L-R: Mark Tant; Richard Shroll; Paul Dodsworth; John Carlin
Mark Tant, currently Managing Director for Wates Residential, London, moves to the newly-created role of Managing Director, Wates Construction, reporting to Construction Group Managing Director Paul Chandler.
Mark joined Wates four years ago, and in that time has been responsible for the development of Wates’ private residential projects within the major regeneration areas of London, including at Greenwich Peninsula and the company’s current work with developers Quintain at Wembley Park. The move, which came after a detailed selection process, will see Mark assuming responsibility for overseeing the regional business units within the Construction Group.
Richard Shroll, currently Managing Director for Wates Residential North, will become Managing Director, Wates Residential London. Richard began his career as a 16-year-old apprentice carpenter, joining Wates in 1989. This new move comes just under a year after he stepped in to manage the Residential North business. During that time the business has seen positive growth, with a number of new housing developments secured, including for Flintshire County Council’s Strategic Housing and Regeneration Partnership (SHARP) and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s New Lodge in York. Richard will report to Mark Tant.
There are also promotions for regional business unit directors Paul Dodsworth and John Carlin, whose roles are broadened to reflect recent business growth and to maximise efficiencies.
Paul Dodsworth assumes the new role of Regional Managing Director, Construction North. As well as overseeing both North East and North West regions, Paul’s role will include responsibility for the Residential North business. Paul joined Wates in 2015 as Business Unit Director for the Construction North East business which has seen substantial growth in the last three years, with projects including the Wellington Place development for MEPC in Leeds, providing valuable office accommodation for the public sector, and the new Quarry Hill Campus for Leeds City College.
John Carlin is promoted to the role of Regional Managing Director for Construction Midlands, from his current position as Business Unit Director. The move reflects the growth of the region, with turnover heading towards £160m for 2019, and a number of prestigious projects such as at Birmingham’s The Bank residential development and the £135m Axis Square development in the city centre.
Paul and John will also report to Mark Tant. All appointments will be effective from 1 January 2019.
“Wates Construction has enjoyed an extremely positive year, and as we head towards the end of 2018, we have experienced sustained improvements in financial performance, as well as a year-on-year rise in the value of projects on which we embark.
Our success is driven by our talented people, and I’m fortunate to be working alongside a strong leadership team, now boosted by these internal appointments from within our own ranks. These appointments leave us ideally placed to deliver continuous, profitable growth across our national construction business.
I congratulate Mark, Richard, Paul and John and wish them every success in their new roles.”
Paul Chandler, MD, Wates Construction Group