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Board of Directors

Crest Nicholson operates through its Board of Directors with day-to-day management and operation delegated to the Chief Executive and 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 a Non-Executive Chairman, 5 Non-Executive Directors and 3 Executive Directors.



  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Management Team
Iain Ferguson

Iain Ferguson

Non-Executive ChairmanAppointed to the Board in September 2019.
Other company directorships: Non-Executive Director (and Chair designate) of Personal Assets Trust plc, Pro Chancellor at Cranfield University.
Experience and qualifications: Iain is a highly experienced public company Chairman, Non-Executive Director and former FTSE 100 CEO. He brings a unique blend of board and business leadership experience across a range of sectors and industries. Iain was Chief Executive Officer of Tate & Lyle plc from 2003 until 2009, later chairing Berendsen plc from 2012 to 2017 and serving as Non-Executive Chairman of the Stobart Group from 2013 to 2019. Iain was also a Non-Executive Director at Greggs plc from 2009 to 2014 and Senior Independent Director of Balfour Beatty plc from 2012 to 2019 (having previously been Non-Executive Director from 2010). In addition, Iain was Lead Independent Director at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Chair of Wilton Park (Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and a Member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers UK Advisory Board. Iain holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry & Psychology from St Andrews University and has the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme.
Peter Truscott

Peter Truscott

Chief Executive: Appointed to the Board in September 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Peter has vast experience in the housebuilding industry across a range of models and tenures. Formerly Chief Executive of Galliford Try plc for over 3 years, Peter has also worked at Taylor Wimpey plc for 30 years holding positions such as Divisional Chairman and being a member of its Group Management team, in addition to having worked for CALA Homes. Peter brings valuable operational and public company experience to lead the Company's strategy and is highly experienced at delivering a broad range of housing needs to stakeholders.
Leslie Van de Walle

Leslie Van de Walle

Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in January 2018.
Committees: Nomination (Chair), Remuneration, Audit and Risk.
Other company directorships: DCC plc and HSBC UK Bank plc.
Experience and qualifications: Leslie has a very wide range of international senior management business experience. He is a non-executive director and Chairman of the Remuneration committee and Senior Independent Director of DCC, non-executive Chairman of Robert Walters plc and is a former Chief Executive Officer of Rexam plc, having held the role of Chairman at SIG plc and Weener Plastick Gmbh.
Chris Tinker

Chris Tinker

Chairman of Major Projects and Strategic Partnerships: Appointed to the Board in January 2017.
Other company directorships: Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (Board member) and The Housing Forum Ltd (Member).
Experience and qualifications: Chris is a Chartered Builder and joined the Group in 1988. Through the 1990s he was instrumental in the acquisition and masterplanning of several of the Group’s major residential projects, leading to his appointment in 2002 as Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Developments. Chris joined the Executive Management Team in 2007 and is responsible for the Major Projects division, as well as the Group’s sustainability strategy.
Duncan Cooper

Duncan Cooper

Group Finance DirectorAppointed to the Board in June 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Duncan formerly worked at Sainsbury’s where he held a range of finance roles since 2010, including most recently Director of Group Finance. He previously held finance roles at Sky plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc and Deloitte.
Sharon Flood

Sharon Flood

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in April 2015.
Committees: Audit and Risk (Chair), Nomination.
Other company directorships: St DuPont (Chair), Network Rail, Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd and Pets at Home Group plc.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Trustee of the Science Museum Group.
Experience and qualifications: Sharon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was previously Group Chief Financial Officer at Sun European Partners LLP (an international private equity advisory firm). Prior to this, Sharon was Finance Director of John Lewis from 2005 to 2010, before which she held a number of senior finance and strategy roles. Sharon has a good understanding of the UK housing market through her six-year appointment as a Director of the housing charity Shelter, where she chaired the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee.
Octavia Morley

Octavia Morley

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in May 2017.
Committees: Remuneration (Chair), Nomination, Audit and Risk.
Other company directorships: Card Factory plc; Ascensos Ltd and Spicers-Office Team Group Ltd.
Experience and qualifications: Octavia has extensive experience in senior operational and non-executive roles in retail and multi-site companies, both privately owned and publically listed. Having worked at companies, including Asda Stores Ltd, Laura Ashley plc and Woolworths plc, Octavia has most recently been CEO then Chair at LighterLife UK Ltd, Managing Director at Crew Clothing Co and Chief Executive at OKA Direct Limited. Having served as non-executive director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at John Menzies plc, Octavia holds current non-executive director appointments at Card Factory plc (Senior Independent Director), Ascensos Ltd (Non-Executive Director) and Spicers-Office Team Group Ltd (Chair).
Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in January 2018.
Committees: Nomination, Remuneration, Technical (Chair).
Other company directorships: Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Sirius Minerals plc and Polypipe Group plc.
Experience and qualifications: Louise joined Crest Nicholson in June 2017 as an independent non-executive member of a newly formed Technical Committee focusing on technical aspects of the build process and the benefits which could be introduced by greater use of standard house types and off-site manufacturing and now formally joins the Board. Louise is a civil engineer bringing a wealth of project management, technical and engineering experience, including delivering of complex infrastructure projects. Louise is currently a non-executive director of Sirius Minerals plc and a non-executive director of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.
Lucinda Bell

Lucinda Bell

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in May 2018.
Committees: Audit & Risk, Remuneration and Nomination.
Other company directorships: Rotork plc
Experience and qualifications: Lucinda is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in real estate. She was CFO of The British Land Company PLC (“British Land”) from May 2011 to January 2018 and prior to that held a range of roles in finance and tax at British Land. Lucinda is also a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee at manufacturing group Rotork plc.
Peter Truscott

Peter Truscott

Chief Executive: Appointed to the Board in September 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Peter has vast experience in the housebuilding industry across a range of models and tenures. Formerly Chief Executive of Galliford Try plc for over 3 years, Peter has also worked at Taylor Wimpey plc for 30 years holding positions such as Divisional Chairman and being a member of its Group Management team, in addition to having worked for CALA Homes. Peter brings valuable operational and public company experience to lead the Company's strategy and is highly experienced at delivering a broad range of housing needs to stakeholders.
Chris Tinker

Chris Tinker

Chairman of Major Projects and Strategic Partnerships: Appointed to the Board in January 2017.
Other company directorships: Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (Board member) and The Housing Forum Ltd (Member).
Experience and qualifications: Chris is a Chartered Builder and joined the Group in 1988. Through the 1990s he was instrumental in the acquisition and masterplanning of several of the Group’s major residential projects, leading to his appointment in 2002 as Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Developments. Chris joined the Executive Management Team in 2007 and is responsible for the Major Projects division, as well as the Group’s sustainability strategy.
Tom Nicholson

Tom Nicholson

Chief Operating Officer: Joined the Executive Management Team in May 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Tom is a seasoned executive in the housebuilding sector with 30 years’ industry experience. He has particular expertise in driving operational improvements and increasing productivity. Tom formerly worked at Berkeley Group and Galliford Try Group, holding roles of divisional Managing Director and Regional Chairman with the latter.
Duncan Cooper

Duncan Cooper

Group Finance DirectorAppointed to the Board in June 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Duncan formerly worked at Sainsbury’s where he held a range of finance roles since 2010, including most recently Director of Group Finance. He previously held finance roles at Sky plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc and Deloitte.
Robin Hoyles

Robin Hoyles

Group Land and Planning Director: Joined the Executive Management Team in December 2011.
Experience and qualifications: Robin joined the Group in May 2011 and was appointed to the Executive Management Team later that year. He was previously with Countryside Properties for more than 17 years as Managing Director of their Special Projects division. He is a solicitor and prior to joining Countryside was in private practice in London.
David Marchant

David Marchant

Director of Group Operations: Joined the Executive Management Team in March 2019.
Experience and qualifications: David has over 30 years' construction and home building industry experience in design and leadership roles having previously been Group Operations Director of Bellway Homes and Executive Director at the NHBC. David is a Chartered Structural Engineer and Chartered Builder and leads responsibility for the Group's new core housing range and the adoption of off-site manufacturing.
Kevin Maguire

Kevin Maguire

Group Company SecretaryJoined the Executive Management Team in January 2009.
Committees: Secretary to the Audit and Risk, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Experience and qualifications: Kevin joined the Group in March 2008 and became Company Secretary in January 2009. Since joining Crest Nicholson, Kevin has been involved in a range of significant corporate transactions. Having a legal background, he is a Chartered Secretary and previously held roles in retail, pensions and technology.
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