Northern housebuilder picks replacement after Jolyon Harrison’s shock summer departure

Northern housing developer MJ Gleeson has appointed James Thomson chief executive with immediate effect.

MJ Gleeson

The appointment of Thomson, who has been fulfilling the role on an interim basis, comes after long-time chief executive Jolyon Harrison left the £250m-turnover firm suddenly in June after a boardroom dispute.

In a statement MJ Gleeson said Thomson’s appointment came after a “comprehensive” search process which had included both internal and external candidates.

Thomson joined the firm in June from housing provider Keepmoat.

Dermot Gleeson, Chairman, said: “James has already made a significant impact at Gleeson and we look forward to further progress under his leadership.”

James Thomson said he was “delighted” to have got the job. He said: “My experience, since joining the business in June, has re-affirmed my belief that Gleeson has an exciting future ahead and I look forward to working with my very talented and dedicated colleagues to deliver it.”