29 March 2019
3 new members of management staff have joined us.
Persimmon Homes West Wales, which builds more than 600 homes a year across south-west wales, has strengthened its team with the new recruits, which have more than 40 years of housebuilding experience between them. Ryan Greaney has been appointed as Planning Manager, Ian Parker is the business’ new Contracts Manager and Andrew Lohmus has taken on the role of Commercial Director. Ryan, 37 and from Llanelli, is responsible for guiding Persimmon’s development sites through the often-complex planning process.
Ryan has previously worked in both the public and private sector, having worked as a senior and principal planning officer at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority for 10 years. “Having always enjoyed the residential side of planning, a move to a successful housebuilder was a very attractive option,” said Ryan, who said he is already enjoying the “faster pace” of the housebuilding industry.
Ian, meanwhile, is the company’s new Contracts Manager. The 47-year-old from Cardiff is responsible for the management of site teams to deliver budget targets, while ensuring health and safety compliance, driving quality standards and assisting with cost control and customer care. He has a quarter-of-a-century’s worth of experience, including 14 years at a rival builder. Keen cyclist Ian said: “I am enjoying the speed of build and I’m fortunate to be working with a passionate team who really care about the product.”
Andrew is 47 and lives in Newport and has been hired as the head of the commercial team. Andrew, who is originally from Porthcawl, said he was pleased to make the switch from Keepmoat Group. He said: “I wanted to concentrate on new build housing and I wanted to do something in South Wales, so I was delighted to get this role and to join a progressive builder. It has been fantastic so far. There is a great atmosphere around the business and a great team spirit. Persimmon delivers an excellent product and I am excited about helping the business to grow further.”
Andrew’s role includes looking at the financial aspect of each scheme and assessing viability, as well as dealing with the supply chain. He is head of a team of 10 and has already set about bringing in new structures to streamline his department. Andrew, who studied at the University of Glamorgan, said: “Land is the key thing in South Wales. There has to be a realisation amongst Local Authorities that areas of greenfield will have to be built on as brownfield sites have now been pretty much exhausted. It’s absolutely crucial that we work together to deliver the housing that this country so desperately needs.”
Andy Edwards, director in charge at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “It is fantastic to welcome these three new people to the business. “We are a thriving housebuilder having built almost 700 houses in 2018, and with budget plans to do even better in 2019. It’s vital we have the right people working within the business, and Ryan, Ian and Andrew all have excellent experience within the industry.”
Meanwhile, Persimmon Homes West Wales has also recently appointed Kate Davies as Planner, Will James as Land Buyer and Edward Bradbury as Land and Planning Graduate. Persimmon Homes West Wales currently has active developments across south-west Wales, including in Narberth, Pembroke, Bridgend, Cross Hands, Llanelli and Swansea.