On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Sean Durnan

Avant Homes has appointed a group health and safety manager to support the housebuilder’s ongoing implementation of its multi-tenure strategy.

Sean Durnan joins from Persimmon Homes where he was a senior group health and safety advisor working across the north of England.

In his new role, Durnan is responsible for implementing the group’s health and safety policies, as well as reviewing processes and procedures to ensure they are delivered effectively across Avant Homes’ eight regions.

Durnan said: “The delivery of Avant Homes’ multi-tenure strategy is underpinned by the health and safety requirements of our people, contractors, suppliers and the communities where we build. I am working closely with the expert teams within each of our operating companies to ensure we adhere to our stringent health and safety standards while delivering quality new homes for everyone.”

Avant Homes’ regional chairman, Mark Cook, said: “Sean is a senior health and safety professional with a demonstrable track record of leading teams and delivering results. His knowledge and experience will shape our future processes and plans to ensure we remain at the forefront of health and safety within the housebuilding industry.

 “By its nature, our multi-tenure approach involves proactively managing a range of relationships to enable its delivery, and Sean will ensure health and safety remains paramount throughout. Avant Homes Group is also committed to its environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities in line with its vision to construct and sell “quality homes, for everyone.”

Derbyshire-based firm Belmayne is expanding its support team with the appointment of a new personal assistant.

Louise Dawson and Ben Smalley

The financial planning firm is welcoming Louise Dawson to its administration department to help partner, Ben Smalley, manage his clients and caseload.

Dawson joins Belmayne after a decade at Aviva, dealing with pensions, investments and protection. During that time, she began studying for a diploma in financial planning, something she aims to take further in her new position.

As Smalley’s assistant, she will be liaising directly with clients and referrers, managing his diary and processing paperwork.

Dawson said: “Belmayne is very family-orientated and as a mother of young children, joining this close-knit team was a really attractive prospect. I am enjoying the contact I have with clients and helping Ben deliver the high-quality service for which the firm is renowned.”

Smalley added: “It is a pleasure to welcome Louise to our team. We will be working closely together to streamline the service we provide and improve efficiency. Her financial services experience and professional qualifications give her an excellent understanding of the Belmayne proposition and her friendly manner is already a hit with colleagues and clients alike.”

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