A North West housing developer has appointed Deborah McLaughlin (pictured) as a non-executive director and strategic advisor.
McLaughlin, a former regional director with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), has joined Mulbury, which operates out of offices in Lymm in Cheshire and Manchester.
She will advise Mulbury’s senior management team as part of its plans to deliver up to 3,000 new homes in the North West over the next five years.
The company, which has a turnover of £90 million, is currently on site with 1,100 homes in areas including Oldham, Salford, Crewe, Manchester and Tameside. It also has sites under its control that will support another 1,000 homes starting on site in the next 12-months.
“We have an ambitious five-year growth plan and central to this is our development work in the affordable housing sector,” said Greg Mulligan, co-founder and director of Mulbury.
“There are few people who can match the experience, know-how and relationships Deborah possesses in the housing world. She becomes our first non-exec director and will provide invaluable insight and guidance as we significantly increase our housebuilding activity.”
McLaughlin joined the HCA, now Homes England, in 2008 having previously worked for Manchester City Council as director of housing. In 2016, she joined Capita subsidiary GL Hearn as head of Manchester office and later became manging director of Capita’s real estate projects business.
She left the business in April 2019 to become an independent consultant. She will continue to advise other organisations as part of her independent consultancy work.
“I’ve had a strong relationship with the team at Mulbury for a number of years through my previous roles,” she said. “The strength of Mulbury is based on its collaborative approach to delivery, developing long-term relationships and respecting communities.
“I look forward to supporting the management team to deliver its five-year growth plan. The North West is bucking the national trend in terms of housebuilding and it’s exciting to be involved in a business playing a major role in delivering much-needed affordable housing in the region.”