Richard Akers joined the Redrow Board as Chair‐Designate and as an independent Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2021. Richard worked closely with John Tutte during a handover period and Richard assumed the role of Chair following the announcement of the Company's 2021 Full Year Results on 15 September 2021, at which time John stood down from the Board.
Richard has a career background in property and land acquisition, having spent his entire career in the industry, latterly as a Main Board Director of Land Securities plc. Since retiring in 2014 from Land Securities plc he has held a number of Non-executive roles.
Richard currently holds independent non-executive roles at Unite Group plc and Shaftesbury plc where he is Senior Independent Director, and until recently having completed nine years, held a non-executive role at Barratt Developments plc, as a non-executive director, the Senior Independent Director, Chair, Remuneration & Safety, Health & Environment Committees & Workforce Engagement Director.
Matthew Pratt joined the Board of Redrow in April 2019. Matthew Pratt joined the Board as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Group Chief Executive with effect from 1 July 2020. He joined Redrow in 2003 as a Chief Quantity Surveyor and later became Managing Director of the Midlands Division. In 2013, Matthew was appointed as a Regional Chief Executive and became a member of the Executive Management Team.
Matthew trained as a quantity surveyor and graduated with a degree in Construction from Nottingham Trent University. He has 23 years’ experience within the industry.
Barbara Richmond joined the Board of Redrow in January 2010, bringing with her a proven track record, with over 25 years’ experience as Group Finance Director at a number of UK listed companies including Inchcape plc, Croda International PLC and Whessoe plc.
She has a strong background in both manufacturing and retail as well as having completed a number of major acquisitions and disposals throughout her career.
Barbara was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Lonza Group Ltd with effect from 16 April 2014.
Barbara is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a graduate of the University of Manchester.
Nick Hewson joined the Redrow Board in December 2012. His business career to date has been spent mainly in the property industry, from commercial to residential. He became the Senior Independent Director of the Company on 7 November 2018.
Nick is a Non-Executive Chairman of Supermarket Income REIT plc and a Non-Executive Director of Croma Security Solutions Group Plc.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a degree in Law from Cambridge University.
Sir Michael Lyons joined the Redrow Board in January 2015. In 2014, he chaired the Lyons Housing Commission to produce a road map for increasing house building in this country.
He is also Chairman of the English Cities Fund, which undertakes large scale urban regeneration schemes in a number of places and is Chairman of SQW Group and a strategic adviser to CBRE.
Sir Michael Lyons served 17 years as Chief Executive of three major English Local Authorities, including 7 years at Birmingham City Council, and was knighted in 2000 for services to Local Government. Following his long and distinguished career in local government, Sir Michael completed a four year term as Chairman of the BBC and has held a range of non-executive positions across the three sectors.
Nicky Dulieu joined the Redrow Board in November 2019. She has strong Non-Executive Director experience and has extensive knowledge of retailing and customer service.
Nicky is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committees of Adnams plc and Marshall Motor Holdings plc. She is also a Non-Executive Director of WH Smith plc and a Commercial Board member of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Nicky trained as an accountant with Marks & Spencer Group plc and held various strategic and financial roles within the company over a 23 year period. Following this, she was appointed to the Board of Hobbs Limited and became Chief Executive from 2008 until 2014.