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Hellens Group promotes experienced surveyor to development director

Katie Rumble (centre left), with Gavin Cordwell-Smith (left) and director Kate Hellens (right)

North East-based property and construction firm, Hellens Group, has announced the promotion of Katie Rumble to development director with a pipeline of significant projects on the horizon.

As development director, Katie will take the lead on some of the company’s largest development projects, which include a mixed use development of up to 210 homes and around 450,000 sq ft of employment space at Queens Meadow in Hartlepool, and the long-term strategic development of Burtree Garden Village in Darlington, set to deliver 2,000 new homes for the region.

Having begun her career as an estimating clerk, and working on tender preparation, Katie joined Hellens Group in 2010. Originally a contracts administrator, and more recently a senior development surveyor, Katie has gained additional experience and qualifications over the past 14 years, including a first-class honours degree in real estate.

During her most recent position as a senior development surveyor, Katie was able to coordinate residential and retail planning applications, providing invaluable experience for her new role as development director.

Katie Rumble said: “I’m very proud to step into this new role as development director at such a pivotal time for Hellens Group.
“Since joining the company in 2010, the support from the senior team and the opportunity for progression has been amazing, which has allowed me to thrive, and more recently take on a degree at Northumbria University, which has been of massive benefit.”

Gavin Cordwell-Smith, chief executive of Hellens Group said: “Katie’s promotion to is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and the significant contributions she has made over the years. Her deep understanding of the industry and commitment to excellence make her the perfect fit to lead our future developments.
“It is an exciting time for all at Hellens Group as we embark, in earnest, on some of our most ambitious projects.”