A spotlight on development at Progress Housing Group

The Development Team is responsible for the delivery of new homes for the whole of Progress Housing Group from shared ownership in Kendal to supported living as far south as Devon, and all the in-betweens.

Our development plans for the Group are ambitious; we aim to develop 1000 new homes over the next five years.

Despite a few delays to the start of 2020 due to Covid-19, our Development Team is extremely pleased to be back on our sites with our partners and contractors, working in line with government guidance to advance our ambitious development plans.

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Meet the team

2020 brings some new faces to our Development Team, and some changes in roles.

Dan Griffiths – Operational Director

“I lead on all aspects of property development across the organisation for both general need and supported living.”

Nick Stevenson – Head of Development (General Needs)

“My role is to oversee and manage the general needs and sales portion of our development programme ensuring that the target set in the development strategy is delivered in line with regulatory requirements.”

Nicola Byrne – Head of Development (Supported Living)

“I am responsible for managing the supported living development team and ensuring the growth and delivery of the supported living development programme.”

Christine Grimshaw – Property Sales Consultant

“I have responsibility for all aspects of the Group's sales programme, from marketing through to completion, including day to day liaison with buyers and solicitors.”

Claire Christopher – Development Manager (Supported Living)

“I am responsible for the project management of the acquisition and development of new supported living schemes.”

Annette Dooley – Development Manager (General Needs)

“My role is to provide a project management service to facilitate the delivery of new homes in accordance with the Development Strategy. This involves managing development projects from inception to completion including preparation of project briefs, tender documentation, appointment and management of consultants, contractors and on-site staff during the various construction phases.”

Kerry Schumacker – Development Manager (General Needs)

“I am responsible for identifying any new development opportunities that meet the Groups’ development strategy and financial parameters. I liaise with consultants, stakeholders and customers from inception to completion and ensure that all requirements are met and to provide the best possible service.”

Rebecca Thackray – Development Manager (General Needs)

"I appraise new business opportunities and manage new build schemes on site in order to meet development targets."

Neeta Karia – Development Administrator

“I am responsible for providing administrative support to the wider development team and customer liaison."

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What does the remainder of 2020 have in store for development?

Our focus remains on providing social rented homes to help people who are least able to find a home on the open market. Our new homes will be for affordable rent and shared ownership, as well as supported living accommodation and independent living for older people.

Watch out for our regular 'development of the month', our numerous handovers and our affordable rent and shared ownership completions.

We will continue to share progression at our various sites on the Progress Housing Group website and our social channels.

Our focus will also be on our customer satisfaction and our tenant and new home-owner experience, to ensure that we continue to have a positive impact on people and communities by providing high quality homes, supporting independence and creating opportunities.


This is an exciting time for development at Progress Housing Group and we look forward to sharing our journey with you.

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