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Meet the board

The role of NHBC's Board is to promote the success of the company and to provide leadership within a framework of prudent and effective controls, and proper corporate governance, that enables risks to be identified, assessed and managed. The 12 member Board is accountable to the Council. .

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The board
Isabel Hudson

Isabel Hudson

Executive Chairman

Isabel Hudson joined the NHBC Board on 1 June 2011 as Deputy Chair, and was appointed Chair in November 2011.

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Steve Wood

Steve Wood

CEO

Steve Wood joined NHBC in June 2017 as Chief Executive Officer


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Ian Davis

Ian Davis

Operations Director

Ian Davis is the Executive Director with responsibility for NHBC's inspection, building control, engineering, external training and customer services activities. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. His early career was with engineering contractors and consulting engineers. He was previously NHBC's Director of Standards and Research, and Deputy Chief Executive (Operations). He rejoined NHBC in 2006 after nine years as the Director General of the Federation of Master Builders.

Paul Hosking

Paul Hosking

Director and Chief Financial Officer

Paul is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience working in the UK insurance market. He began his career and trained with Coopers & Lybrand, a founder firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, before spending six years working for QBE Insurance UK in a variety of finance management roles. The following 13 years were at W.R. Berkley, where Paul added a number of wider executive management and operational responsibilities to his CFO role and helped W.R. Berkley establish insurance businesses in five European countries and Australia.

Neil Jefferson

Neil Jefferson

Business Development Director

Neil Jefferson, who is also Chief Executive of the Zero Carbon Hub, was appointed to the main board of NHBC in the newly created role of Customer and Business Development Director in April 2012. Prior to his appointment at the Zero Carbon Hub in 2008, Neil was Managing Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Housing, a joint venture between BRE and NHBC. Neil is a Chartered Builder.

Sir Muir Russell

Sir Muir Russell

Non-executive Director of the Board
Chair of the Audit Committee

Sir Muir Russell graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1970 with first class honours in Natural Philosophy. He joined the Scottish Office and, during his 33 years as a civil servant, was Secretary of the Scottish Development Agency, Principal Private Secretary to The Secretary of State for Scotland, Permanent Under Secretary of State to the Scottish Office and Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive, following devolution. He then served as Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow University for six years and is currently the Chairing Member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Sir John Harman

Sir John Harman

Non-executive Director of the Board
Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Sir John Harman was one of the original Board members of the Environment Agency and Chairman from 2000 until 2008, overseeing fundamental reshaping in both Flood Risk and Environmental Protection Policy. He was Leader of Kirklees Council from 1986 to 1999 and of the Yorkshire Regional Assembly from 1999 to 2000, and held senior positions in both the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the Local Government Association. He is now Chairman of the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

Dame Helena Shovelton

Dame Helena Shovelton

Non-executive Director of the Board
Chair of the Consumer Committee

Dame Helena Shovelton has been a member of the NHBC Council since 2009 and was appointed as a non-executive director of the Board in September 2012. Dame Helena brings extensive experience in consumer affairs and related issues and has held a number of senior positions across consumer and government bodies. Notably, she was Vice-Chair, and then Chair, of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux between 1990 and 1999, Chair of the Audit Commission (1998-2001) and has been a member of the Competition Commission, Better Regulation Task Force and the Banking Code Standards Board. Most recently, Dame Helena was Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, retiring at the end of June 2012, and is currently non-executive Chair of 2020health.

Jean Park

Jean Park

Non-executive Director of the Board
Chair of the Board Risk Committee

Former Chief Risk Officer for the Phoenix Group, Jean Park joined the Board in March 2013, and is Chairman of NHBC's Audit and Board Risk Committees. Jean is an experienced risk professional with many years of knowledge in risk management, compliance and audit. Notably, she founded the Board Risk Committee for the Phoenix Group and managed relationships with the FSA. Prior to joining Phoenix Group, Jean was Risk Management Director for the Insurance and Investments Division at Lloyds TSB and Head of Compliance and Audit at Scottish Widows.

Ian Craston

Ian Craston

Non-executive Director of the Board
Chair of the Investment Committee

Ian joined the Board in September 2014. He is currently Group Investments Director at RSA, a position he has held since 2002. He has over 25 years' experience within the investment industry having started with RSA's fund management company in 1987. He has held a number of investment roles including Head of Bond Management and Head of Group Client Management. In his role of global head of investments for RSA Group his remit also includes responsibility for RSA's Treasury function and the management of its pension scheme exposures.

Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop

Non-executive Director of the Board

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, primarily as a Partner at KPMG where he was the European lead for Insurance Consulting. Following his retirement from KPMG in 2014, Paul is now a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at JRP Group and also works in the UK and North America as an independent consultant.

Stephen Stone

Stephen Stone

Non-executive Director of the Board

Stephen has over 30 years' experience in the house building and construction industries and was appointed CEO at Crest Nicholson in 2005. He is also a Director at the Home Builders Federation and a Chartered Architect.

Kate Davies

Kate Davies

Non-executive Director of the Board

Kate joined Notting Hill Housing as CEO in 2004 and was previously Chief Executive of Servite Houses and Director of Housing in Brighton and Hove.