New managing director appointed for Graven Hill development

Sue Smith, chairman of the Graven Hill Village Development Company and chief executive of Cherwell District Council with Philip Singleton, the company's new managing director. PNL-150112-151155001
Sue Smith, chairman of the Graven Hill Village Development Company and chief executive of Cherwell District Council with Philip Singleton, the company's new managing director. PNL-150112-151155001

A new managing director has been appointed to the company set up to oversee the housebuilding project on Graven Hill.

Philip Singleton will join the team at the Graven Hill Village Development Company on January 4 where he will be responsible for managing the company employees, meeting the project’s targets and objectives and providing strategic guidance and direction to the board of directors.

He will also become an ambassador for Graven Hill, responsible for making sure the self-build project is a positive experience for all concerned.

He said: “I am thrilled at becoming the new managing director for Graven Hill Village Development Company. I was especially attracted to the role because of the vision of Cherwell District Council in grasping the power to give people the real opportunity to create their own homes. To have a development site in a very good relationship to Bicester and the planning principles already approved, offers fertile freedom to self-builders.

“The scale of the site is unparalleled, so we can deliver one of the most profound challenges to the normal design and construction of new homes in the UK.”

Until last month, Mr Singleton was the chief executive of Millennium Point Trust and Millennium Point Property Limited based in Birmingham, a post he first took up in March 2012. Millennium Point the starting point for the regeneration of the Eastside quarter of the city.

Sue Smith, chairman of the Graven Hill Village Development Company and chief executive of Cherwell District Council, said: “Graven Hill is the first project of its kind within the UK so there is no point of comparison in terms of delivery. The managing director will be responsible for spearheading this initiative and it was important to ensure we made the right appointment to ensure the vision for Graven Hill becomes a reality.

“We are delighted to welcome Philip to the role and are confident he will successfully lead the project, transforming plots into residential and commercial properties and construction into communities. Graven Hill is about more than just a self-build scheme; it’s about giving people choices and the opportunities to build a society in which they are proud to live, work and socialise. With so much enthusiasm, passion and experience in the construction industry we are confident Philip will become an ambassador for all we are working to achieve at Graven Hill.”

For ten years Mr Singleton has been a judge for the British Construction Industry Annual Awards and the Prime Minister’s better Public Building of the Year. He has served on the boards of a number of organisations including MADE, The Architecture Centre Network and the Building Exploratory. He is currently a board member at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy and also chairs its Audit and Finance Group as well as the RIBA British Architectural Trust.