People: Avant Homes; UHY Hacker Young

Tim Hawkes

Nottingham-based housebuilder Avant Homes Midlands has promoted its commercial director, Tim Hawkes, to the newly-created role of regional development director.

Hawkes has almost 20 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry and joined Avant Homes Midlands in February 2020 as commercial director. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the regional development team while also overseeing the architectural, engineering, and commercial functions for the business.

Hawkes said: “As regional development director for the Midlands, I hope to apply my diverse industry experience to help continue to drive Avant Homes’ reputation as a housebuilder with a difference.

“I’ve had a passion for housebuilding since my first day in the industry as a commercial trainee almost 20 years ago, and I look forward to bringing that same passion to provide the business and the regional development team the best opportunity for success.”

Abigail Riley

Two university graduates have joined UHY Hacker Young’s Nottingham office as they take their first steps towards a career in accountancy.

Abigail Riley and Luke Broughal have both entered the sector as student chartered accountants and will be working across UHY’s accounts and audit departments.

James Simmonds, partner at UHY Nottingham, said: “We’re incredibly happy to be welcoming both Abigail and Luke to the team. We’re delighted they have chosen UHY to start their careers and are certain they will help us to continue to deliver a high-quality service to our clients across the Midlands.

“Although introducing new people to the team remotely is a challenge, we are doing everything we can to ensure they have the support and resources needed to facilitate their growth and progression within the sector.”