13 INDUSTRY MOVERS Liz Catchpole

Willmott Residential

Willmott Residential is strengthening its senior team by appointing Liz Catchpole as non-executive director on the main board. A qualified accountant,

Catchpole will bring her experience from both the property and finance sectors to support main board strategy and decision making. Her previous experience includes being chief financial officer at Swiss Re Life & Health UK, finance director at Chelsfield Partners and group finance director of Avant Homes. She is currently non-executive director and audit chairman of Investec Wealth and Investment It’s another senior-level hire for

Willmott Residential after it appointed former Greater London Authority deputy mayor for housing and advisor to the Prime Minister Richard Blakeway as strategic advisor in October. Willmott Residential was

formed by Willmott Dixon in May last year to grow its residential development pipeline. In January, Willmott Residential became a standalone company. Catchpole said: “This is a

fantastic opportunity to play an important part in Willmott Residential’s growth. Its ability to blend developments with a mix of build for rent and sale gives it a strong position to work with land owners and joint venture partners to create a substantial pipeline of development.”

L-R: Richard Beal, Guy Jewitt, Chris Murphy & Jason Williams Beal Homes

Beal Homes has appointed its next eneration of leaders to new roles as associate directors. Chairman and managaing director Richard Beal made the

appointments following the successful completion of the first Beal Academy, an intensive 18-month development programme for 12 of the company’s rising stars. The executive appointed to the East Yorkshire-based company’s first

associate director positions have a total of 30 years’ service with Beal between them. They are Guy Jewitt – promoted to associate technical director from technical manager, Chris Murphy – promoted to associate land director from land manager and Jason Williams – promoted to associate finance director from group accountant. In addition, quantity surveyor David Bennett has been promoted to technical manager, taking over Jewitt’s responsibilities. All four took part in the Beal Academy with other colleagues from

departments across the business. The programme involved one or two days a month away on leadership and management training, followed by work in teams on key projects relevant to their disciplines.

Andrew Burgess Churchill

Churchill Retirement Living has appointed Andrew Burgess to the newly-created role of group land and planning director. The new position will run alongside his current role as managing director of Planning Issues Ltd, Churchill’s in-house planning and design consultancy. Burgess will work closely with Churchill’s chairman and CEO Spencer McCarthy and COO Martin Young to oversee and develop the company’s national land buying strategy.


Property and planning consultancy Rapleys has appointed Steve Sulston as head of strategic land. He will advise on strategic site indentification and acquistion as well as the project management of sites from planning through the development process. Sulston joins from Avant Homes

where he was head of strategic land for the midlands and Yorkshire region. “I am excited to be joining Rapleys at a time when they are enhancing their development offering and am delighted to be playing a key role in this,” he commented. “The strategic land sector is becoming increasingly more attractive.”

Generator Group

London-based niche developer Generator Group has promoted development manager Frank Amato to associate director. He will help to identify new land investment opportunities, while also managing the planning process and overseeing the projects through to a successful conclusion. Amato joined the group in 2015

from Taylor Wimpey, where he was land manager. He said: “Since I joined the business we have built up a strong pipeline of opportunities and I am proud to be part of the next chapter of this growing business.”

Gerry More Stewart Milne

Gerry More has been appointed managing director of Stewart Milne Homes in Central Scotland. He took up his new position at the beginning of April and is responsibile for growing Stewart Milne Homes’ presence in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow. A qualified chartered

accountant, More has extensive sector and UK-wide experience.


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