Persimmon £75m pay scandal boss resurfaces

Jeff Fairburn

The former chief executive of Persimmon who left the York-based housebuilder following criticism of his £75 million pay package has resurfaced as the boss of a smaller housebuilding firm.

Jeff Fairburn has been appointed chief executive of Wetherby-based housebuilder Berkeley DeVeer after buying a 50% stake in the business.

Berkeley DeVeer managing director Daniel Newett said: “We are delighted to announce Jeff’s appointment as chief executive, who with over 30 years’ experience in the housebuilding sector and chief executive for one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, is the ideal candidate for the role. 

“Jeff will bring invaluable knowledge to the executive leadership team and put Berkeley DeVeer in a position to become a leading housebuilder in Yorkshire.”

Fairburn said: “Berkeley DeVeer is a fantastic housebuilder and I’m honoured to join the company as CEO, and to have become a significant investor.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the executive leadership team to fulfil their ongoing commitment of being a first-class, quality house builder.

“My aim is to grow the business and further deliver on the strong performance seen to date.

“The company’s record of operational excellence and reputation as a leading local housebuilder remains our core priority.”