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Our Team

Jamie Gibbins

Jamie Gibbins

Managing Director

Jamie has been the instrumental figure behind the creation, growth and success of the Homes and Land businesses. His business acumen, vision and record in delivering planning approvals and high quality developments is exceptional, equating to tens of thousands of plots over his career across the Midlands and south of England.

Darren Bland

Darren Bland

Operations Director

Darren is a qualified Accountant with over 20 years experience in both the Residential Development Industry and the Financial Sector.

Darren joined in October 2012 from Lagan Homes where he set up and ran the Finance Department for the English housing division of Lagan Group. Previous experience in the residential industry have been with Persimmon Homes (Midlands & Thames Valley) running the Finance Departments and working within Group Finance for Wilson Connolly.

In 2014 Darren was promoted from Finance Director to Operations Director widening his remit within the business to ensure effective day to day operational management across all departments.

Luke Simmons

Development Director

Luke joined the business in March 2019 as Development Director. With over 30 years in the housing industry, Luke brings valuable experience from all aspects of the development process.

Joining from Avant Homes where he rose to Operations Director and helped grow and develop operational disciplines in the Midlands region over a period of 3 years. Previous to this he had spent many years involved in the growth of Persimmon Homes Technical and Commercial departments.

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Simon Evans

Construction Director

Simon joined Barwood Homes in February 2019 as Senior Production Manager. Having spent ten years at David Wilson Homes as Senior Site Manager, achieving a number of NHBC awards including two Seals of Excellence before progressing to Contracts Manager.

Previous to this Simon gained several years experience in managerial roles for Bryant Homes and Taylor Woodrow, so has a wealth of knowledge in the construction industry and brings valuable expertise to the Barwood Homes team.

Liam Mann

Liam Mann

Commercial Director

Liam joined Barwood Homes in November 2014. Liam has over 8 years in the housing industry with a degree in Construction Management.

Liam heads up our team of surveyors and buyers and is responsible for all commercial aspects, including estimating, tendering, procurement through to site completion.

Damien Smythe Hudson

Damien Smythe-Hudson

Senior Technical Manager

Damien joined Barwood from Persimmon Homes in July 2014. He has 13 years’ experience across the architectural and house building industries and is also a fully qualified Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Damien and his team are responsible for the delivery of all the technical aspects of every site in order to progress these from planning to tender. This includes architectural and engineering working drawing packages, obtaining the relevant technical approvals and finalising Section agreements and lining up services and diversions.

Andy Morehen

Andy Morehen

Land Director

Andy joined Barwood Homes as Land Director in February 2018 and has some 20 years’ land experience in the development industry, with Kier, Hubert C Leach and Abbey Developments.

Andy heads the land team in identifying and the purchase of suitable sites to meet the company’s immediate and long term development requirements. Andy works closely with landowners, agents and has a team of trusted consultants to ensure every land purchase and application is thoughtfully considered.

Claire Dilley

Claire Hayward

Head of Customer Care

Claire joined Barwood Homes in July 2016 having worked in the housing industry since 1996 spending the majority of those years working within the Persimmon Group across a number of different offices.

Claire has also worked for Barratt Homes & Redrow Homes and has held senior roles within the Customer Care sector since 2005 where she was responsible for setting up new departments and the creation and implementation of customer care policies and procedures.

Ben Sherwood

Financial Controller

Ben has been with Barwood Homes since 2013 when he joined as a Management Accountant. Ben has over ten years experience within the construction industry having previously worked in various finance roles at Lagan Homes. During his time with Barwood Homes, Ben was first promoted to Finance Manager and most recently to the position of Financial Controller. Ben is a part-qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and is also a qualified Accounting Technician.

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