Harworth appoints Head of Investor and Stakeholder Relations

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Harworth Group has appointed Tom Loughran as Head of Investor and Stakeholder Relations.

Working closely with Chief Executive Lynda Shillaw and CFO Kitty Patmore, Loughran will oversee Harworth’s investor relations and financial calendar programme, including the preparation of results materials, alongside managing relationships with key stakeholders including sell side analysts, advisers, Local Government and the Group’s widening institutional and retail investor base. Loughran will also play a key role in shaping the Group’s ESG agenda, in terms of both strategy and market engagement.
 
Loughran is a Chartered Accountant and joins Harworth from NewRiver REIT plc, the specialist owner and manager of retail and leisure assets, where he spent three years, latterly as Head of Investor Relations. Prior to this, he spent seven years at KMPG, where he was part of its Makinson Cowell consultancy business, advising FTSE 100 and 250 clients on their institutional investor engagement, equity market activity and stakeholder communications.
 
Harworth has enjoyed a strong start to 2021 across both its income and land activities. Highlights include the GBP12.7 million acquisition of Towngate Business Park in Widnes, Cheshire as part of its strategy to actively manage its income portfolio and the submission of a planning application for 2.9 million sq ft of employment space in Thorne, Doncaster.
 
Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive at Harworth, says: “Tom joins the business at an exciting time, following the reporting of a strong set of annual results. His plc experience will be invaluable and we look forward to being able to leverage his institutional and advisory relationships as we continue improving and widening our profile amongst key stakeholders.”
 
Loughran adds: “Harworth is uniquely placed to deliver shareholder value, with the Covid-19 pandemic highlighting more than ever the need and demand for well-designed, attractive and sustainable places for people to live and work in. I am very much looking forward to working with the team to ensure that the Harworth message is being effectively communicated across the market.”