Sunderland-based housebuilder Avant Homes has strengthened its finance team with the appointment of Ivan Higgs to fulfil the role of regional finance director.

With more than 15 years’ experience in accounting across the house building industry, Ivan joins Avant Homes to lead the finance team in the North East. He replaces Jennifer Tupman who has been promoted to the position of regional director for the region.

Ivan will be responsible for the company’s financial reporting, controls, operational analysis and risk management.

Commenting on his appointment, Ivan said: “It’s essential to work in a business where you genuinely enjoy what you do and believe in the product offered, and I have found that with Avant Homes.

“As finance director my focus will be on utilising my breadth of experience to add value to the businesses operations during what is an exciting time of growth and supporting the region with its expansion goals.”

Based in Sunderland, Avant Homes North East, which was recently named in the 30 Best Companies to Work for in the North East, currently has 13 developments under construction, with sites stretching from Acomb, near Hexham, to Yarm in Teesside.

Speaking about Ivan’s appointment, Avant Homes North East regional director, Jennifer Tupman, said: “With Ivan’s experience and passion for the housebuilding industry he is well-placed for the challenge of joining a fast-paced business.

“As the new North East regional finance director, Ivan will be key in analysing the business’ financial position in relation to our ambitious growth objectives and driving Avant towards further success.”

Avant Homes North East is part of the Avant Homes group, one of the leading private developers of residential property in the UK and currently has 60 developments across its five operating regions.

The group’s next strategic growth objective is to double output to 4,000 homes a year and become a £1bn turnover business by 2023.

In addition to its Sunderland office, Avant Homes’ other regional businesses are based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire; Stirling, Scotland; Chesterfield in Derbyshire and Nottingham in the Midlands. Avant Homes’ head office is at Junction 30 of the M1, near Sheffield.