Newly promoted to Managing Director of Redrow Homes (Midlands), in Tamworth, Graham Micklewright has worked for the housebuilder since 1999, having joined originally as Financial Controller for the Midlands business.
Based at Redrow’s divisional headquarters in Tamworth, Micklewright is responsible for overseeing operations across the West Midlands, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The Midlands division is responsible for approximately 600 new homes per annum and directly employs around 150 people. It also supports hundreds of jobs among local sub-contractors and in the supply chain.
Graham Micklewright commented: “The Redrow Midlands business has grown significantly since I joined the company and Redrow is now an established brand that people in the area recognise and trust.
“The challenge now is to continue to grow and to build homes that we’re proud of but, more importantly, that people in those neighbourhoods are proud of and want to live in.
“The skills shortage is a major issue throughout the industry and we need to make sure that we have the right resources in place so that we can deliver the volume of homes needed to address the housing shortage, while ensuring we meet quality standards and the level of customer satisfaction we aspire to.
Trainees account for 17% of Redrow’s workforce across England and Wales, including 30 apprentices and trainees working for the Midlands division.
Graham Micklewright added: “I left school at 16 and undertook a commercial apprenticeship programme, took a college course in business studies and then qualified as an accountant. Apprenticeships have changed a lot since then but they still provide a great opportunity to gain experience while you’re learning.”
Redrow Regional Chief Executive Warren Thompson commented: “Graham has proved to be a real asset to Redrow’s Midlands business. His promotion to Managing Director is not only well-deserved, but will provide inspiration to our current trainees who can look forward to building a successful career with Redrow.”