Chairman of Bullring and Brent Cross shopping centres quits

The chairman of struggling shopping centre owner Hammerson has announced he will quit on the same day its sites, including Birmingham’s Bullring and Brent Cross in north London, reopened non-food stores for the first time since lockdown. Gwyn Burr, the senior independent director at Hammerson, said: “Rob brings with him vast experience of the property industry which will help accelerate the Board’s ambitions to put the company back onto a stable footing. “We are also very pleased to welcome Des, whose experience in retail property and international perspective will make a valuable contribution to the future of Hammerson.” Mr Tyler had been chair for seven years, overseeing a business which extended quickly, but at a cost.