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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 LeadershipTeam.

The Board is responsible for business strategy, risk and oversight of the Executive Leadership Team. The Executive Leadership 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, Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors.



  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Management Team
Iain Ferguson

Iain Ferguson CBE

Non-Executive Chairman: Appointed to the Board in September 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Iain is a highly experienced public company Chairman, Non-Executive Director and former FTSE 100 CEO. He has extensive and diverse leadership experience and a sound practical understanding of corporate governance. Iain has a deep appreciation of capital markets and investor sentiment which he brings to Board deliberations, in addition to financial expertise and construction experience.
Iain was Chief Executive Officer of Tate & Lyle plc, later chairing Berendsen plc and the Stobart Group Ltd. He was also Senior Independent Director of Balfour Beatty plc and Non-Executive Director at Greggs plc. 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.
In 2003, Iain became a Commander of British Empire for his services to the food industry.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director, Personal Assets Trust plc (2017 onwards), Non-Executive Director, Copenhagen Topco Ltd (2018 onwards), Pro-Chancellor, Cranfield University (2015 onwards).

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. He was formerly Chief Executive of Galliford Try plc. Peter also worked at Taylor Wimpey plc for 30 years where he held various positions including divisional Chairman and was a member of its Group Management team. Previously, he worked for CALA Homes. Peter brings valuable operational and public company experience to lead the Company and is highly experienced at delivering a broad range of housing needs to stakeholders.
Tom Nicholson

Tom Nicholson

Chief Operating Officer: Appointed to the Board in January 2020.
Experience and qualifications: Tom brings the breadth of experience in the key operational areas we are focusing on as we re-position the Company's margins and returns. Tom joined the company in May 2019, before becoming an Executive Director in January 2020. 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 was a divisional Chairman at Linden Homes and he served on the Executive Board of Galliford Try plc. He has previously worked for Try Homes, Berkeley Group Holdings plc and Trafalgar House.
Duncan Cooper

Duncan Cooper

Group Finance DirectorAppointed to the Board in June 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Duncan has extensive financial experience across a range of industries. He formerly worked at J. Sainsbury plc where he held multiple roles since 2010, culminating in Director of Group Finance. Prior to that he held finance roles at Sky plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc and Deloitte LLP. Duncan's extensive knowledge of financial markets and experience of shareholder engagement will be valuable in communicating the Company's updated strategy and future financial targets. Duncan is a chartered accountant.
Sharon Flood

Sharon Flood

Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in April 2015.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Trustee of the Science Museum Group.
Experience and qualifications: Sharon is a highly experienced Director having held senior finance and strategy roles across a range of companies including John Lewis Partnership plc, Kingfisher plc and more recently as Group CFO at Sun European Partners LLP. Her non-executive experience spans plc, Government, and not for profit organisations chairing Audit and Finance Committees. Specifically, Sharon spent six years at housing charity Shelter as Chair of Audit, Risk and Finance and over five years at Network Rail Ltd, where she chairs its Audit, Treasury and Environmental Sustainability Committees bringing a range of housing and infrastructure experience.
Committees: Audit and Risk (Chair), Nomination.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Network Rail Ltd and Pets at Home Group plc, Trustee of the Science Museum Group, Council Member of the University of Cambridge.
Octavia Morley

Octavia Morley

Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in May 2017.
Experience and qualifications: Octavia has extensive experience in senior operational and non-executive roles in retail and multi-site companies, both privately owned and publicly listed. After working at companies including Asda Stores Ltd, Laura Ashley plc and Woolworths plc, Octavia was Chief Executive then Chair at LighterLife UK Ltd, Managing Director at Crew Clothing Co and Chief Executive at OKA Direct Ltd. Octavia also served as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at John Menzies plc. Octavia brings customer experience insight to the Board, gleaned through her various retail and consumer roles.
Committees: Remuneration (Chair), Nomination, Audit and Risk.
External appointments: Chair of the Spicers-Office Team Group Ltd, Senior Independent Director of the Card Factory plc, Non-Executive Director of Marston's plc and Ascensos Ltd, Director of Stat Company Ltd and Zenoffice Ltd.
Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in January 2018.
Experience and qualifications: Louise was European Project Excellence Director at Aecom and Infrastructure Director for CLM, which was the consortium partner for the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority. Louise has been a Non-Executive Director at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation for the Ministry of Defence. In 2019, she was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering. Louise's engineering expertise across large and complex projects has been particularly insightful in the Board's review of off-site manufacturing (OSM) techniques. Louise is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Chartered Management Institute.
Committees: Nomination, Remuneration, Technical (Chair).
External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Sirius Minerals plc, Polypipe Group plc, Severfield plc, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and North West Cambridge Development.
Lucinda Bell

Lucinda Bell

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in May 2018.
Experience and qualifications: Lucinda was Chief Financial Officer at The British Land Company plc, one of Europe's largest real estate investment trusts from May 2011 to January 2018. She has held a range of finance roles in the real estate industry. Lucinda's background in capital markets, investor engagement, tax and the financing of corporate transactions provides valuable insight to the business. The Board welcomes Lucinda's keen interest in corporate responsibility. At British Land, Lucinda played a leading role in its sustainability initiatives. Lucinda currently chairs the Audit Committee at Rotork plc and Derwent London plc. Lucinda is a chartered accountant.
Committees: Audit & Risk, Remuneration and Nomination.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Rotork plc and Derwent London plc, Non-Executive Treasurer of The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.
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. He was formerly Chief Executive of Galliford Try plc. Peter also worked at Taylor Wimpey plc for 30 years where he held various positions including divisional Chairman and was a member of its Group Management team. Previously, he worked for CALA Homes. Peter brings valuable operational and public company experience to lead the Company and is highly experienced at delivering a broad range of housing needs to stakeholders.
Tom Nicholson

Tom Nicholson

Chief Operating Officer: Appointed to the Board in January 2020.
Experience and qualifications: Tom brings the breadth of experience in the key operational areas we are focusing on as we re-position the Company's margins and returns. Tom joined the company in May 2019, before becoming an Executive Director in January 2020. 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 was a divisional Chairman at Linden Homes and he served on the Executive Board of Galliford Try plc. He has previously worked for Try Homes, Berkeley Group Holdings plc and Trafalgar House.
Duncan Cooper

Duncan Cooper

Group Finance DirectorAppointed to the Board in June 2019.
Experience and qualifications: Duncan has extensive financial experience across a range of industries. He formerly worked at J. Sainsbury plc where he held multiple roles since 2010, culminating in Director of Group Finance. Prior to that he held finance roles at Sky plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc and Deloitte LLP. Duncan's extensive knowledge of financial markets and experience of shareholder engagement will be valuable in communicating the Company's updated strategy and future financial targets. Duncan is a chartered accountant.
David Marchant

David Marchant

Group Production Director: Joined the Executive Leadership Team in March 2019.
Experience and qualifications: David has over 30 years' construction and home building industry experience in design and leadership roles. He was previously a Group Director of Bellway plc and Director at the NHBC. David is a structural engineer and chartered builder. He leads responsibility for SHE, the Group's new core housing range, OSM and maintaining rigorous oversight of build costs.
Kevin Maguire

Kevin Maguire

General Counsel and Company SecretaryJoined the Executive Leadership 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 Group Company Secretary in January 2009. Since joining Crest Nicholson, he has been involved in a range of significant corporate transactions. Having a legal background, Kevin is a chartered secretary and previously held roles in retail, pensions and technology. Kevin has a comprehensive understanding of the legal, compliance, governance and risk considerations relevant to Crest Nicholson, and of the regulatory environment in which its business operates.
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