Roger Devlin

Roger Devlin

Chairman (62)

Date of appointment 1 June 2018

Committee membership
Chairman of the Nomination Committee and member of the Remuneration 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 is currently the Chairman of William Hill PLC. Roger’s 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

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.

He was the CEO of National Express plc from 2010 to 2020, and during his tenure built the business into Britain's leading transport group.

Prior to that he was Group Chief Executive of Tube Lines and Group Finance Director and Group Chief Operating Officer at First Group plc, where he also held a number of other senior roles.

Skills and contribution
Dean is a seasoned, well-respected and proven Chief Executive with an exceptional record.

In his previous role he had 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.

He is a qualified chartered accountant.

Mike Killoran ACA

Mike Killoran ACA

Group Finance Director (58)

Date of appointment 4 January 1999

Committee membership
Member of the Risk Committee.
Trustee of the Persimmon Charitable Foundation.

Experience and external appointments
Mike Killoran joined the Company in 1996. A chartered accountant by profession, Mike worked in manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors before joining the Group. He took over his present role in April 1999.

Skills and contribution
Mike has extensive financial and operational skills and over 20 years’ experience and knowledge of both the housebuilding industry and the Group. Mike makes a valuable contribution towards the long term success of the Group; his expert knowledge of our cyclical industry is important to the Group’s risk management and key to the development and execution of our strategy.

Nigel Mills

Nigel Mills

Senior Independent Director (64)

Date of appointment 4 April 2016

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Experience
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 2005-2015 and Chief Executive at Hoare Govett between 1995-2005. He 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.

Rachel Kentleton

Rachel Kentleton

Independent Non-Executive Director (51)

Date of appointment 24 June 2015

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

Experience and external appointments
Rachel Kentleton is a qualified accountant with a breadth of business experience. Rachel was previously the Finance Director at PayPoint plc and, prior to that, was Group Director, Strategy & Implementation at easyJet. Rachel has also previously held finance roles at Unilever, NatWest, Diageo and SABMiller.

Skills and contribution
Rachel has worked in various customer facing businesses and has significant knowledge of finance, strategy, organisational change, operations, technology and investor relations. Rachel’s financial experience brings particular strength to the Company’s Audit Committee, and on the robustness of the Group’s financial controls, risk management and the external audit. Rachel adds to the balance of skills and diversity of views on the Board.

Simon Litherland

Simon Litherland

Independent Non-Executive Director (55)

Date of appointment 3 April 2017

Committee membership
Member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration 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 (57)

Date of appointment 1 April 2020

Committee membership
Joanna is Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee and is a 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.

Skills and contribution
Jo has over 30 years of experience at the Bank of England, including leading teams in banking, statistics and regulation. Before her appointment as COO Jo was the Bank’s HR Director for three years.

Annemarie Durbin

Annemarie Durbin

Independent Non-Executive Director (56)

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. She spent 20 years at Standard Chartered, the FTSE 100 international bank, in a variety of executive roles across the UK and Asia, culminating in membership of the Group Executive Committee. She has subsequently become a highly 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 Non-Executive Board Chair of Merryck & Co, a leading coaching and mentoring group. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of Ladbrokes Coral Plc.

Skills and contribution
Annemarie is a highly experienced international business executive, with a strong background in corporate governance and human resources. Her experience and knowledge will be invaluable to Persimmon as we continue to implement our programme of business improvement.

Dave Jenkinson

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

Dave Jenkinson left the Company on 20 September 2020.

Dave will be paid his basic salary and benefits until 31 December 2020, recognising both his contractual notice period and his original agreement to remain as Group Chief Executive until the end of 2020, which was the anticipated start date of Dean Finch, the new Group Chief Executive. The value of these payments is c. £230,000. No other payments are due to Dave.

In April 2020, in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of Covid-19, Dave decided to forgo any cash bonus which may have been payable to him for 2020. He was not granted a PSP award in 2020 and has no awards under any of the Company's share plans other than an unvested SAYE option, which lapsed on his departure.

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.