The Management Board

Nathan Thompson

Nathan is the Chief Executive and Clerk of the Council responsible to Her Majesty for the good order of the Duchy of Lancaster. He is also the Chairman of the Management Board. Nathan is a trained Chartered Surveyor with 25 years of property experience having previously worked for MEPC, JER Partners and Forth Ports and joined the Duchy in August 2013.


Chris Adcock

Chris is our Chief Finance Officer with additional responsibility for the management of the financial portfolio who also runs Lancaster Castle and our Holiday Cottage portfolio. Chris joined the Duchy in 2003 and became an Executive Member of the Duchy Council in 2007.

Hugh Bruce-Watt

Hugh is the Solicitor for the Affairs of the Duchy of Lancaster and is the Duchy’s General Counsel.  He is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to the Duchy team and liaison with our external legal advisers. Hugh qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has over 30 years’ experience in commercial property with international law firm Pinsent Masons.


Christopher Sparrow

Christopher is our Head of Rural, who leads on all our rural land and property assets across the country. He joined the Duchy in January 2015, having spent the previous ten years as the Estate Manager for The Duke of Buccleuch’s Boughton Estate.

Mike Andrews

Mike is our Head of Commercial who manages the Urban Survey. He has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial property sector having previously worked for CBRE, DTZ and Canmoor Asset Management. Mike joined the Duchy in March 2014.

Graeme Chalk

Graeme is our Head of Project Management who oversees our  Development and Repairs projects. He also has responsibility for our Foreshore and Minerals Surveys . Graeme has very considerable experience in construction and project management having previously worked for Heery International, Marks and Spencer and Centros. Graeme joined the Duchy in April 2014.