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Connells Group has one of the industry's most experienced leadership teams.

Stephen Shipperley

Group Executive Chairman

Stephen joined Connells in 1977 as a trainee negotiator at the Aylesbury branch. Aged 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 Skipton Building Society acquired a majority stake in Connells Group, with Connells’ senior management taking a 25% shareholding.

Since then, Connells Group has embarked on a number of acquisitions (Sequence, Sharman Quinney, Burchell Edwards, Peter Alan, The New Homes Group, Asset Management Group, Gascoigne Halman, Rook Matthews Sayer) 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 Group has grown from a 100 branch estate agency with a turnover of £30m per annum into a large and diverse property services group employing circa 7,000 staff and with annual revenues of over £400m.

David Livesey

Group Chief Executive

David joined Connells Group in 1990 as Mortgage Services Director where he developed the business's Mortgage Services model, which has subsequently been adopted by many of Connells Group’s competitors.

His property market experience has been instrumental in the creation and development of several of the Group’s businesses. He is a hands-on operator who has also strategically guided the Group to its number one position in the residential property sector.

David has been heavily involved in each business within Connells Group during his longstanding career, becoming Group CEO in 2008.

David Plumtree

Group Estate Agency Chief Executive

David joined the company in 1988 starting his career as a negotiator and mortgage consultant in one of the Group’s William H Brown branches in East Anglia.

Having performed roles at every level, he became the Chief Executive of Sequence in 2006 and then took responsibility for the whole of Connells Group’s branch network as Group Estate Agency Chief Executive in 2013.

David has overall responsibility for all the Group’s estate agency, mortgage services and lettings operations across its 600 strong branch network.  During his tenure, Connells Group has become the market leader in the UK and sells more properties than any other estate agent.

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 Group 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.

Adrian Scott

Group Mortgage Services Director

Adrian is the Group Mortgage Services Director for Connells Group’s expansive nationwide branch network. This comprises over 650 mortgage consultants providing mortgage and protection advice across 600 offices, trading under a number of estate agency brand names, along with The New Homes Group, the UK’s leading specialist new homes mortgage services business.

Adrian was previously Head of Lending at Kent Reliance. Prior to that he was Managing Director at Heritable Bank Mortgages and Director of Mortgage Distribution for Bradford & Bingley.

Ross Bowen

Managing Director

Connells Survey & Valuation

Ross joined Connells in 1993 where he has held a number of senior management roles within the Group’s mortgage and asset management business before his appointment as Managing Director of Connells Survey & Valuation. Ross has led this business to become recognised as the industry’s best valuation panel management service provider.

Before joining the Group, Ross worked in the money markets for International Westminster Bank and has an Honours Degree in Financial Services.

Stephen Nation

Group Lettings Managing Director

Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in residential lettings, starting his career as a letting agent in Kent before becoming an Area Manager in Surrey, then Regional Director and in 2002 appointed Managing Director of a national lettings chain.

Stephen joined Connells Group in 2010 to initially run lettings in Sequence and was appointed to oversee residential lettings across the Group in 2013. Since then, he has presided over rapid growth through cold starts and acquisitions, more than doubling the network of lettings branches and the number of tenancies being managed.

Roger Barrett

Group Land & New Homes Director

Roger joined Connells as a Sales Negotiator in 1983 having previously worked as a site manager for Charter Homes, a Birmingham-based residential developer. He rose quickly through the ranks to Area Manager responsible for Connells Residential offices across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

In 1989, he became Land Director for Connells based in Northampton, where he progressed and developed the Connells Land operation and, in 2019, he was appointed to the position of Group Land & New Homes Managing Director responsible for the Land & New Homes operation across the whole Group.

Simon Matthews

Managing Director

AMG

Simon is the Managing Director of AMG, the UK’s leading asset management company, specialising in services to mortgage lenders and corporate clients. AMG has a proven, long-standing track record built on performance, consistency, compliance and innovation.

A founder director of AMG in 1997, Simon is highly experienced in all aspects of the UK repossessions market. He has worked in the UK residential property market since the late 1980s and has specialised in repossession asset management since 1992.

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