Deputy chief executive role created for specialist development firm
Blueprint development, which specialises in the development of sustainable places, has appointed Sam Veal to the newly created role of deputy chief executive.
Veal has more than 30 years’ experience in construction, development and public private partnerships. A chartered surveyor, her career has involved a diverse range of projects from regeneration, health, retail, bespoke residences and affordable housing.
Most recently, she was CEO of Uliving, Linkcity’s dedicated student accommodation offering, working in partnership with Universities to design, build, finance and operate high quality on campus accommodation.
The appointment comes at an exciting time for Blueprint as it embarks on ambitious growth plans. Veal will work alongside Blueprint’s chief executive and current High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Nick Ebbs.
Commenting on this, Ebbs said: “Over the years, Sam and I have crossed paths on various projects and have always had a shared passion for sustainability. Her experience of the wide spectrum of housing will be invaluable as we look to the next exciting chapter for Blueprint.
“Places for People Capital, who are a leading responsible real estate fund have recently acquired a 50% share in Blueprint. The other shareholder is Nottingham City Council. Both shareholders are keen to expand Blueprint’s remit and to build upon our solid platform of award winning projects. Sam’s appointment will strengthen our leadership team and provide a much-needed resource as we look to expand our reach across the region.
“Part of her remit will be to foster partnerships new and old across the wider Midlands region; taking best practice examples from across the UK to develop schemes which meet the changing needs of today’s market. Sam has shown an acute understanding of the Blueprint business and our vision for the future and I look forward to working with her.”
Established in 2005, Blueprint has been responsible for several high-profile developments across the East Midlands, including Green Street in the Meadows, a sustainable housing project, Nottingham Science Park and Phoenix Square Leicester.