Wates Residential hires new director as business expands

1 July 2021 | Construction

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Nick Williams has joined Wates Residential as production director – a newly created role to keep up with the business’s expansion.

Williams will be in charge of the operations side and will report directly to executive managing director Helen Bunch. He will lead a team of operations directors focusing on different projects run by Wates Residential.

Wates Residential’s turnover grew by 21.1 per cent to £153.4m in 2020, helping its parent company, Wates Group, make a small profit in the year. Last year, Wates Residential secured 52 per cent of all the work won by Wates Group, which included its appointment as development partner for Harrow Council’s £600m, 1,500-home regeneration scheme.

Williams will be responsible for delivering the 5,000 homes in Wates Residential’s pipeline, and a further 1,700 homes through contracting projects for customers in the public sector.

A spokesperson for Wates Residential told Construction News the title of production director is “used at Wates to represent this being a business board role responsible for project delivery, including operations, design, planning and health and safety”.

Williams moves from his role as chief development officer at housing developer Pocket Living. He has also worked as a development director at Candy & Candy and construction director for Berkeley Group.

Earlier this month, Wates was one of the big winners on a £900m housing construction framework ran by housing association A2Dominon, taking places on the six highest-value lots.

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