In a move to strengthen its senior team in the East and West Midlands, the appointment comes as Wates prepares to grow its regional presence in sectors including commercial, higher education and senior living.
Hands has been with the Birmingham-based company for 10 years and his new position will see him the lead the team of 150 construction professionals as Wates embarks upon an ambitious growth plan. Targeted with significantly increasing market share, Hands will look to enhance business efficiency, improve safety standards, deliver the utmost quality from start to finish, and ensure that all projects exceed the demands of Wates’ customers. Hands is also tasked with contributing to the company’s Group-wide ambition to become the first contractor to deliver 100% of projects on time, on budget, every time.
Living in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, Hands (36) joined Wates as a Quantity Surveyor in 2001 before steadily rising to his most recent position as Regional Commercial Manager where he oversaw the commercial delivery of Wates’ construction projects in the region.
Phil Harrison, Managing Director for Wates Construction in the Midlands and North commented: “As well as having in-depth knowledge of Wates, Andy has shown great enthusiasm and dedication for improving the service we offer to clients and has significantly contributed to the region’s successes to date. He was a natural choice to take over the day to day running of the team in the Midlands.”
In addition to his business commitments, Andy is a keen fundraiser and recently took part in the three peaks challenge in order to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.