Countrywide strengthens Retail and London teams with a series of management appointments

Countrywide Retail and London

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Countrywide plc (“the Group”) (LSE: CWD), the UK’s largest integrated property services group, announces that it has made a series of Managing Director and Director level appointments within its Retail and London business units. The appointments cover both the wider UK retail team and Countrywide’s London business unit and are part of the ongoing implementation of the ‘Building our Future’ strategy.

‘Building our Future’ involves a restructuring of the business, driving greater emphasis on customer focus and organic growth by leveraging our combined sales and lettings offering through one cohesive Retail team. Our restructure is a key element of the plan to double the size of the Group over the coming five years.

In order to create a One Countrywide Retail team Sam Tyrer, Managing Director for Retail, has appointed three Divisional Managing Directors. These roles will be instrumental in bringing together the two businesses to create a seamless customer facing experience. In addition, three further key appointments have been created, Retail Commercial Director, Retail Programme Director and Retail Performance Director, reporting to Sam. These roles will enable us to quickly gain momentum in a competitive market place and assess areas to support and drive performance. Also, twelve Retail Directors have been appointed for the North, Midlands and South, reporting into the three Divisional Managing Directors. With the restructure, the intention was to retain our strong industry expertise whilst at the same time providing our internal talent with a platform for growth and the Group is pleased to confirm this has been achieved.

Michael Luck and Jonathan Simpson have been appointed as Divisional Managing Directors for the North and Midlands respectively. It is anticipated that a Divisional Managing Director for the South will be announced in the near future. Completing the Retail team, Bruce Evans has been appointed Retail Commercial Director; Margaret Longden as Retail Programme Director; and Pete Wallace as Retail Performance Director.

In Countrywide’s London business unit, which comprises 413 sales and letting operations trading in 264 branch locations under the overall leadership of London Managing Director Graham Bell, four Managing Director roles have been created to cover all market segments. As with the wider UK Retail Division, these newly appointed Managing Directors will have responsibility for both sales and lettings. In line with this, Countrywide today announces the appointment of Lee Wainwright, Phil Tennant and Ben Taylor, each as Managing Director to the London business unit. The further appointment of a Managing Director of Hamptons International will be made in due course.

The new roles are effective from 1st November 2015.

Countrywide also announces that Vince Corley, who has supported the estate agency division for many years, has been promoted to Financial Services Sales Director within Financial Services while Carl Parker has stepped down from his position within the Financial Services business unit.

Commenting on the appointments, Alison Platt, CEO of Countrywide, said:

“Today’s appointments mark another step forward for Countrywide as we build for our future. We have recognised the importance of ensuring the entire company is working together and by putting this regional and divisional structure in place, including bringing together responsibility for sales and lettings at a regional and local level for the first time, we believe we will be able to better serve our customers and deliver greater organic growth. It is particularly pleasing that we have retained and been able to promote such great Countrywide talent internally and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our new Managing Directors and Regional Directors. I look forward to working with them at this exciting time in Countrywide’s evolution.”


Retail Directors

The following people have been appointed to these roles:

North Division
Retail Director Wales & West – Keith Peacock
Retail Director Scotland & North East – Sharon Donaldson
Retail Director Yorkshire & Lincolnshire – Steve Hinshelwood
Retail Director Manchester & Lancashire – Claire Limon

Midlands Division
Retail Director Midlands West – Toby Philips
Retail Director Midlands Central – Michael Miller
Retail Director Midlands East – Kim Chiles
Retail Director Midlands North – Jack Simpson

South Division
Retail Director South West – John Hards
Retail Director South – Alison Nunez
Retail Director South Central – Iain McKenzie
Retail Director South East – Keith Knight

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