Jon Sawyer has been named as Manchester City Council’s new Director of Housing and Residential Growth.
He follows on from Paul Beardmore, who retired from the Council earlier this year, and also succeeds him as chief executive of Manchester Place.
Jon is a chartered surveyor with 20 years of experience in advising on, and delivering, high quality new homes for market sale and rent, affordable housing, student housing and housing for older people. This included advising the Council on its Matrix Homes partnership with Greater Manchester Pension Fund.
He has also held a number of board roles including chair of North East Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, chair of audit at arms length management organisation (ALMO) Nottingham City Homes and as a government-endorsed board member involved in the rescue of failed housing association Cosmopolitan.
He moves from responsible property developer igloo, where he was its head of custom build housing, helping people to design and build their own homes, and takes up post in mid-August.
Jon said: “This role is a huge honour and an exciting opportunity. Manchester is a growing city, a place where more and more people want to live, but that housing demand comes with its own challenges and I’m passionate about ensuring that we have the vibrant places, high quality homes and housing choice which the city will need to meet those challenges in the years ahead.
“One of the things which attracted me to this role was the commitment to innovation and high quality homes which Manchester is already showing. I look forward to working on this important agenda in the years ahead.
Councillor Suzanne Richards, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration for Manchester City Council, said: “Our housing strategy, which is focused on delivering the housing Manchester people need now and in the future across a range of types and tenures, is fundamental to the success of the city and meeting the needs of current and future residents.
“This means creating true housing choice for our residents and creating homes that people can afford in neighbourhoods they want to live in.”