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 Managing Director
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 led 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.
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 cashflow.
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.
Contact Himanshu at: email@example.com
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.
Chief Operating Officer
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).
Managing Director, Business to Business
Paul joined Countrywide in June 2013 as Head of Field Operations, and has led the Group’s Surveying business as Managing Director since July 2015 adding the Conveyancing Business to his responsibilities in September 2016.
Paul brings over 35 years of experience working in Financial Services having previously carried out a number of senior roles at Halifax, HBOS and Lloyds Banking Group working initially working within the Branch Network before spending 12 years playing a number of key roles within the Surveying Division branded Colleys prior to moving to Countrywide.
Paul has led the Countrywide Surveying business to achieve consistent and substantial EBITDA growth achieved through contract gains, technology driven efficiency and a passion for our customer. He is currently leading a technology transformation in Conveyancing to re-establish growth and broaden revenue streams.
Paul is well regarded in the industry having won the prestigious British Mortgage Award for Leader in the Surveying industry in 2017.
Group People Director
Dan Thompson joined the Group in January 2016 and is Group People Director for Countrywide, having moved into the role after two years as People Director for B2B and Group Functions as well as leading Talent Acquisition and People Services.
Before joining Countrywide, Dan spent 12 years covering a broad spectrum of volume and specialist HR roles in Marks and Spencer plc, followed by a period in Employee Policy in the Civil Service where he learned the workings of Whitehall and obtained an understanding of the public sector.
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