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A NORTH West housebuilder has welcomed a new chairperson to its board.

Bernard Rooney who has an extensive background within the housing industry, takes up the role after retiring from housebuilder Barratt Homes after 42 years.

Since joining Barratt in 1981, Bernard worked in several roles, most recently as regional managing director, a position he has held for eleven years.

Looking after the housebuilding operations of Barratt Group’s Central region, Bernard has been responsible for five divisions; two in the North West, two in the West Midlands and one in Cardiff.

Bernard has also worked for Barratt Newcastle as managing director and commercial director and held various finance positions at Barratt Manchester.

Bernard joined Prospect Homes as a non-executive board member in February 2021 and will chair his first board meeting in August, taking over from former chair Paul Newbold.

“Initially I had planned to take up the role of chair in June 2021, but my retirement was put on hold for 12 months, I am very pleased to now be able to accept this position,” said Bernard.

“I am looking forward to building on Prospect Homes’ reputation, to support the wider objectives of a private house builder controlled by a social enterprise, I hope my experience will benefit the team.”

Prospect Homes is part of the Riverside Group and all profits from sales of new homes are given back to the parent company to invest in social value initiatives and communities across the UK.

Nigel Yates, managing director of Prospect Homes said: “We are delighted to welcome Bernard as our new chairperson.

“We have ambitious growth plans here at Prospect Homes, plans achievable thanks to our continued financial backing and support from the Riverside Group.

“With Bernard’s extensive knowledge and experience of the industry he will provide valuable support and bring new ideas which will benefit both our customers and the team.”

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