Michael Slade FRICS, is Chairman of Helical plc, a UK-listed property development and investment company, one of the best performing quoted property stocks in the UK.
Mike is well known for his enthusiasm for yachting and launched his third “Leopard”, a 100-foot swing-keel ocean racer, in June 2007, in which he won the Rolex Fastnet Race, breaking the record by some nine hours. Since then Leopard has captured a number of records including the Transatlantic in seven days.
Mike was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Years honours list for his charitable work for LandAid, the Property Industry’s charity which supports young homeless and vulnerable people. Mike co-founded LandAid in 1985 and remains President of the charity.
Mike is also Chairman of the Royal Marsden Hospital’s Oak Cancer Centre Appeal, a campaign to raise £70m to build a brand new, state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research centre. Mike and the team have already secured over £50m of this target in less than 2 years of the 5-year timeframe.
Mike is an enthusiastic partner in his wife Heather's thoroughbred horse breeding and racehorse ownership business. Mike and Heather have been married for 46 years and have three children and five grandchildren.