12 INDUSTRY MOVERS Gavin Eustace Ian Sadler Mulberry

Mulberry Homes has appointed Ian Sadler as managing director of its Homes division. Ian joins Mulberry with 25

years’ experience in residential development, earned across the Midlands and Home Counties with Bryant Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt/David Wilson. After joining Byrant Homes in 1994 as a technical manager, Ian’s career naturally progressed to technical director with Taylor Wimpey in 2001 before joining the Barratt Group in 2007. He became operations director in 2013 and was promoted to managing director of Barratt’s North Thames division in 2014.

Ian said: “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 founda- tion, to its well-earned position as a leading medium-sized devel- oper with ambitious expansions plans. Mulberry has a fantastic quality product, a great approach to design and an enviable reputa- tion 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 from Mulberry also 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.”

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The Board of Southern Housing Group was unanimous in its appoint- ment of Alan Townshend (currently group development director) as the new chief executive to succeed Tom Dacey on his retirement. Arthur Merchant, chair of the Group’s board, said: “We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Townshend. There was a lot of inter- est in the role and the recruitment process was thorough. Alan’s track record as group development director is impressive. He has extensive knowledge of the Group and the sector and he has a clear strategic vision. We’re confident Alan will lead Southern Housing Group into the future with assurance, building on our strengths. “We look forward to working with him as he takes the Group onto

the next stage of its development, excelling in customer service and building on its history and financial strength as a business with social objectives.” Tom Dacey, Southern Housing Group’s outgoing chief executive said,

“I am very pleased to be handing over to Alan Townshend. I have every confidence that the Group will move from strength to strength under Alan’s leadership.”

Steve Breslin Lovell

Lovell has announced the appointment of Steve Breslin as the company’s finance director. Steve joins Lovell – which is the partnership housing division of leading construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall Group plc – from Galliford Try Partnerships and Regeneration where he was divisional finance director. Lovell managing director Steve Coleby said: “Steve has an impressive

record of delivering strong but controlled growth for companies in the construction and housebuilding sectors. “I’m delighted to have secured someone with his skills, focus and

extensive industry experience to join our leadership team where he will play a key role in helping shape Lovell’s future direction and growth.” After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics from

Warwick University, Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant with accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

Octopus Property

Octopus Property, part of the Octopus Group, announced that Gavin Eustace has been promoted to the role of head of residential development. Previously head of credit residential development, Gavin will oversee one of Octopus Property’s fastest growing business segments, as demand for swift and competitively priced development finance grows, underpinned by wider market trends. Gavin has more than 14 years’

experience in the financial services sector, including four with Octopus Property, and will lead the 11-strong team, offering bespoke loans for a range of residential development projects, including purpose-built student accommodation, build-to-rent and traditional develop-to-sell, across the UK. Prior to joining Octopus

Property in 2014, Gavin spent five years in the Corporate Real Estate Team at Lloyds Banking Group. He was a key member of the Housebuilders team, managing a £3.5bn debt portfolio, before returning to the Corporate Real Estate origination team. He started his career as a Senior Analyst at the Bank of Scotland. Gavin Eustace said: “This is an

exciting time to be involved in the residential development space as it continues to benefit from the favourable macro-economic backdrop, underpinned by low interest rates and a chronic short- age of housing.”

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