The development consultancy leading some of the region’s flagship projects has appointed a new Director.

Identity Consult is heading up Sunderland’s Beacon of Light scheme and the Smith’s Dock project in North Shields as well as a number of other major developments across the UK.

The firm, which provides project management, quantity surveying and BIM consultancy from its offices in Sunderland and Preston, today announced it is promoting Andrew Milnes to director. Andrew will also take up a role on its board.

He is currently leading the £16m Beacon of Light project in Sunderland on behalf of the Foundation of Light and the £55m Dove Lane project for Places for People in Bristol. He is also a market leader in offsite construction, an initiative currently championed by George Clarke, to improve the design and quality of new homes by building them in a controlled factory environment and then transporting them to a ready-made plot. 

He joined development consultancy Identity Consult five years ago and has played a significant role in the growth of the Project Management team since joining the organisation. He previously worked as a Design Manager for a major contractor before moving into consultancy and this technical background has provided the foundation for leading many flagship projects on behalf of the company.

Andrew said: “I am delighted to be joining the board. We have grown organically over the past five years and I have really enjoyed being part of the company’s growth. There is a fantastic energy running through the business, and our collective desire to provide an excellent service is underpinned by our level of repeat business and the high-profile commissions we are appointed to deliver nationwide. I am excited at the prospect of helping to steer the future of the business and to build on the solid foundation that has been put in place to date.”   

Pete Johnson, who leads the Project Management Team at Identity Consult, said: “Our company’s success is due to having a talented and motivated team who are dedicated to delivering the highest level of service for our Clients and Andrew encapsulates all of these qualities. His strong leadership has been fundamental to the success of projects such as the Beacon of Light and this promotion to Director is just reward to the significant contribution Andrew has made in supporting our growth.”