18 INDUSTRY MOVERS Ian Byers Churchill

Churchill Retirement Living has appointed Ian Byers as regional managing director for its South East region. Based in the Group’s regional head office in Byfleet, he joins Churchill’s main Board, working closely alongside chairman and CEO Spencer McCarthy to develop the Group’s strategic growth plans for this key region. Byers is returning to the business after two years away, during which time he has built his own successful sports management business, 17 Management, representing a number of Britain’s international sporting stars. Prior to that he spent 12 years as part of Churchill Retirement Living’s senior management team, and has many years’ experience in the specialist retirement housebuilding sector. Byers’ appointment comes

during a highly successful period for Churchill Retirement Living, with a number of recent industry award wins and continued strong growth. The company now employs over 500 staff across six UK offices. Churchill’s chairman and CEO

Spencer McCarthy said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ian back to the Churchill Board. His appoint- ment comes at an unprecedented time of award wins and success for the group, but we still have plenty more to achieve. To do that we need the very best people, and I am looking forward to working with Ian to achieve our goals for the South East region in 2017.”

Richard Hill One Housing

One Housing has announced that Richard Hill will be joining the organisation as its new chief executive in September 2017. His appointment follows the departure of Mick Sweeney earlier this year. Hill was previously chief executive of Spectrum Housing Group until

its merger with Sovereign in 2016 where he has since been working alongside the chief executive to ensure successful integration of the two organisations. Before that he was deputy chief executive at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and director of investment at the HCA’s predecessor, The Housing Corporation. He also has a strong background in strategy, policy and public affairs. Commenting on his appointment Hill said: “I’m very pleased to be joining One Housing. It’s led the way in developing commercial projects to fund its social purpose and is a thriving and diverse organisation that seeks to push boundaries and help redefine housing associations for the 21st century. These are challenging times for registered providers but demand for affordable homes has never been greater. One Housing is already part of the solution and I’m looking forward to helping drive it forward to achieve even more.”

Clare Watson NFB

Clare Watson, director of Preston- based construction company Bernard Watson, became chair of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) on 8 June at the NFB AGM, which was followed by a celebratory gala dinner. The NFB’s annual general meeting saw the outgoing NFB chair, Simon Girling, director of SEH French, hand the ceremonial chains of office over to Clare to mark the beginning of her 12 month term.


Barratt Developments has appointed Jessica White as its chief financial officer. White is currently Barratt’s

group financial controller, with extensive experience in the housebuilding sector. She joined Wilson Bowden as a corporate accountant in 2005, and following Barratt’s acquisition of Wilson Bowden in 2007, was appointed Barratt’s head of financial accounting. White said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Barratt’s chief financial officer. In my 12 years at the company, I have seen first- hand Barratt’s commitment both to the quality of its product and to its people.”


Acorn Property Group has appointed Richard Roach as design and build manager in their direct build subsidiary, AH Construction Solutions. Roach is one of several strategic

appointments by Acorn aimed at increasing its in-house team of industry experts. Roach brings with him a wealth

of knowledge in a wide range of construction techniques, sustainable design and in Passivhaus projects. His new role sees him managing the detailed construction designs, ensuring they meet all technological and statutory standards and maintain the different by design ethos of Acorn Property Group.

Adrian Green Larkfleet

Larkfleet Homes has appointmed of Adrian Green as its new head of commercial. Green has joined the team to manage the commercial department and brings with him a wealth of experience to focus on the long-term interests of the business. Green said: “I am delighted to join Larkfleet. It is an exciting time to join the business.”


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