The company announced this morning that Mr Baker, aged 42, had stepped down from his positions as group managing director for housebuilding and a member of the group's executive board with immediate effect ‘for reasons of sudden ill-health’. He will remain with the business until November 2013, however.
Mr Baker joined the company in 1995, initially with Midas Homes, and was appointed to the executive board in March 2007. He was subsequently made managing director for all the group’s housebuilding activities in 2009.
Until a successor is identified, the two current divisional housebuilding managing directors will report directly to chief executive Greg Fitzgerald.
Mr Fitzgerald said: "It is with great personal sadness that we report that Ian Baker has had to step down from the executive board in the most unfortunate circumstances. The board and I thank Ian for his contribution across his career with Galliford Try.”