Checkers Appoints Director of Lands and Landscaping

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Checkers, Churchill Group’s specialist services partner for the housing sector, has appointed Naomi Childe as Director of Lands and Landscaping.

Childe’s main responsibilities will be to provide safe, high-quality and on-time services while developing green spaces for its clients. This includes cyclical grounds maintenance, the design and construction of specialized green spaces, arboricultural services (tree surveys, inspections and routine work) and invasive weed treatment, including the management of Japanese knotweed.

With significant expertise in the housing market, Childe will bring his broad skills to a variety of contracts, developing best practices on how to manage green spaces for housing associations. She will also be responsible for tailor-made and transparent reports on service delivery and quality, corporate social responsibilities, sustainability and the implementation of apprenticeships for recruitment.

Childe’s has worked in the horticultural industry for over 20 years and has started his own commercial grounds maintenance business. Currently Director of Lands and Landscaping for Checkers, she has implemented best practice processes in the utility and utility sectors, providing expert solutions to meet client needs.

Speaking about his appointment, Childe said: “Checkers has a great team and a great culture. It is an innovative company that seeks only excellence, offering the best service to its customers. I was really impressed with how Churchill and Checkers responded to the national labor shortage and how the various teams of specialists formed a Project Recruitment Team which included several apprenticeship programs. In fact, it was Checkers’ investment in people and brilliant infrastructure that really appealed to me. Their vision and goals for the future of our industry align with mine, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Checkers journey.

Antony Law, MD at Churchill commented: “After a difficult year, from the release of containment, to a national shortage of manpower and delivery of goods; the industry needs support to return to stability and recruitment is fundamental to achieve this. Naomi brings with her the knowledge and dedication to move business forward, innovating in the industry with her ambitious ideas. The current resource crisis demands smart recruitment, and the introduction of Naomi will ensure excellence in our horticulture division. An experienced and ambitious leader, we are delighted to have Naomi on the team and excited for the future to come.


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