Capita Real Estate & Infrastructure has appointed Deborah McLaughlin, the former regional director of the Homes & Communities Agency, as managing director of its real estate projects business.
McLaughlin joined Capita subsidiary GL Hearn as head of its Manchester office in September 2016. In stepping up to the Capita group role, she will take on responsibility for more than 500 people spanning project management, architecture, design and engineering.
She brings over 30 years’ experience working in housing, real estate and regeneration. Towards the end of her eight-year spell with the HCA, she spent a year on secondment as chief executive of Manchester Place, the collaboration between the agency and Manchester City Council.
David Spencer, managing director at Capita Real Estate & Infrastructure, said: “Promoting Deborah to this role signals our clear intent to bring together the very best people and skills to help our clients create the value and deliver the projects they need to achieve their goals.
“Our clients are keen to access the wide range of skills they need easily and flexibly. We are creating a much closer working relationship across our teams to respond to these requests. I am looking forward to working with Deborah and all the leadership team to develop this important aspect of our business.”
McLaughlin said: “I am really excited to be leading such an important part of Capita. The team has a strong reputation for delivering great real estate projects and I look forward to leading the team to our next phase of growth.
“Clients tell me they want a team on the ground that provides a coordinated range of disciplines to meet their needs and has a reputation for excellence. I am confident our new team will build on our excellent reputation in advisory and planning and bring together our world class skills in project and cost management and deliver the highest quality of service for our clients.”