Mr Watson, a Chartered Surveyor, joined Bellway in 1978. He was later appointed Managing Director of the North East division, a position which he held for 12 years. He joined the Board as Technical Director in 1995 and became Chief Executive on 1 November 1999. On 1 February 2013 Mr Watson stepped down as Chief Executive to become Non-Executive Chairman. He is a member of the Nomination Committee.
Mr Ayres became Chief Executive on 1 February 2013, having joined the Board as Group Operations Director on 1 August 2011. Ted joined the Company in January 2002 as Managing Director of its Thames Gateway division, becoming Southern Regional Chairman in 2006. He is Chairman of the Board Committee on Non-Executive Directors' Remuneration.
Mr Adey, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director on 1 February 2012. Keith joined the Company in December 2008 as Group Chief Accountant. Prior to joining Bellway Keith worked at Grainger Plc and KPMG Audit Plc. He is a member of the Board Committee on Non-Executive Directors' Remuneration.
Mr Johnson, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed a non-executive director on 1 November 2003. He had been, on his retirement in September 2000, a partner in KPMG for 23 years. He is a non-executive director of Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited and Honorary Treasurer of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He became senior independent non-executive director on 16 January 2009. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is also a member of both the Board Committee on Executive Directors’ Remuneration and the Nomination Committee.
Mr Toms was appointed a non-executive director on 1 February 2009. He is currently a non-executive director of Birmingham Airport Holdings Limited. He was formerly an executive director of BAA plc and was non-executive Chairman of Northern Ireland Electricity plc and 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.
Mr Cuthbert, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed a non-executive director on 1 November 2009. Mr Cuthbert 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. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Board Committee on Executive Directors' Remuneration as well as Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Mr Wrightson, a Chartered Secretary, joined Bellway in 1990. He has held senior posts within the Group, including that of Deputy Group Secretary, before being appointed as Group Company Secretary on 1 August 2002.