Hyde Group completes line-up of senior New Business Development team
Published by Lee-Anne Smith for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities
The Hyde Group has completed the line-up of its senior development team with the appointment of Mike Johnson as Development Director for London. Johnson, who will move to Hyde in September, brings a wealth of experience from both the private and housing association sector.
David Gannicott, Group Business Development Director said: “I am delighted to welcome Mike to the Hyde team. These are exciting times for Hyde as we launch our new Corporate Plan, which puts development at the heart of our future plans.
“London and the South East face the biggest housing challenge for 50 years and Hyde is well shaped to play a significant role in helping to meet this demand. This appointment strengthens our team of skilled people brimming with ideas and puts us in excellent shape to deliver on our commitment to build up to 1,600 homes each year for the next five years. We look forward to working more progressively with local authorities, developers and other partners in both the public and private sectors and Mike will play a key role in helping us to achieve these aims”.
Mike Johnson said: “This is an exciting opportunity for me to help make a real impact in providing homes of all tenures for those wanting a home of their own.
“Hyde’s social purpose is to provide homes for people unable to access the market unassisted and they have a clear aim to do this in a way that provides a range of homes from low cost rent to low cost home ownership. I am delighted to be able to play a part in these ambitious aims.”
Hyde’s social purpose distinguishes it from traditional developers. However, with Government capital funding diminishing, the sector needs to find ways to become more inventive. Hyde has committed to use surpluses generated from its commercial activity to provide more affordable homes.
Gannicott concludes: “Housing Associations need to be more rigorous and professional in pursuing the right commercial activity so we can deliver our social purpose. My aim has been to establish a team that is efficient and commercially focused to deliver more affordable housing which is so desperately needed. I am delighted that this appointment now puts Hyde in a forward position to deliver on these ambitions.”