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The Board


Directors and officers


Ian Tyler (56)
Non-executive Chairman


Committee membership: Nomination Committee
Date appointed: 29 November 2013
Experience: Ian was Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty plc from 2005 to March 2013, having joined the company in 1996 as Finance Director and becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He is a Chartered Accountant and prior to 1996 was Financial Comptroller of Hanson and Finance Director of ARC Ltd, one of its principal subsidiaries, and held financial roles at Storehouse plc. He was a non-executive director of Mediclinic International plc until Feburary 2017 and Cable & Wireless Communications Plc until September 2015, where he was also chairman of its audit committee, and a non-executive director of VT Group plc until 2010.
Skills: Board leadership and debate, construction health & safety matters, familiarity with dealing with international shareholders, business growth and value creation
External directorships: Non-executive director of BAE Systems plc and non-executive Chairman of Cairn Energy PLC. Independent Chairman of AWE Management Ltd (a joint venture company between Lockheed Martin, Jacobs Engineering and Serco).


Alastair Lyons CBE (63)
Deputy Chairman


Chris Browne OBE (56)
Non-executive Director


Ralph Findlay (56)
Non-executive Director

Committee membership: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, member of the Nomination and Audit Committees
Date appointed: 01 October 2008
Experience: Alastair is non-executive chairman of Admiral Group plc and Welsh Water. He was non-executive chairman of Serco Group plc and Towergate Insurance until June 2015. Previously in his executive career, Alastair was Chief Executive of the National Provident Institution and the National and Provincial Building Society, Managing Director of the Insurance Division of Abbey National plc and Director of Corporate Projects at National Westminster Bank plc. He has a broad base of business experience with a particular focus on mortgage lending and insurance industries. He was awarded the CBE in 2001 for services to social security having served as a non-executive director of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Social Security
Skills: Broad commercial and detailed mortgage lending and insurance industry experience
External directorships:
Non-executive chairman of Admiral Group plc, Non-executive chairman of Welsh Water


Committee membership: Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees
Date appointed: 01 September 2014
Experience: Chris is Chief Operating Officer of easyJet plc, where she served as a non-executive director from January to September 2016. She was Chief Operating Officer, Aviation, of TUI Travel plc until September 2015 and was managing director of Thomson Airways from 2007 to May 2014 and managing director First Choice Airways from 2002 to 2007. She has a Doctorate of Science (Honorary) for Leadership in Management and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to aviation
Skills: Commercial and general management experience in a consumer facing and highly regulated industry, plus leadership and operational skills
External directorships:
easyJet Airline Company Limited


Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees
Date appointed: 07 April 2015
Experience: Ralph is a Chartered Accountant and is Chief Executive Officer of Marston’s PLC, a position he has held since 2001, having been Finance Director from 1996 to 2001 and Group Financial Controller from 1994 to 1996. He previously held roles with Geest plc as Group Chief Accountant, Bass plc as Treasury Manager and qualified and worked with Price Waterhouse as a specialist in financial services
Skills: Commercial, financial and general management experience in a consumer facing industry. Land acquisition and business growth experience
External directorships:
Chief Executive of Marston’s PLC, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council of Keele University


Nigel Keen (55)
Non-executive Director


Earl Sibley (44)
BA (Hons) ACA, Interim Chief Executive


Martin Palmer (58)
FCIS, Group Company Secretary

Committee membership: Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees
Date appointed:15 November 2016
Experience: Nigel is Property and Development Director of the John Lewis Partnership and is responsible for the property strategy and portfolio across both John Lewis and Waitrose, including stores, supermarkets, distribution centres and manufacturing sites. He joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1999, having previously held roles with Tesco plc from 1989 to 1999, including as Construction Director, and with John Evers & Partners from 1985 to 1989, having trained as a Quantity Surveyor.
Skills:Property, construction and customer experience in a consumer facing industry. Property strategy, land acquisition and development.
External directorships: Property and Development Director of the John Lewis Partnership


Committee membership: None
Date appointed: 16 April 2015; Interim CEO since 9 January 2017
Experience: Earl is a chartered accountant and rejoined Bovis Homes in April 2015 having worked as Group Financial Controller from 2006 to 2008. Earl held a number of senior finance and operational positions with Barratt Developments plc from 2008 to 2015, including Regional Finance Director. He previously worked for Ernst & Young
Skills: Leadership, strategic focus, financial and accounting expertise
External directorships: None


Committee membership: Secretary to the Board and Board committees
Date appointed: 01 December 2001
Experience: Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has fourteen years of experience with Bovis Homes and was previously Group Company Secretary of London Forfaiting Company PLC from 1997 to 2001
Skills: Governance, regulation and compliance
External directorships: None