Harworth Appoints Chief Operating Officer and Chief Investment Officer

Harworth Group plc, a leading regenerator of land and property for sustainable development and investment, announces that it has appointed Andrew Blackshaw as Chief Operating Officer and Jonathan Haigh to the newly created role of Chief Investment Officer, both effective from 1 September 2021.

Ian Ball, who joined Harworth in 2014 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2019, had previously advised management of his intention to leave the business at the end of January 2022.

Andrew joined Harworth in January this year as Interim Director of Corporate Strategy. He combines deep knowledge of the business with the extensive executive experience he has built through leadership roles in a number of established real estate businesses. In his new role, Andrew will be focused on the implementation of the Group’s strategic plan, working with Harworth’s Regional Directors to bring forward sites including direct development, the delivery of new products and partnerships, as well as ensuring that the business has the necessary skills to grow. Most recently, Andrew was Managing Director of Manchester Airport Group (“MAG”) Investment Assets Limited, where he led the investment asset optimisation of MAG’s income portfolio, culminating in the disposal of MAG’s non-core portfolio to Threadneedle Investments in August 2020. Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor and previously held senior roles at Deloitte and PwC where he provided strategic, restructuring, and transactional advice to real estate businesses.

Jonathan has been supporting Harworth as a consultant for the last six months, and in his role as Chief Investment Officer (CIO), he will oversee Harworth’s Income Generation portfolio, as well as strategic acquisitions and direct development, and will provide technical, commercial and natural resources expertise to the regional teams. Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor and has over 25-years’ experience in property development and transactions, gained in leadership roles variously as developer, investor, occupier and adviser. He joined Harworth from MAG Property, where as Managing Director he led the development side of that business and associated transactions across the MAG Group, and was a driving force behind the Airport City Manchester scheme. Jonathan previously led a team at PwC responsible for devising and executing work-out strategies and loan book trading. Prior to that he worked for Ballymore, where he led the investment and development activity for numerous large-scale and market-leading schemes.

“Both Andrew and Jonathan will significantly enhance the Harworth executive team as we embark on our exciting next phase of growth, bringing considerable expertise and a track-record of delivery in the markets in which we operate. Our experience of working together previously, coupled with Andrew and Jonathan’s existing knowledge of Harworth, means they are ideally suited to make an immediate positive impact on the business. I would like to thank our outgoing COO, Ian Ball, for his extensive contribution and dedication to Harworth over the past seven years and wish him every success for the future.”

Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive, Harworth Group plc