Our Team

Introduction to our team

Barwood Homes was founded in 2010 and is committed to delivering quality new homes to the highest standard. Our dedicated team of property experts understand the demand for convenient, practical and low maintenance properties. Especially for today’s modern lifestyles and locations where buyers want to live.

Senior Management

  • Jamie Gibbins


    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.

  • Luke Simmons

    Managing 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.

  • Claire Hayward

    Customer Care Director

    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.

  • Andy Gilliver

    Technical Director

    Andy joined Barwood Homes as Technical Director in October 2019 and currently has over 14 years experience in the Technical Department and Construction Industry.

    Andy leads our Technical team in detailed design covering both Engineering and Architectural disciplines. He works closely with other departmental heads to ensure a smooth transition throughout the construction process, from land purchase through to aftersales care.

  • Steve Keenan

    Production Manager

    Steve joined Barwood Homes in September 2019, bringing over 25 years of experience within the construction industry.  Coming from Bovis Homes as an Area Build Director, and previous to that a Site Manager at Crest Nicholson.

  • Mandy Soames

    Sales & Marketing Director

    Mandy has over 35 years experience in the new homes industry working for some of the UK’s award winning developers. Beginning her career as a Sales Advisor, progressing to Sales & Marketing Manager and then becoming the first female Sales & Marketing Director within Berkeley Group.

    Through these positions Mandy has gained invaluable knowledge and experience of operations within the residential homes sector. Her expertise spans from involvement ranging from the land acquisition stage to liaising with customers post completion. Mandy has a passion for quality and customer focus. She also has experience with commercial properties, in the UK and overseas.

  • Mark Eustace

    Finance Director

    Mark joined Barwood Homes as Finance Director in January 2021 and has over 25 years experience in construction and housebuilding.  Mark is commercially focused and has extensive experience of growing businesses, most recently at Gleeson Homes and Inspired Villages Group.

    Having trained as a Building Surveyor and graduating as a Civil Engineer, Mark then qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving back to the construction industry with a multi-disciplinary construction, housebuilding, road planing and plant hire business.  As a member of the senior management team, and subsequently with Gleeson Homes and Inspired Villages, Mark played a key role in their growth.  Experience includes funding, development of finance teams and policies/procedures, selection/implementation of IT systems, MI and statutory reporting, and corporate governance.


  • Matt Wright

    Head of Commercial

    Matt joined Barwood Homes in May 2021, bringing his knowledge and experience from four years at Davidsons Homes and a previous ten years at Persimmon Homes. Matt is now heading up our Commercial team and using his expertise to continue to the growth and development of the department, whilst aiding and assisting all other area’s of the business.

  • Stuart Smith

    Land Director

    With over 25 years experience in residential land acquisition across the Midlands and North, Stuart joined Barwood Homes in June 2021.

    Having held regional senior management positions at several national plc house builders, the most recent being Group Land Director at Avant Homes, Stuart brings a wealth of valuable knowledge in all aspects of residential land acquisition.

The Team

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