Booth takes MD role at Himor

Developer Himor has appointed Mark Booth, its finance director for the last two years, as its new managing director, replacing Darren Jones who left in late 2017.

Booth takes up the role with immediate effect. A fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, he has worked alongside Himor’s founder and executive chairman Will Ainscough since he launched the business 12 years ago, initially serving as company secretary.

Since leaving the business last year, Jones has taken on a role as development director with Nikal.

Booth’s appointment comes as Himor prepares to break ground on the first phase of its Future Carrington regeneration scheme, a 1,660-acre project encompassing housing, employment space and transport links.

He said: “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity at an exciting time for Himor. Our investment property portfolio and strategic land holdings are performing profitably, while our flagship Future Carrington project will break ground in the autumn, kickstarting one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in the region.”

The business is owned by Bill and Will Ainscough. Will Ainscough will continue in the role of executive chairman of Wain Group Holdings, the holding company for Himor and Wainhomes.

He said: “Mark and I have worked closely together since Himor’s inception and his understanding of our business and strategy makes him uniquely well placed to drive us forward over the coming years.”

In 2017, the business secured outline approval for 1m sq ft of employment floorspace and 725 homes at Carrington. A reserved matters application for a 212,000 sq ft industrial development known as Carrington Gateway was submitted in May, while Wainhomes has submitted a reserved matters application for its Carrington Village scheme of 269 homes. This is also due on site later this year.

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