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Promotion for South West developer boss

19 January 2024

A Managing Director of a Persimmon Homes business has been promoted to a new regional role.

Julian Roper, MD for the five-star developer’s Wessex business, has been appointed Regional Managing Director in the company’s South West division.

He will retain control of the Wessex region whilst also assuming additional responsibilities, including the top-level oversight of operations in the Cornwall and West Devon region.

Julian’s promotion comes after a track record of success in the Wessex business, which has live sites in Swindon, Witney, Grove, Warminster, and Malmesbury, with more to come in areas like the major Valley Park development in Didcot, which recently secured planning permission.

His career began as an apprentice carpenter with Beazer Homes and progressed to Contracts Manager, before joining Persimmon prior to the Beazer acquisition. Julian has a long history with Persimmon having served as the Head of Construction and then Construction Director for the Wessex region prior to becoming Managing Director.

Commenting on his new role, Julian said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of Regional Managing Director in the South West division, while continuing to lead the Wessex business, and I am eager to apply this experience to drive further growth and operational excellence for the division.

“I extend my gratitude to the entire Persimmon team for their unwavering support, and I am confident that together, we will continue to achieve new heights.

“I look forward to contributing to the continued successes of Persimmon across the South West division.”

Liam Scott, Chair of Persimmon’s South West region, added:

“I’d like to congratulate Julian on his new and expanded role.

“He has and will still be an excellent leader of the Wessex business, which under his stewardship has gone from strength to strength in all areas.

“His expertise would be highly valued by any company in any place, and we are very fortunate that he will be able to bring them to our divisional operations.

“I am confident that the Wessex region will continue to thrive under Julian’s leadership, and his influence on the Cornwall and West Devon operations will be positive as we look to grow the size of the business and continue its improvements in key operational areas.”

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