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4 September 2019

Robertson Residential Group strengthens with trio of senior appointments

Robertson invests in Residential business with trio of senior appointments

Robertson has strengthened its Residential Group business with three senior appointments, including new CEO John Low.

A well-respected figure in the Scottish housing industry, John will be responsible for growing the Robertson Residential Group – the standalone company under which all of Robertson's housing businesses operate.

With an entire career spent in the industry, most recently at the helm of north east housebuilder Stewart Milne Homes, John's surveying and valuation experience led to his appointment to the board of the housebuilders' lobby group, Homes for Scotland (HFS) in 2007, during which time he also served as chairman (2009/10).

John will be supported by two other new appointments, Colin Mitchell as Finance Director and Craig Smith as Operations Director.

Colin, a qualified chartered accountant, joins with over thirty years of experience across commercial property and housebuilding, including Murray Group and Barratt West Scotland.

Craig, who joined Robertson 23 years ago after graduating with a degree in civil engineering, has worked across multiple areas of the business, most recently as construction manager delivering Robertson's multimillion-pound projects.

Derek Shewan, CEO of Robertson Group said: "Residential is an integral part of the Robertson business, with recent investment in talented employees allowing us to further drive growth and meet the business' long-term plans.

"John's impressive industry experience spans a variety of roles and a number of transitions in the Scottish housing market, leaving him with an unrivalled knowledge of the industry. We're confident that John's team, supported by the excellent skills of both Colin and Craig, will see Robertson Residential continue to expand north and south of the border by allowing us to take full advantage of industry opportunities."

John added: "We have a strong team within Robertson Residential, and will continue to seek opportunities to invest in and develop our staff. With an expanding presence in each of our selected housing market areas, we are seeking to further enhance our brand by putting our customers at the centre of each of our businesses and deliver quality properties which provide differentiation in the marketplace. Our portfolio of businesses within Robertson Residential enables us to create communities and places where our customers aspire to live, and homes which meet a wide variety of lifestyle needs.

The high-profile appointments further demonstrate the commitment of Robertson to its Residential Group business, which in the financial year to 31 March 2019, completed over 800 private and affordable units generating revenues in excess of £170m.

Formed in 2018, Robertson Residential Group operates independently yet alongside Robertson Group to allow the business to focus on the growing housing market. It includes Robertson Homes, affordable housing division Robertson Partnership Homes and Robertson Living, which delivers new homes for younger buyers and downsizers.