The move comes after nearly eight years with Taylor Wimpey, almost seven of them in charge of build as production director.
And, having worked his way from apprentice carpenter to director during his career, he is the perfect candidate to take charge of Redrow’s North West construction team.
At Redrow he’ll head up a team of four area construction managers, four project managers, 15 site managers, 20 assistant site managers, trade apprentices and various support staff, between them responsible for output at around a dozen developments across Cheshire, parts of Merseyside and North East Wales.
Originally from Middlesbrough but now living in Wilmslow, Cheshire – not far from Redrow’s flagship Woodford Garden Village development – Andrew, 52, started his career as an apprentice before becoming a time-served carpenter and then very quickly moving into site management.
His ambitious streak saw him progress through various managerial roles, studying for an MBA at Manchester Business School along the way, and his first directorship was with Bryant Homes in 1996.
The decision to join Redrow came as he sought a new challenge and was attracted to Redrow’s product, quality and values.
“Redrow has a premium product and a great business culture,” says Andrew. “In the way that its marketing and sales teams are already seen as class-leading, I want to bring the same reputation to our construction operation and will be targeting initiatives like the NHBC ‘Pride in the Job’ to ensure our site managers perform well.”
As a former apprentice himself, Andrew will also throw his weight behind Redrow’s extensive learning and development programme – 15% of the company’s workforce are either following an apprenticeship, graduate scheme or other official training programme, and 50% of new directors are internal promotions.
“I had the personal ambition to work my way up the ladder, further my education and learn new skills, but Redrow’s training and development approach is one of the most comprehensive in the industry and instils confidence and loyalty in its employees, as well as giving them the skills, knowledge and experience they need,” Andrew adds.
Married with two teenage daughters, outside work Andrew enjoys outdoor activities including mountain biking and skiing.
Redrow Homes (NW) managing director Jason Newton comments: “Andrew’s knowledge, experience, commitment and ambition will be a real asset to the business as we aim to deliver circa 700 units per annum at sites across the North West, building everything from affordable properties to 3,000 sq ft, £1 million executive homes.”
See www.redrowcareers.co.uk for information about career opportunities with Redrow. For details of where it’s building in the region go to www.redrow.co.uk/northwest.
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