With more than 40 years in the housing and development industry Richard brings a wealth of experience with him, at a time when we’re determined to increase the number of new homes we build every year to help tackle the housing crisis. And it was this clarity of vision around our development plans, that attracted Richard to the company.
“I have been passionate for a long time about building affordable homes and I want to help build more affordable housing for people that badly need them in Merlin’s core operating area,” he said.
“I worked in the south west for a long time building affordable and private home and have got a real affinity with the area. Having built thousands of homes during my career I understand the process and how important it is to have the right relationships with developers and I’m sure I can help Merlin meet its target for building new homes.”
After starting his career as a planner, Richard rose through the ranks to become Head of Production for a plc home builder.
In 1991 he joined Taylor Woodrow and was appointed Regional Managing Director in 1994 before being given responsibility for the South West and Wales region in 1996. After the merger of Taylor Woodrow with George Wimpey in 2007, Richard was appointed Divisional Managing Director, where he was responsible for four business units in the South West and Wales. He held this post until 2013.
Over the next three years we’re aiming to treble the size of our development programme, so we’ll be building 300 homes every year by 2019. We recently secured £50m in funding from the European Investment Bank and the sale of retained bonds to finance the expansion of our development programme.