Property People: Office move and team expansion for investor and developer; New CFO for construction firm; and more

Midlands property investor and developer BPG has grown its team and moved office to offices in central Solihull.

Employing five new recruits, the new office at 31 Homer Road reflects the beginning of a new chapter for the property professionals.

Newly appointed finance director Robert Bayliss joins BPG from Roxhill Developments. With more than 15 years’ broad experience, his specialist skills lie in joint ventures, development agreements and funding structures.

Bayliss is being assisted by finance administrator Hannah Costin, who has four years’ experience and is qualified to AAT standard.

New office manager Jennie Sinclaire-Busby is PA to the chairman and directors and has previously worked in corporate sectors including engineering, security and the civil service.

Two site managers for new development projects in Sheldon and Edgbaston have also been appointed.

BPG director John Southall said: “The whole team, including our newest members, are settling in well to our spacious and centrally located office, which completes the business’ new look and feel.

“We are now even better placed to grow by acquiring and managing new development projects across the Midlands.”

BPG’s new offices are based at 31 Homer Road.


The Wates Group has recruited Philip Wainwright as chief financial officer.

Wainwright joins Wates next month after three years at Willmott Dixon, where he was group finance director.

He replaces Rod Holdsworth who joined Wates as interim CFO in November 2017 and will handing over at the end of the month.

Wainwright began his career as a graduate engineer with Balfour Beatty and has held financial and general management leadership roles with Byrne Group, Laing O’Rourke, Biwater, National Grid and ED&F Man.

CEO David Allen said: “I am delighted to be welcoming someone of Philip’s calibre and experience to the team. He has enjoyed great success with a number of leading businesses and will, I’m sure, make a real difference to our push to make Wates an even more sustainable, modern and trusted organisation.

“I would like to thank Rod Holdsworth for the substantial contribution he’s made over the last twelve months through his professional and diligent leadership of our finance and IT activities. He leaves with the thanks of the board and with our best wishes for the future.”



Carter Jonas has boosted its capabilities in minerals and waste management with the appointment of a new team from environmental and advisory solutions company, SLR Consulting.

David Sandbrook and Huw Richards join as partner with Michael Hayes and Alexa Phelps as associate partner and surveyor respectively.

The four join the firm’s Birmingham office and a newly established satellite office in Cardiff.

Mark Hall-Digweed, head of infrastructure, said: “It has been a long-term priority to expand our capabilities in minerals and waste management as it is a point of differentiation for Carter Jonas and we are overwhelmed with demand. Extracting minerals and managing waste requires a sensitive and comprehensive approach and increasingly our clients, as well as colleagues from across our business, need advice from specialists in the field. David, Huw, Michael and Alexa bring more than 70 years of experience to the team. Their knowledge and variety of skills enhances that of our growing Infrastructure team and enables us to provide a unique, full-service offer.”


Patrick Ditcham (right) with Tim Simmons, director at Lambert Smith Hampton

Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced the appointment of a director for its machinery and business asset division.

Patrick Ditcham has returned from Dubai, where he was a partner at Cavendish Maxwell, to lead the machinery and business asset division at LSH’s Birmingham office in a team servicing the West Midlands and beyond.

Ditcham has a successful track record in overseeing teams in several locations, including UAE and the wider Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region.

He was previously divisional director in the consultancy’s Leeds office where he led teams across the north of England and completed projects in the GCC region.

He said: “I’m very pleased to return to LSH and take up this key role in the Birmingham office at what is an exciting time for the business as it is strengthening its portfolios and teams to meet growing demand across the commercial property sector.”

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