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From the housebuilding industry influencers to experienced multi-industry leaders, our people are one of our biggest assets. Our Group Board and Functional Directors help us to deliver the strategic direction of the business.
Stewart founded Stewart Milne Group; his main role now is in supporting the strategic direction of the organisation and overseeing the performance of the senior team. He advocates an open and encouraging culture that takes advantage of commercial opportunities, which, paired with his leadership acumen, supports the business in meeting the corporate goals and objectives.
Stewart is a renowned business leader in the North East of Scotland, but his impact reaches much further than this. Starting-out, specialising in tenement flat renovations in Aberdeen, Stewart was determined to minimise the normal 3-month disruption to homeowners to three days. He achieved this through the adoption of a systematic, team approach when the company moved into housebuilding in the mid 70’s, we adopted a similar approach using timber systems, and timber systems has been at the heart of what his business does ever since. Leading the UK in this sector and driving conversation around modern methods of construction.
From construction to football - Aberdeen Football Club means a lot to Stewart not only because he is a lifelong fan, having held the post of Chairman for the past 22 years, stepping down in December 2019. What he learns from the Football World, he takes to the business and vice versa. If you pass the Chairman's office regularly, you're guaranteed to hear him say "what we achieve, we achieve through our people." And this team spirit and honest communication are felt across the business every day.
Stewart's determination and dedication are as strong as ever, even after nearly 45 years of leading the business. He has his first boss to thank who said he'd never make it on his own, doomed to fail, something he more than dispelled in his first few years in business.
Stuart has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles, and he joined the Group in April 2015, initially as Group Finance Director and assumed his current role as CEO in March 2019. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business as well as articulating the vision and objectives for the Group for the longer term.
Stuart is responsible for managing the Group Board to ensure successful performance delivery against business targets. He also works with HR to manage succession management across the Group. During Stuart’s time at Stewart Milne Group, the business has grown its turnover by almost 50%, with a particular focus on homes building in North West England and the growth of our Timber Frame business.
Before joining the company, Stuart had a 15-year career with global brewing giant Heineken where he held several senior positions in the UK, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and Belgium. A chartered accountant by training, Stuart has extensive experience in customer and brand-focused businesses and also has worked across multi-location manufacturing environments.
In his free time, Stuart likes to spend time with his family and enjoys travelling and learning as much as he can about different places and people. He can speak several languages to varying degrees of proficiency but still has much to learn from the rich and interesting vocabulary of North-East Doric.
Fraser has been with the business for over 10-months and brings with him a diversity of experience from directorships and senior roles across several countries, industries and sectors including Power, Oil and Gas, Mining, Engineering, Support Services and Construction.
His responsibilities include managing the company’s financial control environment and supporting the strategic direction of the organisation as part of the senior team by encouraging collaboration. Alongside this, Fraser provides leadership and direction for the finance function and maximises financial profit, cash performance and shareholder return by continually reviewing financial opportunities and risk to the business.
Fraser's operational and varied financial management experience and his dedication to delivering integrity, whether financially or while dealing with people and businesses, helps him build great relationships and deliver results for the Group.
His down to earth nature, in no doubt, helps him nurture positive relationships, a personality trait he credits to Kilmarnock Football Club. As a lifelong fan, he believes his team has taught him to stay grounded, set realistic goals, manage expectations, practice patience and importantly, not only to have; but to maintain a sense of humour.
Fraser's love of travel, experiencing new cultures, and passion for football saw him visit Japan in 2002 during the World Cup. He was bold enough to wear a kilt outside the stadium, unusual gear given that Scotland didn't qualify. His outfit choice (kilt combined with a Japanese football top) attracted some attention, and he found himself interviewed on loop on Japanese breakfast television. We're planning on putting his sense of humour to the test, and although he claims the footage is nowhere to be found, we're having a good look.
Clive joined the business in February 2019 bringing with him over 35 years of leadership experience in the housebuilding sector. His role of Non-Executive Director is to support the Chairman and the Board in setting the strategic direction for the Group and providing independent oversight and constructive challenge to the Executive Directors.
He initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has held senior financial and operational positions in some of the UK’s largest house builders including Barratt Developments Plc and, more latterly, as Chief Executive Officer at McCarthy & Stone Plc.
Clive believes that recruiting and retaining the best people and buying quality land is always the recipe for success in our industry. He values integrity and the importance of “doing the right thing” to ensure the business benefits all stakeholders.
Clive’s fascination with the way house building has the power to transform people’s lives was initially inspired by his first boss at Barratt. At the job interview in 1983 in Stratford in East London he led Clive over to the office window which overlooked a sea of dereliction but which, many years later, was to become the setting for the Olympic Games and said “That’s our opportunity”
Gerry has been a Main Board Director, as well as divisional managing director, of several UK housebuilding companies across a property industry career spanning over 30 years.
In his role at Stewart Milne Group, he provides leadership and strategic direction for the three housebuilding divisions. Alongside supporting the Homes Divisions, Gerry leads the Group's land activities from both an operational and strategic perspective, and the Group's marketing function with a specific focus on homes activity.
Gerry is a former Chairman, and 15-year board member, of Scottish industry trade body Homes for Scotland and adviser to the Scottish Government on policy initiatives to increase long term institutionally funded investment in large scale new build, professionally managed, rental homes. His considered, commercial and professional manner has earned him respect across the sector, and he is proud to advocate an open and supportive cultural approach, which is evident across the business.
Outside of the office, Gerry enjoys spending time with his family skiing, sightseeing and cycling. His family have had an important bearing on his career choice. With his father being a carpenter who worked on many major construction projects across the UK, he's been around construction since he was a small child; it's clearly in the blood.
Alistair joined the company in May 2019 and is responsible for all aspects of marketing across the Group, creating clear consumer and business to business strategies and delivering results.
Alistair has a background in fast-moving consumer goods marketing working for a variety of blue-chip companies and a diversity of industries from food & drink, to tourism to sports. He is a firm believer in creating a strong brand with a clear differentiator supported by clear business and marketing strategies. Engaging and motivating teams around a brand and encouraging a supportive culture has helped Alistair to achieve success across various sectors.
A passion for houses is part of his life outside of work too, and he has undertaken lots of renovations of flats and older cottages resulting in a great appreciation of the benefits of a new build house.
He is loving the challenge of applying his broad marketing experience to the housing market and construction industry.
Greg joined the Stewart Milne Group over five years ago, bringing with him over 25 years of health and safety experience across the construction sector. Greg has a background in a commercial and industrial building, refurbishment, private housing, civil and marine engineering sectors. He uses his extensive knowledge to support the Group board by reporting on health, safety and environmental performance of the business.
Greg thinks teamwork is of prime importance and is proud to lead a team of HSE professionals who support him in his goals. His team help to assist, guide and measure HSE matters across the company and uphold the same values Greg does: Integrity, Respect and Excellence.
Regarded as a subject matter expert on HSE in construction, over the years Greg's established a network of high profile clients, industry enforcers and key stakeholders across the UK. When he gets a day off from networking, he's an avid motorbiker and likes to take to the countries open roads and highways. His passion for all things automotive started from an early age when he took a safety role as it came with a company car! He may be in a different car now, but he's safety through and through and continues to innovate in this area.
Karen joined Stewart Milne Group in 1996 and grew her expertise in the Marketing and Communications department before establishing the Human Resources function. In her role as HR Director, Karen is responsible for working with Senior Leaders to ensure the HR strategy underpins business needs. She delivers this through supporting the business with coaching, development and effective succession management.
Karen is passionate about encouraging people to join the construction sector and led and developed a skills academy to address skills shortages and to help young people into the industry. Her dedication to her role as an ambassador for the construction sector was recognised by peers who awarded her 'Top Cherry' at the cHeRries awards.
The cHeRries awards celebrate HR talent across the North East of Scotland, and the top Cherry award is for outstanding contribution to the HR Industry. While Karen enjoyed the banter from her colleagues on the name of the award she was proud to receive it.
Stewart has been with the business for 38 years and has a depth of knowledge that comes from growing his career within the company. Starting as an Apprentice Draughtsman and working his way up to Director level Stewart is regarded as a fountain of knowledge by colleagues across the business.
He is responsible for continuous improvement, research and development and sustainability, across the Group focusing on the introduction of new products, systems, and processes, including offsite construction, lean site assembly, digital working, BIM, and shifting towards net zero carbon homes and developments overtime. Stewart is responsible for delivering the groups sustainability strategy and championing environmental improvement.
Stewart's innovative thinking has seen him recognised by the industry as an R&D champion, and he is proud to have delivered several award-winning projects and led AIMC4 and AIMCH, two of the sectors largest multi-million-pound collaborative housing projects. Run in partnership with Innovate UK, government and key sector stakeholders. His values of entrepreneurship and transformational change encourage him to push for positive change, both company-wide and industry-wide.
When Stewart takes some time away from planning 'what's next' for the business, he is an avid golfer and played at a British Amateur level, winning eleven club championships. He credits golf for helping him to focus and get the job done - no matter how challenging it becomes.
Stuart was inspired by his father who is an Architect and followed in his footsteps, qualifying over 20 years ago. He has worked with the Group ever since and is responsible for the design of our homes as well as the design standards of excellence, which he ensures are met across all our projects.
Stuart was instrumental in creating the standards of excellence, and he regularly engages with external bodies, including Architecture and Design Scotland, to ensure that our approach is benchmarked and challenged by the best skills and knowledge available.
He believes that creating great places to live is more important than ever and that everyone should have access to safe, healthy and joyful places to live. Creating beautiful places requires a team effort from everyone at Stewart Milne Group, and Stuart enjoys nothing more than listening to the ideas across all teams.
Stuart recalls his father taking him around some of the most beautiful buildings in Scotland and Europe. While he didn't fully appreciate this at the age of six, his dad's passion for great places stayed with him. He now works on every new project with the desire to create places that future generations will consider to be great places to live.