Peter was appointed non-executive director of the Company in February 2016 and took over as non-executive chairman at the Company’s AGM on 27 April 2016. He is also chairman of Royal Mail plc and Parques Reunidos Servicios Centrales S.A.U. A respected business leader, Peter had a long and successful executive career in the travel industry. This included transforming a small UK tour operator, First Choice, into Europe’s largest leisure travel Group, TUI Group. In February 2016 after a planned succession transition period Peter stepped down as Chief Executive of TUI AG and joined its Supervisory Board. He was formerly senior independent non-executive director of RAC plc (2001-2005) and Rentokil Initial plc (2005-2014). He was also a non-executive director of Debenhams plc (2006-2009).
Group Chief Financial Officer
Himanshu joined the Board in June 2017 and assumed the CFO role from 1 August 2017. Himanshu brings 25 years’ experience in large multinational organisations in the business and IT services, software and telecommunications sectors. He was previously CFO of G4S plc for 3 years where he was responsible for finance, treasury, tax, IR and M&A and IT and procurement.
Over the 3 years, Himanshu strengthened the controls and governance across the group, delivered significant cost transformation and oversaw a significant improvement in profitability and cash flow.
Himanshu was CFO of Misys plc, under PE ownership; and prior to that, was CFO of Logica plc, where he was responsible for the sale of the Group to CGI in a £2.1bn transaction. Himanshu graduated in law from the University of Wales, and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989.
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Paul joined the Group in October 2006 and was appointed Group Operations Director in January 2018. With over 35 years’ experience in the industry Paul has a deep understanding of the market and operations. Since joining the business Paul has lead the Group’s B2B division (Lambert Smith Hampton, Land and New Homes, Hamptons Residential Development Investment, Professional Services, Corporate Property Services and Corporate Business) and went on to become Commercial Development MD – responsible for LSH and Commercial Property Fund.
Prior to this Paul was Operational Managing Director at Rightmove responsible for driving growth and change. Former senior roles have been with Nationwide Building Society and with Countrywide immediately prior to joining Rightmove where he was a director of Countrywide Surveyors.
Managing Director, Financial Services
Peter joined Countrywide’s Executive Team in September 2015, in the role of MD, Financial Services. Peter brings with him a wealth of experience having previously spent 10 years in the intermediary mortgage sector as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Lloyds Banking Group. Previously he held roles at Capital Bank and HBOS. Peter is responsible for the 650 mortgage and protection consultants who make up the largest single broker team in the UK, as well as overall management for Mortgage Intelligence, one of the most successful networks in the UK with over 400 advisers. Since joining in 2015, Peter has negotiated the successful acquisition of The Buy to Let Business and also the purchase of Mortgage Bureau, one of the largest new-build brokers in the UK. He is also responsible for the General Insurance and Protection sales across the FS division to more than 150,000 customers via exclusive partnerships. Finally, Peter is developing Countrywide’s multi-channel strategy in FS for launch in early 2018.
Managing Director, Business to Business
Paul joined Countrywide in December 2011 as Head of Field Operations, and has since thrived in various roles before arriving at Managing Director, Business to Business from July 2017.
Along with the rest of the B2B leadership team, Paul is tasked with maximising value to Group through delivering integrated solutions to our Corporate Business Partners, many of whom we have relationships extending over many years.
With over 20 years of experience in the property industry, Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds an MA in Business & Management from Durham Business School.
Prior to joining Countrywide Paul previously held senior management posts at Halifax Intermediaries and Colleys Surveyors within Lloyds Banking Group (LBG).
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