wates living space

Andy Hobart Managing Director

Andy Hobart has been Managing Director of Wates Living Space since December 2012.

Wates Living Space is committed to delivering more and maintaining better affordable homes and helping to make a positive difference in the communities in which it works. In 2012 the business turned over £455 million, built or refurbished more than 22,000 homes and responded to more than 140,000 maintenance jobs. More than just a contractor, Wates Living Space supports communities, ploughing 70p of every £1 spent on a project back into employment initiatives and contracts with local businesses and SMEs. It also actively finds solutions to help boost affordable home supply through innovative funding models and development partnerships.

Andy previously led Balfour Beatty Workplace, and in this and in his directorial role at Rentokil he gained extensive experience of dealing with public sector clients. He has an excellent track record of strategic development, organic and acquisitive growth, operational excellence and client satisfaction.

Nick Jones, ICAEW Finance Director

Nick completed a degree in Construction Management before joining KPMG London’s Property & Construction department in 1995. Having spent 4 years working on a number of large UK and multinational infrastructure clients Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant and was then seconded to Bovis Lendlease in North Carolina before spending a further 2 years in Sydney.

Nick returned to the UK and joined Wates in 2006. Since joining Nick has headed up the Construction Group Finance team during which time he led a number of Group wide projects including reform of the company pension scheme, design and implementation of new contract reporting, sale of PFI investments and the modelling and due diligence around the purchase of Linbrook.

In February 2012 Nick became Finance Director for the Living Space business where he brings a wealth of Construction and Property financial experience.

Andy Doylend Partnership Housing Director

Andy is Partnership Housing Director at Wates Living Space. Having worked with housing associations for over 20 years, he is an expert on development, strategy, asset management, maintenance and management within the affordable housing sector.

In his previous position as Executive Director of Operations at Circle Group, Andy led over 2000 employees, managed 63,000 homes and oversaw one of the largest urban regeneration schemes in London. While working as at Circle he led the Development team to deliver both affordable housing and homes for open market sale.  He secured significant allocations of grant from the HCA year on year as well as initiating and delivering a number of joint ventures.  He was heavily involved in securing and delivering the merger with Circle 33 and successfully creating a unified culture within the organisation.

Andy is a thought leader on performance, development, regeneration and operational delivery, and is highly sought-after for speaking engagements at a national level.

Steve Jackson Regional Managing Director, West

Steve started with Wates as an ambitious Surveyor, and has risen to Regional Managing Director through his hard work and determination.

Steve’s inspiring and passionate nature has produced a dedicated team of individuals with one goal - to deliver your projects safely, on time, on budget - EVERY TIME.

He leads his award winning business with enthusiasm, and is very much a part of the team, encouraging others to succeed and driving his team to success.

David Morgan Regional Managing Director, South Maintenance

David Morgan has been Regional Managing Director of Wates Living Space, South Maintenance, since January 2014.

David’s business delivers maintenance services to over 100,000 social housing properties in London and the South East. He is committed to delivering excellent planned and reactive maintenance services while leaving a lasting legacy in all the communities that we operate in. The business has an excellent reputation and has a highly experienced workforce.

Prior to Wates, David has spent the last 15 years in senior leadership and business development roles in the support services sector. He was previously Group Managing Director of G4S’s Care and Justice business.

David is also Trustee of Hospice in the Weald.

Andy Fancy Regional Managing Director, South New Build

Andy joined the Wates Group in 2001 as a Construction Manager during the creation of Wates Retail. During his ten years in the Retail business Andy was promoted to Business Unit Director and developed significant accounts with John Lewis, Waitrose and Lloyds Banking Group in excess of £90m per annum. In 2012 Andy joined the Living Space business in the South and focused on the rebuilding and stabilisation of the new build business. Andy was promoted to Regional MD in April 2013 and leads the New Build South business with specific focus on developing Partnership Housing schemes.

Prior to joining Wates, Andy worked for Taylor Woodrow and Carillion starting as a graduate engineer on the £120m Woking Shopping Development. During his time at TW and Carillion, Andy rose to project manager working on major commercial developments in London for Land Sec and MWB.

Andy is a board member of the LEP in Luton and a Trustee for the National Deaf Children’s Society.