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24 September, 2020 - 23:35 By Tony Quested

Howard Group hires new finance director

Cambridge-based property developer and investor Howard Group has moved fast to find a new finance director to replace Huw Jones who is retiring the position after six years with the company.

Rick Meakin, currently the group financial controller for Derwent London plc, a FTSE250 property investment and development business, has been named as the new group FD with effect from November 2.

Meakin has more than 15 years’ experience operating in the real estate sector with an impressive track record of delivering consistent high-quality performance. 

He has been at Derwent London for the past eight years and prior to this his career has included property finance roles at Aviva Investors and Chelsfield PLC. He is a chartered accountant and trained at KPMG. 

Howard Group will continue to benefit from Huw’s significant experience across both finance and corporate venturing as a consultant, with a particular focus on the continued development of Howard Capital into next year.

Nicholas Bewes, chief executive of the Howard Group said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Rick to our team over the coming months. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from one of the most highly regarded property firms in the country.  

“I am also pleased that Huw will still remain involved in our business as we continue to pursue our Howard Capital strategy and invest in early stage technology businesses. 

“Over the past six years, Huw has been a highly valued member of the senior management team as we have grown the business, both in scale and reputation.”

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