Actor David stars in new Persimmon role
11 November 2013
A talented amateur actor is really relishing his new role with leading house builder Persimmon – as head of its strategic land operation.
David Banfield, who has joined Persimmon Homes Essex as strategic land director, says he is hugely excited by the challenge of expanding the company’s land base as it looks to build on successful sales figures.
He is one of two key appointments at the company, with fellow new recruit Damian Seddon joining as commercial director.
The pair join the company as a revival in the housing market and the success of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme which has helped more than 15,000 buyers* to buy a new home.
David, 49, from Kent, will lead a three-man team at the company’s head office in Witham handling all aspects of land strategy.
“This is certainly a good time to be joining such a successful company. Our land portfolio is really promising and we have a very healthy programme of planning applications to put forward.
“I will be looking to increase our strategic land portfolio as the demand for new homes in the area increases to ensure our continuing success,” said David, who joined from Barratt Homes. His department is also expanding from two to three, with the company advertising for a new graduate to join the team.
David, who is engaged to be married, is a well-known figure in the local amateur dramatic world, both as chairman of Theatre Guild of Gravesend of amdram company Masquerade.
He is currently preparing for the guild’s November production of Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedy about two murderous elderly ladies by the American playwright Joseph Kesselring. It is best known for the 1944 film version starring Cary Grant and Peter Lorre.
Damian, 43, who lives in Chiswick, said he looked forward to building on the company’s success and leading a team of nine quantity surveyors, material buyers and estimators at Witham.
“It’s a really exciting time to be joining the company and this region in particular. The region is expanding and the business as a whole is looking really good.”
Damian, who qualified as a bricklayer before training as a quantity surveyor, also joins Persimmon from Barratt, and has also worked for Bovis and Redrow during his career.
Persimmon has a range of developments across Essex, with work either underway or set to start at sites in or near Aveley, Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Grays, Rainham, Romford, Saffron Walden, South Ockendon, Barking and Basildon.
The company’s wide range of new homes for sale consists of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses across the region, and it also offers special offers and incentives including Help to Buy, Newbuy and Part Exchange.
*Department for Communities and Local Government and HM Treasury - Over 15,000 reservations for new build homes in the first 6 months.