Commercial Acumen Lands Ian Dream Role

Dale Potts
The strong commercial acumen of the latest appointment to Faithful+Gould's Leeds office is making him hot property on Yorkshire’s social housing circuit.

Ian Hawkes joins Faithful+Gould's Thorpe Park office as associate director, responsible for further developing its social housing and health teams. With 14 years' experience gained in the commercial sector, he has made the move from York-based property development and construction company, Grantside Ltd.

Already working with high profile clients, such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Yorkshire Housing, Ian brings with him extensive commercial knowledge and his appointment further strengthens Faithful+Gould’s position in a marketplace which is seeing housing associations and developers increasingly moving away from publicly funded projects.

He said:

"The services Faithful+Gould offer in the social housing market place are responding very well to the current market conditions. I am working on introducing services that are comparatively new within this marketplace and we really are just scratching the surface of what we could potentially achieve.

"A key factor in making the move from my previous employer was that going to a bigger company like Faithful+Gould brings with it increased opportunities for career development. Since I started, the friendly atmosphere and level of support for new staff has really made such a difference to me on a personal level."

David Holmes, director of Faithful+Gould’s Yorkshire and East Midlands cluster, said:

"Ian is a great asset to our team. Not only does he possess significant commercial experience but his enthusiasm and ability to approach projects in an innovative way means that he has already made significant inroads into driving the team forward. Contrary to well publicised concerns about an industry slowdown, we are experiencing increased demand for our services. Social housing will continue to be an essential component in the expansion of our portfolio of services, especially locally, where our specialist knowledge has never been more important to us."

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