Audley appoints development director

Audley Group has announced the appointment of Philip Rolfe as development director.

In a new role for Audley, Rolfe will work alongside construction director Kevin Hudson to deliver the planned growth across Audley Group, at a pivotal moment for the company.  Reporting to managing director Kevin Shaw, Rolfe will be key to the delivery of the business’ future growth strategy. He has worked in partnership with Audley and its investment partner, Moorfield for many years and is very familiar with the brand, business model and development plans.

Rolfe joins from PMR Building Consultancy where he was managing director. With 29 years’ experience in property, construction and development management, including 18 years as a chartered surveyor, he has an extensive track record across a wide variety of refurbishment and development projects. Prior to PMR Rolfe had senior roles at companies including Knight Frank, Watts Group and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Audley recently announced the formation of a joint venture with the real estate arm of Schroders and Octopus Real Estate, to fund the development of four sector leading retirement villages. Audley Group has been active in this market for over 20 years, and the 20 villages in its portfolio, when completed, will provide over 2000 units nationwide.

Kevin Shaw, managing director, Audley Group, says: “Philip joins at a truly critical time for our business as we look to both build on existing opportunities and create new strategic partnerships.  Significant investor interest, notably our recent joint venture puts Audley on a fantastic footing to accelerate our growth and we need exceptional people to drive this forward. Philip’s unrivalled knowledge of the property market and development management experience will be of tremendous value to us as build our offering in the later living market.”

Philip Rolfe adds: “Audley is a leading light in the retirement village market, with its innovative approach to spotting and securing growth opportunities. Audley is a company that I am very proud to join and I am delighted to play a part in continuing its successful mission of providing aspirational housing, facilities and care to older people across the UK. “