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Stephen Shipperley, Executive Chairman, Connells Group
Stephen started working for Connells in 1977 as a trainee negotiator at the Aylesbury branch. At age 21, he became Manager for High Wycombe, a branch which would become the most profitable in the company under his leadership. He was promoted through the ranks until his appointment as Connells Chief Executive in 1990 and Group Executive Chairman in 2008. Alongside Chief Executive David Livesey and other colleagues he was instrumental in masterminding the ground-breaking deal in 1996 when the Skipton Building Society acquired a majority stake in Connells, with Connells senior management taking a 25% shareholding.
Since then Connells has embarked on a number of acquisitions (Sequence, Sharman Quinney, Burchell Edwards, Peter Alan, New Homes Group, Asset Management Group) and a programme of organic expansion (in surveying, lettings and residential estate agency). Stephen was a founding Director of Rightmove plc and was a Rightmove board member for 10 years.
Under Stephen’s leadership, Connells has grown from a 100 branch estate agency making £3m per annum into a large and diverse property services group employing circa 7,000 staff.
David Livesey, Chief Executive, Connells Group
David joined the Group in 1990 as Mortgage Services Director, where he developed the current Connells Mortgage Services model, which has subsequently been adopted by many of Connells competitors. David’s property market experience has been instrumental in his creation and development of several of the Group’s businesses. He is a hands-on operator who has also strategically guided Connells to its number 1 position in the residential property sector.
David has been heavily involved in each business within the Connells Group during his longstanding career, becoming Group CEO in 2008.
David Plumtree, Group Chief Executive (Estate Agency)
David joined the company in 1988, starting out life as a negotiator and mortgage consultant in one of the William H Brown branches in East Anglia and then rising through the ranks to become the Operations Director of Sequence in 2006 and then Chief Executive of the business in 2008. David became Connells Group Chief Executive (Estate Agency) in 2013 with overall responsibility for all of the Connells Group estate agency, mortgage services and lettings operations.
Richard Twigg, Group Finance & Commercial Director
Richard is a Chartered Accountant who joined the Skipton Group in 1993 as Head of Finance of Homeloan Management and in 1996, following the acquisition by Skipton, he was appointed Finance Director of Connells. In 2002 he was appointed to the Skipton Board and served as Group Finance Director until 2014.
In 2014 Richard re-joined Connells as Group Finance and Commercial Director where he has responsibility for Group and subsidiary finance, acquisitions and development initiatives as well as all head office support functions. He has a thorough knowledge of the Group from his many years of involvement.