Gleeds appoint Sara Boonham to head-up retail developments nationwide

Gleeds is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Boonham as head of retail development for its UK business.

Sara joins Gleeds from Rider Levett Bucknall and brings with her over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. She has spent the last 15 years specialising in developer-led retail schemes, holding key positions on some of the UK’s most significant regeneration projects including: Birmingham’s Bullring, Princesshay in Exeter and Southgate in Bath.

Her appointment strengthens Gleeds’ retail proposition, placing the business as a leading provider of asset management and construction consultancy services across mixed-use developments, in-town shopping centres and out-of-town retail parks. Sara’s expertise builds on Gleeds’ track record of delivering fit-out programmes for brands such as: Marks & Spencer, Vodafone and O2, as well as retail developments for client including: Hammerson, Henderson, Land Securities and British Land. Sara also brings with her a team of five consultants, who will work alongside her to grow Gleeds’ national retail development portfolio.

Commenting on her appointment, Sara said: “It is a real pleasure to be joining the Gleeds business, where I hope my strong track record in the sector will allow me to maximise opportunities to grow their retail offering. I take great pride in the quality of schemes my team and I have been fortunate enough to have worked on and am very much looking forward to the next challenge.”

Richard Steer, chairman for Gleeds worldwide, added: “Sara is a great addition to our retail team. Having worked on a variety of large developments across the country, she has a fantastic understanding of the needs of clients in this market and I have no doubt she will be invaluable in driving things forward here at Gleeds.”