Four jobs with one employer over almost 20 years adds up to a successful career for Graham Micklewright.
Newly promoted to managing director of Redrow Homes (Midlands), in Tamworth, Graham has worked for the award-winning housebuilder since 1999, having joined originally as financial controller for the Midlands business.
He was elevated to finance director in 2004; then regional director in 2016, before his further promotion to managing director of Redrow Homes (Midlands) at the start of 2018
Based at Redrow’s divisional headquarters in Tamworth, he’s responsible for overseeing operations across the West Midlands, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The Midlands division is responsible for approximately 600 new homes per annum and directly employs around 150 people. It also supports hundreds of jobs among local sub-contractors and in the supply chain.
“The Redrow Midlands business has grown significantly since I joined the company and Redrow is now an established brand that people in the area recognise and trust.
“The challenge now is to continue to grow and to build homes that we’re proud of but, more importantly, that people in those neighbourhoods are proud of and want to live in,” Graham said.
He’s also firmly behind Redrow’s commitment to developing talent.
“The skills shortage is a major issue throughout the industry and we need to make sure that we have the right resources in place so that we can deliver the volume of homes needed to address the housing shortage, while ensuring we meet quality standards and the level of customer satisfaction we aspire to,” Graham added.
Trainees account for 17% of Redrow’s workforce across England and Wales, including 30 apprentices and trainees working for the Midlands division. It’s a topic that’s close to Graham’s heart.
“I left school at 16 and undertook a commercial apprenticeship programme, took a college course in business studies and then qualified as an accountant,” Graham recalled.
“Apprenticeships have changed a lot since then but they still provide a great opportunity to gain experience while you’re learning.”
Redrow regional chief executive Warren Thompson said:
“Graham has proved to be a real asset to Redrow’s Midlands business. His promotion to managing director is not only well-deserved, but will provide inspiration to our current trainees who can look forward to building a successful career with Redrow.”