Crest Nicholson operates through its Board of Directors with day-to-day management and operation delegated to the Chief Executive and the Executive Leadership Team.

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.

Iain Ferguson CBE

ChairmanAppointed: September 2019

Experience: Iain was Chief Executive Officer of Tate & Lyle plc, later chairing Berendsen plc and Stobart Group Ltd. He was also Senior Independent Director of Balfour Beatty plc and Non-Executive Director at Greggs plc. Iain is currently Chairman of Genus plc and externally managed investment trust, Personal Assets Trust plc. In addition, Iain was Lead Independent Director at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Chair of Wilton Park (Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and a Member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP UK Advisory Board. In 2003, Iain became a Commander of the British Empire for his services to the food industry.

What Iain brings to the Board: 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.

External appointments: Chairman, Genus plc and externally managed investment trust Personal Assets Trust plc, Pro Chancellor, Cranfield University, Non-Executive Director, Copenhagen Topco Ltd

Peter Truscott

Chief Executive Appointed: September 2019

Experience: Peter 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. He was also a member of its Group Management Team. Previously, he worked for CALA Homes.

What Peter brings to the Board: Peter has vast experience in the housebuilding industry across a range of models and tenures. He brings valuable operational and public company experience to lead the Group and is highly experienced at delivering a broad range of housing needs to stakeholders.

External appointments: Non-Executive Director, Anchor Hanover Housing Group.

Duncan Cooper

Group Finance Director Appointed: June 2019

Experience: 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 is a chartered accountant.

What Duncan brings to the Board: Duncan has extensive financial reporting and investor engagement experience which prove valuable to the Board and the Group when communicating strategy and financial targets.

External appointments: None.

Tom Nicholson

Chief Operating Officer Appointed: January 2020

Experience: Tom joined the Group in May 2019 and became an Executive Director in January 2020. 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.

What Tom brings to the Board : Tom is a seasoned executive in the housebuilding sector with over 30 years’ industry experience. He brings the breadth of insight to the key operational areas we are focusing on as we rebuild the Company’s margins and returns. He has expertise in driving operational improvements and increasing productivity.

External appointments: None.

Lucinda Bell

Non-Executive Director: Appointed: 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. At British Land, Lucinda played a leading role in its sustainability initiatives. Lucinda currently chairs the Audit and Risk Committee at Man Group plc and Audit Committee at Derwent London plc. She is a chartered accountant.

What Lucinda brings to the Board: Lucinda’s background in capital markets, investor engagement, tax and the financing of corporate transactions provides valuable insight to the Group.

External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Derwent London plc and Man Group plc.

Louise Hardy

Non-Executive Director: Appointed: January 2018

Experience: 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. Louise is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Chartered Management Institute.

What Louise brings to the Board: Louise’s engineering expertise across large and complex projects has been particularly insightful in the standardisation of technical processes across the Group. Louise is the Non-Executive Director responsible for workforce engagement.

External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Polypipe Group plc, Severfield plc and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

Octavia Morley

Senior Independent Director: Appointed: May 2017

Experience: After working in management roles 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 a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at John Menzies plc.

What Octavia brings to the Board: Octavia has extensive experience in senior operational and non-executive roles in retail and multi-site companies, both privately owned and publicly listed. She brings customer experience insight to the Board, gleaned through her various retail and consumer roles.

External appointments: Senior Independent Director of the Card Factory plc, Non-Executive Director of Marston’s plc and Ascensos Ltd.

David Arnold

Non-executive Director: Appointed: September 2021

Experience: David is currently Chief Financial Officer of Grafton Group plc, he joined Grafton in September 2013. He was previously Group Finance Director of Enterprise plc, the UK maintenance and support services business, from 2010 to 2013 and Group Finance Director of Redrow plc, from 2003 to 2010. David has previously held senior financial positions with Six Continents plc, the hotels and hospitality group and Tarmac plc, the building materials company.

What David brings to the Board: David is a highly experienced Director with a background in finance and the housebuilding industry. David chairs Crest Nicholson’s Audit and Risk Committee.

External appointments: Chief Financial Officer of Grafton Group plc

Peter Truscott

Chief Executive Appointed: September 2019

Experience: Peter 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. He was also a member of its Group Management Team. Previously, he worked for CALA Homes.

What Peter brings to the Executive Leadership Team: Peter has vast experience in the housebuilding industry across a range of models and tenures. He brings valuable operational and public company experience to lead the Group and is highly experienced at delivering a broad range of housing needs to stakeholders.

External appointments: Non-Executive Director, Anchor Hanover Housing Group.

Duncan Cooper

Group Finance Director Appointed: June 2019

Experience: 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 is a chartered accountant.

What Duncan brings to the Executive Leadership Team: Duncan has extensive financial reporting and investor engagement experience which prove valuable to the Board and the Group when communicating strategy and financial targets.

External appointments: None.

Tom Nicholson

Chief Operating Officer Appointed: January 2020

Experience: Tom joined the Group in May 2019 and became an Executive Director in January 2020. 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.

What Tom brings to the Executive Leadership Team: Tom is a seasoned executive in the housebuilding sector with over 30 years’ industry experience. He brings the breadth of insight to the key operational areas we are focusing on as we rebuild the Company’s margins and returns. He has expertise in driving operational improvements and increasing productivity.

External appointments: None.

David Marchant

Group Production Director Appointed: March 2019

Experience: 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.

What David brings to the Executive Leadership Team: David leads responsibility for SHE, the Group's new core housing range, OSM and maintaining rigorous oversight of build costs.

Kevin Maguire

General Counsel and Company Secretary Appointed: January 2009

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.

What Kevin brings to the Executive Leadership Team: 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.

Jane Cookson

Group HR Director Appointed: January 2021

Experience: Jane has over 25 years HR experience in a range of industries. She joined the Group in June 2002 and became HR Director in January 2013.

What Jane brings to the Executive Leadership Team: Jane is MCIPD qualified and has a deep understanding of the industry, the Company and its people.

Kieran Daya

Managing Director - Crest Nicholson Partnerships & Strategic Land Appointed: January 2021

Experience and qualifications: Kieran is a qualified solicitor. He has worked with some of the country’s largest developers and has a passion for the build environment. Kieran also has good experience in mergers and acquisitions and has taken a lead on some of the largest transactions the industry in recent years.

What Kieran brings to the Executive Leadership Team: Kieran joined Crest Nicholson in January 2020 to further develop the multi channel, multi tenure capability which makes us a strong and resilient business.