John Martin

Independent Non-Executive Chairman at Countryside

John joined the Group in April 2021 as Independent Non-Executive Chairman. John brings extensive experience having served at Ferguson plc, the FTSE 100 leading specialist distributor of plumbing and heating products, for over nine years until November 2019, most recently as CEO. During his tenure, Ferguson was significantly simplified and strengthened, substantially improved its market positions, and generated excellent returns for shareholders. Before joining Ferguson, John was a partner at Alchemy Partners, the private equity group, and prior to that was Chief Financial Officer of Travelex plc and Hays plc. John is a Chartered Accountant and started his career at Arthur Andersen. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ocado plc, where he serves on the Nomination and Audit Committees.


  • Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    Current role

  • Non-Executive Chair Designate

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