Ex-L&Q modular boss joins Wates

Wates has appointed former Legal & General Modular Homes boss Rosie Toogood to its executive committee.

Toogood joined the offsite housing arm of L&G in 2017 from Rolls-Royce, where she had been business development director of its aerospace business.

L&G announced the closure of its modular business in May 2023, after the business failed to become profitable, posting six straight years of losses.

Toogood will join Wates next week in the newly created role of chief supply chain and quality officer and will report to chief executive Eoghan O’Lionaird.

In a statement, the firm said the new post “reflects the company’s long-standing commitment to driving quality and consistently high standards throughout the company and supply chain”.

Toogood said: “Good quality is at the heart of what Wates delivers as a business and I look forward to strengthening this strategic focus across the Wates supply chain, to help ensure we deliver the highest-quality outcomes for our customers and stakeholders.”

O’Lionaird added that Toogood’s “experience will be invaluable as we continue to work across the whole company and with our supply chain to deliver the very best for our customers”.

Prior to Rolls-Royce, Toogood was executive vice-president of the Compressors Organisation and also served as non-executive director of Severfield and Derwent Housing Association.

In an interview with Construction News in October, O’Lionaird, who joined Wates in 2023, outlined that avoiding supply-chain conflict over remediation issues was among his top priorities in his role.

He said: “We’re not taking a position that we will aggressively go after our supply chain. We’re all in this together in my view. And we have received very good support from our supply chain and from our customers in trying to, in a collaborative way, address the issues that have been brought to our attention.”

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