Roger Devlin

Roger Devlin

Chairman (63)

Date of appointment 1 June 2018

Committee membership
Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Trustee of the Persimmon Charitable Foundation.

Experience and external appointments
Roger Devlin was independent on appointment and has extensive business, leadership and governance experience, having held executive and non-executive roles in a variety of sectors such as corporate finance, gaming, leisure, pubs & brewing, sport and transport.

Roger is an experienced Chairman and was, until April 2021, the Chairman of William Hill PLC. Roger’s other previous appointments include Chairman of Marston’s PLC and Senior Independent Director at the Football Association.

Skills and contribution
Roger’s wealth of experience gives him a strong understanding of corporate governance, shareholder and stakeholder views, banking and finance, customer propositions and leadership.

Roger’s expertise and personal qualities enable him to effectively lead the Board and drive change within the business. Roger makes a valuable contribution towards the development and execution of the Group’s strategy and ensures that the Board functions effectively by facilitating open and productive debate, providing constructive challenge and by demonstrating objective judgement.

Dean Finch

Dean Finch

Group Chief Executive (54)

Date of appointment 28 September 2020

Committee membership
Chairman of the Risk and Sustainability Committees.
Trustee of the Persimmon Charitable Foundation.

Experience and external appointments
Dean is a widely experienced senior executive with a strong commercial, financial and operational track record spanning a 30 year career in Europe and North America. Dean is also a qualified chartered accountant.

Dean was the Chief Executive Officer of National Express Group plc from 2010 to 2020, and during his tenure built the business into Britain's leading transport group. Prior to that Dean was Group Chief Executive of Tube Lines and Group Finance Director and Group Chief Operating Officer at FirstGroup plc, where he also held a number of other senior roles.

In May 2021 Dean was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Diploma Plc.

Skills and contribution
Dean is a seasoned, well-respected and proven Chief Executive with an exceptional record. Whilst at National Express Dean delivered substantial strategic and operational progress over a sustained period, delivering value for all stakeholders while developing a distinct and cohesive culture, focused on customer care and service.

Dean leads the Group’s programme of change in its drive to become Britain’s best housebuilder; delivering for all stakeholders in the business whilst continuing to deliver strong financial returns to investors.

Nigel Mills

Nigel Mills

Senior Independent Director (65)

Date of appointment 4 April 2016

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Experience and external appointments
Nigel Mills is the Senior Independent Director at John Wood Group Plc and was previously a Senior Advisor at Citigroup Global Markets. Nigel was Chairman of Corporate Broking at Citi between 2005 and 2015, and Chief Executive at Hoare Govett between 1995 and 2005. Nigel has extensive experience in advising some of the UK’s largest companies. Nigel is also a Director of The Queen’s Club.

Skills and contribution
Nigel has sound commercial judgement drawing on a 30 year career advising quoted companies. He has broad experience of financial markets, strategy, risk, shareholder attitudes and corporate governance, which enable him to provide sound advice to the Board. Between February 2018 and May 2018 Nigel served as Acting Chairman and led the process which resulted in the appointment of the current Chairman, Roger Devlin.

Simon Litherland

Simon Litherland

Independent Non-Executive Director (56)

Date of appointment 3 April 2017

Committee membership
Member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Experience and external appointments
Simon Litherland is the Chief Executive of Britvic plc. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte and has over 25 years’ experience in finance and leadership roles within the drinks manufacturing and distribution sector. Prior to joining Britvic in 2011 Simon worked for global drinks manufacturer Diageo plc, spending 20 years managing several of the company’s international business units, ultimately becoming Managing Director of Diageo Great Britain.

Skills and contribution
Simon is an accomplished Executive with proven finance, leadership and business skills in a consumer facing industry.

As a sitting Chief Executive of a FTSE 250 company Simon is well versed in the investment, stakeholder and ESG environment in which large companies operate. Given his extensive experience in a consumer facing sector, Simon has a strong customer-focus, with expertise in brand building, marketing and strategy. As the leader of a large organisation Simon also brings to the Board a strong practical understanding of organisational purpose, culture and employee engagement. Overall, Simon’s background and skills enable him to make a valuable contribution to the Board’s decision making and the development of the Group’s customer-focused strategy.

Joanna Place

Joanna Place

Independent Non-Executive Director (58)

Date of appointment 1 April 2020

Committee membership
Member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Trustee of the Persimmon Charitable Foundation.

Experience and external appointments
Since 2017 Joanna Place has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Bank of England with responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Bank including finance, technology, information and physical security, human resources, property, and procurement. Before her appointment as COO Jo was the Bank’s HR Director for three years.

Skills and contribution
Jo has over 30 years’ experience at the Bank of England, including leading teams in banking, statistics and regulation. Jo’s broad management experience and external perspective is a valuable addition to the Board. Jo adds to the diversity of skills and views on the Board and provides valuable insight into human resources matters, diversity, organisational culture, sustainability and stakeholder views.

Annemarie Durbin

Annemarie Durbin

Independent Non-Executive Director (57)

Date of appointment 1 July 2020

Committee membership
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Nomination Committee.

Experience and external appointments
Annemarie has 30 years’ broad-based retail, commercial, corporate and institutional banking experience across Asia, Africa & the Middle East and is an experienced coach and mentor. Annemarie spent the bulk of her executive career at Standard Chartered, the FTSE 100 international bank. She held a variety of global business and functional roles including being CEO of a FTSE 250 equivalent listed company in Thailand, culminating in membership of the Group Executive Committee. Annemarie has subsequently become an experienced Board Chair, Independent Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair.

Annemarie is a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of W H Smith PLC and Santander UK plc, and is Board Chair of Merryck & Co Ltd, a leading mentoring group.

Skills and contribution
Annemarie is a highly experienced international business executive, with a strong background in banking, diversity & inclusion, transformation, corporate governance and human resources. Annemarie is a qualified lawyer, coach and conflict mediator. Annemarie’s experience and knowledge are valuable additions to the Board as the Group continues to implement its programme of business improvement.

Andrew Wyllie CBE

Andrew Wyllie CBE

Independent Non-Executive Director (58)

Date of appointment 4 January 2021

Committee membership
Member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Experience and external appointments
Andrew is an experienced construction sector executive and was Chief Executive of Costain Group PLC for 14 years, until his retirement in 2019. Previously, Andrew was Managing Director of Taylor Woodrow Construction and a member of the Group Executive Committee at Taylor Woodrow Plc. During his career Andrew has worked on a variety of major contracts and projects in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, the Falklands, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

Andrew currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Yorkshire Water and BMT Group Ltd. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water and President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Andrew has an MBA from London Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. For his services to Engineering and Construction, Andrew was awarded a CBE.

Skills and contribution
Andrew has a long and successful track record within the construction industry and brings highly relevant sector experience to the Board. Andrew’s industry knowledge, expertise and perspective will be a valuable addition to the Board as the Group continues to build a sustainable business in every sense.

Shirine Khoury-Haq

Shirine Khoury-Haq

Independent Non-Executive Director (49)

Date of appointment 1 July 2021

Committee membership
Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Risk and Nomination Committees.

Experience and external appointments
Shirine is the Chief Financial Officer of The Co-operative Group, where she is responsible for finance, technology, transformation and corporate development. Shirine also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Co-operative Group's Life Services sector which includes the Insurance, Legal Services and Funeral businesses.

Prior to joining The Co-operative Group, Shirine was Chief Operating Officer of Lloyd's of London, the insurance market, and had previously held senior positions at Catlin, IBM and McDonald's. Shirine is a qualified accountant and was also previously a Non-Executive Director of the Post Office.

Skills and contribution
Shirine has a wealth of experience in finance, technology and real estate in businesses operating across a range of sectors. Shirine’s appointment adds to the balance of skills and experience on the Board, which will be of great benefit as the Group continues to build a sustainable business in every sense.

Marion Sears

The following information is provided in accordance with section 430(2B) of the Companies Act 2006:

On 30 June 2020 Marion Sears retired from the Board. Marion received her fee up to and including her leave date. Marion will receive no further remuneration from the Company.

Full details of Marion's remuneration will be disclosed in the Directors’ Remuneration Report for the year ending 31 December 2020.

Rachel Kentleton

Independent Non-Executive Director (52)

The following information is provided in accordance with section 430(2B) of the Companies Act 2006:

On 31 August 2021 Rachel Kentleton retired from the Board. Rachel received her fee up to and including her leave date. Rachel will receive no further remuneration from the Company.

Full details of Rachel's remuneration will be disclosed in the Directors’ Remuneration Report for the year ending 31 December 2021.

Mike Killoran ACA

Group Finance Director (60)

The following information is provided in accordance with section 430(2B) of the Companies Act 2006:

On 14 January 2022 Mike Killoran retired from the Board and from the Group.

1. Mike Killoran was paid his salary, pension and benefits up to and including his leave date, except membership of the Group Medical Scheme will cease on 28 February 2022.

2. Mike Killoran will be eligible to earn a bonus in respect of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of the applicable performance conditions. Half of any such bonus earned will be paid in cash at the same time as it would have been paid (in March 2022) but for his retirement, with half of any bonus earned being deferred into Persimmon Plc shares for three years subject to the rules of the Persimmon 2020 Deferred Bonus Plan.

3. Having regard to Mike Killoran’s long service and retirement, the Remuneration Committee has exercised its discretion to grant Mike “Good Leaver” status in respect of the awards held under the Persimmon Plc 2017 Performance Share Plan (“2017 PSP”), which will remain subject to the rules of the 2017 PSP and the applicable performance conditions. Following Mike’s departure, the maximum number of shares he will be able to acquire is 33,667 and 12,477 for the 2020 and 2021 awards respectively, this reflects a pro-rata reduction for the proportion of the applicable performance period which has elapsed at Mike’s leave date. The 2020 award will vest in spring 2023 and the 2021 award will vest in spring 2024. Any shares that vest will be released to Mike at the end of the original two year holding period following the end of the performance period.

4. Mike Killoran shall be eligible to retain his Persimmon Plc SAYE option granted on 15 October 2020, which he may exercise during the period of six months following his leave date subject to the rules of the Persimmon SAYE scheme. The maximum number of shares he will be eligible to acquire is 539.

Full details of Mike’s remuneration will be disclosed in the Directors’ Remuneration Report for the year ended 31 December 2021.