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Deloitte Real Estate makes senior appointment

8 November 2016

Deloitte Real Estate has appointed Claire Handby as Director to drive growth, performance and innovation across multi-billion-pound Real Estate programmes.

A specialist in programme and project management, Claire joins Deloitte with 18 years’ experience working across real estate, construction, infrastructure and management consulting.

She joins Deloitte from EY, where she consulted on major projects such as the London Olympic Games and developed and implemented performance improvement strategies for major clients in the utilities, government, and infrastructure sectors.

A Chartered Construction Manager by core background, Claire has also held senior roles at major construction companies Laing O’Rourke and Mace Group, while she also worked for developer McCarthy & Stone.

Claire has extensive programme and project management experience. She has worked on multi-million-pound construction projects such as the ‘Duke of York Army Barracks’ re-development in Chelsea, which gave London its first public square in 100 years, complex inner city office developments and the Millennium Dome and Manchester Airport.

At Deloitte Real Estate, Claire will drive growth through enhancing the firm’s performance improvement offer across private and public sector clients. She will also utilise partnerships with start-ups and tech companies to drive new innovations in infrastructure and construction, offering strategic advice to clients from the firm’s Manchester office.

Peter Wilkinson, Lead Partner at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “Claire’s ‘Big Four’ experience combined with her core background in construction and infrastructure is a unique blend, and gives us a substantial boost as Deloitte Real Estate continues to drive innovation and superior programme delivery for clients across the UK.

“Her considerable knowledge in infrastructure and capital programmes, especially where the North is concerned, is incredibly valuable, while her experience of working on defining construction projects such as the Millennium Dome and London Olympics will prove a key asset to us. This is especially significant as we consider the capital opportunities arising in the North West as a result of devolution and the Northern Powerhouse initiatives, which are starting to take effect and inspire market leading change in the region.”

Claire Handby, Director at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “The North West has the potential to be the anchor to drive performance improvement across the UK’s real estate, infrastructure and construction sectors. The region is home to a host of talented people, start-ups and technology companies that can inspire and embrace innovation. Through these networks and collaboration, I am confident that Deloitte will continue to be a market leader in enhancing performance and make a tangible difference to our clients in this exciting location.

“I am delighted to join Deloitte Real Estate. The firm values its people, embraces diversity and champions innovation, and I am very excited about what we can achieve together.”


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