Travis Perkins has appointed Pete Redfern as a Director of the Company and Chief Executive Officer, and Geoff Drabble as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Company. Both will take office in the autumn.

Redfern will succeed to Nick Roberts, who will step down as CEO and from the Board on 16 September. He brings over two decades of leadership, operational and finance experience in the construction sector, including 14 years as Group Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey plc until 2022.

During his time at Taylor Wimpey, Redfern oversaw the transformation of the company into one of the largest housebuilders in the UK, and its elevation to the FTSE 100, restructuring the Group post its merger, building a strong financial position after the global financial crisis, refocusing the company on its UK operations and delivering a strategy that created significant shareholder value through a focus on organic growth. Alongside his sector experience, Redfern also benefits from a deep understanding of Travis Perkins Group, having served on the Board as a Non-Executive Director for nine years to September 2023.

Jez Maiden, Interim Chair, commented: “I am delighted that Pete Redfern will be joining Travis Perkins as CEO. Pete brings a combination of deep sector knowledge, operational delivery capability, commercial acumen and listed company expertise.

“He is focused on operational rigour and driving a performance culture, prioritising customers, quality and people. He has demonstrated his skills in managing costs, margins and cash generation, complemented by a rigorous approach to capital allocation.

“Pete joins at an important time for the Group as we focus on improving profitability and enhancing cash generation, as well as accelerating changes to our operating model to create a simpler, more efficient business.

“I am confident that, together with Duncan Cooper, Chief Financial Officer, the executive leadership team will accelerate the ongoing transformation of the Group and deliver strong shareholder returns.

“I would like to thank Nick Roberts for his leadership of and dedication to Travis Perkins as CEO over the last five years. Nick has led the modernisation and simplification of the Group, whilst navigating a challenging trading environment, and we wish him every success in the future.”

Pete Redfern commented: “It is a privilege to become the next Chief Executive Officer of Travis Perkins. In addition to my time as a Non-Executive Director, I have operated as both a customer of, and a supplier to the Group and have a strong sense of its inherent potential.

“My initial focus will be on implementing and adding to the actions already underway to improve operational execution and increase the focus on efficiency and cash generation, whilst also starting to develop the Group's strategy for the years ahead.

“I am looking forward to working with Geoff, Duncan and the Board, together with all colleagues across the Group, to position us for the opportunities our changing environment will offer and to drive significant value for our shareholders.”

Drabble, who will take his position on 1 October, brings unrivalled experience in publicly listed businesses across the building materials distribution, equipment hire and tools markets in which the Travis Perkins Group operates, gained from both executive and non-executive roles. 

He is Chair of Ferguson, the building materials distribution business listed on the New York and London Stock Exchanges, which primarily operates in North America. He is also currently Chair of DS Smith Plc, the international packaging company. He was a Non-Executive Director of Howden Joinery Group plc, the UK’s leading specialist kitchen supplier, from 2015 to 2023, serving latterly as its Senior Independent Director.

In his executive career, Drabble was Group Chief Executive of Ashtead Group plc, the FTSE 100 listed international equipment hire company, from 2006 to 2019 and previously held senior executive positions in Laird Group plc and Black and Decker Corp. 

Jez Maiden, Interim Chair, commented: “Geoff brings a deep and relevant skill set to the Board, particularly with respect to building materials distribution and equipment hire. He has been successful at the most senior executive and non-executive levels, and I am pleased that he is joining us as a Non-Executive Director and Chair (designate).

“With Pete Redfern announced as our new Chief Executive Officer and Duncan Cooper recently joining as Chief Financial Officer, we have a strong and experienced Board and leadership team to drive value for all our stakeholders.”

Geoff Drabble commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Travis Perkins and look forward to working closely with Pete, Duncan and the wider executive team as we look to create a simpler, more efficient, customer-centric business, focused on maximising its inherent strengths. I am excited by the opportunity to contribute towards returning the business to growth and to create a pathway to improving profitability and creating significant shareholder value.”