Board of Directors
Bob Lawson was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2008 and became Chairman on 1 July 2008. He is also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Bob is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Genus plc and Chairman of The Federation of Groundwork Trusts. He was formerly the Chairman of Hays plc, Managing Director of the Vitec Group for three years and Chief Executive of Electrocomponents plc for ten years and subsequently Chairman for a further five years.
Group Chief Executive
Mark Clare was appointed Group Chief Executive of Barratt Developments Plc, the UK’s largest housebuilder, in October 2006.
As Chief Executive, Mark has focused the organisation on quality and customer service, and the company is now acknowledged as the industry leader in this respect. Most recently the company has committed to the adoption of Building For Life 12 design principles throughout its future developments - the first housebuilder to do so.
Previously Managing Director of Centrica's British Gas Residential Energy operation, Mark joined British Gas in 1994, becoming Centrica's Finance Director in 1997 and Managing Director of British Gas Residential Energy in 2002. He was a Non-Executive Director of BAA plc from 2001 until it was taken over in 2006.
Mark is a panel member of the Lyons Housing Review, an independent review being carried out by Sir Michael Lyons for Labour's Policy Review. He is also a member of the Government’s Construction Leadership Council, is a Trustee of the BRE Trust and of the UK Green Building Council. He also sits on the CBI Construction Council.
He joined the Board of United Utilities Group PLC in November 2013 as a Non-Executive Director and became the Senior Independent Director on 25th July 2014.
Group Finance Director
David Thomas was appointed an Executive Director and Group Finance Director on 21 July 2009.
He was formerly the Group Finance Director and the Deputy Chief Executive of The GAME Group plc. Before that he was the Group Finance Director at Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc and held senior financial roles with House of Fraser plc and Forte plc.
Chief Operating Officer
Steven Boyes was appointed as an Executive Director on 1 July 2001 and was responsible for the Group’s operations in the North.
On 5 July 2012, Steven Boyes became the Group’s Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all of the Group’s housebuilding operations nationally. Steven joined the Group in 1978 and became Technical Director and then Managing Director of Barratt York before being appointed Regional Director for Barratt Northern in 1999.
Senior Independent Director
Mark Rolfe was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2008 and became the Group’s Senior Independent Director on 14 November 2012. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Mark is a Non-Executive Director of Debenhams plc and is also the Chairman of Lane Clark & Peacock LLP. Mark was formerly a Non-Executive Director of The Sage Group plc, Hornby plc and was Finance Director of Gallaher Group plc for seven years until April 2007, when it was acquired by Japan Tobacco Inc. His career with Gallaher spanned 20 years, during which time he served in various finance and executive roles.
Richard Akers was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 2 April 2012 and is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.
Richard is an Executive Director of Land Securities plc which he joined in 1995, succeeding to the Board in May 2005 following his appointment as Managing Director of the Retail Portfolio. Richard is also a director and the former president of the British Council of Shopping Centres, the main industry body for retail property owners, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds an MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.
Tessa Bamford was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2009 and is a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Tessa is also a Non-Executive Director of Wolseley plc, a consultant at Spencer Stuart and a Governor of the British Institute of Florence. Tessa was formerly a Director of Cantos Communications Limited and a Director of J Henry Schroder & Co with whom her career spanned over 12 years in various roles.
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Tom Keevil was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary on 1 April 2011.
Tom was previously the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of United Utilities Group PLC (2007-2011) and Gallaher Group plc (2001-2007), which he joined in 2000. Prior to this, he was a partner at international law firm Simmons and Simmons, which he joined in 1984. Tom is a Non-Executive Director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Nina Bibby was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 3 December 2012 and became a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees with effect from the same date.
Nina is the Marketing and Consumer Director at O2 (Telefonica UK), with commercial profit and loss accountability for the consumer mobile business. She also has responsibility for brand, marketing communications, business intelligence, devices and sustainability. Previously, she was Global Chief Marketing Officer at Barclaycard, the payments subsidiary of Barclays plc. Prior to Barclaycard, Nina was Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management at InterContinental Hotels Group plc. Before that Nina spent 9 years at Diageo, where she was latterly Commercial Strategy Director.
John was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1st August 2014 and is Chairman Designate, a position he will fulfil after the AGM on 12th November 2014.
John is also Chairman of Worldpay and Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the newly merged Dixons Carphone plc. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the DHL UK Foundation, a non-Executive Director of Royal Mail Group, a senior adviser to Alix Partners, and a Regent of the University of Edinburgh.
Previously, amongst other senior executive roles, he was Chief Financial Officer and a Board Member of Deutsche Post DHL, and Chief Executive of Exel, the supply chain logistics company. He was also previously Chairman of Care UK Health & Social Care and a non-executive director of the Home Office Supervisory Board. He has also been a non-executive director at PHS Group, ISS A/S, National Grid, Wolseley, Hamleys, 3i and Connell. His early career was spent with Lever Brothers, Bristol-Myers Company and Fine Fare.