Will Ainscough Angela Heaney Jack Brister Wain Estates p Law of the Few

From left: Will Ainscough, Angela Heaney, and Jack Brister. Brister and Heaney are the managing directors of the new Wain Estates divisions. Credit: via Law of the Few

Wain Estates restructures, brings on managing directors

Jack Brister is heading up the company’s development division, while Angela Heaney is leading the land promotion team.

Wain Estates is part of the Warrington-based Wain Group, which also owns housebuilder Wain Homes.

Within the Wain Group portfolio sits the 1,665-acre Carrington Estate. The former Shell Refinery site has the potential for 3.5m sq ft of employment space and up to 4,000 homes. Planning permission has already been secured for 597 homes on the site, as well as 1.2m sq ft of employment space.

The delivery of Carrington Estate will be the main role of the new development division, according to Wain Group executive chairman Will Ainscough. Ainscough described the estate as “the most important land asset within the Wain Group”, adding that future development plans would have “quality design and placemaking at its heart”.

As managing director of development, Brister will lead a team of five comprising property director Paul Wrigglesworth, project managers Will Young and Kevin Fletcher, senior surveyor Jenny Dockney, and estate manager Andy Hesketh.

Brister has been with Wain Estates for nearly four years and has been promoted to managing director from his role as director. He previously worked for Rider Levett Bucknall.

“This is a hugely exciting time,” Brister said, regarding the restructuring of Wain Estates.

“We have a great team and have achieved a lot over the last couple of years,” he continued. “We are now in a position to really deliver on the potential at Carrington and have a number of projects at various stages in the delivery pipeline.

“Carrington Estate presents a major resource for jobs and homes for the whole region and our ambition and commitment is to deliver the very best we can.”

With the development team focused on Carrington Estate, Angela Heaney’s land promotion division will be able to give undivided attention to working with third-party landowners. Heaney joined Wain Estates as managing director for land in September from Urban Splash. She has also worked for Bloor Homes, Gladman, and Taylor Wimpey.

Her land promotion team is currently working on deals that could enable nearly 4,000 new homes.

“I was attracted not only by the scope and potential of the role, but the culture and values of the Wain Group,” Heaney said. “You can feel there is a real sense of doing things in the right way to create the best outcomes for landowners.”

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