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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Countryside Properties operates through its Board of Directors with day to day operation conducted by the Executive Management Team. The Board is responsible for business strategy, risk and oversight of the Executive Management Team. The Executive Management Team has responsibility for the day to day operation of the business, and for developing strategy for the Board's input and approval.

The Board comprises six Non-Executive directors, including the Chairman and two Executive directors.

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David Howell - Independent Non-Executive Chairman

David Howell joined the Group in April 2014 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman in January 2015.

He is a Chartered Accountant who has extensive experience working across a number of different industry sectors as either an executive or Non-Executive Director. His last three executive roles were as Chairman of Western & Oriental plc, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of lastminute.com plc and Group Finance Director of First Choice Holidays plc. David was a Non-Executive Director of The Berkeley Group Holdings PLC for over 10 years and there he chaired the Audit Committee, until 2014. He is also Treasurer of The British Red Cross.

He is a member of the Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Ian Sutcliffe - Group Chief Executive Officer

Ian Sutcliffe joined the Group in October 2013 as Executive Chairman and was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in January 2015.

Ian held a number of senior roles at Shell before being appointed UK Managing Director of George Wimpey and subsequently UK Chief Executive and board member at Taylor Wimpey. He followed this with a similar role at SEGRO, before becoming Chief Executive of Keepmoat Ltd. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Ashtead Group plc.

He is Chair of the Risk Management Committee and the Health & Safety Committee, and is a member of the Environment Committee and the Quality Committee.

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Rebecca Worthington - Group Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Worthington was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer in August 2015.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1997. She subsequently worked at Quintain Estates and Development plc for 15 years, first as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive. Following that she spent two years as Chief Executive of Lodestone Capital, a business advising on operational real estate assets. Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director of Hansteen Plc and until recently was a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Aga Rangemaster plc.

She is a member of the Risk Management Committee.

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Amanda Burton - Independent Non-Executive Director

Amanda Burton was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Group and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in October 2014.

Her previous experience includes her recent role as Global Chief Operating Officer at Clifford Chance LLP. She joined Clifford Chance in 2000 from Meyer International plc, where she was director and Chairman of its Timber Group. Amanda served for nine years on the Board of Galliford Try plc as a Non-Executive Director, from 2005, and as Senior Independent Director since 2008. She was a Non-Executive Director of Fresca Group Ltd. for almost twelve years from 1999 to 2010. She is a Non-Executive Director of Monitise plc, HSS Hire Group Plc, Skipton Building Society and a trustee of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

She is also a member of the Nomination Committee and the Audit Committee.

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Baroness Sally Morgan - Independent Non-Executive Director

Baroness Morgan of Huyton was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Group in October 2014.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Dixons Carphone plc and previously served as a board member for the Olympic Delivery Authority and as Chair of Ofsted. She had a long and successful career in central Government, serving as Director of Government Relations at 10 Downing Street from 2001 to 2005. Prior to this Baroness Morgan was political secretary to the Prime Minister from 1997 to 2001 and was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities in 2001. She was made a life peer of the House of Lords in the same year. Baroness Morgan is also a Member of Council of Kings College London and trustee of a number of charities.

She is a member of the Nomination Committee, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

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Federico Canciani - Non-Executive Director

Federico Canciani was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2013. He is a Managing Director of Oaktree, having joined in 2006 from Matlin Patterson Advisers (Europe) LLP.

Prior experience includes corporate finance and M&A with Goldman Sachs International in London, and private equity positions with Nomura Principle Finance Group and Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited. Federico received a Laurea Degree in Business Administration from Universitá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy in 1999.

He is a member of the Nomination Committee.

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James Van Steenkiste - Non-Executive Director

James Van Steenkiste was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2013. He is a Managing Director of Oaktree, having joined the firm in 2002.

He has previously worked for UBS Warburg LLC as an Investment Banking Analyst, gaining experience in financings, restructurings, LBO's, recapitalisations, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior thereto, he worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as an Investment Banking Analyst. Jim received a B.B.A. degree from the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. He is a non-Executive Director of Bavaria Yachtbau, Pegasus New Build Ltd, Saloro S.L., Ainscough Ltd. and Solvtrans.

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Richard Adam - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Richard Adam was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Group and Chairman of the Audit Committee in April 2015. 

He is a chartered accountant who has gained a wealth of experience from executive and non-executive roles spanning the media, infrastructure and construction sectors. He is currently Group Finance Director of FTSE 250 support services business, Carillion plc and Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Countrywide plc.

Richard was previously Non-Executive Director of SSL International plc, where he also served as Chair of the Audit Committee, Zattika plc and Wincanton plc.

He was appointed as the Senior Independent Director on 8 December 2015. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee.

Ian Sutcliffe - Group Chief Executive

Ian Sutcliffe joined the Group in October 2013 as Executive Chairman and was appointed Group Chief Executive in January 2015.

Following a number of senior roles at Shell, Ian was appointed UK Managing Director of George Wimpey and subsequently UK Chief Executive and board member at Taylor Wimpey. He followed this with a similar role at SEGRO, before becoming Chief Executive of Keepmoat Ltd. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Ashtead Group plc.

He is Chair of the Risk Management Committee and the Health & Safety Committee, and is a member of the Environment Committee and the Quality Committee.

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Rebecca Worthington - Group Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Worthington was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer in August 2015.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1997. She subsequently worked at Quintain Estates and Development plc for 15 years, first as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive. Following that she spent two years as Chief Executive of Lodestone Capital, a business advising on operational real estate assets. Rebecca is a non-executive director of Hansteen Plc and until recently was a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Aga Rangemaster plc.

She is a member of the Risk Management Committee.

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Richard Cherry - Chief Executive Officer, Partnerships

Richard Cherry was appointed Chief Executive Officer of our Partnerships Division in January 2015 having previously been Deputy Chairman and Group New Business Director since 2005 and Head of Division of the Group's Partnerships business.

Richard joined the Group as a graduate trainee from Reading University in 1982 and was appointed to the Board in 1986.

He is a member of the Health & Safety Committee, the Environment Committee, the Quality Committee and the Risk Management Committee.

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Graham Cherry - Chief Executive Officer, New Homes & Communities

Graham Cherry was appointed Chief Executive Officer of our New Homes and Communities Division in January 2015. Previously he was Group Chief Executive, a position he held since 1996, and Head of Division of the Group's New Homes and Communities business.

Graham joined the Group as a graduate trainee from Reading University in 1980 and was appointed to the Board in 1984.

He is Chair of the Environment Committee and is a member of the Health & Safety Committee, the Quality Committee and the Risk Management Committee.

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David Simpson - Managing Director, Millgate

David Simpson was appointed Managing Director of Millgate in 2008. He is a chartered accountant who has been on the board of Millgate since 2000. He joined Millgate in 2000 and prior to that was Finance Director at Darwin Medical Communications Ltd. David also has experience in the service sector, civil engineering, retail and manufacturing, some of which has been within PLCs.

He is Chair of the Quality Committee and is a member of the Health & Safety Committee, the Risk Management Committee and the Environment Committee.

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Gary Whitaker - General Counsel & Company Secretary

Gary Whitaker was appointed as General Counsel & Company Secretary in April 2015. Previously, he was General Counsel & Company Secretary for Xchanging plc for 15 years, which specialised in technology and outsourcing.

Gary trained as a solicitor with Norton Rose, and qualified into the corporate finance team, working in their London and Moscow offices. Prior to Norton Rose, Gary served an 11 year commission in the Royal Navy, fleet air arm.

He is a member of the Risk Management Committee.