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Phil Sperring and Steve Jackson

Wates Property Services appoints new strategy director

Wates Property Services has appointed Steve Jackson as Strategy Director, as the business says farewell to Phil Sperring, who retires after 40 years at Wates.

Jackson, who has been with Wates for 23 years, is promoted from his previous position as Director of Operations for Wates Living Space and will now oversee the strategic direction of Wates Property Services’ two businesses, Wates Living Space and Wates FM. He will be responsible for business development, communications and contract mobilisation.

The appointment marks the creation of the new Wates Property Services Operating Board, which will be formed of James Gregg, Managing Director of Wates FM, Simon Osborne, Head of SHEQ and the business’ three Regional Managing Directors, Stewart Reid, Darren Burns and Gary Wilkinson.

Jackson joined Wates in 1996 working as a site surveyor for Wates Construction in Manchester. He soon joined the business’ housing maintenance division and worked as Commercial Manager before becoming Business Unit Director for Wates Living Space in 2006.

In 2011, Jackson became Wates Living Space Managing Director for Central and North, subsequently becoming Director of Operations in 2016.

David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Property Services, commented: “We owe a debt of gratitude to Phil for his dedication to Wates over the past forty years. He has been a fundamental part of the business’ ongoing evolution and growth and central to us arriving at the impeccably high standards we hold today. It is of course a very exciting time as we welcome Steve to his new role as Strategic Director and look forward to the great things he will achieve over the coming years.”

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