10/01/2022

Godwin appoints affordable housing expert to spearhead pipeline and homes growth

Emma Webster joins Godwin Developments

UK property developer Godwin Developments announces the appointment of Emma Webster, a highly experienced housing association professional, to the position of Associate Director of Partnerships to lead the company’s affordable housing expansion plans nationwide.

With an impressive 10-year track record in delivering homes for general needs and specialist housing – including Extra Care and Women’s Refuge – Emma has considerable expertise in securing land opportunities as well as managing the planning and construction process to increase the provision of affordable housing.

Utilising her in-depth knowledge in the sector, she will focus on developing Godwin Developments’ long-term strategic relationships with registered providers to expedite the delivery of new homes – both apartments and houses – across the country. She will be based at the company’s Birmingham Head Office, and will work closely with Associate Director, Tom Smallbone, and Development Manager, Claudine Tracey.

Prior to joining the business, Emma worked as Land Manager at Bromford Housing Group, a major UK housing association, where she managed many projects across central England and the South West. Her expertise was also honed through projects delivered for registered providers such as Rooftop and Citizen (formerly WM Housing Group), where she managed regeneration schemes in Solihull alongside Solihull District Council. Whilst at Housing 21, the specialist extra care housing provider, she sourced and exchanged on her first scheme within 9 months.

Matt Chandler, Managing Director of Godwin Developments, commented: “2021 has been a transformational year for our business and we’re looking forward to building on our success in 2022, which in addition to our aspirations in the BTR, commercial and industrial sectors also includes delivering more high-quality affordable houses and apartments. Emma’s strong experience and knowledge in affordable housing will be a real asset and we are pleased to welcome her to the team.”

Emma Webster, Associate Director of Partnerships at Godwin Developments, said: “There is a well-documented and urgent need to create more homes for people up and down the country that are of good quality and available for those unable to access open market properties. One of the most effective ways to address this requirement is to build more partnerships between registered providers and development companies that are committed to making a difference.

“This is why I am excited to join Godwin Developments who have clear plans to grow the UK affordable housing stock. I look forward to harnessing my knowledge, experience and relationships with housing associations and local authorities to bring forward new projects in 2022.”

In addition to her professional career, Emma works with several sports organisations including the Worcestershire FA, promoting equality, diversity and best practice. She is also currently undertaking Chartered Management Institute Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice and has a passion for bringing forward the next generation of leaders in the property sector.

Godwin Developments is an experienced national property developer with a focus on residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes, in partnership with the public and private sectors. The company employs over 45 property professionals across the UK supported by a Property Advisory Board of leading industry professionals.

Find out more about the Godwin Developments team here.