Movers & Shakers: January 2018

January 25, 2018 / Keith Osborne
Movers & Shakers: January 2018

Ian Menham, David Wilson Homes

Ian Menham of David Wilson HomesIan Menham has taken the reins at Bristol-based housebuilder David Wilson Homes, coming on board as managing director of its South West division. Menham will be based at David Wilson Homes South West’s Bristol headquarters and responsible for managing the 200-strong workforce across the region.

Having worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years, Menham’s career history includes holding managing director roles at some of the UK’s biggest housebuilding firms. Menham, who recently transferred from Barratt Homes Southern Counties, says: “I’m proud to join the team at David Wilson Homes in the south-west. The company, a part of the Barratt Developments Group, has a reputation for five-star quality and one of my focuses will be on maintaining these impeccable standards across all areas of our business. The housebuilding industry is an exciting one to work in and I look forward to helping the team bring not just homes but new communities to the south-west.”

Amie Emery, Linden Homes

Amie Emery of Linden HomesHousebuilder Linden Homes has announced a key managerial appointment in its Chiltern office based in Harefield. Amie Emery steps in to the role of sales and marketing director for Linden Homes’ Chiltern region following her predecessor, Simon Pendlebury, making the move to managing director at Linden Homes’ Thames Valley region.

Emery, who has been with the business for over seven years, has risen through the ranks to her most recent role of senior sales manager for the region. In her new role, Emery will lead the sales and marketing teams as well as maintaining and improving the high levels of customer satisfaction and positive relationships with key stakeholders. “I am very much looking forward to advancing my understanding and knowledge of how the business operates on a more strategic level while also continuing to improve on and implement a number of efficiencies within the team and continue to drive success for the business,” she says.

Mark Everard, Metropolitan

Mark Everard of MetropolitanMetropolitan has appointed Mark Everard as its executive director of property. Everard is currently a housing director within Capita Real Estate & Infrastructure, a role in which he focuses on affordable housing. Everard will lead Metropolitan’s recently created Property Directorate, which brings together all of the housing association’s teams responsible for maintaining its properties. Its functions comprise planned works and service delivery; responsive repairs; compliance; and specialist housing.

Everard says: “I am delighted to be joining Metropolitan as the new executive director of property. The Property Directorate that I will lead has, at its heart, a responsibility to maintain properties to the high standards that our customers deserve. Working with our in-house contractor, Metworks, our asset and compliance teams, and external partners, I am confident that we will deliver a great customer experience to support the wider Metropolitan business.”

Andy Addison, Churchill Retirement Living

Andy Addison of Churchill Retirement LivingChurchill Retirement Living has appointed Andy Addison to the newly created role of area director for the West Country, as part of the Group’s South West region. Based in Churchill’s area office in Exeter, Addison will work closely alongside South West regional managing director James Barnes and chairman and CEO Spencer McCarthy to expand the Exeter team and drive the Group’s growth across Devon and Cornwall.

Addison has a wealth of experience, with over 25 years in housebuilding, including senior roles at both Redrow and Linden Homes in the South West region. “I’m delighted to welcome Andy to the Churchill team,” comments McCarthy. “His wealth of knowledge and experience in the West Country market will be invaluable as we look to develop our strategy and achieve our growth plans for this important area in 2018 and beyond.”

Carolyn Henderson,  LifeCare Residences

Carolyn Henderson of LifeCare ResidencesLifeCare Residences, the international retirement village operator, has announced the appointment of Carolyn Henderson as the new general manager of Battersea Place. Henderson joins from The Royal Over-Seas League, a private members’ club in Mayfair, London and Edinburgh, where she was director of operations. Prior to joining the Royal Over-Seas League, Henderson served as general manager of Warren House – a wedding, conference and event venue in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Henderson also has over a decade of experience working across the hospitality sector, including a period at the iconic Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire. As general manager at Battersea Place, Henderson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations, ensuring a first-rate level of service for all residents, as well as maintaining and enhancing the company’s person-centred approach to care.

“Battersea Place is a best-in-class retirement community and the first of its kind for London; I’m delighted to be joining this thriving company, which has such an exceptional track record for innovation and ambition for the future,” she says. “I look forward to harnessing my many years of experience operating across the five-star luxury hospitality sector, and to getting to know all of the Battersea Place residents.”

Emma Smith, Bovis Homes

Emma Smith of Bovis HomesBovis Homes has announced the appointment of Emma Smith as its new South West regional sales and marketing director. Smith, who has worked for the national housebuilder for more than three years, has been promoted from her former position as area sales manager. Based at the regional office in Exeter, Smith joined Bovis Homes in July 2014 after spending six years at Barratt Homes as area sales manager.

“I’m extremely excited about taking on this new position with Bovis Homes,” she says. “As anyone who lives here or has visited knows, the south-west has a tremendous amount to offer. This is a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to the fresh challenge of a more strategic role. I have a great team working with me and I’m confident that together we will continue to be successful during what promises to be an exciting time for Bovis Homes.”

Andrew Farley, Redrow Homes

Steve Greenhalgh and Andrew Farley of Redrow HomesRedrow Homes (Lancashire) has announced the appointment of new commercial director, Andrew Farley. Farley takes over from Phil Heaps who is retiring from the role after 40 years with the company. “It’s a new chapter in my career and one I’m looking forward to,” comments Farley, who was formerly commercial director at Wainhomes (NW) Ltd. “Phil has done an incredible job and it’s down to me now to build on that. I was attracted to Redrow as a company because of its commitment to a quality product, the highest construction standards and excellent customer service. It also has a very strong and stable board of directors within its Lancashire division of which I’m delighted to now be a part.

“My task at Redrow will be to maintain procurement availability, quality and cost levels, while building on and enhancing supplier and contractor relations, supported of course by the experienced commercial department at the Lancashire division. The future looks positive in the sense of Redrow’s land acquisition strategy across the north-west. Competition is strong in the north-west but this is where the Redrow product and philosophy will set us apart.”

Kelly Sharman, Hayfield Homes

Kelly Sharman of Hayfield HomesHayfield Homes has appointed Kelly Sharman as sales and marketing director, as the company continues to expand. The new housebuilder, which was only formed a year ago, is building up a portfolio of residential developments in the Midlands. Sharman has over 20 years’ experience in the property industry, leading sales teams at Lovell Homes and Banner Homes (Midlands), with a strong track record for sales performance and customer service. At Hayfield Homes, she will manage the entire sales process, have responsibility for building the brand and will oversee all marketing.

“Joining a new company and building a brand from scratch is an exciting challenge but the quality of the product is already very apparent in the schemes that Hayfield Homes is developing,” she said. “I am passionate about customer service and ensuring the highest standards of delivery and I am looking forward to contributing to the success of Hayfield Homes.”

Managing director Mark Booth adds: “Kelly’s depth of expertise in the sales and marketing process makes her a key team member who will be vital to the overall profitability of the business. She is extremely motivated and she sets high standards, and it is this quality and attention to detail that we want to see run through the Hayfield brand.”

Three promotions, Acorn Property Group

Sean Butcher, Anne Williams and Nicola Rafferty of Acorn Property GroupWith continued success throughout the region, Acorn Blue, the Cornwall office of Acorn Property Group, has promoted a number of their long-term sales team staff. Former sales negotiator Nicola Rafferty, who joined Acorn in 2010, has made the move to Acorn’s land team after being appointed as land assistant. Rafferty will now help secure new land and business for Acorn.

Sean Butcher, another of the team’s sales negotiators, has been promoted to regional sales manager. Butcher has over 30 years’ experience in residential and new homes sales and also joined Acorn in 2010. His new role will support the group sales director in managing sales and marketing of all Acorn Blue developments. Anne Williams is the final sales negotiator to have received a promotion and is the developer’s new sales coordinator. Williams has been with Acorn since 2008 and has extensive experience in the sales of Acorn developments throughout Devon and Cornwall. As sales coordinator, Williams’ role will involve overseeing the legal set up of all developments and sales of new properties.

Nicola Markham, group sales director and South West regional director, says: “These promotions within our team reflect the continued success of our developments and the need for us to build upon our professional team. The invaluable expertise of Nicola, Sean and Anne in planning and development processes and residential sales will allow us to continue delivering exceptional award-winning developments throughout Devon and Cornwall.”

Tomas Jackson, Barratt Homes

Tomas Jackson of Barratt HomesBarratt Homes has expanded its leadership team in south Wales with the appointment of Tomas Jackson as a new trainee assistant site manager. As part of ongoing initiatives designed to bring talented leaders through their ranks, Barratt sales manager Richard Lawson is pleased to bring a new face to his team. “It’s very important that we identify and develop new managers who will lead our teams over the coming years because it’s this talent that sets us apart from the rest,” he says. “We’re delighted to be welcoming Tomas to our team, and I look forward to seeing him deliver stylish and quality homes for us in the future.”

Jackson is taking part in Barratt’s bespoke three-year foundation degree course in Residential Development and Construction at Sheffield Hallam University, and will ne based at the company’s Hanbury Village site in Torfaen. “It’s an amazing opportunity to learn construction, management style and leadership skills from expert mentors. I feel really lucky that Barratt Homes is supporting my studies while I learn on the job.” he says.

Pamela Hollingworth, William Davis Homes

Pamela Hollingworth of William Davis HomesAhead of a show home opening weekend on 27 January, William Davis Homes has appointed Pamela Hollingworth as a new sales consultant at the Buttercup Fields development in Shepshed, Leicestershire. Pamela has worked extensively throughout the Midlands and gained a strong new homes and property development background. She says: “I’ve always derived great pleasure from matching the right people with the right homes, and have been excited to start helping house hunters here at Buttercup Fields.

“I think William Davis Homes stand out because of the attention to detail; not just to the design and layouts of the homes, which are entirely flexible, but also to the surrounding areas. We’ve been selling off-plan at Buttercup Fields since the end of last year and many purchasers have been quick to take advantage of our early releases, commenting on the development’s prime rural location and spacious, high-quality homes.”

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