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Terrific trio recruited to help build Wales

03 March 2014

Three specialists with over 70 years expertise in the housing sector have been enlisted to cement the future of the Welsh housing market.

Martin Smith, from Pontypridd, will join the East Wales Persimmon Homes team as Managing Director and Cardiff’s Jason Martin has been recruited as Head of Commercial. Dave Bullock, who has worked for Persimmon for 20 years, completes the trio in his new role as Head of Construction.

The three, who will be based in the company’s Head Office in Llantrisant, will lead the company forward with plans to build 1,000 new homes in South Wales – they will also oversee a national recruitment drive to help deliver these new properties in record time.

Keen cyclist Martin, 45, who lives with his wife and two children, has a wealth of experience in the commercial, construction, sub-contracting and housing sectors, standing him in good stead as he hits the ground running with Persimmon Homes.

Martin says: “I’m delighted to join the ranks at Persimmon Homes and look forward to helping move Wales forward and out of the recession. I want to ensure we build on our past success - I’m extremely keen to invest in the local community. Creating jobs and utilising local constructors and suppliers is very important to us as a business.”

Jason Martin, 43, who lives with his wife and two children in Cardiff, began his career in property in 1990 and progressed with other house builders as commercial manager before joining Persimmon recently as Head of Commercial.

Jason said: “I’m delighted to be joining Persimmon Homes, an incredibly well established brand renowned for being an industry leader. East Wales is looking towards substantial growth over the next few years and I’m looking forward to being a part of this and building on the company’s successes.”

Dave Bullock, 36, from Swansea, who ran the London Marathon last year, started his career with Persimmon Homes as an apprentice carpenter at the age of 16. After two decades service with Persimmon he is now looking forward to his new role as Head of Construction.

“With several new land purchases now confirmed and with more in the pipeline, 2014 will be a very exciting year for East Wales. Growing up in Pontrypridd, I am looking forward to working in an area with close family connections, and having the opportunity to provide more Welsh house buyers the chance to buy brand new quality homes,” Dave said.

The new senior team will be also be expanded with existing Persimmon Homes employee Richard Keogh, who will take up the position of Technical and Special Projects Director.

Richard, 40, who lives with his wife and three children in Penarth, has over 15 years experience in the housebuilding industry.

Richard, who joined Persimmon in 2007, says: “Having grown up in Barry a particular highlight for me has been to lead the regeneration of Barry Waterfront. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to be involved with some major sites that are being developed in the next few years.”

Persimmon has a range of developments across East Wales, with work either underway or set to start at sites in or near Pontypridd, Chepstow, Newport Gwent and Rhondda.

The company’s wide range of new homes for sale consists of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses, and it also offers special offers and incentives including the brand new Help to Buy Wales scheme and Home Change Scheme.

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