Housebuilder announces string of internal senior appointments

L-R Gary Milne, Grant Kirkhope, Stuart Henderson and Gerry More

STEWART Milne Homes has strengthened its senior team with a raft of internal appointments.

The firm said the moves had been made in preparation for “major growth” in Scotland’s central belt with eight land acquisitions “on the cards” in the next six months as part of the firm’s aim to deliver 500 new homes in the region every year.

The housebuilder announced it will be investing “significantly” in purchasing land for new developments, securing planning consents and starting on sites which have been granted permission such as Cathcart on the Southside of Glasgow, which will have 77 flats and townhouses, and Pentcaitland in East Lothian, with 68 detached homes.

Stuart Henderson has been appointed to the newly created role of design director. A qualified architect, Stuart has worked at Stewart Milne Homes for 17 years.

Gary Milne, formerly land director, has been appointed technical director to head up a team which provides engineering support. He joined Stewart Milne Group in 2001 and is on the board of Stewart Milne Homes.

Finally, Grant Kirkhope moves from a “strategic group role” to join Stewart Milne Homes as land director, responsible for “identifying, appraising and delivering” land opportunities across the region. Grant joined Stewart Milne Group from Persimmon Homes in 2014.

These changes follow the recent appointment of Bryan Galloway as construction director and complete the strengthening of the senior team under MD Gerry More.

Gerry said, “These changes now ensure that we have a robust structure to fully capitalise on the new opportunities in the central belt, where we are adding attractive sites in the east of Scotland to our strong pipeline of developments in the west.

“With distinct teams in design and technical, working closely with the land team, we will have an increased focus on the front-end of our business to make sure site infrastructure works start in an effective and efficient manner. Ultimately, this will accelerate the delivery of much-needed homes across the country in line with government policy.”