Springfield appoints new board directors

Tom Leggeat
Tom Leggeat

Springfield Properties has announced the appointment of two new executive members to its board of directors.

Both new posts are to be filled by promotions from within the company. Tom Leggeat has been appointed director with responsibility for affordable housing and Ewan MacLeod becomes commercial director.

The appointments signal ambitions for growth at company which was named Scottish Housebuilder of the Year. The ambitious strategy has already seen Springfield expand steadily across the country to build homes across Scotland.

Springfield chairman, Sandy Adam, says the appointments bring operational insights and sector knowledge that will support board strategies and help the company achieve its goals. He said: “Tom and Ewan play an instrumental part in delivering our strategies for growth. They make an important contribution in terms of leadership and the financial success of the company. Their experience and knowledge of Springfield, and of the industry, is of immense value to the board as we develop strategies to take Springfield through its next growth stage.”

Tom Leggeat, previously partnership director, has developed his career at Springfield.

On the appointment, he said: “I’m honoured to be asked to join the board of Springfield Properties. Over the last 12 years my role has grown as the company has expanded. Affordable housing now contributes around one quarter of Springfield business. With a voice on the board, affordable housing has the potential to add more to the bottom line and to contribute to operational strategies.”

Tom graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2001 with a degree in Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying. He worked for three years on commercial and industrial projects before joining Springfield in 2004 as Project Surveyor. In this time, he and his team of six have been responsible for delivering over 1200 affordable homes.

Ewan MacLeod
Ewan MacLeod

Ewan MacLeod, is looking forward to the challenges that his new role will bring. He said: “It is a great honour to be asked to join the board. The commercial department provides the board with high quality financial, operational and sector information. Now, with greater insight into board requirements, we can better target and refine the information the board needs to steer Springfield through the next growth phase.”

Having worked in housing and property development in the public and private sectors for over 20 years, Ewan has experience with local authorities, registered social landlords and main contractors. Starting as project surveyor he has progressed to Commercial Manager joining Springfield two years ago and heads team of 16 surveyors.

With bases in Elgin and Larbert housebuilder Springfield Properties annual results to May 2014 show profit rose to £4.1 million from £3.5m in 2013, and that turnover also increased to £74m from £47m. This came in a year where Springfield handed over a record 456 homes.

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