29th Sep 2015

Seddon strengthens housing team with new appointment

Builder and developer Seddon has strengthened its housing partnerships team with the appointment of a new Development Manager.

Chris Curtis joins from social housing provider Adactus, where he held a similar role for almost two years.

The 39-year-old chartered surveyor brings with him 10 years of experience in the affordable housing and local authority sectors.

Chris will work alongside Development Manager Ian Ridgway on the company’s land-led schemes across the North West for new and existing social housing clients.

This latest appointment follows a number of high-profile new starters at the firm, including Regional Director of Housing Duncan Williams and Business Development Manager Nikki Waud, who is heading up the company’s expansion into Wales.

Duncan Williams said: "Chris brings with him extensive experience in the sector and it is a testament to our reputation that we are able to attract people of his calibre to the team.

"As a company we are expanding our borders. Chris’ appointment is part of our vision for expansion in Wales and will work closely with Nikki to explore land-led schemes in the region.

"It is an exciting time for Seddon as we increase our portfolio of work in both the social housing and commercial sectors, in the North West and across our offices in Stoke, Birmingham and Wales.”

Chris Curtis, Business Development Manager, added: "It is an exciting time for Seddon and for construction in the North West as growth in the sector looks to boost house building.

"Seddon is unique in many ways, as it looks to work in partnership with social housing providers – bringing the land for development and sharing the risk – even in the planning stages.

"More and more housing associations are looking to develop in this way.

"Traditionally, housing associations would buy the land, and lead on the design and development with the help of consultants. Schemes led by developers, however, offer a more flexible approach, which is something I hope to promote as part of my new role.”

Chris’ appointment follows the announcement of Paul Hulme’s retirement in June after five years with the company.

Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director at Seddon, commented: "It is thanks to the hard work of colleagues like Paul that we continue to grow and prosper in this sector.

"We wish him the very best in his retirement and look forward to future growth in the region.”

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