Stonewater appoints new development chief

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Stonewater, one of the UK’s leading affordable housing providers, has appointed Jonathan Layzell, Assistant Director of Development, to the role of Executive Director - Development.

He will be responsible for the strategic delivery of Stonewater’s housing development programmes including the implementation of innovative affordable rental and shared ownership schemes. Stonewater currently owns and manages around 30,000 homes, plans to build a minimum of 5,000 new affordable homes across a broad geographic area in the period to 2025.

Jonathan takes-up his new post on 1 July from Richard Stevenson who retires at the end of June 2016 after 29 years of service with Raglan Housing and more recently Stonewater which was formed last year following the merger of Raglan and Jephson housing associations. Over the next six months Jonathan will act as Director Designate for Development, to ensure a smooth handover.

“Jonathan has shown great drive, ability and commitment within our Development team and I am certain he will deliver those same qualities in his new leadership role,” says Richard Stevenson, Stonewater’s Executive Director for Development. “He brings significant experience, new ideas and a huge amount of energy to the job at a challenging and exciting time for the organisation. I know he will make a significant contribution to the business, ensuring that it continues to thrive and achieve its important social objectives.”

Jonathan, who joined Raglan from a charity promoting rural sustainability and affordable housing in 2005 as a development manager, will be the youngest member of Stonewater’s executive director team.

Jonathan paid tribute to his colleague: “During his long service Richard has shown an outstanding commitment to increasing the supply of genuinely affordable, good quality housing where it has been most needed. While he will be a hard act to follow, I am looking forward to building on his achievements and taking the business forward with our very successful and talented development team."

Richard joined Raglan in 1987 as a regional surveyor and has since been involved in the development of more than 9,000 new homes across the country.