Barratt Developments today appointed a new finance chief, ending a five-month period where Britain’s biggest housebuilder went without a full-time head beancounter.
Jessica White, Barratt’s financial controller, will take over with immediate effect. She replaces chief executive David Thomas, who was babysitting the role after the sudden departure of Neil Cooper in January.
Cooper, previously a group finance director at William Hill, left by mutual consent. It is understood that while no one incident led to his departure there had been friction between him and the senior management team during his 15 months in the role.
Having qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in 2003 White joined construction firm Wilson Bowden in 2005. She moved to Barratt’s finance team in 2007.
Chairman John Allan said: "Jessica has more than a decade of experience in the housebuilding industry, and has been integral to Barratt's financial and operational progress.
“We are delighted to appoint her as chief financial officer and believe she has the skills, experience and track record to help drive the future success of the company."