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Friday, 31 October 2014

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New finance director at Story Homes

Acountant Stuart Marshall was destined to end up at a building firm – his middle name is ‘Macadam’.

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Stuart Marshall

The 44-year-old has joined Carlisle-based Story Homes as finance director.

This is a new role created following the promotion of managing director Steve Errington to chief executive.

Mr Marshall was born in central Scotland but has lived in Hexham for 32 years.

He spent 12 years in accountancy practice, in auditing and corporate finance, then joined Fluid Group, the Newcastle bar and nightclub design business, as finance manager.

He left Fluid in 2006 to join Nova International, the sporting events company that stages the Great North Run and Windermere’s Great North Swim.

Mr Marshall said: “I worked with them for seven-and-a-half years and expanded my experience greatly working in finance, human resources, IT and health and safety.

“It was a very varied role, marketing-led with a portfolio of some of the highest profile events in the world driven forward by a great marketer in Brendan Foster.”

He has joined Story Homes in search of a new challenge.

He added: “It is very exciting to be part of a team that’s going to drive the business forward at a pace.

“Story Homes has a very strong business plan in terms of expansion with a plan to become a national brand and that provides both a challenge and opportunity and excitement for me.

“In the next five years I can see Story Homes being in a top 10 of the country’s housebuilders.

“The vision is based on a very achievable business plan and driven by a first-rate team led by a really, really strong chief executive and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Story Homes builds across northern England and southern Scotland. It sold 150 homes in 2012-13, rising to 240 in the last financial year and is on target to sell 400 in 2014-15.

The company has announced plans for another 310 homes on the northern edge of Carlisle at Greymoorhill and Hadrian’s Camp, Houghton.

It has four active sites in the Carlisle area. It started work at Crindledyke Farm, also to the north of city, last year and has already sold 47 properties.

Ultimately, it will build 850 homes and a primary school there.

It has planning consent for 45 homes at Scotby and 121 in Dalston.

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