Sunderland-based housebuilder Avant Homes North East has promoted its regional director, Jennifer Tupman, to managing director in anticipation of further growth and expansion in the region.

Avant Homes is one of the North East’s leading private residential property developers. The company currently has 12 live developments in the region ranging from Killingworth to Yarm and employs around 138 people.

Jennifer joined Avant Homes North East as finance director in 2011 before being promoted to regional director North East last year. As managing director for the region, she will now be responsible for the ongoing operation and growth of the North East business.

Commenting on the promotion, Avant Homes chief operating officer, Mark Mitchell, said: “Jennifer is a high performer and thoroughly deserves her promotion. She is an excellent leader and will play a significant role in our continued growth and expansion within the North East.

“At Avant, we are committed to investing in our people and developing the exceptional talent we have. We are also a business that provides everyone with opportunities to progress. Jennifer has seized upon such opportunities when they have presented themselves, ably demonstrating she is ready for greater levels of responsibility.

“Her talent, commitment and energy are providing our business with even more impetus as we continue on our exciting journey to become the homebuilder of choice in the north of the UK.”

Avant Homes has four other operating companies located within Yorkshire, the Midlands and Scotland. The Avant Homes Group builds approximately 2,000 homes each year, has a turnover of circa £500m and employs around 780 people in total.

Avant Homes North East managing director, Jennifer Tupman, added: “We have an excellent team in the North East, so I am very proud to have the opportunity to lead such a capable and dedicated group of people.

“We all have high expectations for our continued growth and expansion across the region. My focus is on ensuring we continue to develop our people, increase our number of outlets and deliver our outstanding design-led homes throughout the North East.”