Persimmon Homes appoints first director of talent and diversity


FTSE 100 listed housebuilder Persimmon Homes has appointed Madi Pilgrim as its first director of talent and diversity

Madi Pilgrim will have a remit to develop a clear process for reviewing talent and identifying potential, providing development support and creating opportunities for career progression.

Pilgrim has an extensive background in HR and talent management gained over two decades with bus, coach, train and tram operator National Express. She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and an accredited internal coach.

‘Harnessing great talent’

“Construction is a very fast-paced industry and Persimmon Homes already has a proven record in developing its employees,” she said.

“This role is an opportunity to build on that by implementing new strategies and approaches to harness the great talent we have and ensure our people reflect our customer base and the communities in which we build.

Developing diversity is about providing clear routes for people to progress, whether they are learning ‘on the job’, being mentored or following traditional training paths and – combined with effective succession planning – we can excel in this area.

“Construction is a complex, competitive industry and Persimmon already benefits from a wealth of talented people within its workforce.

“In addition, we want to attract people who bring a fresh perspective and share our focus on quality, customer service and sustainability to deliver the new homes so urgently needed by communities across the country.”

Founded in 1972, Persimmon Homes builds over 16,000 homes a year, operating from 31 regional offices. The company currently employs more than 5,000 people and supports around 86,000 jobs in the construction sector.


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