People: SevenHomes; Living Space Housing; MBCC

Richard Hodson

SevenHomes the regional housebuilder by SeverCapitalGroup has appointed Richard Hodson as planning director.

Hodson previously joined the business’ planning team in 2022 and has since played a role in developing and delivering SevenHomes’ full planning strategy, from the acquisition of new sites amassing to a pipeline of nearly 3,000 homes.

In his new role as planning director, Hodson will lead the planning function across all SevenHomes’ operating regions, whilst bolstering the wider team’s work in identifying and securing new opportunities.

He said: “I am delighted with the promotion to Planning Director at SevenHomes. The business prides itself on the ability to identify land with good prospects for the provision of new homes and amenities and add significant value through the planning and subsequent build process. I look forward to further developing our planning capabilities as we push ahead with both current and future projects.”

Abdul Ali, executive director of SevenHomes, said: “Richard’s track record within our planning department at SevenHomes has been exceptional in the two years he’s been with us thus far. In this new role leading the function, I am confident his leadership skills and expertise will be instrumental in achieving the company’s ambitious growth plans over the coming years.”


Affordable housing specialist Living Space Housing has appointed Joe Gilday as senior land manager to target further site acquisitions in the West Midlands region. 

The Solihull-based business currently has seven live sites across Bedfordshire, Herefordshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire with a gross development value of more than £90m.

Gilday was previously at Seven Homes, where he was a land manager and before that, a development acquisition manager at Quinta Group.  With over six years of industry experience, he specialises in assessing a site’s feasibility for development, compiling bids, negotiating deals and guiding purchases through the legal process.

Joe Gilday

 He will work alongside colleagues in the land and planning team at Living Space to manage projects, including the planning and design stage, to achieve deliverable planning permissions for clients.

 Paul Breen, managing director for Living Space said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Joe to the team, with his extensive experience and passion for the role he will play a key part in delivering our growth strategy, specifically in the West Midlands, where there is an acute need for an affordable housing provision.”

 Joe Gilday, senior land manager for Living Space said: “Living Space has quickly developed a strong reputation for delivering high quality, sustainable affordable homes and I’m excited to join the business at this stage of its growth cycle, helping to identify viable sites where we can help build new communities within the region.”


The MBCC (Multicultural Business & Community Champions) Magazine has announced the appointment of Marcia M. Spence as its new editor-in-chief and creative director.

Marcia M. Spence

Marcia M. Spence is celebrated for her expertise in ethnic minority publishing. As the founder and director of Marcia M Publishing House, she has championed diversity and inclusion in literature, establishing an academy for aspiring writers and authors.
Zoe Bennett, BEM, CEO and Founder of MBCC, said: “We are excited about moving forward in unity in 2024 with Marcia M. Spence as part of our team. “Her proven track record and dedication to empowering diverse voices make her the perfect fit to lead MBCC Magazine into a bright and inclusive future.”


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