Hellens Group




Hellens Group, the property, construction and regeneration specialist with offices based in Stockton-on-Tees and Washington, has welcomed two new financial managers to oversee both the group and its Oakdale manufacturing business.

Rachel Bradley, who joined the team at Hellens Residential while she was still a student at Northumbria University, was promoted to group finance manager after undertaking a number of managerial roles for the company, including business development manager and finance manager for Hellens Residential.

Andy Johnson completed his chartered accountancy exams at age 21 and has worked exclusively with local family owned and managed entrepreneurial businesses. Andy will initially be focused on Hellens Group’s trading subsidiary, Oakdale Contracts, which operates out of Catterick manufacturing innovative hard landscaping concrete products, with a market leading focus on sustainability.

The pair take up their roles amid a period of growth for Hellens Group, including new developments in Houghton, Darlington, Washington and Teesside, and Hellens Residential being named as the fastest growing ‘small’ company in the North East for the second year in a row.

Rachel Bradley said: “Hellens Group is a fabulous place to work and very exciting to be involved in the future plans and developments.

“I joined part time as a student when I was doing my degree in Business Management and have grown with the company with a lot of support from the team. In fact, Hellens Residential is sponsoring me through my CIMA qualification to become a chartered global management accountant as part of my current role.”

Andy Johnson said: “My past roles have provided me with a breadth of experience, both financial and non-financial, across various sectors, including property development and construction.

“I was looking for new challenge and am excited to join such an established organisation with a talented team already in place and exciting plans for the future.”

Gavin Cordwell-Smith, chief executive of Hellens Group, said: “Hellens Group is going from strength to strength, and we’re delighted to have such talented individuals heading up our finance teams.

“We’re looking forward to working with Andy and Rachel and helping them grow their careers within the Hellens family.”

Hellens Group’s flagship project, Burtree Garden Village in Darlington, will deliver 2,000 new homes and 200,000 sq m of employment space as part of a new proposed sustainable community A planning application is due to be submitted later this year for the first phase of the project in conjunction with Homes England.


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Contact Josh Mason 01325 363436

About Hellens Group:

The Hellens Group, with offices in Washington, Stockton-on-Tees and Catterick, incorporates a number of property, construction, manufacturing and social enterprise businesses with interests throughout the North East, Tees Valley and Yorkshire.

The original business (John Hellens (Contracts) Ltd) was founded in 1973 to focus on the regeneration of brownfield sites; the company became leading experts in the field. Hellens Group has significantly expanded and adapted to changing market conditions, moving into sports and recreation facility construction, social housing, land and property development and investment as well as manufacturing of hard landscaping products for the building industry.



About Hellens Residential:

Hellens Residential Ltd is a private registered provider of social housing for affordable rent and low-cost home ownership, with offices in Washington, Tyne and Wear and Stockton-on-Tees, Tees Valley. The social enterprise was established in 2013 by directors, Kate Hellens and Gavin Cordwell-Smith. Hellens Residential retains an extensive property portfolio throughout the North East, Tees Valley and Yorkshire extending to over 250 properties.



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Rachel Bradley, Gavin Cordwell-Smith and Andy Johnson
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