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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 an Executive Chairman, 5 Non-Executive Directors and 2 Executive Directors.



  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Management Team

Stephen Stone

Executive ChairmanAppointed to the Board in January 1999, becoming Chief Executive in 2005 and Executive Chairman in March 2018.
Other company directorships: Home Builders Federation and National House-Building Council.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Member of the Construction Leadership Council.
Experience and qualifications: Stephen is a Chartered Architect with over 35 years’ experience in various positions in the construction and house building industry. He joined Crest Nicholson in 1995 and was Chief Executive from 2005 to March 2018, when he became Chairman. Stephen leads the Board, promoting healthy and transparent relationships with shareholders and high standards of corporate governance.
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, HSBC UK Bank plc and Euromoney Institutional Investor plc (Chair).
Experience and qualifications: Leslie has a wide range of senior management business experience with over 20 years at board level, most recently having been Chair at Robert Walters plc and SIG plc. He has held Chief Executive positions at both United Biscuits plc and Rexam plc and a range of non-executive roles across industries such as oil and gas, food and drink, manufacturing and insurance.

Patrick Bergin

Chief ExecutiveAppointed to the Board in October 2011, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and Chief Executive in March 2018.
Committees: Technical.
Experience and qualifications: A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ financial experience across a range of industries, Patrick first joined Crest Nicholson in 2006. He has had responsibility for the day-to-day operations since November 2016, first as Chief Operating Officer and now as Chief Executive. Patrick has extensive knowledge of the property market and represents the Group when engaging with investors, the Government and the industry.
Chris Tinker

Chris Tinker

Chairman of Major Projects and Strategic Partnerships: Appointed to the Board in January 2017.
Committees: Technical.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Member of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and The Housing Forum Limited.
Experience and qualifications: Chris is a Chartered Builder and joined the Crest Nicholson in 1988. Throughout his 31 years with the business Chris has been instrumental in the acquisition and masterplanning of several of the Group’s largest residential projects. Chris is responsible for the Crest Nicholson Regeneration and Crest Strategic Projects divisions. He is also the Board representative for Sustainability.
Sharon Flood

Sharon Flood

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in April 2015.
Committees: Audit and Risk (Chair), Nomination, Technical.
Other company directorships: Network Rail Limited and Pets at Home Group plc.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Trustee of the Science Museum Group.
Experience and qualifications: A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Sharon previously held key finance and strategy roles at Sun European Partners LLP, an international private equity advisory firm, and John Lewis. 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 Limited and Spicers-Office Team Group Limited (Chair).
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 Limited, Laura Ashley plc and Woolworths plc, Octavia has most recently been Chief Executive then Chair at LighterLife UK Limited, Managing Director at Crew Clothing Co and Chief Executive at OKA Direct Limited. Octavia also served as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at John Menzies plc.
Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in January 2018.
Committees: Nomination, Remuneration, Technical (Chair).
Other company directorships: Sirius Minerals plc and Polypipe Group plc.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and North West Cambridge Development.
Experience and qualifications: Louise is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Management Institute. She was previously the 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 also been a Non-Executive Director at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation for the Ministry of Defence.
Lucinda Bell

Lucinda Bell

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in May 2018.
Committees: Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nomination.
Other company directorships: Rotork plc, Derwent London plc, and The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.
Experience and qualifications: Lucinda is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in real estate. She 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 and has held a range of finance roles in the real estate industry. Lucinda currently chairs the Audit Committee at Rotork plc, a FTSE 250 manufacturer of flow control products.

Stephen Stone

Executive ChairmanAppointed to the Board in January 1999, becoming Chief Executive in 2005 and Executive Chairman in March 2018.
Other company directorships: Home Builders Federation and National House-Building Council.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Member of the Construction Leadership Council.
Experience and qualifications: Stephen is a Chartered Architect with over 35 years’ experience in various positions in the construction and house building industry. He joined Crest Nicholson in 1995 and was Chief Executive from 2005 to March 2018, when he became Chairman. Stephen leads the Board, promoting healthy and transparent relationships with shareholders and high standards of corporate governance.

Patrick Bergin

Chief ExecutiveAppointed to the Board in October 2011, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and Chief Executive in March 2018.
Committees: Technical.
Experience and qualifications: A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ financial experience across a range of industries, Patrick first joined Crest Nicholson in 2006. He has had responsibility for the day-to-day operations since November 2016, first as Chief Operating Officer and now as Chief Executive. Patrick has extensive knowledge of the property market and represents the Group when engaging with investors, the Government and the industry.
Chris Tinker

Chris Tinker

Chairman of Major Projects and Strategic Partnerships: Appointed to the Board in January 2017.
Committees: Technical.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Member of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and The Housing Forum Limited.
Experience and qualifications: Chris is a Chartered Builder and joined the Crest Nicholson in 1988. Throughout his 31 years with the business Chris has been instrumental in the acquisition and masterplanning of several of the Group’s largest residential projects. Chris is responsible for the Crest Nicholson Regeneration and Crest Strategic Projects divisions. He is also the Board representative for Sustainability.
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.
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 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.
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