Larkfleet Group appoints new CEO to drive nationwide growth

Larkfleet Group, the Bourne-based housebuilder, has appointed a new chief executive as it prepares to triple in size over the next five years.

John Anderson takes up the reins on 1 July. He replaces Karl Hick, the founder of Larkfleet Group – owner of award-winning Larkfleet Homes and Allison Homes – who will step up to the position of chairman.

Mr Anderson said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this exciting role. Working closely with Karl and the team, my aim is to build on the core strengths that already exist in the group to help drive performance and quality and expand Larkfleet into a premier, customer focused nationwide home builder.

“I will build on Karl’s excellent reputation for achieving an engaged workforce, with core values, and a culture of employee and customer wellbeing. These are essential goals for evolving and agile businesses in today’s highly competitive marketplace.”

Mr Anderson has wide ranging experience covering all aspects of general management in house building and the residential development sector, land acquisition, mixed use property development, and corporate turnaround and recovery, throughout the UK.

He spent the last ten years at FTSE 250 Kier Group where he was most recently executive director responsible for the group’s home building business Kier Living. Prior to that he held various senior positions including CEO of Princegate Estates Plc, managing director of Taywood Lifestyle Homes (part of the Taylor Woodrow Group) and group sales and marketing director, Taylor Woodrow Group.

Mr Hick said: “I am thrilled to have appointed a CEO of John’s calibre. His vast experience, in director level roles makes him the ideal candidate to take Larkfleet Group from a successful regional housebuilder, to an outstanding national home builder. We are looking to take the company into new regions, recruiting new teams – with our focus remaining firmly on the customer.

“John will focus on the house building side of the business, while I will continue to run R&D for the sustainable energy and construction innovation divisions.

“This is a hugely exciting time for Larkfleet Group and we are looking forward to taking our architect-designed, energy-efficient homes to the whole of the UK. In spite of the pandemic, we are looking to grow substantially over the next 10 years. This will be through mixed tenure developments and affordable housing, but our mission remains the same – to produce high-quality sustainable developments using innovative technology and construction methods, delivered to exceed our customers’ expectations.”