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Board of Directors and Executive team

We operate through our Board of Directors, with day-to-day operations conducted by the Executive Management Team.

Our Board is responsible for business strategy, risk and oversight of the Executive Management Team. The Executive Management Team meanwhile has responsibility for all of the day-to-day management of the business, and for developing strategy for the Board's input and approval.

The Board comprises of four Non-Executive directors (including the Chairman) and three Executive directors.

Board of Directors

David Howell - Independent Non-Executive Chairman

David Howell chair

Role: Non-Executive Chairman
Board member since: December 2015
Other roles: David is Chairman of the Nomination Committee as well as a member of the Remuneration Committee.

About David
He joined the Group in April 2014 as a Non-Executive Director of Copthorn Holdings Limited.  He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of that company in January 2015.

He is a chartered accountant with extensive experience covering a number of different industry sectors as either an executive or non-executive director. His last three executive roles were as: Chairman of Western & Oriental plc; Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of lastminute.com plc; and Group Finance Director of First Choice Holidays plc. He also was a Non-Executive Director of The Berkeley Group Holdings PLC for over ten years where he chaired the audit committee until 2014.

David is also Non-Executive Chairman of Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis Service Limited.

Ian Sutcliffe - Group Chief Executive

Ian Sutcliffe Group CEO

Role: Group Chief Executive
Board member since: November 2015
Other roles: Ian is a member of the Executive Committee.

About Ian
He joined the Group in October 2013 as Executive Chairman of Copthorn Holdings Limited and was appointed Group Chief Executive in January 2015.

He previously held a number of senior roles at Shell before being appointed UK Managing Director of George Wimpey, subsequently becoming UK Chief Executive and a board member of Taylor Wimpey. He followed this with a similar role at SEGRO, before becoming Chief Executive of Keepmoat Limited.

Ian is also a Non-Executive Director of Ashtead Group plc.

Rebecca Worthington - Group Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca Worthington Group CFO

Role: Group Chief Operating Officer
Board member since: November 2015
Other roles: Rebecca is a member of the Executive Committee

About Rebecca
She joined the Group in August 2015 as Chief Financial Officer of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1997.  She subsequently worked at Quintain Estates and Development PLC for 15 years; first as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive.  Following that, she spent two years as Chief Executive of Lodestone Capital Limited, a business advising on operational real estate assets.

As a result of her appointment as a Non-Executive Director of The British Land Company PLC on 1 January 2018, Rebecca stepped down from the Board of Hansteen Holdings PLC on 20 March 2018.

Mike Scott - Group Chief Financial Officer

Mike Scott Group Chief Financial Officer

Role: Group Chief Financial Officer
Board Member Since: October 2018
Other roles: Mike is a member of the Executive Committee

About Mike
He joined the Group in 2014 as Group Financial Controller. 

He qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2002 and has significant financial experience, having served in a number of senior financial positions at J Sainsbury plc prior to joining Countryside.

Amanda Burton - Independent Non-Executive Director

Amanda Burton INED

Role: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
Board member since: December 2015
Other roles: Amanda is also a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

About Amanda
Amanda joined the Group in October 2014 as a Non-Executive Director of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

She joined Clifford Chance LLP in 2000 where she left in December 2014 as their Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, she was at Meyer International plc where she was a Director and Chairman of its Timber Group. She also served nine years on the Board at Galliford Try plc as a Non-Executive Director from 2005 and as Senior Independent Director from 2008.

Amanda is also Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of HSS Hire Group plc, a Non-Executive Director of Skipton Building Society and Chairman and Trustee of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Baroness Sally Morgan - Independent Non-Executive Director

Sally Morgan INED

Role: Sally is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Board member since: December 2015

About Sally

Baroness Morgan joined the Group in October 2014 as a Non-Executive Director of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

She had a long and successful career in Central Government, serving as Director of Government Relations at 10 Downing Street from 2001 to 2005. Prior to this, she was Political Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1997 to 2001 and was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities in 2001. She was made a life peer in the same year.

Sally previously served as a Board Member for the Olympic Delivery Authority, as Chairman of Ofsted and as a member of the advisory committee of Virgin Group Holdings Limited. She is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Carillion plc, Vice Chairman of King’s College London, Chairman of Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, an advisor to the board of the children’s charity ARK and a trustee of various charities.

Douglas Hurt - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Douglas Hurt INED

Role: Chairman of the Audit Committee
Board member since: January 2018
Other roles: Douglas is also a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

About Douglas
Douglas is a Chartered Accountant and has significant financial experience, having served as Finance Director of IMI plc, the global engineering group, from 2006 to 2015.

Prior to this, Douglas held a number of senior finance and general management positions at GlaxoSmithKline plc, which he joined in 1983, previously having worked at Price Waterhouse. He is the Senior Independent Director of both Tate & Lyle Plc and Vesuvius Plc, as well as a Non-Executive Director of BSI Group.

Executive Management Team

Ian Sutcliffe - Group Chief Executive

Ian Sutcliffe Group CEO

Role: Group Chief Executive
Board member since: November 2015
Other roles: Ian is a member of the Executive Committee.

About Ian
He joined the Group in October 2013 as Executive Chairman of Copthorn Holdings Limited and was appointed Group Chief Executive in January 2015.

He previously held a number of senior roles at Shell before being appointed UK Managing Director of George Wimpey, subsequently becoming UK Chief Executive and a board member of Taylor Wimpey. He followed this with a similar role at SEGRO, before becoming Chief Executive of Keepmoat Limited.

Ian is also a Non-Executive Director of Ashtead Group plc.

Rebecca Worthington - Group Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca Worthington Group CFO

Role: Group Chief Operating Officer
Board member since: November 2015
Other roles: Rebecca is a member of the Executive Committee

About Rebecca
She joined the Group in August 2015 as Chief Financial Officer of Copthorn Holdings Limited.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1997.  She subsequently worked at Quintain Estates and Development PLC for 15 years; first as Finance Director and latterly as Deputy Chief Executive.  Following that, she spent two years as Chief Executive of Lodestone Capital Limited, a business advising on operational real estate assets.

As a result of her appointment as a Non-Executive Director of The British Land Company PLC on 1 January 2018, Rebecca stepped down from the Board of Hansteen Holdings PLC on 20 March 2018.

Mike Scott - Group Chief Financial Officer

Mike Scott Group Chief Financial Officer

Role: Group Chief Financial Officer
Board Member Since: October 2018
Other roles: Mike is a member of the Executive Committee

About Mike
He joined the Group in 2014 as Group Financial Controller. 

He qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2002 and has significant financial experience, having served in a number of senior financial positions at J Sainsbury plc prior to joining Countryside.

Phillip Lyons – Chief Executive, Housebuilding

Phillips Lyons CEO Housebuilding

Role: Chief Executive of Housebuilding
Team member since: May 2017

About Phillip
Phillip previously worked with Taylor Wimpey, where he was most recently the Divisional Managing Director, London and South East.

He has over 30 years’ industry experience and is responsible for all the Group’s housebuilding and strategic land activities, including Millgate.

Iain McPherson - Chief Executive, Partnerships South

Iain McPherson

Role: Chief Executive, Partnerships South
Team member since: November 2018

About Iain
Iain was appointed Chief Executive of Partnerships South on 1 November 2018, having previously been Managing Director of the Southern region of the Housebuilding Division from September 2014 when he joined the Group.

 

Ian Kelley – Chief Executive, Partnerships North

Ian Kelly Chief Executive, Partnerships North

Role: Chief Executive, Partnerships North
Team member since: May 2017
Other roles: Ian was previously Managing Director of the Partnerships North Division.

About Ian
Ian joined the Group on 12 August 1996 as Associate Director for Business Development. Ian was appointed Managing Director of Partnerships North in October 2000.

Previously he had worked for Wimpey Homes for a significant period of his career, in both open market housing and Urban Regeneration. This was followed by a two-year period with Lovells Partnerships in New Business.

Graham Cherry - Chief Executive, Communities

Graham Cherry Cheif Executive Partnerships South

Role: Chief Executive, Communities
Team member since: May 2018
Other roles: Graham was previously Chief Executive of the New Homes & Communities Division, and Partnerships South.

About Graham
Graham Cherry was appointed Chief Executive of Communities on 1 November 2018, having previously been Chief Executive of Partnerships South from 2 May 2017.

Graham joined the Group as a graduate trainee from Reading University in 1980.  Previous roles with the Group include Group Chief Executive of Copthorn Holdings Limited, a position he held for over 20 years and Chief Executive of the New Homes and Communities division.

Nick Worrall – Group HR Director

Nicholas Worrall, Group HR Director

Role; Group HR Director
Team member since: May 2017

About Nick
Nick Worrall became a member of the Executive Committee on 22 May 2017.

Nick joined the Group in September 2014 as Group HR Director. He previously held senior HR positions for over 20 years in the retail, energy and financial services industries.

Immediately prior to joining the Group, he was HR Director for BrightHouse.

Gary Whitaker - General Counsel & Company Secretary

Gary Whitaker GC & CS

Role: General Counsel & Company Secretary
Team member since: November 2015

About Gary
Gary was previously the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Xchanging plc for 15 years, which specialised in technology and outsourcing.

He trained as a solicitor with Norton Rose, and qualified into the corporate finance team, working in their London and Moscow offices. Prior to Norton Rose, he served an 11-year commission in the Royal Navy, fleet air arm.