We look at who’s changing jobs in the new homes industry.
Spencer Claye, Bloor Homes
A new senior planning and development director has been appointed at Bloor Homes. Spencer Claye has joined the privately owned housebuilder after 16 years with property development company Gallagher Estates. Based at the developer’s Tamworth office, Claye will be responsible for the successful delivery of strategic sites across the housebuilder’s Midlands, North West and Western regions.
The 44-year-old father of two started his career in the planning department at Lichfield District Council before joining Warwick-based Gallagher Estates, where he fulfilled the roles of planning director and projects director. During his time with Gallagher, Claye was responsible for promoting strategic development opportunities across the country, including major urban regeneration schemes and other large-scale projects.
“Bloor Homes is renowned for the quality of its product, both in terms of build and design, and in contrast to most other housebuilders it still maintains a steady supply of land through strategic sites,” he says. “I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism that exists within the company, and I’m looking forward to using my experience to deliver the land and planning consents we need to increase our rate of housebuilding and move the business forward.”
Gary Crisp, Bloor Homes divisional chairman, comments: “Spencer has an impressive track record of delivering strategic sites for development and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. We are committed to significantly increasing the delivery of much-needed new homes across our regions in the coming years, and Spencer’s expertise will be crucial in helping us to achieve this.”
George Hankinson, REM
Real Estate Management (REM) has appointed George Hankinson as head of residential. Hankinson will oversee the residential assets across REM’s portfolio. This will include Shard Place, the new residential building currently under construction next to The Shard.
Hankinson joins from Criterion Capital where he was the head of AST Residential, responsible for approximately 1,400 rental apartments. He has almost 20 years’ experience in the London real estate market, including 10 years as managing director at London Central Portfolio where he identified, acquired and brought to market, residential investment opportunities.
Michael Baker, CEO of REM, says: “We have a growing portfolio of apartments which will increase significantly with the completion of Shard Place. George brings a wealth of specialist knowledge and professional experience in the private rented sector that will prove invaluable as we maintain and enhance this important element of our mixed-use assets.”
Jason Lock, Gleeson Homes
Gleeson Homes and Regeneration has appointed Jason Lock as build manager for its new east Yorkshire region. Lock has recently been promoted from site manager, previously working on Gleeson’s developments across the West Yorkshire region, and has been part of the team to successfully bring the Gleeson brand to a new geographical area.
Lock has a wealth of knowledge after 30 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry. His new role will include overseeing all aspects of the construction department within the east Yorkshire region, ensuring the company remains on track to meet its ambitious growth plans.
“I’m delighted to be part of the Gleeson team as we expand and open new developments across the east coast,” he comments.
Two appointments, London Square
Daren Nathan has joined London Square as partnership director, a new role at the award-winning developer, moving from construction and development company Durkan, where he was a main board director. London Square has a £2bn pipeline of new homes and is developing 15 current and future sites across the capital, including schemes in Bermondsey, Caledonian Road, and Neasden.
Adam Lawrence, chief executive of London Square, says: “As our business has grown, we have built an excellent reputation for finding good sites and adding value. We are ideally placed to work with new partners to help them to maximise the value from their assets through residential development and also to help local authorities to generate cross-subsidy funding to provide much-needed new homes. We are looking forward to Daren bringing his wealth of experience and knowledge to build on our presence, forging new relationships alongside our existing partnerships with housing associations and other bodies.”
Meanwhile, as part of the expansion of the top team, Graham Ellis has joined the board as estimating director, another new role, moving from Mount Anvil. Adam Lawrence comments: “As part of our growth, we have expanded the estimating function to reflect the breadth of our business. Graham has an outstanding track record and his appointment as estimating director will help us to focus on ensuring value and return by challenging all aspects at the pre-construction and bid stages.”
Rebecca McDonald, Lovell Homes
Lovell Homes has appointed a new trainees sales executive, 24-year-old Rebecca McDonald, to join the team at The Oaklands, the company’s fast-selling development in Dawley, Telford. Living locally, she has worked as temporary cover in the role of sales advisor with home sales recruitment specialist Maitland Selwyn.
“What I really like is interacting with the customers and helping them buy their homes,” she says. “I am also excited to be working with Lovell, which has such an excellent reputation, and is totally focused on making sure that its customers have a positive home-buying experience. I am really pleased to be working at The Oaklands which is a fantastic development and very local to me. Having bought my own house 18 months ago, I’ve enjoyed helping younger buyers purchase their first home.”
Michelle Barnsley, field sales manager for Lovell, comments: “Rebecca is a brilliant addition to our team in Telford. Our sales executives play a crucial role in advising and looking after our customers throughout the entire home-buying process, from when they first visit a development and look round the show homes to picking up the keys and settling in. We’ve got some exciting projects on the horizon in the Telford area – particularly our new Queensbury Park development in Priorslee and with so much going on, we’re delighted to have such an enthusiastic and capable team working with us to welcome homebuyers and give them the care and attention that Lovell aims to provide to all its purchasers.”
Ian Sadler, Mulberry Homes
With 25 years’ experience in residential development, Ian Sadler has now been appointed managing director of the Homes division of Midlands-based Mulberry Homes. His career at Bryant Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt/David Wilson has prepared him for this leading role and the company’s products and locations as well as its recent growth and expansion plans. He joined Byrant Homes as a technical manager in 1994 and progressed to technical director with Taylor Wimpey in 2001. He joined the Barratt Group in 2007, becoming operations director in 2013 and managing director of Barratt’s North Thames division in 2014.
He says “The spirit of the team at Mulberry is very infectious, and I greatly admired the impressive way the company has grown, establishing a very solid foundation, to its well-earned position as a leading medium-sized developer with ambitious expansions plans. Mulberry has a fantastic quality product, a great approach to design and an enviable reputation in the region. These are exciting times for Mulberry, as we expand our business and portfolio of developments in prime locations.”
Darren Wright, operations director at Mulberry Homes, comments: “We are very pleased to welcome Ian to the Mulberry team. His skills and knowledge of the industry and the region are extremely valuable, making him an asset to the company and we are confident that he will help guide the continued growth of the business and strengthen our reputation and position as a premium housebuilder in the Midlands.”
Jennie Daly, Taylor Wimpey
Among a number of senior changes in its London and South East divisions, Taylor Wimpey has promoted Jennie Daly to the board as group operations director, with responsibilities for land, planning, design and technical, production and supply chain functions, as well as managing the Taylor Wimpey Logistics business. She joined the company in 2014 from Redrow as UK planning director and moved to the role of UK land director in 2015.
Other changes at the housebuilder include Chris Carney taking over from Ryan Mangold as finance director, with Mangold stepping down after eight years in post. He will remain with the company until the end of this year to help oversee the half-year accounts, then be on garden leave until 19 April 2019. Carney joined Taylor Wimpey in 2006 as group financial controller. Since then, he became finance director of Taylor Wimpey UK in 2008, then managing director of the company’s South Thames business unit. He now moves up from his previous position as divisional chairman of the London and South East Division, which he undertook in 2015. He is replaced as London and South East divisional chairman by Ingrid Osborne, the managing director of the Central and East London businesses,.
Jason Dugdale, David Wilson Homes
Exeter housebuilder David Wilson Homes has appointed Jason Dugdale as site manager for its Harts Meadow development in Pinhoe, a development of 72 units, where he will oversee construction and work closely with everyone involved in the process, including subcontractors and suppliers.
Dugdale comes to the job with 38 years of experience in the industry, where he has played a variety of keys roles. He says that seeing residents move into their new homes is one of his favourite parts of the job. “It’s handing over the keys and seeing people’s faces as they walk into their dream home. It’s a very rewarding thing to see,” he says. “I’m enjoying working on this exciting development. It’s great to begin a new site from scratch and put your own stamp on it. The best part of building homes is that you get to see the process from start to finish. There’s not many industries that can say that. We’re on a journey with the homebuyers from when they walk in to when they move in. I take great pride in developing the team and getting everyone to work together to achieve the goal of finishing the homes – we’re building people’s homes and lives.”
Sales director Sara Parker comments: “Jason is a skilled and experienced construction professional, and he will play a crucial role here at Harts Meadow. With a number of successful sites already under his belt, I have no doubt these new homes and the development as a whole will be of the very highest quality.”
Jane Boffey, William Davis Homes
Joining the sales team at the Mill Fields development in Broughton Astley, Jane Boffey has been appointed sales consultant by William Davis Homes, to work alongside June Hall at the popular site.
“I’m excited to be joining such a thriving development where we’re welcoming house-hunters looking for their first home, something with room to grow or just that little bit easier to manage,” she says. “We’re actually finding that many of our purchasers are relocating from within the village, to quickly take advantage of Mill Fields’ superb location and views across the Leicestershire countryside. Buying a house is such a major purchase; I’m excited to be a part of that process and helping match house-hunters with their dream home.”
Sales manager Viv Aldridge adds: “Homes at our Mill Fields development are selling quickly, so it made sense to appoint another sales consultant. Jane and June make a great team, and our purchasers have already commented on how friendly, helpful and efficient they are.”
Jim Brooks, McCarthy & Stone
The promotion of Jim Brooks from construction director for the North East to deputy regional managing director is just one of a number of promotions announced by leading retirement developer McCarthy & Stone as it plans its long-term growth strategy and ongoing expansion in the region. He takes over from Steve Secker, who is leaving the business after 24 years in order to build on his non-executive role and undertake consultancy work. Brooks has 20 years of experience in housebuilding, having previously worked for Bovis Homes plc for eight years, starting as a site manager before advancing to area build manager and then regional build director before joining McCarthy & Stone in 2016.
He will be reporting into Ian Wilkins, who has been appointed divisional managing director. Wilkins also looks after Scotland and the North West regions. Brooks says: “It’s a great time to assume the leadership team of the McCarthy and Stone North East region. Although we’re sad to see Steve go, he is leaving the region in a strong position with the number of developments continually expanding, and the number of sales releases in FY18 almost doubling compared to FY17.
Other appointments announced include John Allsop becoming construction director for the North East after six years at the company, and Andrew Wood as commercial director for the same region, a newly created position.