Tony Pidgley CBE
1947 - 2020
Berkeley Group's founder and Chairman sadly died on Friday 26th June, 2020. Tony co-founded the Company in 1976, serving as Group Managing Director until September 2009, and then as Group Chairman until June 2020. Chief Executive Rob Perrins and Interim Chairman Glyn Barker have led tributes to Tony's legacy.
Rob Perrins BSc (Hons) FCA
Joined the Company in 1994 having qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1991. He was appointed to the Group Main Board on 1 May 2001 on becoming Managing Director of Berkeley Homes plc. He became Group Finance Director on 2 November 2001, moving to his current role as Group Managing Director on 9 September 2009.
Richard Stearn BSc (Hons) FCA
Group Finance Director
Richard re-joined Berkeley on 13 April 2015 as Finance Director, having previously worked for the company from 2002 to 2011 as Group Financial Controller. Prior to re-joining Berkeley, Richard spent three years at Quintain Estates and Development plc, becoming its Finance Director in July 2012. He originally trained and practised for 12 years as a chartered accountant with PwC.
Joined Berkeley in 1996 as a Construction Director and currently leads the Berkeley Homes East Thames division. He joined the Board on 10 September 2009 as a Divisional Executive Director.
Sean Ellis BSc (Hons)
Joined Berkeley in 2004 with an expertise in land and is currently Chairman of St James Group, Berkeley Homes Eastern Counties and the St William Joint Venture with National Grid. He joined the Group Main Board on 9 September 2010 as a Divisional Executive Director.
Joined Berkeley in August 1999 as a senior surveyor. Justin has held board positions as commercial and production director in the Group's London divisions for a number of years and since 2011 has been Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (Capital). He joined the Board on 8 December 2017 as a Divisional Executive Director.
Joined Berkeley in October 1990. Paul is responsible for the Group's Sales and Marketing Committee and is Chairman of Berkeley's international office network. He is also Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (Central and West London), which has operational responsibility for the St Edward joint venture. Paul joined the Board on 8 December 2017 as a Divisional Executive Director.
Glyn Barker BSc (Hons)
Appointed Interim Chairman on 26 June 2020. He was previously appointed a Non-executive Director on 3 January 2012 following a 35 year career with PwC, most recently as its UK Vice Chairman. Glyn was appointed Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chairman on 18 April 2018. He previously held a number of senior posts within PwC including Managing Partner and Head of Assurance and also established and ran their Transactions Services business. Glyn is a Non-executive Director of Aviva plc and Transocean Limited, Chairman of the law firm Irwin Mitchell and Interserve plc and a Director of the English National Opera Company. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.
Alison Nimmo, CBE
Appointed a Non-executive Director on 5 September 2011, Alison is Chief Executive of The Crown Estate. Prior to that she led the design and delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues as Director of Regeneration and Design at the Olympic Delivery Authority. Alison is a member of the Audit Committee.
Veronica Wadley, CBE
Appointed a Non-executive Director on 3 January 2012. She is currently Chair of the Arts Council London and a National Council member of Arts Council England. Until 1 May 2016, she was a Senior Adviser to the Mayor of London. Previously Editor of The Evening Standard, she is also an Independent Director of Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd. Veronica is a member of the Nomination Committee.
Sir John Armitt
Appointed a Non-executive Director on 1 October 2007. Sir John served as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director from 5 September 2012 to 18 April 2018. He is currently Chairman of National Express Group PLC and the City and Guilds Group, a member of the Transport for London Board and the National Infrastructure Commission and President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Sir John was Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (2007 - 2014), Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (2007 - 2012). From 2001 to 2007, he was Chief Executive of Network Rail and its predecessor, Railtrack.
Appointed a Non-executive Director on 2 September 2013. He is currently Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive of The Bank of East Asia, Ltd. He is an Independent Non-executive Director of two listed companies under the Sino Group (Sino Land Company Ltd and Tsim Sha Tsui Properties Ltd), of China State Construction International Holdings Ltd. and of COSCO Shipping Ports Ltd. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Abertis Infraestructuras, SA.
Andy Myers ACA
Appointed a Non-executive Director on 6 December 2013. Andy is CFO at SHL Group, the global leader in talent innovation. Prior to that Andy was Chief Financial Officer at McLaren Technology Group Limited, having previously held senior finance roles in Rolls Royce plc and BMW/Rover Group. Andy is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Diana Brightmore-Armour FCCA
Appointed as a Non-executive Director on 1 May 2014, Diana is currently the UK CEO of The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd and previously held the position of CEO, Corporate Banking at Lloyds Banking Group (2004-2012). Diana has 30 years of international experience in banking, corporate finance, financial management, treasury and audit. She is a member of the Nomination Committee.
Appointed as a Non-executive Director on 6 September 2017. Peter is Group Executive Director at Grosvenor where he has responsibility for overseeing the Group's operating companies in North America, Asia and Britain and Ireland with an active programme of real estate investment and development in 11 world cities and assets under management of over £8.5bn. During the period 2008 to 2016, Peter was Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, the private real estate investment and development Company with holdings in London and around the UK. Peter is also a Trustee of Peabody, the Housing Association that owns and manages more than 55,000 homes across London and the South East, housing over 111,000 residents. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Rachel Downey ACA
Appointed a Non-executive Director on 8 December 2017, Rachel is Project Director of Manchester Life, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council established in 2014 to make a significant contribution towards achieving Manchester's regeneration and residential growth ambitions. Prior to that Rachel has managed various projects including the submission to Government for £113m to transform the public-housing stock in several neighbourhoods across Manchester and Salford as part of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder. Rachel, a Chartered Accountant, is also currently a Trustee of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and the Lord Mayor of Manchester's Charity Appeal Trust. She is a member of the Audit Committee.