The management of UCP vests in its Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall management of the Company and the group as well as the formulation and implementation of the Company’s investment strategy.

1. Donald Lake, Chairman
2. Mohammad Yousuf Khan
3. Nicholas Sallnow-Smith
4. John Sleeman


Donald is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors having qualified in the City of London with Matthews & Goodman. Subsequently he was a director of the property arm of CT Bowring & Co Limited (now part of Marsh) and for 14 years the sole external member of the property investment committee of Crusader Insurance PLC.

He is also a non-executive director of Industrial Multi Property Trust PLC (listed on the London Stock Exchange) and Healthcare & Leisure Property Limited (both formerly listed in the Channel Islands), and of European Property Investment Portfolio PLC (an open ended fund).

He is resident in the Isle of Man but travels widely.


Mohammad holds a degree in Science from the University of Kashmir. He is currently the Chairman of the Banking and Advisory Council for Yes Bank Limited. He is also a director of Bharat Hotels in India and a senior advisor to Berenson & Company.

Previously, he has held the positions of Chairman of J&K Bank, Managing Director of J&K Agro Industries Development Corporation and Managing Director of J&K Tourism Development Corporation.

Mr Khan is Chairman of Chinab Valley Power Corporation, Director of the Federal Bank of India and Director of Zee Entertainment.


Nicholas has a wide-ranging property, finance and management background in Asia and the UK over the last 40 years, including the role of chief executive of Hongkong Land Holdings between 2000 and 2007, and the role of Chairman of Link Asset Management Limited, investment manager to The Link Real Estate Investment Trust, (Asia’s largest REIT) between 2007 and March 2016. He is also an independent non executive director of Wynn Macau Limited and Aviva Life Insurance Company Ltd (Hong Kong). He is a resident of Hong Kong.


John has over 35 years of investment banking experience with extensive knowledge of equity capital markets, M&A and debt. John was a director of Samuel Montagu and Managing Director, Head of the International Team, Corporate Finance and Advisory at HSBC Bank plc, responsible for HSBC’s Investment Banking business in Russia, central and eastern Europe, north and sub-Saharan Africa, Greece, India, Israel, Malta, the Middle East and Turkey.

John has served as a board director of OSJC Power Machines and JSC Open Investments, and is currently Chairman of PV Crystalox Solar Plc. He is a founding partner of S.P. Angel Corporate Finance LLP, an investment banking boutique that is a Member of the London Stock Exchange, an AIM Nominated Adviser and Broker and an ISDX Growth Markets Corporate Adviser.

John is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.