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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 Officer 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 4 Executive Directors.



  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Management Team

William Rucker

Non-Executive ChairmanAppointed to the Board in September 2011.
Other company directorships: Chief Executive of Lazard in the UK.
Experience and qualifications: William is a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience in banking and financial services. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of financial markets, corporate finance and strategy to his leadership of the Board.

Stephen Stone

Chief Executive OfficerAppointed to the Board in January 1999, becoming COO in 2002 and CEO in 2005.
Other company directorships: Non-Executive Director of Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the National House Building Council (NHBC).
Other professional experience and community involvement: Member of the Construction Leadership Council.
Experience and qualifications: Stephen is a Chartered Architect with over 30 years’ experience in various positions in the construction and housebuilding industry. Stephen leads the Executive Management Team and is the director responsible for health and safety. Stephen represents the Group when engaging with investors, the Government, the HBF and the industry.

Patrick Bergin

Chief Operating OfficerAppointed to the Board in October 2011 as Group Finance Director, becoming COO in November 2016.
Experience and qualifications: Patrick joined the Group in 2006 and was appointed Group Finance Director in 2011. In November 2016, Patrick was appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer having responsibility for day-to-day operations alongside the Chief Executive Officer. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience and has worked in financial roles across a range of industries.

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.

Robert Allen

Group Finance DirectorAppointed to the Board in February 2017.
Experience and qualifications: Robert joined the Group in February 2017 as Group Finance Director. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ finance and operational experience. Robert qualified with Coopers & Lybrand before eventually joining British American Tobacco in 1997 where, among other key roles, he led Mergers and Acquisitions, Global Treasury and the finance function across the EEMEA region.

Pam Alexander, OBE

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in December 2011.
Committees: Audit and Risk, Nomination, Remuneration, Technical.
Other company directorships: Covent Garden Market Authority (Chair), Future Cities Catapult Ltd, Crossrail Ltd.
Other professional experience and community involvement: Trustee of the Design Council and Chair of the Design Council Cabe, member of the London Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board.
Experience and qualifications: Pam is leading major regeneration and infrastructure schemes in London and has worked for many years with developers, housing associations and Government, planning and delivering housing and regeneration schemes, and on policy and regulatory matters. Pam has held senior positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including Chief Executive of English Heritage, and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), as well as Chair of the Peabody Trust.
Sharon Flood

Sharon Flood

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in April 2015.
Committees: Audit and Risk (Chair), Nomination, Remuneration.
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).
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 Robert Walters plc (Chair).
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.
Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in January 2018.
Committees: Nomination, Remuneration, Technical.
Other company directorships: Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Sirius Minerals 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.

Stephen Stone

Chief Executive OfficerAppointed to the Board in January 1999, becoming COO in 2002 and CEO in 2005.
Other company directorships: Non-Executive Director of Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the National House Building Council (NHBC).
Other professional experience and community involvement: Member of the Construction Leadership Council.
Experience and qualifications: Stephen is a Chartered Architect with over 30 years’ experience in various positions in the construction and housebuilding industry. Stephen leads the Executive Management Team and is the director responsible for health and safety. Stephen represents the Group when engaging with investors, the Government, the HBF and the industry.

Patrick Bergin

Chief Operating OfficerAppointed to the Board in October 2011 as Group Finance Director, becoming COO in November 2016.
Experience and qualifications: Patrick joined the Group in 2006 and was appointed Group Finance Director in 2011. In November 2016, Patrick was appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer having responsibility for day-to-day operations alongside the Chief Executive Officer. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience and has worked in financial roles across a range of industries.

Chris Tinker

Chairman of Major Projects and Strategic Partnerships: Joined the Executive Management Team in 2007.
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.

Robert Allen

Group Finance DirectorAppointed to the Board in February 2017.
Experience and qualifications: Robert joined the Group in February 2017 as Group Finance Director. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ finance and operational experience. Robert qualified with Coopers & Lybrand before eventually joining British American Tobacco in 1997 where, among other key roles, he led Mergers and Acquisitions, Global Treasury and the finance function across the EEMEA region.

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.

Darren Dancey

Executive Managing Director: Joined the Executive Management Team in July 2016.
Experience and qualifications: Darren joined the Group in October 1990. Darren worked in the South West division in the Technical Department at various grades before becoming Production Director in July 2006 and then moving onto Group Technical Director in April 2011. In August 2017, Darren became the Executive Managing Director of the South West division. Darren sits on a number of external steering groups, such as the HBF NTSC (Vice Chair) and NHBC Standards Committee amongst others to help influence industry standards.

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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