Appointments: Women in Property; Morrisons; Projex Building Solutions

SUPERMARKET group Morrisons has appointed two regional operations directors.

Former Aldi buying director Vicki Reay and ex Tesco convenience director John McAlpine will both report to Morrisons group retail director Gary Mills alongside operations directors Miles Foster and Darren Hunter.

Ms Reay, the first woman to become a regional director at the retailer, will manage the south east, while Mr McAlpine has responsibility for the north.


Michaela Graham THE Yorkshire & North East branch of Women in Property (WiP) has announced its new branch chairman.

Michaela Graham of George Downing Construction has taken up the role for one year.

Ms Graham, who has been a member of WiP for 14 years, is a design manager at George Downing Construction which specialises in developing student accommodation.

Her role includes managing the design team for two student accommodation schemes in Leeds and Newcastle, totalling 1017 bedrooms over the two sites.

She said: “Women in Property has been supporting women working in the property and construction sector for nearly 30 years, promoting networking, mentoring and professional development. Over this time the diversity agenda has really come to the fore, with employers beginning to understand the benefits that come from bringing together a mixed team.

“WiP is a great advocate of this and works hard to help senior management address diversity issues and less experienced members realise their potential.”


Projex Building SolutionsCONTINUED expansion and contract wins has seen Projex Building Solutions make five appointments as it moves into new, larger premises at Brewery Wharf in Leeds.

An appointment by Land Securities to advise on its 65,000 sq ft leisure extension to the White Rose Shopping Centre is part of £300m worth of live developments across the UK that the project management and cost consultancy will deliver for a range of clients in the next two years.

The extension to the White Rose Centre will include an 11-screen Cineworld Cinema with Imax technology as well as six new restaurants. Projex also works with Land Securities on a range of asset management contracts involving its other retail schemes across the UK, including Trinity.

As a result, a number of staff have been welcomed on board at the Projex Leeds office.

Mark Gayton joins as associate director following nine years with Malcolm Hollis and brings a range of project management and acquisition survey experience.

Building surveyor Adam Reay also joins from Malcolm Hollis where he worked on a variety of regional projects including the £4m refurbishment of St Paul’s House in Leeds.

As part of the company’s ongoing graduate recruitment programme, Alex Pearce joins from Northumbria University.

Senior quantity surveyor Joanna Hawkins-Spencer joins from Mace and brings multi sector experience have worked on schemes including Yorkshire Ambulance’s upgrade programme as well as various education projects for Manchester University.

Linden Jenkins joins the administration team from Watts and Co where she was office manager.