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Lovell appoints major projects director

Housebuilder Lovell has appointed a new major projects director to head up its partnership with the Ministry of Defence.

John Leary, who previously served as the firm’s national operations director, has been promoted to the newly created role of major projects director to lead on Lovell’s £200m, 900-home project on Salisbury Plain.

He previously led Lovell’s project to build 346 homes for the MoD in Stafford.

Commenting on the appointment, Lovell managing director Jonathan Goring said Mr Leary was “uniquely qualified” for the role.

“He draws on extensive proven experience of working successfully in partnership with the DIO and MoD to create high-quality, modern homes and community infrastructure for service personnel and their families at pace, and to exacting build and design standards,” he said.

The firm also announced a new board appointment, with former Shepherd Construction and Lorne Stewart chief executive Richard Vining joining as operations director.

Mr Vining also held a director role at Lendlease, where he led the company’s housing and accommodation division, as well as working closely with the MoD.

“I am extremely pleased to have secured someone of Richard’s high calibre to join our board as we continue to capitalise on the significant opportunities for the business now presenting themselves across the UK,” Mr Goring said.

“His range of skills and wealth of construction and housing achievements – including extensive experience in developing offsite construction solutions and in the formation of market-leading partnerships with major public sector clients – make him a fantastic addition to our senior team.”

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