality make her an engaging person to be around and work with.

Roger Tempest

Roger is involved in a wide range of businesses primarily based in the development world. He trained as a chartered surveyor and then had an initial career in newspaper management at TODAY and The Observer and also ran and owned a radio station – Fresh FM.   He also founded and ran Rural Solutions, a national rural regeneration company. He now runs the Broughton Hall Estate which hosts a retreat and well being centre, a hospitality business, a rural business park and is also Executive Chairman of Rural Concepts Group. He is also one of the founders of the charity Skipton and Ripon Enterprise Group. 

As custodian of the Broughton Hall Estate he has developed the Broughton Hall Business Park into one of the most prestigious rural heritage business locations in the country, providing accommodation for over 50 companies and employing over 700 people in historic buildings and parkland which has become a metaphor for the blend of innovation and conservation which Roger believes should be at the heart of rural regeneration. The Hall is now used as an exclusive use venue and with the 14 holiday cottages on the Estate there is over 120 beds.

His wide experience and varied expertise in many enterprises from rural land management, newspaper management to construction and the lesiure industry means that many Trusts, professional associations and charitable institutions benefit from his knowledge, enthusiasm and energy.

Roger Tempest’s interests range from guitar, art and travel and he lives in Yorkshire with his partner Paris and daughter Aya. 

John Ennis

John joined Chestertons in November 2022 as Chief Executive Officer.

Having graduated from university with a degree in sport science John worked in the health and fitness industry for five years before starting his estate agency career in 1999.

Having started as a Sales Negotiator, John progressed to a Valuer within 9 months, and by 2002 had grown his office from £1.5m in sales to over £6m. In 2019 John became Managing Director, where he managed 14 central London offices and 14 new homes and investment departments.

John is a family man and lives in Chislehurst with his wife, children, and two dogs

Allan Collins

Allan is a Chartered Accountant, he spent 10 years with PWC, after which he spent 14 years as UK Finance Director for Savills Plc. In 2011 Allan joined Chestertons, firstly as Finance Director and latterly as Chief Executive.

Having put the business onto a firm financial footing, in 2019 Allan became a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman. Allan was instrumental in setting up the Foundation and now chairs the Trustees’ meetings. 

Richard Hillier

Richard specialises in the setting up of trust and company structures and advising individuals on their tax position. He has also carried out audits as a leader of Geneva Trust, which is a registered auditor in Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ireland.

He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1977 and joined the Swiss firm at its creation in 1982 as a manager, becoming a director in 1987.

Richard is a member of ICAS and also of STEP.

Giles Milner

Giles Milner Chestertons Foundation

A founding member of the Foundation and Marketing Director for Chestertons, Giles set up Chestertons’ Charity Champions in 2014 and helped transform the company into one of the most charitably active and socially responsible estate agents in the country.

Jeremy Shaw, ACMA, GCMA

Jeremy has been at Chestertons for 13 years, and has worked in the wider real estate market for 16 years, having also worked at Humberts.

Jeremy became CFO in 2017 and helped stabilise the business through careful cost control, before becoming a key part of the senior Management team. He is in charge of the Business’ finance and accounting functions as well as facilities and compliance.

Jeremy is a founding trustee of the Chestertons Foundation.

He is also a Chartered Management Accountant and has a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Willem Baralt

Willem has served as Chair/NED, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer and has significant international start-up, Private Equity-backed and listed company experience across Healthcare, Telecoms & Technology, Real Estate and Finance sectors. Willem has deep experience in facilitating commercial growth, fundraising, and building teams.

He currently has a portfolio of Non-Executive Board roles and is the Chairman of the imaging diagnostics company, Adaptix.  

He also served as a Trustee and advised several charities and charitable foundations including World for Libya and Venture partnership foundation.

Willem lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two sons.