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Osborne hires Wates exec to drive housing push

Osborne has poached a Wates executive to help lead its new ‘communities’ housing division as the firm increases its focus on the sector. 

Andy Doylend, Wates’ partnership housing director for the past four years, joined Surrey-based Osborne today in the role of managing director of homes.

Osborne launched its communities division last October as part of a push to grow its revenue from affordable housing new-build and maintenance work.

On its website, Osborne says its communities business aims to “provide a seamless and more comprehensive solution to clients from new-build housing through to refurbishment, asset management, repairs and maintenance”. 

Osborne chief executive Andy Steele told Construction News last December that he wanted the firm’s revenue from housing to match that of construction within five years.

Nick Sterling, who was promoted to the role of Osborne Communities’ managing director when it was launched, said: “As part of our strategy to fully align our affordable and social housing activities in a unified and coherent approach through Osborne Communities, I am looking forward to Andy joining us to lead the homes company as part of a range of different housing solutions for our customers.”

Prior to Wates, Mr Doylend was operations director at housing associations group Circle Anglia.

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