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.

Karen Hirst
BSc (Hons), MRICS
Managing Director
Karen is a Chartered Surveyor with over 27 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.
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, Preston and Blackburn with Darwen.

James Scott
BSc (Hons), MRICS
James is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years property, development and investment experience and joined Maple Grove Developments in July 2021. James’s role is to lead on new development opportunities across the north (both private and public partnerships) plus bring forward a number of existing development schemes. James was previously Development Director at Muse Developments (Leeds office) where he spent his seven and a half years’ service working across Muse’s diverse development portfolio. During his time there, James was responsible for the delivery of Logic, a 1.2million sq ft industrial scheme in Leeds, as well as Merchant Gate in Wakefield and a number of other projects including Granary Wharf, Leeds, Doncaster Civic and Cultural Quarter and 365 in South Shields. Before that, James worked for Yorkshire based Wilton Developments and Kenmore Property Group. James has an Estates Surveying degree from Nottingham Trent University.
Nick Hague
BSc (Hons)
Project Director
Nick is an experienced Project Management professional, with over 25 years' experience in delivering high quality, multi-phased, mixed use developments in partnership with a range of private and public sector organisations. Prior to joining Maple Grove in April 2022, Nick worked for Muse Developments for over 10 years, in the delivery of both their Salford New Bailey and Stockport Exchange masterplans including commercial offices, high rise residential, hotels, and infrastructure. In addition to these, he also led on the development of the masterplan for a 140 acre employment site for B2/B8 uses in Crewe. Before he joined Muse Developments, Nick worked for Buro Four Project Services, a Project Management Consultancy in Manchester, for 16 years on a wide range of public and private developments across all sectors. His strong leadership, clear communication style and wide ranging experience helped build high performing multi-disciplinary teams, delivering exemplar schemes across the North West.

Nik Puttnam
Senior Development Manager
Nik is a Chartered Town Planner with over 30 years' experience working in the public sector, government agency and private practice. Nik joined Maple Grove Developments in April 2018, from Liverpool City Council, with extensive experience across the development, urban regeneration and planning sectors. He joined as Senior Development Manager and is involved in the delivery of a number of projects from inception to completion and developing future public/private partnerships. Previously, Nik worked for Salford City Council/Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company on the transformation of Central Salford and for the Northwest Development Agency. Nik has a Degree in Planning Studies from Oxford Brookes University.