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.

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.

Darren Kehoe MRiCS Commercial Director

Darren joined Wates in 1990 as a Trainee Surveyor, since that time he has progressed through line management and is now the Commercial Director of Wates Living Space.

Darren has overall Commercial responsibility for;

  • Pre and Post Contract
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Risk Management
  • Bidding

Darren has extensive knowledge of the affordable housing sector and works very closely with our clients to achieve viable solutions for their businesses.

Darren was also responsible for the integration of Linbrook into the Wates business following its acquisition in 2011.

Darren is married with 3 children and takes pride in his family life which reflects Wates values.