South West housebuilder Backhouse bolsters team with Non-Executive Director appointment

Design-led, independent housebuilder Backhouse has appointed former Barratt David Wilson Regional Operations Director, Richard Gregory as a Non-Executive Director.

Richard was Regional Operations Director for the West Region of Barratt David Wilson Homes overseeing Technical, Commercial, and Construction functions across four divisions, delivering approximately 2,300 units per year. He retired from Barratt in 2017 after 16 years with the business.

Prior to his Regional Role, Richard was Managing Director of Barratt Bristol where he grew the division significantly, taking production to over 650 units per year and winning an array of accreditations including five NHBC Regional Awards and gaining the region a 5* rating with the HBF every year since the awards inception. Richard also drove internal standards and placed great importance on team wellbeing and support, culminating in the region being ranked as one of Barratt’s top three divisions for Staff Engagement.

In his Non-Executive capacity, his main focus will involve advising on Backhouse’s operational strategy and guiding its implementation whilst supporting the build out of the wider operations team.

The appointment of Richard to the Backhouse Board supports the business’s overall growth strategy and strengthens the senior team providing a depth of sector and regional knowledge. It also further demonstrates Backhouse’s commitment to bringing the very best talent into the business and to driving high standards across its operations.

Launched in 2016 and headquartered near Bath, Backhouse is focused on providing exceptionally designed new housing. Currently operating in the South West of England it has six sites under development representing over 350 consented plots.

Theo Backhouse, founder of Backhouse said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard to the Board. He is a proven leader in our industry and brings with him a wealth of expertise and strategic insight. His appointment demonstrates Backhouse’s continued focus on being a leading independent housebuilder and delivering the best in new homes to the UK market.

“Our mission is to challenge the industry and offer greater choice for new buyers by bringing architecture back into housebuilding and delivering outstanding new homes. The appointment of Richard to our board demonstrates our ongoing commitment to operational excellence across the business and will bolster our ability to deliver that vision at scale.”

Richard Gregory commented: “It is very exciting to be involved with a high growth, high potential business like Backhouse, which has a genuine commitment to increasing the quality of design and construction in UK housing. The business has a strong vision and huge potential and I look forward to working with them to establish a market leading SME housebuilder.”

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