Sunderland-based housebuilder Avant Homes has boosted its North East operation with the appointments of two highly experienced members of the land team, as the company continues to grow.

Land director, Mark Wilson and senior land manager, Wes English have both joined Avant Homes to work alongside each other to further strengthen the land team to promote and accelerate development opportunities within the North East.

Mark Wilson joins the company with more than 20 years’ experience in the residential property sector in the North East and Yorkshire regions and will be responsible for overseeing the land team for the North East region. Mark will also be leading on the identification and acquisition of potential sites in quality locations to support the company’s keen growth plans in the region.

Avant Homes is one of the leading residential property developers in the UK operating across five regional offices in Scotland, the North east of England, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Midlands. The group’s next objective is to double its output to 4,000 homes per year and become a £1bn turnover business by 2023.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “It’s great to become part of a successful housebuilder that is incredibly ambitious and forward thinking, to ensure people increasingly have better places to live in the North East while also being innovative with its brand and specification.

“As North East land director, I want to exceed expectations and lead the way in delivering Avant Homes’ growth plans in the region by identifying new opportunities, partners and locations across the area. With my experience, I’m passionate about the housebuilding industry and about motivating and supporting members of the team to work collaboratively and make things happen.”

Senior land manager, Wes English has also joined the team with more than a decade of experience within the construction sector across the North East. Wes will work closely with external agents, consultants and landowners to identify and purchase new development opportunities.

Speaking about his appointment, Wes said: “I feel incredibly lucky to have become a part of Avant Homes and in turn be able to contribute to the company’s success story by supplying and securing profitable development sites in line with the growth plans of the business.

“The team at Avant Homes are first class, and I’m pleased to share their ambitions and desire to deliver the best for the business.”

Based in Sunderland, its North East operation currently has 13 developments under construction providing 2,000 homes stretching from Birkey Heights in Acomb to Tall Trees in Yarm.

Avant Homes North East regional director, Jennifer Tupman, said: “In order to achieve Avant Homes’ ambitious growth plans and meet the high demand for modern homes in the region, it is vital that we identify and locate land for potential new developments which means it’s essential that we enhance and support our business with experienced people such as Mark and Wes. As new additions to the land team, Mark and Wes will be key players in driving forward the expansion of our footprint across the region.”