Key Yorkshire promotion for Avant Homes as housebuilder targets growth

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Key Yorkshire promotion for Avant Homes as housebuilder targets growth
Chris Coley

Avant Homes has promoted the Operations Director of its Yorkshire business to the newly created head office role of Group Developments Director.

Chris Coley now has responsibility for leading the implementation of actions and initiatives that will further enhance the control environment throughout the group.

He has been with Avant Homes’ Yorkshire operating company for 13 years, originally joining as a graduate surveyor before progressing to Commercial Director in 2012, then Operations Director earlier this year.

For the year ended 27 April 2018, group revenues were up 21% to a record £447 million. This was driven by a rapid growth in completions to 1,903, up 16% from the previous year, and a continued increase in private average selling price from £242,000 to £257,000.

The appointment follows Avant Homes’ Chief Exec Colin Lewis stating in March that the company’s next strategic growth objective is to double output to 4,000 homes a year and become a £1 billion turnover business by 2023.

To enable Avant Homes to reach its next milestone at pace, the company opened a fifth operating region in May, which is based in Chesterfield, and is already planning a sixth.

“As we enter our next phase of growth, it is essential that we continue to evolve and enhance our business to maintain our positive momentum and upward trajectory,” said Mr Lewis.

He added: “Chris has been with the business since he was a trainee and his journey shows how talent, dedication and a great attitude provide a clear pathway to the top of our company.

“He has consistently proven himself to be a leader with an excellent commercial and operational mind. I have every confidence he will play a significant role in ensuring Avant Homes’ continued growth and success.”