Keepmoat Homes

Keepmoat Homes has announced the appointment of its first female regional managing director. Beth McNeil, who joined Keepmoat Homes in 2015, has been promoted to the role for Keepmoat’s Scottish operations, having previously served as operations director. During her time with the business the Scottish division has grown and currently has eight sites in devel- opment across Scotland. Commenting on her promotion

McNeil said: “Having seen the Keepmoat Homes division in Scotland build in strength and depth since it was established in 2015 I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the business, working with our fantas- tic team, partners and customers as we enter the next phase of our growth plan and continue to increase regional output.” Sandy McBride, divisional chair- man, north west and Scotland, said: “We have achieved great things in Scotland over the last three years. I am delighted that Beth is being recognised with this promotion and that she will also be the first female regional managing director at Keepmoat Homes.” CEO James Thomson said:

“Beth’s promotion demonstrates clearly the important role women play in the construction sector and I hope it inspires future gener- ations to consider this industry for their careers.”

Martin Egan, Dave Main, Innes Smith, Tom Leggeat and Peter Matthews Springfield Properties

Springfield Properties has announced two senior appointments to newly-created managing director positions in its private housing division. Dave Main, who has been with Springfield for almost 20 years, has

been promoted from development manager to managing director for the north of Scotland (private housing). Peter Matthews, a former senior executive at Keepmoat Homes and Taylor Wimpey, has joined Springfield as managing director for central Scotland (private housing). The will be responsible for expediting geographic expansion by

providing a regional sales focus and increasing operational efficiency. Main and Matthews sit alongside Martin Egan, managing director of

Dawn Homes, which Springfield acquired in May 2018, and Tom Leggeat, managing director for partnerships (previously group partner- ships director), which is Springfield’s affordable housing division. Innes Smith, CEO of Springfield said: “We are delighted to have

appointed Dave and Peter to these newly created MD positions to support our fast-growing private housing division.

Gary Lunn Octagon

Gary Lunn has joined Octagon Developments as the company’s first commercial director. Commenting on his appoint-

ment he said: “I am committed to making an effective and beneficial contribution, as the company expands its focus to attract a more diverse market sector.” CEO Tim Banks said: “We are

delighted that Gary has chosen to come on board. His experience within a broader market will bring benefits to Octagon.”


George Clarke’s Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education (MOBIE) has made a number of appointments to support its campaign to raise design standards and build quality in housebuilding. Mark Southgate, a chartered

town planner, has joined as chief executive. Most recently he was director of major casework at The Planning Inspectorate. Mark Farmer, CEO and

co-founder of Cast Consultancy and author of the 2016 Government review ‘Modernise or Die’ has joined as a trustee. Jaguar’s director of design Ian Callum and Nick Riley, board direc- tor of Whittam Cox Architects, have both joined as ambassadors.


Wates Residential

Wates Residential has appointed Lia Silva as development director. Silva joins the Wates Residential

Board and will lead the business’ development management team responsible for delivering one of the largest joint venture regenera- tion schemes in partnership with the London Borough of Havering. Paul Nicholls, managing direc-

tor said: “Lia is joining the business at a very exciting time as we grow our portfolio of development projects. Her role will be crucial in ensuring that we grow our development activities sustainably while continuing to provide our clients with a high standard of delivery.”

Jason Colmer Churchill

Churchill Retirement Living has appointed Jason Colmer as regional managing director for its Eastern region. Based in the Group’s regional head office in St Albans, he joins Churchill’s board, working closely alongside chair- man and CEO Spencer McCarthy to develop the Group’s strategic growth plans for this fast- growing region.

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