Industry heavyweight joins Godwin Developments Advisory Board

Owen Michaelson

UK residential and commercial property developer Godwin Developments has announced the appointment of regeneration specialist Owen Michaelson to its advisory board of leading property experts.

Prior to commencing his non-executive role with Godwin, Owen spent a decade at the helm of Harworth Group plc as the company’s CEO. Leveraging his 30-years of experience in the remediation and repurposing of brownfield land and low carbon energy development, he led the firm’s listing on the London Stock Exchange in March 2015, after it was demerged from UK Coal Group in December 2012.

Joining Godwin’s established team of advisors as Regional Chairman – London, Owen will play a key role in driving growth as the business seeks to accelerate its plans across a number of sectors nationally, including urban and suburban BTR, PRS and affordable homes, as well as commercial and industrial schemes.

Owen said: “I am delighted to be joining Godwin Developments at what is proving to be a very busy and exciting time for the business. Godwin’s aspirations of delivering market-leading growth, investor returns and community regeneration, in support of the levelling-up agenda, is just the place to be as we all try to create better places for people to live and work. I am very much looking forward to supporting the team and being part of the journey as the business continues to grow.”

Stuart Pratt, group development director at Godwin Developments, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Owen to the advisory board. His experience and reputation across the industry are second to none, and his previous achievements speak volumes of his vision and ability to drive change that secures impressive growth and returns for investors.

“Owen’s appointment adds additional weight and value to our already highly credible in-house team and advisory board, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be a real asset to the business. I look forward to working closely with Owen to continue to deliver our long-term ambitions.”

In addition to his recent executive experience, Owen served as a board member for the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and is the current chair of the British Property Federations Regional Policy Committee. He has also previously served on the boards of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, the North West Forrest Trust and the Tall Ships Youth Trust. In his executive capacity, Owen currently serves as the President of Covanta Europe a global provider of waste management services in the USA and Europe.

This announcement follows Godwin’s appointment of the highly experienced property lead Lindsay McCombe to the position of senior development director in 2020.

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