A former director of developer Crest Nicholson has joined modular housing manufacturer ilke Homes.
Matthew Bench (pictured) has joined the Yorkshire-based company as group executive director of growth and partnerships, after spending over six years at Crest Nicholson where he was group partnership director.
Having previously co-founded his own residential investment business, ilke Homes said Bench is “uniquely placed” to offer strategic advice to the company, enabling it to scale-up delivery from hundreds of homes a year and into the thousands.
He is expected to play a pivotal role in the development of the business, as ilke Homes sets its sights on becoming a UK top-10 housebuilder in the next decade.
Bench’s experience across the entire housebuilding sector is seen as crucial as the company continues to diversify its business offering across different tenure types and markets.
“The rapid growth that the offsite manufacturing sector has seen over the last few years indicates that this is no short-term trend,” Bench said. “There is an enormous opportunity in the market to improve and expand on this form of housebuilding, and being at the forefront of this change was central to my decision to join ilke Homes.
“Modular housing’s versatility presents us with an opportunity to accelerate alternative tenure types in affordable housing and the private rental sector, and I hope to use my experience across the housebuilding sector to establish new market offerings and continue to drive this company forward.”
Dave Sheridan, ilke Homes’ executive chairman, said: “Matt brings a phenomenal depth of knowledge and experience to the role, which will no doubt have an enormous impact in furthering our existing partnerships and establishing new and exciting business opportunities.
“We’re thrilled that Matt has joined ilke Homes at such a crucial time for the company as we continue to grow our business through new partnerships and expanding our recruitment.”