Mergers & Acquisition
Vol. 1, No. 1, Autumn 2007
Gareth R. Williams is Head of Group Legal and Company Secretary of Countrywide plc and, prior to that, its predecessor, Countrywide Assured Group plc. His role addresses the full spectrum of the legal, compliance, risk management and corporate governance requirements of a FTSE 250 plc. He qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and worked in private practice for Berg & Co. (Manchester) and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (London) before joining Thorn EMI plc in 1996, where he subsequently became Head of Legal and Company Secretary for the demerged Thorn UK Group. He was appointed to his current position in Countrywide in 2000, where he subsequently qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary.