The Board

JOHN WATSON

John Watson John, a Chartered Surveyor, joined Bellway in 1978 and was later appointed Managing Director of the North East division, a position which he held for 12 years. John joined the Board as Technical Director in 1995 and became Chief Executive on 1 November 1999. On 31 January 2013 he stepped down as Chief Executive to become Chairman. He is a member of the Nomination Committee.

TED AYRES

Ted Ayres Ted joined Bellway in January 2002 as a divisional Managing Director, becoming Southern Regional Chairman in 2006. Ted was appointed to the Board as Operations Director on 1 August 2011 and succeeded John Watson as Chief Executive on 1 February 2013. He is Chairman of the Board Committee on Non-Executive Directors’ Remuneration.

KEITH ADEY

Keith Adey Keith, a Chartered Accountant, joined Bellway in December 2008 as Group Chief Accountant, becoming Group Finance Director on 1 February 2012. Prior to joining Bellway he worked at KPMG and Grainger plc. He is a member of the Board Committee on Non-Executive Directors’ Remuneration.

MIKE TOMS

Mike Toms

Mike was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director on 1 February 2009. Mike was formerly an executive director of BAA plc. He has also been a non-executive Chairman of Northern Ireland Electricity plc, a non-executive director of Viridian Group PLC and UK Coal PLC. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI). He is Chairman of the Board Committee on Executive Directors' Remuneration, and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees of the Board.

 

His other appointments are:

Birmingham Airport Holdings Limited – non-executive director.
J Murphy & Sons Limited – non-executive director.
Oxera Consulting LLP – director (non-statutory).

JOHN CUTHBERT, OBE DL

John Cuthbert

John, a Chartered Accountant, worked in the water industry from 1991 to 2010, when he retired as Managing Director of Northumbrian Water Group plc, having formerly been Managing Director of North East Water plc and Managing Director of Essex and Suffolk Water plc. John was appointed to the Board on 1 November 2009 and became senior independent non-executive director on 1 February 2014. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and of the Board Committee on Executive Directors’ Remuneration.

 

His other appointments are:

North Music Trust – Trustee.
Amazing Media Group Limited – Board Member.
Let's Grow Investment Panel – Chair.
Sunderland University Development Committee – Chair.

DENISE JAGGER

Denise Jagger

Denise, a solicitor, was appointed a non-executive director on 1 August 2013. Denise has been a partner at Eversheds LLP since 2004. Previously she was Company Secretary and General Counsel at ASDA Group plc, later part of Wal-Mart, from 1993 to 2004. Prior to this she worked in the City in corporate finance with Slaughter and May. Denise’s previous non-executive directorships include The British Olympic Association, Redrow plc, SCS Upholstery plc and Scarborough Building Society. Denise is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees and also a member of the Board Committee on Executive Directors’ Remuneration.
 

Her other appointments are:

Pool Reinsurance Limited – non-executive director.
University of York – council member.
St Giles Trust – Trustee.
Eversheds LLP – partner.

PAUL HAMPDEN SMITH

Paul Hampden

Paul, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed a non-executive director on 1 August 2013. Paul was Group Finance Director of Travis Perkins plc from 1996 until his retirement in February 2013, having worked for Travis Perkins since 1988. He was previously senior independent non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Clipper Logistics plc and a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Pendragon PLC and Redrow plc. Paul is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination Committee and of the Board Committee on Executive Directors’ Remuneration.


His other appointments are:

Grafton Group plc – senior independent non-executive director, Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust – Chairman.
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park – Chairman of the Audit Committee.

GROUP GENERAL COUNSEL & COMPANY SECRETARY

SIMON SCOUGALL

Simon Scougall Simon, a solicitor, was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in February 2016. Simon joined Bellway in March 2011 and has held senior positions within the Group including that of Group Commercial Director. He has over 15 years’ experience in the housebuilding sector, working either in-house or for clients in private practice.