How NHBC is run

We are run by our board of directors and governed by our council members

Governing Council and Board of Directors

NHBC Council

NHBC is a private company limited by guarantee, and its governing body comprises individual members, known collectively as the NHBC Council. Council members are drawn from a range of organisations that are interested in, or associated with, the house-building industry.

Board of Directors

The Board’s principal role is to agree and oversee the implementation of NHBC’s strategy, and to ensure that the necessary resources are in place to enable it to meet its objectives, and that the financial performance, controls and risk management procedures are suitably robust. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that NHBC maintains an appropriate standard of governance with regard to the Constitution, the UK Corporate Governance Code and the regulatory framework in which the company operates.

The Board is accountable to the Council.

Chair

Alan Rubenstein

Alan joined NHBC in February 2020 in the role of Non-Executive Director, and was appointed as Chair in June 2020. With over 30 years’ experience in pensions, insurance, asset management and investment banking, Alan has held a range of senior roles, including Chief Executive of the Pension Protection Fund between 2009 and 2018. Alan is also a Non-Executive Director at esure Group plc and Chair of Investment Sub-committee British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Wood

Steve joined the NHBC Board in July 2017 having previously been the CEO of Paymentshield (part of Towergate Insurance) and UK Managing Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance. Prior to that he was Managing Director at FirstAssist Group and held senior positions at RSA Group plc and Royal Insurance. Steve has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Hosking

Paul joined NHBC in November 2016. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' post-qualification experience working in the UK and European insurance markets. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, a founder firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, before spending 6 years working for QBE Insurance UK in a variety of operational and group finance management positions. The following 13 years were at W.R. Berkley Insurance, where, as Chief Financial Officer, Paul helped W.R. Berkley establish insurance businesses in five European countries and Australia, and also took on a number of wider executive management and operational responsibilities in addition to his CFO role.

Commercial Director

David Campbell

David joined NHBC in January 2020 in the newly-created role of Commercial Director, with overall responsibility for Marketing & Communications, Business Development, Training, Health & Safety Services, Product Management, Customer Services and NHBC’s team of Regional Directors. With over 30 years’ experience in the house-building industry, including the last eight spent as Group Sales and Marketing Director of Telford Homes PLC, David brings a wealth of experience to the role and a wide appreciation of the real estate process. In previous roles David operated as both a Sales & Marketing Director and Regional Managing Director for a number of major residential and mixed-use developers, including the Berkeley Group, Barratt Developments and Wilson Bowden Plc.

When making appointments to the Board individuals with a broad set of qualities and competencies are sought. The Nominations Committee ensures that candidates are considered having regard to the NHBC Recruitment Policy, including Company policy to ensure fairness and equality of opportunity and to encourage increased diversity. Candidates are considered on merit and against appropriate criteria, and from a wide range of backgrounds.

Senior Independent Director of the Board

Paul Bishop

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. Paul retired from KPMG in 2014 and is now the Senior Independent Director at NHBC. He is Chair of NHBC Audit Committee and is a member of the NHBC Risk Committee, Investment Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee. He is also Chair of the Audit Committee at Just Group and at Police Mutual Assurance Society.

Non-executive Director of the Board

Jean Park

A Chartered Accountant, Jean Park joined the Board in March 2013, and is Chairman of NHBC's Board Risk Committee and a member of the Audit and Investment Committees. She is a risk professional with many years of experience in risk management, compliance and audit. Previously she held the role of Chief Risk Officer at Phoenix Group and, prior to that, Risk Management Director at Scottish Widows Group. She was also on the executive committees of both of those organisations. Currently, Jean is a Non-Executive Director of Murray Income Trust plc and Admiral Group plc.

Non-executive Director of the Board

Stephen Stone

Appointed to the Crest Nicholson Board in January 1999, becoming COO in 2002 and CEO in 2005. Stephen is a Chartered Architect with over 30 years' experience in various positions in the construction and house building industry. He leads the Executive Management Team and is the Director responsible for health and safety. Stephen represents the Group when engaging with investors, the Government, the Home Builders Federation and the industry. He is a Non-Executive Director of Home Builders Federation (HBF). He is also a member of the Construction Leadership Council.

Non-executive Director of the Board

Kate Davies

Kate Davies joined Notting Hill Housing as Chief Executive in 2004. In April 2018 Notting Hill Housing merged with Genesis Housing Association and is now called Notting Hill Genesis. Kate is now Chief Executive of a 65,000 home association, with 90% of its stock in London. She was previously Chief Executive of Servite Houses and Director of Housing in Brighton and Hove. She has experience in local government and the private and voluntary sectors. She is a member of the NHBC Board Risk Committee. Kate has two degrees and qualifications in housing management (MCIH) and housing association development.

Non-executive Director of the Board

Philip Rycroft

Prior to joining the NHBC Board in October 2019 Philip Rycroft was the Permanent Secretary for the department for Exiting the EU and Head of UK Governance Group at the culmination of a 30 year career in Government. Between 2012 and 2015 he was also Director general at the office of the Deputy Prime Minister during the Coalition period, having spent the first half of his career in the Scotland Office, Scottish Executive and Scottish Government. In the New Year Honours for 2014 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath 'For services to the UK's devolved and Coalition Governments.'

Non-executive Director of the Board

Alison Burns

Alison Burns joined the NHBC Board in October 2019 as an Independent Non-executive Director. Alison has held various executive and non-executive roles within Aviva plc, including the position of CEO of Aviva Ireland. Additionally, she has extensive financial services experience, gained in senior roles with Santander, Bupa, Lloyds TSB and AXA UK. She is currently is a non-executive Director of Hastings plc and Equiniti PLC.