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Former ISG construction MD joins Willmott Dixon

Exclusive: Former ISG construction managing director Craig Tatton has joined Willmott Dixon as a managing director for housing.

Mr Tatton left ISG in May “to pursue other career opportunities” and was replaced at the firm by former Balfour Beatty rail director and general manager Alan McCarthy-Wyper.

As Willmott Dixon housing managing director, Mr Tatton will cover regions including parts of London and the Home Counties, alongside Dave Issott.

He replaces Tim Carpenter in the role, who left the firm several months ago.

Charlie Scherer, chief operating officer at Willmott Dixon’s housing business, said: “We have an ambitious housing growth plan and as the market continues to grow, Craig can help us fulfil our ambition to be one of the UK’s biggest housebuilders.”

Mr Scherer said Willmott Dixon “already has a strong housing business” and Mr Tatton would be joining a “strong team across the business to help meet our ambitious targets”.

The appointment follows former Morgan Sindall group chief executive Paul Smith’s appointment as chief operating officer of Willmott Dixon’s support services division in June.

Mr Tatton will work out of the firm’s Shefford office in Bedfordshire and will oversee a division engaged in schemes including the Dee Park estate regeneration in Reading and its Passivhaus scheme with Camden Council in the Dartmouth Park conservation area of Highgate.

The contractor announced £25m of north London housing wins in March. They included two Camden hostel refurbishment jobs worth a total of £8 million, as well as a £16.3m contract to build 161 homes for Catalyst.

In July, Willmott Dixon launched a new private residential firm which it is looking to expand in regions including London under its new operations director Stuart Belfield and sales and marketing manager Richard Sterling, both of whom were recruited from Mansell.

The recruitment of the former Mansell staff was part of its push towards building 2,000 homes a year, including in the northern regions through its places on the £4bn Homes and Communities Agency Delivery Partner Panel 2 and the £1.25bn Scape framework.

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