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Board of Directors

The Crest Nicholson Group operates through its Board of Directors with day to day operation conducted by 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 4 Non-Executive Directors and two Executive Directors.



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 is Chief Executive of Lazard in the UK, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of financial markets, corporate finance and strategy to his leadership of the Board.

Stephen Stone

Chief ExecutiveAppointed to the Board in January 1999, becoming COO in 2002 and CEO in 2005.
Other company directorships: Home Builders Federation (HBF).
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 Home Builders Federation and the industry.

Patrick Bergin

Chief Operating OfficerAppointed to the Board in October 2011.
Experience and qualifications: Patrick joined the Group in 2006 and was appointed Group Finance Director in 2011, promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience and has worked in financial roles across a range of industries.

Jim Pettigrew

Senior Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in February 2013.
Committees: Remuneration (Chair), Audit and Risk, Nomination (Chair).
Other company directorships: Edinburgh Investment Trust Public Ltd Company (Non- Executive Chair), Clydesdale Bank Plc (Non-Executive Chair), RBC Europe Ltd (Deputy Chair), Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (Non-Executive Director).
Other professional experience and community involvement: President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Experience and qualifications: Jim Pettigrew is a Chartered Accountant. He qualified with Ernst & Young before undertaking a number of senior finance roles in Scotland. He subsequently joined ICAP plc as Chief Financial Officer from 1999 to 2006, and later Ashmore Group plc. Jim later spent time as Chief Executive of CMC Markets plc and has extensive experience in finance and investment. With his financial, investment and strategic expertise, Jim provides additional perspective and guidance in his role as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

Pam Alexander, OBE

Independent Non-Executive DirectorAppointed to the Board in December 2011.
Committees: Audit and Risk, Nomination, Remuneration.
Other company directorships: Covent Garden Market Authority (Chair), Future Cities Catapult Limited, The Academy of Urbanism (until 31st December 2015), Crossrail Limited (from 1st December 2015).
Other professional experience and community involvement: Trustee of the Design Council and Chair of the Design Council Cabe, member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, Trustee of the Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd.
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 on 1st April 2015.
Committees: Audit and Risk (Chair), Nomination, Remuneration.
Other company directorships: St DuPont (Chair), Network Rail and Network Rail Infrastructure Limited.
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 recently 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 department stores 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, latterly as Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee.

Stephen Stone

Chief ExecutiveAppointed to the Board in January 1999, becoming COO in 2002 and CEO in 2005.
Other company directorships: Home Builders Federation (HBF).
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 Home Builders Federation and the industry.

Patrick Bergin

Chief Operating OfficerAppointed to the Board in October 2011.
Experience and qualifications: Patrick joined the Group in 2006 and was appointed Group Finance Director in 2011, promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience and has worked in financial roles across a range of industries.

Chris Tinker

Regeneration ChairmanJoined the Executive Management Team in 2007.
Other company directorships: Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.
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. Chris also sits on the HCA’s Design and Sustainability Board.

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

Group Design and Technical 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 Region in the Technical Department at various grades including Technical Executive before becoming the Production Director in July 2006 and then moving onto Group Technical Director in April 2011. Darren now sits on a number of external steering groups such as the HBF NTSC (Vice Chair), NHBC Standards Committee, Robust Details, Construction Leadership Council Innovation in Buildings workgroup 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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