Meet the Gateshead Innovation Village team

Meet the team at Home Group working on the Gateshead Innovation Project.


  • Simon Williams, Senior Development Manager

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      Simon is a Senior Delivery Manager responsible for identifying and delivering new opportunities within the north east region and specialising in modular construction nationally for Home Group. 

      He has worked at director level in an architectural private practice, design manager with a major house builder and senior management level within a construction company.

  • Craig Kaminsky - Quality Assurance Manager

    • Craig Kaminsky

      Craig joined Home Group in 2012, he is currently responsible for quality assurance within our Development directorate and ensuring our products meet customer requirements. Prior this Craig spent 5 years as our Sustainable Properties Manager with a responsibility for development, delivery and continuous improvement of the Environmental and Sustainability performance of Home Groups existing and new assets. Craig is a chartered Building Services Engineer with a background in international consultancy, as such he leads on the M&E innovation strategy and monitoring aspects of the village. He is also responsible for managing our group IS014001 certification.
  • Katie Gilmartin - Strategy Analyst

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      Katie Gilmartin has worked at Home Group for a year as a Strategy Analyst. 

      No two days are the same in Katie's role, she is primarily tasked with promoting a culture of innovation at Home Group – working with customers and colleagues across the business to identify new, creative, and commercial ways to deliver our mission to build homes, independence and aspirations. 

      Katie has worked with various Smart Home Technology providers to identify how Home Group can build independence and support our customers in achieving their aspirations through their homes. Home Group are fitting a range of emerging technologies in some of the Innovation Village homes to understand how they can improve the lives of customers living in them. 

      Katie is really looking forward to learning how much our customers lives can be improved via technology; unlocking energy savings, increasing a sense of security at home, and making day to day life easier by saving time with home automation. 

  • Mike Westgarth - Head of Property Procurement

    • Mike has worked in Procurement at Home Group for seven years. He is currently Head of Procurement for Development where he is responsible for all of Home Group’s spend on building new homes. Mike led the process to select the suppliers for the Innovation Village and managed the project up to point that it moved into the delivery phase. He is excited to see how the different technologies perform during the construction phase and how the learning from the project will influence our future development strategy.
  • Lucy Nicholson - Marketing Campaign Manager

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      Lucy has worked at Home Group for six years and is now Marketing Campaign Manager. Lucy leads the marketing campaigns for Home Group, covering a wide range of areas from our employer brand, customer communications, our new models of care work and the award-winning development programme which includes Gateshead innovation village. She’s most excited about how we’ll be involving customers in our research once they’re living in the homes to make sure we really understand what life in a modular home is like.