Darren Jones, previously Managing Director of Himor and Director of Economic Development at Oldham Council, has joined Manchester based Nikal Group as Development Director.
Nikal co-founder and Managing Director, Nick Payne, said: “We are delighted that Darren has joined us. He brings to the team 30 years’ of private and public sector experience in regeneration, development and management. He will provide strategic advice, help deliver complex brownfield projects where we work in partnership with landowners, Local Planning Authorities and community groups across the UK and help us focus on expanding the activities of our homebuilder brand, Hillcrest Homes.”
On his new role, Jones commented, “I have known Nick for 35 years and greatly admired the achievements of the Nikal Group so was delighted when he asked me to come on board. I look forward to working closely with Nick and the Nikal and Hillcrest Homes teams to deliver some fantastic new projects.”
Whilst at Oldham Council, Jones managed a number of public/private joint ventures, capital programmes, residential developments, asset, FM, marketing and sales functions. He also implemented and delivered the Town’s strategic investment framework, its regeneration strategy and major place making projects, including the award winning Old Town Hall and The Independent Quarter.
In addition, Jones ran his own development company ‘Reflect Developments’ for five years and spent 18 successful years at Orbit Developments.