The South West’s largest independent homebuilder Cavanna Homes has made two key appointments to its senior team, to further support the firm’s ambitious growth plans ahead of its centenary year in 2023.
Paul Furner, Head of Sales and Marketing, brings more than 15 years’ experience in the new home and property sector, and Victoria Potter, Head of HR, joins the firm with a strong background in human resources management and employee professional development.
Paul joins Cavanna Homes from Countrywide Plc, where he managed the new homes division for the South West. He will oversee the sales and marketing teams at the Torquay headquarters and across all development sites to ensure visitors and customers have the best experience possible.
Paul said: “Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases most people are likely to make, so we need to make that experience as informative and as pleasurable as possible. We want our homeowners to be as proud of their new homes as we are!
“This is an exciting time for Cavanna Homes, with the recent opening our stunning new show home at Cavanna @ Wolborough Hill in Newton Abbot and with more developments lined up to open later this year. I’m really pleased to have joined the fantastic team at Cavanna Homes, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this new challenge supporting the company’s growth plans and encouraging people to come and visit our sites to see our beautiful new homes”.
Victoria Potter, who was previously Head of HR and Training at British Ceramic Tile, will be supporting the company’s 130 employees with a focus on raising awareness of mental health through training programmes.
Victoria added: “Moving into homebuilding has been a big step, but the ethos and goals at Cavanna Homes are inspirational and we have a great team here to deliver them!
“My role is all about attracting, training, and retaining the best talent and supporting the business to achieve its goals. I’m looking forward to working with the business managers and employees to continue making this firm a great place to work”.
Andy Addison, Operations Director at Cavanna Homes said: “We pride ourselves in having employees who are passionate about what they do, and Victoria and Paul are shining examples of this.
“Cavanna Homes is a long-established company in the South West and has gained a strong reputation for building brilliance. Having a forward-thinking and enthusiastic senior team will support the company’s continued growth and success”.
Cavanna Homes currently has the largest number of live developments to date in its 96-year history, including Newton Abbot, Dawlish, Paignton, Tavistock, Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Barnstaple, Stoke Gabriel, and Bodmin, with sites in Holcombe, Wincanton and Exeter set to open later this year. The firm has also welcomed its largest number of apprentices to date as part of its commitment to nurture new talent in the construction sector.