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Ian Sutcliffe chosen as Countryside Properties chief executive

Countryside Properties has chosen a new chief executive as part of a wider senior management shake-up to strengthen its board.

Ian Sutcliffe will lead the company, having previously been the group’s executive chairman since October 2013.

Prior to this he was chief executive at Keepmoat and held similar roles at Taylor Wimpey and property management company Segro.

Former Countryside chief executive Graham Cherry will now head up the group’s New Homes and Communities division.

Deputy chairman Richard Cherry will become chief executive of the group’s partnerships division.

Meanwhile, former Berkeley Group director David Howell will become non-executive chairman.

Mr Howell joined Countryside Properties in April 2014 as non-executive director after 10 years at Berkeley Group Holdings in the same role.

Prior to this, he was chairman of Western & Oriental and chief financial officer of lastminute.com.

Mr Howell said: “Ian has a vast wealth of commercial and housebuilding experience which, together with Graham and Richard’s in-depth knowledge of Countryside, will be invaluable assets to the group as we implement our growth plan.”

Other executive board members will remain in their existing roles.

Baroness Sally Morgan and Amanda Burton also joined the group in non-executive appointments last year.

In February, Countryside Properties merged with luxury housebuilder Millgate Developments to expand the group’s geographic reach.

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