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Margaret Ford

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Margaret Ford

Non-executive Chairman

Baroness Ford joined the NewRiver Board in September 2017 and became Non-executive Chairman in October 2018. Margaret is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. 

Margaret has over 25 years’ experience as a Non-executive Director and Chairman of private and Stock Exchange listed companies and extensive experience of working with Government.  Margaret has extensive knowledge across the real estate market and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. From 2002 to 2008, she was Chairman of English Partnerships (now Homes England) and from 2009 to 2012, she was a member of the Olympic Board and Chairman of the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Margaret was previously a Non-Executive Director of Taylor Wimpey plc and SEGRO plc, and the former Chairman of STV Group plc, Grainger plc and May Gurney Integrated Services plc.

Margaret is currently a senior adviser to the Lendlease Corporation and chairs the Challenge Board of the building renewal programme at Buckingham Palace. She is also a Trustee of the British Olympic Association and National President of Epilepsy Action.

Margaret was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive on the Deloitte UK Oversight Board in August 2020 and was appointed as Chair of the Deloitte Audit Governance Board in January 2021. Margaret was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006. She is a crossbench peer and is currently on an extended leave of absence from Parliament. Margaret was awarded an OBE for services to Sport and Business in the 2019 Honours List.