John Roach has loyally worked at Lovell for 15 years, starting his career as a management trainee and progressing through the ranks, from site manager to project manager and then contract manager.
He will now oversee all operations for the region helping to deliver the team’s forecast for 2023 and beyond.
John said: “Lovell is a fantastic business, committed to providing the best training and progression for lifelong careers. It has always been a goal of mine to reach this milestone, and I have been tremendously lucky to have the support and guidance of the teams around me. For those currently starting out as trainees, hopefully this shows what is possible.
“I’ve got a big job to do as head of operations, with my immediate priority being to meet the year-end forecast and the agenda set by Lovell for the next few years. There is so much potential in this region and I will be placing a sharp focus on quality and customer satisfaction.”
One example of John’s experience has included Spinners Quarter where 127 homes are being delivered at pace by the North West team as part of a major regeneration in the Pendleton, Salford area of Greater Manchester. An innovative, forward-thinking development, the site was the first in Lovell portfolio to include a battery back-up system for the photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to store unused energy.
John added: “I’ve lost count of the projects I have worked on over the years, but I have enjoyed every step and learnt so much along the way that will no doubt prepare me for this next chapter. There are always challenges to overcome, but there is also a great sense of satisfaction when you arrive at a new site and leave it having provided hundreds of families with new homes and regenerating the area.”
Paul Challinor, Lovell regional managing director for the North West, said: “John has shown great dedication to Lovell after starting nearly 15 years ago on our management training programme and has consistently proven his strengths and experience in collaboration with all departments to progress through the ranks. He was the standout candidate for the role, and I’m delighted to get the opportunity to work closely with someone who is clearly very dedicated and extremely talented.
“There are obvious benefits to the business by investing in developing your team over the longer term as they gain such a well-rounded understanding of the processes, systems and culture. John has a great understanding of this region, the Lovell Way, and what it takes to bring successful sites forward working with our key partners, so he was the clear choice to take on this role.
“We have many exciting projects in the pipeline, working in significant partnerships that I know John will ensure are delivered to the highest possible standard.”