This week’s Movers & Shakers

October 4, 2018 / Keith Osborne
This week’s Movers & Shakers

We take our weekly look at some of the appointments and promotions across the housebuilding industry and its supply chain.

Two appointments, Acorn Property Group

Andrew Strathdee and Dave Gittins of Acorn Property GroupTwo promotions have been announced by developer/housebuilder Acorn Property Group. Andrew Strathdee, with six years at the company and qualifications in architecture and project management, is now development director at the Newquay office. Dave Gittins has a Building Surveying degree and has worked for Acorn since 2010, and takes the role of regional construction director at the Bristol office.


Sonia Bunn, Westleigh

Sonia Bunn of WestleighSonia Bunn has been given the role of sales consultant and Westleigh’s recently launched Forest Green development in Huncote, around seven miles south-west of Leicester. She is Liverpool-born but has lived Leicestershire for most of her life and also brings sales experience from a previous role with a competing housebuilder. She will be dealing day-to-day with potential buyers and looking after the marketing suite and show home.


Mick Jones, Caddick Land

Mick Jones and David Baker of Caddick LandConstruction and property development company Caddick Group has appointed a new head of planning at its strategic land division, Caddick Land. Moving from his role as planning director for IDP, Mick Jones brings with him over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He will be working alongside land manager David Baker at the firm’s new Birmingham office.


Two appointments, Queens Cross Housing Association

Lee Campbell and Liam Boyle of Queens Cross HAGlasgow-based Queens Cross Housing Association has brought on two new young people to join its team working on its portfolio of existing and brand new properties. Lee Campbell is 18-years-old and has taken on a plumbing apprenticeship, while Liam Boyle, 17, is now an apprentice electrician. The pair are the third and fourth apprentices taken on by the organisation this year.


Matt Freed, David Wilson Homes

Matt Freed of David Wilson HomesDavid Wilson Homes in the South West has brought in Matt Freed as site manager at its Sunningend View development in Brockworth, Gloucestershire. Starting in housebuilding at the age of 16 and with eight years’ experience in site management, he will oversee the construction of 71 units and dealing with the project’s construction workers, subcontractors and suppliers.


Laura Powell, CALA Homes

Laura Powell of CALA HomesThe Thames division of CALA Homes has a new member of its Land and Planning team, with Laura Powell joining as planning manager. With a degree in City and Regional Planning and a Master’s degree in Housing from Cardiff University, she brings more than six years of industry experience from roles with housebuilder Taylor Wimpey and planning consultancy Barton Willmore.


Three appointments, BDW Northampton

Monty Batting, Tom Bodsworth and George Merry of BDW NorthamptonThere are three new young carpentry apprentices at David Wilson Homes sites around Milton Keynes. Monty Batting is 17 and from Brackley in Northamptonshire: he will be working on Fairfields on Caledonia Road. Tom Bodsworth, 16, from Dunstable in Bedfordshire and George Merry, 19, from Wootton, Bedfordshire will be part of the team at Brooklands on Fen Street. All combine four days a week onsite with day release at college.


Chris Shaw, Weston Homes

Chris Shaw of Weston HomesWith the creation of a new role to assist the company in its ambitious growth plans, Chris Shaw has been appointed to the position of head of customer services by Weston Homes. He joined the business as a management trainee in 2003, working in a rotation of disciplines before selecting customer services as his career direction. He will be working closely with Les Trott, the housebuilder’s customer services and quality assurance director.


John Tonkiss, McCarthy & Stone

John Tonkiss of McCarthy & StoneFormer chief operating officer John Tonkiss has been officially appointed as the new chief executive of leading retirement sector housebuilder McCarthy & Stone. After four years as COO, he had been acting CEO since Clive Fenton retired on 31 August this year. He had been acting CEO since Clive Fenton’s retirement on 31 August 2018 and COO for four years before that. His previous experience includes 10 years as COO at Unite Students.


Dave Coles, Fairgrove Homes

Dave Coles of Fairgrove HomesA new contracts manager has been named by Derbyshire-based Fairgrove Homes. Dave Coles brings experience from a number of housebuilders, including Barratt Homes, Stewart Milne Homes and Persimmon, and covers roles such as site manager and project manager. His new responsibilities include overseeing site managers, coordinating subcontractors, arranging the programme of developments and ensuring the best health and safety policy and procedure.


Elaine Gilhooley, Thomas & Adamson

Elaine Gilhooley of Thomas & AdamsonThere’s a new marketing manager at construction and property consultancy Thomas & Adamson, with Elaine Gilhooley bringing her extensive marketing knowledge and experience to a brand new role at the growing company, which has provided services at major residential developments in London and Edinburgh among others. She will be responsible for developing and executing marketing and communications strategies across the international business.


Nick Stonley, Millwood Designer Homes

Nick Stonley of Millwood Designer HomesKent-based Millwood Designer Homes has appointed Nick Stonley as its new managing director. He has some 38 years’ experience in the industry, including managing director roles at Berkeley Homes, United House Developments and most recently, Strawberry Star. Working across Sussex, Surrey and Kent, the company has undergone significant expansion under retired John Elliott, and Stonley will oversee further future growth.


Nina Barker, CBRE

Nina Barker of CBREIn the role of head of northern residential sales and marketing, specialising in development consultancy, new homes sales and marketing, Nina Barker has joined CBRE from JLL. She brings her consulting experience to a new department created by an agency dealing in major developments across a number of major cities in the north of England and she will be liaising with CBRE’s London, national and international residential teams.

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