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Countryside has a track record spanning 30 years of delivering more than 45 major urban regeneration projects to deliver mixed-use and mixed-tenure schemes, mainly through estate regeneration, in partnership with public and private sector organisations, including local authorities, housing associations, and local communities.
Andrew will be responsible for strategic financial commercial decisions on all aspects of the business alongside the Chief Executive of Partnerships, Richard Cherry, and Managing Director of Partnerships South, Matthew Higgs.
He joins Countryside from the Berkeley Group, where he was Head of Finance for St James following roles within Group Finance at the Berkeley Group. Andrew is a chartered accountant and trained at Ernst and Young where he focused on audit and corporate finance.
Andrew Cornelius commented: “The Partnerships division is at the heart of the Countryside business and there is a real opportunity to focus on the sustainable, profitable growth of the business as part of the need to deliver new homes in London and the South-East.”
Richard Cherry, Chief Executive, Countryside Partnerships, said: “Andrew brings exceptional experience and new ideas to help drive our financial success.”
The Partnerships business has a current and future development programme of circa 15,000 mixed tenure homes, with the largest current regeneration site at Acton Gardens in West London, a joint venture partnership between Countryside and L&Q - delivering one of the largest estate regeneration projects in Britain, replacing 1,800 properties on the South Acton Estate with a new urban village of over 2,500 new homes - with 39,400 sq ft of social and community facilities at its heart.