Maple Grove

Meet The Team

In order to provide a comprehensive high level of service, Maple Grove Developments employs highly experienced staff across a range of disciplines.  Please find below details of our senior management staff and their contact details.

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Karen Hirst
BSc (Hons), MRICS
Managing Director
Karen is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years' property and development experience both in the public and private sector and joined Maple Grove Developments in June 2016.  Her role is to develop public/private partnerships across the Eric Wright Group and progress development opportunities.  Karen was previously Development Director for Salford City Council and Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company.  In Salford, she led on the major regeneration projects across all sectors supporting the growth of the City and was part of the Greater Manchester team securing investment funds and driving forward developments.  Before that, Karen worked as a Director for Welsh Development Agency and a private developer. Karen has an Urban Estate Management degree from the University of Wales.  Karen was promoted to Managing Director of Maple Grove Developments in January 2018.
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Andrew Dewhurst
Andrew began his career at Maple Grove Developments after graduating from, what is now, Sheffield Hallam University in 1988. He has had two spells away from the company working at Enterprise plc and AMEC where he managed the development of two major city centre mixed use schemes in Manchester and Liverpool. Andrew re-joined the company in 2005, where he has initiated and delivered a number of residential, mixed use and commercial projects across the North West and Yorkshire. At Maple Grove Developments, Andrew has brokered several successful development agreements with Local Authorities including those at Craven, Stockport and Blackburn with Darwen.
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Chris Evenson
Chris is a Land Management graduate from Reading University and, after a short spell in the public sector, joined Wm Morrison Supermarkets in 1983, where he soon became Development Director and responsible for all property acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. After 26 years at Morrisons, he became Managing Director of Maple Grove Developments in 2009. Working across a wide range of sectors, he also leads on the joint venture with Leeds based Yorvale and has recently focussed on the student accommodation with them. He is also Managing Director of the Group’s residential development company, Applethwaite Homes.  Chris has taken the decision to stand down from this role in January 2018, although he will continue to deal with a number of ongoing projects until completion and continue to offer support and advice to the team as required.
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Allan Gundry
Construction Director
Allan completed his education at the University of Central Lancashire with Diplomas in both Building Management and Quantity Surveying and achieved membership of The Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Allan spend the first twenty years of his career as a Quantity Surveyor and Managing Surveyor for several of the major national building contractors including Wimpey, Carillion and Balfour Beatty before joining Eric Wright in 2000. Initially working within the construction division undertaking a role in design and commercial management together with support to the development team, he transferred to Maple Grove Developments in 2012. Working closely with the Development Surveyors, Allan provides construction support on both the commercial and residential projects.
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