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Roger Devlin

Chairman

Persimmon

London, UK

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Roger Devlin’s Biography

Roger Devlin is Chairman of Persimmon PLC, the largest housebuilder in Britain and a FTSE 100 company.

Previously Roger has served as Chairman of William Hill, Marstons, and Gamesys. He has also held various private equity Chairmanships including Venere (Advent, sold to Expedia), Traveljigsaw (Isis, sold to Priceline) and Principal Hotels (Permira, sold to Starwood).

In an executive capacity, Roger worked for Hill Samuel and Hilton/Ladbrokes.

In 2012 Roger was appointed as the first Senior Independent Director of the Football Association, a post he held until 2019.

Roger wrote and produced Breaking the Bank, a feature film starring Kelsey Grammer and Tamsin Grieg which was nominated for best UK comedy in 2015.

Roger Devlin is currently Chair of Sunningdale Golf Club and owns and breeds racehorses, including Pyledriver, who won the 2022 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

He sits on the board of The Sutton Trust, a charity that tries to address inequality and fights for social mobility.

Roger was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Wadham College...
Roger Devlin is Chairman of Persimmon PLC, the largest housebuilder in Britain and a FTSE 100 company.

Previously Roger has served as Chairman of William Hill, Marstons, and Gamesys. He has also held various private equity Chairmanships including Venere (Advent, sold to Expedia), Traveljigsaw (Isis, sold to Priceline) and Principal Hotels (Permira, sold to Starwood).

In an executive capacity, Roger worked for Hill Samuel and Hilton/Ladbrokes.

In 2012 Roger was appointed as the first Senior Independent Director of the Football Association, a post he held until 2019.

Roger wrote and produced Breaking the Bank, a feature film starring Kelsey Grammer and Tamsin Grieg which was nominated for best UK comedy in 2015.

Roger Devlin is currently Chair of Sunningdale Golf Club and owns and breeds racehorses, including Pyledriver, who won the 2022 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

He sits on the board of The Sutton Trust, a charity that tries to address inequality and fights for social mobility.

Roger was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Wadham College Oxford. He is married with two daughters.
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Roger Devlin’s Newsfeed

Racing Post
Group 1-winning owners reveal 'deep concern' over impact of affordability checks

Roger Devlin, co-owner-breeder of Pyledriver, winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, described affordability checks as "a very serious issue".

All The Winners At Welsh Horse Racing Awards 2022

Roger Devlin won Flat Breeder of the Year for his horse Pyledriver at the 2022 Welsh Horse Racing Awards. He also won Flat Owner of the Year together with fellow members of the La Pyle Partnership.

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Roger Devlin’s Background

Persimmon
Chairman
Jun 2018 - Present
London, UK
With headquarters in York, the Persimmon Group operates from 30 regional UK offices. The Group trades under the brand names of Persimmon Homes, Charles Church and Westbury Partnerships, and builds homes across England, Wales and Scotland.
William Hill PLC
Chairman
Feb 2018 - Apr 2021
William Hill PLC was one of the largest betting and gaming companies in the world and employed more than 12,500 people. It was founded in the UK in 1934 and the company was listed on the London Stock Exchange. In 2020 the company agreed to be taken over by Caesars Entertainment and in April 2021 William Hill was delisted from the LSE.
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Other Business Interests

Sunningdale Golf Club
Chairman
Sunningdale Golf Club was founded in 1900 and is located in the country of Berkshire, approximately 30 miles from London. It has two eighteen-hole golf courses and has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments.

Previous Board Positions

The R&A
Chairman, Business Committee
Saint Andrews, UK
The R&A was founded in 2004 to support activities which benefit golf. It is distinct from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
The Football Association
Senior Independent Director
Jan 2012 - May 2019
London, UK
The Football Association, known as the FA, is the governing body of association football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.
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Philanthropy

The Sutton Trust
Board Member
London, UK
The Sutton Trust was founded by Sir Peter Lampl in 1997 to improve the educational opportunities and life chances of disadvantaged young people in Britain.

Media

Breaking the Bank
Writer, producer & financier
2015
London, UK
Breaking the Bank is a feature film starring Kelsey Grammer and Tamsin Greig.

Memberships

The Racehorse Owners Association
Member
London, UK
The Racehorse Owners Association promotes and protects the interests of racehorse owners in Great Britain and has a membership of over 8,000. As one of the British Horseracing Authority’s shareholders, it plays a central role in British racing politics and finance.

Roger Devlin’s Education

University of Oxford
MA (hons), Law
1975 - 1978