People

Sir Peter Wood

Sir Peter Wood CBE

Chairman

W-One International is Sir Peter Wood’s new venture to pursue his passion for high-end property development.

In 1996, Peter was awarded a CBE for services to the UK financial services industry and, in June 2016, was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list for his services to UK industry and philanthropy. He has an international record of success as an entrepreneur having founded and grown brand-led businesses including Direct Line, Privilege, esure, Sheilas’ Wheels and Gocompare plus three other insurers in the US and Spain. Sir Peter currently serves as Chairman of W-One International, esure Group plc and Gocompare.com plc.

Nick Edwards

Nick Edwards

Non-Executive Director

Nick is a hugely experienced lawyer who has served in senior corporate governance and advisory roles. Nick spent nine years at esure, where he was appointed as Head of Legal before being promoted to General Counsel and then Company Secretary. While at esure he led the company’s IPO in 2013, as well as the demerger of Gocompare.com from esure Group in 2016. He was also a member of esure Group’s Executive and Operational Executive Committees. Nick is currently part of the senior team at GoCompare.com, where Sir Peter Wood serves as Chairman.

David Easson

David Easson

Project Director

David is responsible for the management and delivery of our UK projects. He has more than 25 years’ experience in property development and estate management with a particular focus on large scale complex residential and commercial projects. David has held senior management and Board positions with a number of significant international property companies and has been responsible for the successful management of several high-end developments, taking them through from acquisition to practical completion and occupation.

Adam Bulmer

Adam Bulmer

General Counsel

Adam is an experienced lawyer, responsible for all W-One International legal matters in the UK & US. He has worked for Sir Peter Wood’s businesses since 2007, including with esure Group and now W-One International. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 2009 he worked for esure Group as an in-house lawyer where he was involved in esure’s investment in Gocompare.com and esure Group’s IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2013. Adam has also worked for City Law firm Taylor Wessing LLP.

Joanne Ellison

Joanne Ellison

Head of Sales & Marketing

Joanne is a responsible for all sales & marketing activities and deals with all the residential sales. She has over 10-years’ experience in the London property market, initially in private residential sales but with a keen interest in Residential Development and New Homes she moved into a role as a New Homes Partner for a leading National Estate Agency responsible for the sales and marketing of a multitude of developments across London. With an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the high-end property market Joanne also plays a vital part in the project management and delivery, involved from an early stage working closely with the project team to ensure the final product meets our discerning purchaser’s expectations.

Nick Forster

Nick Forster

Technical Director

Nick is heavily involved with the planning, detailed design and construction of our developments and his attention to detail is second to none. Starting out over 20 years ago as an Architectural Technician he has worked within a variety of companies ranging from property developers and contractors through to professional architects and multidisciplinary practices. Nick has led and coordinated the design and construction of a wide variety of building types including large mixed use commercial and residential schemes in the affordable sector through to the super prime market, comprising single and multi-unit dwellings with complex interior fit-outs.

Richard Mills

Richard Mills

International Project Director

Richard is responsible for our overseas projects with a particular focus on the developments in Palm Beach, Florida. He has worked for Sir Peter Wood for 35 years, joining Direct Line Insurance at its infancy as a Building Services Technician and progressing into the role as Head of Facilities. As part of his role he was involved in numerous property acquisitions, refurbishments and disposals expanding a then portfolio of 2 offices to 18 nationwide. This developed Richards experience and expertise in project management. Richard joined esure at its launch in 2000, maintaining his position as Head of Facilities. W-One International presented an opportunity to utilise his skills and enthusiasm for architecture, his attention to detail and experience in project management and apply it to the development of the projects in Palm Beach.

Andrew Whitehouse

Andrew Whitehouse

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew oversees all the financial matters relating to the business. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, spending 11 years in public practice with them, including two years in the USA, followed by seven years at Legal & General as finance director. He joined Sir Peter Wood to help with the start-up of the then new esure insurance business in the year 2000, was quickly appointed Finance Director and stayed with the business through the management buy-out from HBOS and the IPO in 2013.

Deborah Edwards

Deborah Edwards

Executive Accountant

Deborah is a vital part of the accountancy team. She was the Financial Reporting Manager for esure Group PLC for 13 years, responsible for the Financial Accounting team which included delivery of the Group Annual Accounts and Monthly reports, regulatory returns to the PRA and implementation of Solvency II. Deborah was also part of the team who worked on the esure IPO back in 2013.