Retirement property developer Retirement Villages Group Ltd, has appointed Andrew Mills as its new Development Manager.
Andrew, a chartered surveyor, brings with him almost 20 years of experience in the property industry, having worked within the commercial retail property space for global retail corporations Pret A Manger, Monsoon and John Lewis.
Andrew managed the acquisition of retail space and developed expansion opportunities across the UK, working on both new and regeneration projects.
Andrew said: “Working in the commercial sector has meant my focus was on delivering spaces that were wholly customer-focussed. They have to be functional, accessible and created with the end user in mind – all elements that are critical within the retirement property sector and peoples’ buying choices.”
Having been interested in the potential growth of the retirement living sector, Andrew credits his time at John Lewis for his seamless integration into his new role.
“Working with developers in the early stages and overseeing the planning, build and creation of retail communities enables you to gain a comprehensive understanding of how a brand integrates itself into what is ultimately delivered.
“The idea of building more communities has resonated with me from the beginning and I’m looking forward to having a direct impact on enriching peoples lives at this stage of their life journey.”
Andrew’s role will see him taking sites through the development stages including the feasibility planning stages, and overseeing the build process, working closely with Group Development Director Will Crawford. He will also oversee the new age-exclusive village Debden Grange, located in Newport, Essex alongside other sites that are currently in planning.
Will commented: “Andrew brings with him many years of experience and a unique set of skills from his time within the retail sector. We envisage these elements to enable our build process to become more customer-centric and see Retirement Villages Group Ltd cementing its brand integrity in the communities around our villages.”