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12 April 2023


HOUSE BUILDER welcomes Graham Hacking and Kim Bates to its commercial team.

Kingswood’s commercial team has welcomed two new members to help them overcome barriers for the developer, including rising material costs and shortages of labour.

Graham Hacking, from Preston, has joined as a managing quantity surveyor, a role that he has several years’ experience in. He says Kingswood’s growth plans matched his own career trajectory.

“What I liked about Kingswood is that they have so much in store in the future and it was something I wanted to be part of. At the moment, we are working in challenging times but Kingswood works with trusted subcontractors who we have good relationships with and this has been key to us being able to continue as normal on our sites.”

Graham has worked for a number of housebuilders including Keepmoat and most recently McDermott Homes. He also spent two years at construction company Ringstones.

Kim Bates, from Euxton is a quantity surveyor. Kim studied Geography at the University of Nottingham before doing a Master’s in Environmental Science. After graduating Kim did some work experience with Kingswood’s commercial director Joel Winders and decided to go back to university to do a Quantity Surveying degree.

Post-degree, Kim spent five years at Wain Homes where she worked her way up from a trainee quantity surveyor to an assistant to a quantity surveyor: “Working with Kingswood again was always on my radar because I had enjoyed my work experience with the company so much. Joel gave me really good advice and that was inevitably what made me decide that I wanted to pursue a career in quantity surveying.

“Kingswood do things differently from any other housebuilder and I truly believe in the homes we build. It’s a company that has a good ethos and they invest in their staff and they were really important factors for me. In terms of how the commercial team work, their relationships with subcontractors and suppliers is really strong which is hugely important.”

Graham and Kim will work alongside commercial director Joel Winders. Joel, who has been with the company for seven years, says the new starters will help the team to continue to implement new and innovative software systems to keep the commercial side of the business moving forward.

“Graham and Kim have joined Kingswood Homes at a great time. We are going through a period of growth as a company. The business built 127 homes in 2022, a 65% increase from 2021 and we are aiming to reach 250 completions a year by 2025. Graham has years of experience and Kim has the drive to progress, both of which will be crucial as Kingswood Homes’ output increases.”

The pair join senior buyer’s Peter Crook and Hayley Cain.

To find out more about Kingswood Homes visit: www.kingswoodhomes.uk.com