Mark Yates moved on from a career in cosmetics to cement a successful career in sales.
Now the former national make-up artist for iconic brand Chanel is made-up to be building on that success in his new role as an area sales manager for Redrow Homes in Lancashire.
Mark, 43, from, Chorlton, Manchester, has been appointed to the role at the division's regional headquarters in Chorley, bringing with him a wealth of sales experience, most recently in the property industry including Knight Frank, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and latterly Barratt Homes.
While excelling in a career which has included marketing, management and customer service, Mark has also trained as a life coach which will stand him in good stead as part of his role is to mentor and motivate Redrow’s development based sales consultants.
He will be joined by Gavin Powell, 24, from Eastham, Wirral, who has been promoted to a new role of trainee area sales manager.
Mark will oversee sales at developments in Lancaster, Fleetwood, Garstang, Fulwood, Wrea Green and Whalley, as well as introduce new developments including The Pavilion in Poulton-le-Fylde. And he can't wait to continue the projects already underway and drive the company forward - ever maintaining the reputation of which it is proud.
“Redrow is renowned for creating quality homes and that is something I wanted to be a part of,” said Mark.
“It also has a reputation for looking after its employees and treating them well, listening to feedback which leads to a great team spirit and pride in the job which is paramount.”
He added: “Throughout my career I have had lots of experience of managing people, training, coaching and mentoring them to bring out the best of a team’s talents and capabilities. I aim to continue that with Redrow, for the benefit of those who work for the company and those who invest in its homes.”
Gavin, who has previously worked as a sales consultant at Redrow’s hugely successful Summerhill Park in Liverpool, will now oversee the smooth running of several Redrow developments at Banks, Buckshaw Village, Whittle le Woods, Clayton le Woods and in Standish.
Like Mark, he was impressed by Redrow's constant commitment to training and development and, in particular, for nurturing home-grown talent.
“Redrow develops its employees as well as its homes, striving always to make them the best and get the best out of them. When I originally joined as a sales consultant it was because I knew that there would be the opportunity to undergo training, learn new skills and progress my career,” said Gavin.
“Taking on the challenge of trainee area sales manager is the perfect next step.”
Gavin, who when he is not working likes to cycle and raise money for charities like Clatterbridge Hospital Cancer Research Campaign, graduated from University of Chester with a BA (Hons) in business studies and, prior to joining Redrow, gained sales experience with Halfords.
For details of job opportunities with Redrow go to www.redrowcareers.co.uk
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk