Persimmon board appoints new directors

York-based house building giant Persimmon plc announced the appointment of outgoing Land Securities Group chief operating officer Colette O’Shea and serial technology entrepreneur Alexandra Depledge as independent non-executive directors of the group from May 1, 2023.

Current non-executive directors Simon Litherland and Joanna Place have both decided not to seek re-election for a further term at the forthcoming AGM.

“Both Colette and Alex will join the nomination committee,” said Persimmon.

“Colette will also join the audit and risk committee and Alex will also join the remuneration committee.”

O’Shea is chief operating officer of Land Securities Group PLC until March 31, 2023, a role she’s held since 2020.

Depledge is a serial technology entrepreneur and currently CEO of, the UK’s largest residential architectural practice and a leading property technology business.

Prior to establishing Resi, Depledge had co-founded, Europe’s largest domestic cleaning online marketplace, taking it from inception, through a period of rapid expansion across four European markets, to a successful sale.

Persimmon chairman Roger Devlin said: “These two board appointments add highly relevant and complementary skills to the Persimmon board.

“Colette has a wealth of property market investment and development expertise gained in a twenty year career with one of the UK’s leading real estate businesses; Alex’s entrepreneurial track record of building and scaling consumer facing technology businesses will add further depth to the board’s capabilities.”