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HAPPY RETIREMENT NORMAN!

HAPPY RETIREMENT NORMAN!
Our Development Director, Norman Kidd, is one of the most well kent faces in Scottish housebuilding for as well as an extensive career with us, he also joined the Homes for Scotland Committee when it was first formed some 23 years ago.

Along with shaping policy and contributing to the direction of the industry body, Norman sat on the Technical Committee with the NHBC, such was his knowledge and expertise of the industry.

Norman began his career with the Livingston Development Corporation, which is now defunct but was set up to ensure that Livingston, which was one of Scotland’s designated ‘new towns’ was planned, built and maintained correctly.

Unusually, during this time Norman also attended Glasgow School of Art where he took up one of only two UK places at the famous School to study architecture at the same time as working.

Following a spell with Maxi Construction, Norman joined Walker Group in 1988 responsible for the project management of the company’s leisure projects. In 1993 he moved into the housebuilding division spearheading the company’s joint venture partnerships and building up the team to deliver 150 units a year.

One of his greatest highlights was meeting his hero, Seve Ballesteros, at the opening of Westerwood in Cumbernauld.He said, “It was a great moment meeting Seve who was at the height of his popularity. We arranged for him to play each hole for charity when people could bid to play with him. We enjoyed a funny moment at a Christmas party when the video of the day was played. Chairman, Mike Walker, was persuaded to play a hole with Seve despite not being a confident golfer. But when the film was showed the play was reversed at Mike played Seve’s shots and Seve, Mike’s not so great attempt!

“It’s been great fun working at Walker Group but it’s time now to retire and I am looking forward to a family wedding in California amongst other things my wife and I have planned.”