Firm names new group chief executive and non-executive chairman

Horsted Park - Countryside Properties

Horsted Park - Countryside Properties

Housebuilder Countryside has appointed David Howell as its non-executive chairman and announced that Ian Sutcliffe has become its group chief executive officer.

Howell, who is currently a non-executive director, is a former chief financial officer at and has been a non-executive director of Berkeley Group Holdings for the past 10 years.

Sutcliffe, who is a former chief executive at Taylor Wimpey and Keepmoat, was appointed Countryside executive chairman in October 2013 and now becomes group chief executive officer.

As part of the changes, Graham Cherry will become chief executive officer for new homes and communities, while Richard Cherry becomes chief executive officer for partnerships.

Graham Cherry was previously chief executive and head of division of Countryside’s new homes and communities business.

Richard Cherry was deputy chairman chairman and head of division of the group’s partnerships business.

Sutcliffe said he was “delighted” to be leading the group through the next stage in its development.

“Countryside is in a fantastic position,” he said.

“We enter the New Year with a record order book, robust trading and a strongly positioned land bank, which gives us confidence in the continued growth of the business.”

Today’s announcement follows two non-executive appointments at the start of the current financial year, which saw with Baroness Sally Morgan and Amanda Burton joining the Group in October 2014.