Norman Askew, chairman of Taylor Wimpey, has said he will leave the housebuilder by the end of 2010

Askew, who was appointed chairman of Taylor Woodrow in July 2003 before its merger with George Wimpey in 2007, said: “We’ve come through unprecedented market conditions since the merger. It is important that as we enter 2010, we continue to actively manage our business in what are still uncertain times.”

Non-executive director David Williams will leave the board in March and Rob Rowley will join in the same capacity.