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Andy Hobart; Managing Director
Andy was previously Managing Director at Balfour Beatty Workplace, a £600m turnover support services business employing over 8,500 people. In this role and his previous role as Divisional Managing Director of Rentokil, he has extensive experience of dealing with Public Sector Clients.
Andy has an excellent track record of strategic development, organic and acquisitive growth, operational excellence and client satisfaction.
Andy joined Wates in December 2012
Steve Trusler, CIHCM; Strategy Director
Steve has worked in affordable housing sector for 30 years, and has been instrumental in creating Wates Living Space, leading its business strategy and successful business growth. Steve is a passionate supporter for continuous improvement and innovation within the housing industry. He has represented the industry on a number of occasions and is keen to debate on key issues affecting the industry, happy to challenge or support ideas and policy where appropriate.
Steve is committed to influencing the agenda on housing in the UK. He has recently been appointed Chair of Aster Homes, has attended briefings at Downing Street to debate the future of ALMOs, chaired a working group consisting of the BiTC, The Housing Forum, CIH, Housing Corporation and a number of clients and private businesses to look at how RSLs and businesses can work together to deliver community benefits and presented at an All Party Parliamentary group on Corporate Responsibility. Steve was also a member of the UK delegation that attended the CIH Tri-Country conference held in Toronto and presented and led a workshop at a housing seminar hosted by the Mayor of London at City Hall.
Steve is also a Distinguished Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a member of the BiTC Economic Renewal leadership team.
Stuart Laird; Chief Operating Officer and Regional Managing Director, South
Stuart joined Wates in 2010 to lead the team for the acquisition of Linbrook Services Limited. He has recently been appointed as Chief Operating Officer for Wates Living Space and sits on the National Living Space board, leading the business Operational Delivery; ensuring customers receive the highest quality service.
Stuart has an exceptional track record in developing businesses and improving performance particularly within the Construction, Rail, Facilities Management & Outsourcing markets. In his previous role Stuart worked for Jarvis PLC where he was promoted from Chief Operating Officer to Group Chief Executive concentrating on the continued improvement of Health and Safety and performance, whilst restructuring the management team to meet the business challenges.
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.
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.
Joanne Jamieson; Regional Managing Director, East
Joanne joined Wates in 1997 and progressed her career through the Commercial and Business Development structure to Business Unit Director. Joanne sits on the Living Space National Board and is also a sponsor for the New Build Best Practice Team to ensure that as a national business, we are continuously improving and providing an innovative and sector leading service.
Joanne has extensive involvement in all aspects of the housing sector. In her role, she has sole responsibility for all housing schemes in the East of England, with a strong emphasis on leading the business unit to deliver exceptional value for all stakeholders. Furthermore, a key role for her is driving Wates’ mission to ensure that we deliver to our customers on time, on budget, every time, with high levels of customer satisfaction.
Joanne is fully committed to our employability and education agenda and is passionate about driving this agenda with private and public organisations to attract talent into the Construction sector.