Group Chief Executive Officer
Alison joined Countrywide in September 2014, taking on the role of CEO. Alison was Managing Director at Bupa, responsible for International Development Markets. In addition to leading Bupa's businesses in India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Poland and the US, Alison's role focused on driving growth in new markets for Bupa across South East Asia, China, the Middle East as well as Europe and Africa.
She took up this post in October 2012 having previously held a number of senior posts across Bupa including, Chief Operating Officer of its UK private hospitals business, Deputy Managing Director in its UK insurance business and latterly Managing Director for its businesses in the UK, Europe and North America.
Before joining Bupa Alison held a number of key positions in British Airways.
In April of 2016 Alison joined the Board of Tesco Plc as a non-executive director. Between 2012 and 2016 she was a non-executive director of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc. From 2009 to 2013 she was chair of 'Opportunity Now', which seeks to accelerate change for women in the workplace.
She was a non-executive director of the Foreign and Commonwealth office between 2005 and 2010, and in the 2011 New Year Honours she was appointed a CMG for her services to the Board of the FCO.
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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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Chief Information Officer
Paul joined Countrywide in March 2016 as the new Chief Information Officer. As well as managing the day to day operations of the IT department and playing a key role in delivering critical technology projects, Paul has responsibility for Procurement across the Group as well as Programme Management.
Prior to this, Paul was Chief Operating Officer at Openwork, and his other previous experience includes senior roles at Aviva, Bupa and Ernst & Young.
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
Grant joined Countrywide in April 2015 taking on the role of Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, and joined the Executive Team in January 2017. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Countrywide plc pension scheme.
Grant has spent the last 20 years working in governance, risk and compliance roles within industry/sector leading FTSE 100/250 organisations.
In his role at Countrywide, Grant is responsible for the Group’s Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit functions and since joining has progressed a series of changes to our governance, risk and compliance activities across the Group to embed better ways of working that ultimately ensure our business, our customers and our colleagues are safe and legal at all times.
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 from the banking sector having spent the last eight years in the intermediary mortgage sector as Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lloyds, where he played a key role in the Intermediary team as the business doubled between 2010 and 2014. Previously he held roles at Capital Bank and HBOS. As the largest single mortgage broker in the UK, Peter is responsible for our dedicated network of over 650 consultants and Mortgage Intelligence, one of the most successful networks in the UK with over 400 advisers. He is also responsible for our general and life insurance teams who delivered insurance products through exclusive partnerships to more than 150,000 customers in 2014.
Managing Director, Commercial Development
Joined the Group in October 2006.With nearly 20 years industry experience, Paul has overall responsibility for the Group’s B2B offering (Lambert Smith Hampton, Residential Development, including Hamptons Residential Development Investment, Professional Services, Corporate Property Services and Corporate Business). Paul joined from Rightmove where he was one of the operational Managing Directors through a period of significant 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 and different Group companies.
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).
Group HR Director
Joined in March 2015 with responsibility for leading the implementation of our people agenda. Kate joined from Bupa where she was People Director for International Development Markets. Prior to Bupa, Kate held a range of HR executive roles for businesses such as RSA and AXA,including Emerging Markets HR Director, Group Organisational Effectiveness Director and HR Director for the More Than business. Kate is a Psychology graduate from Lancaster University and a qualified executive coach.
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