Hill Group has announced the appointment of Brendan Ritchie to the newly created role of Head of Sustainability.
Ritchie, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the sustainability and housebuilding sectors, will aim to drive Hill Group’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda.
Hill Group says Ritchie’s role will add impetus to its strategic priorities on social purpose and energy efficiency standards – which includes the increased use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) – and its commitment to tackling climate change.
Brendan Ritchie worked for 22 years at Willmott Dixon where he served as managing director of a specialist division, advising on environmental governance and sustainable development.
Most recently Ritchie ran a sustainability consultancy, advising developers on technical innovation management and implementation.
Commenting on Ritchie’s appointment, Andy Hill, chief executive of Hill Group, said: “At Hill, we already have a track record of delivering some of the most sustainable developments in the UK.
“However, we have bold ambitions to further reduce our environmental impact and maximise the social benefits of our activities.
“Brendan’s wealth of experience in creating sustainable developments is exactly what we need to help drive this transition and ensure that we continue to deliver further positive social and environmental outcomes across the business.”
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Hill Group’s low-carbon developments include Agar Grove, Camden, the UK’s largest Passivhaus regeneration project; and Athena, a highly sustainable development in Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s new eco-district.
The group also has announced a joint venture partnership with Bioregional Homes to build low-carbon and affordable homes.
Image: Brendan Ritchie, Head of Sustainability, Hill Group