Watkin Jones appoints new CEO

Developer Watkin Jones has promoted Alex Pease to CEO, following the departure of Richard Simpson in July.

Alex joined Watkin Jones in 2010, and was appointed chief investment officer in 2021. 

Since 19th July 2023, Alex has assumed the role of interim CEO, leading the business through a critical period during which the markets in which the group operates have faced significant challenges.

Alan Giddins, chair at Watkins Jones, commented: “The board is delighted to announce Alex’s appointment as our new CEO.

“Over the last four months, as Interim CEO, Alex has shown his ability both to lead Watkin Jones and think strategically about the future direction of the business.

“I and the Board very much look forward to working with Alex and the rest of the executive team to deliver on the full potential of Watkin Jones.”

Alex Pease, CEO, commented: “I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Watkin Jones as CEO.

“Watkin Jones is a fantastic business, with talented and dedicated employees.

“The PBSA and BTR sectors are amongst the most attractive asset classes in real estate and whilst we continue to face short term macro-economic headwinds, I have no doubt about our ability to navigate through these successfully and return the group to profitable growth.”

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