United Living appoints business development director for the North
United Living has appointed former Kier and Keepmoat director Helen Francis to head up growth throughout the North, building on the company’s strong financial growth reported earlier this year.
Helen has previously led and successfully developed a number of teams for construction heavyweights including Kier Group and Keepmoat, with responsibility for departments including bids, business development, strategic development, PR, marketing and communications, and CSR.
United Living, which is headquartered in Swanley, Kent, has pledged a commitment to achieve profitability of 5% per annum while increasing turnover by 15% (from £240m) to £275m for 2018-19. The business is currently strengthening its presence in the North and Midlands, having recently appointed former Wates Residential MD Joanne Jamieson to the position of Managing Director covering North & Midlands. The firm has also launched a brand new business division based in the North – United City Living – which is focussed exclusively on the private rented sector (PRS).
Speaking of her appointment, Helen Francis said: “This is an exciting time to come on board for United Living. It’s a construction business with a real social conscience, a good solid basis of existing contracts and has huge potential to grow and develop its offer across the North and Midlands. The forward order book is particularly strong with more than £800m worth of contracts, of which a significant portion will be in these regions.”
Jo Jamieson, managing director for United Living, said: “It’s fantastic to have Helen join our team at United Living. Helen has the expertise to further support the growth of our business in the North and Midlands. She brings with her a wealth of experience and will have an important role to play in growing our overall offer in new build and refurbishment for both housing association and local authority clients.”
United Living is currently delivering a number of high value contracts in the North and Midlands including:
• A £48m residential development for Home Group in Harrogate
• The UK’s largest purpose-built bungalow site for Pickering and Ferens in Hull
• £94m 15 year framework with Wolverhampton Homes
• Recently secured Leeds City Council’s first full modular scheme worth £4m