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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 was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on 14 December 2015 as
Non-Executive Chairman. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

David joined the Group in April 2014 as a Non-Executive Director of Copthorn Holdings Limited and was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of that company in January 2015.

He is a chartered accountant with 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. He also was a Non-Executive Director of The Berkeley Group Holdings plc for over ten years where he chaired the Audit Committee until 2014. He is a Non-Executive Director (Chairman Designate) of Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis Service Limited.

Ian Sutcliffe - Group Chief Executive Officer

Ian Sutcliffe was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on 19 November 2015 as Group Chief Executive. He is a member of the Executive Committee.

Ian joined the Group in October 2013 as Executive Chairman of Copthorn Holdings Limited and was appointed Group Chief Executive in January 2015.

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

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Rebecca Worthington - Group Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Worthington was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on
19 November 2015 as Group Chief Financial Officer. She is a member of the Executive Committee.

Rebecca joined the Group in August 2015 as Chief Financial Officer of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 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 Limited, a business advising on operational real estate assets. She is a Non-Executive Director of Hansteen Holdings plc.

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Amanda Burton - Independent Non-Executive Director

Amanda Burton was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on 17 December 2015. She is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of Audit and Nomination Committees.

Amanda joined the Group in October 2014 as a Non-Executive Director of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

She joined Clifford Chance LLP in 2000 where she left in December 2014 as their Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, she was at Meyer International plc where she was a Director and Chairman of its Timber Group. She also served nine years on the Board at Galliford Try plc as a Non-Executive Director from 2005 and as Senior Independent Director from 2008. She is a
Non-Executive Director of Monitise plc, HSS Hire Group plc, Skipton Building Society and Chairman and Trustee of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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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 to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on 17 December 2015. He is a member of the Nomination Committee.

Federico joined the Group in April 2013 as a non-executive director of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

His prior experience includes corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions with Goldman Sachs International in London and private equity positions with Nomura Principle Finance Group and Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited. He received a Laurea Degree in Business Administration from the Universitá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy in 1999. He is a Managing Director of Oaktree Capital, having joined the firm in 2006 from Matlin Patterson Advisers (Europe) LLP. He is a Director of Breeze Midco (TNC) Limited and Breeze Bidco (TNC) Limited.

 

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James Van Steenkiste - Non-Executive Director

Jim Van Steenkiste was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC on 17 December 2015.

Jim joined the Group in April 2013 as a non-executive director of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

He has previously worked for UBS Warburg LLC as an investment banking analyst, gaining experience in financings, restructurings, leveraged buy-outs, recapitalisations and mergers and acquisitions. He also has worked at Donaldson, Luftkin & Jenrette as an investment banking analyst. He received a BBA degree from the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. He is a Managing Director of Oaktree Capital, having joined the firm in 2002. He is a Non-Executive director of Bavaria Yachtbau, Pegasus Life Limited, Silver Holdings AS, Saloro SL and Accord Bidco Limited.

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Richard Adam - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

 

Richard Adam was appointed to the Board of Countryside Properties PLC and made the Senior Independent Director on 17 December 2015.  He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Richard joined the Group in April 2015 as a Non-Executive Director of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1982 and has nearly 30 years of experience as finance director of private and listed businesses having gained a wealth of experience from executive and non-executive roles spanning the media, infrastructure, construction and services sectors.  From 2007 until retiring in 2016 Richard was Group Finance Director of Carillon plc, the integrated support services and construction business.  Prior to this, he was Group Finance Director of Associated British Ports Holdings plc.  He is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Countrywide plc and a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of FirstGroup plc.  He was previously a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SSL International plc.

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.