The Wigley Group appoints former Army Major to operations lead

A former British Army Major with significant leadership and planning experience has been appointed to drive continued growth at a Midlands-based property company.

Danny Leitch has been appointed to the newly-created post of Head of Central Group Operations at The Wigley Group following 30 years of military experience, which included operational deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

Leitch is a former British Army Parachute Regiment Major with a proven background in operational planning, organisational agility, and resilience, and is also a graduate of the UK’s Defence Academy and Staff Program.

As The Wigley Group’s first dedicated Central Group Operations lead, his new role will see him implement the company’s operational and strategic goals and oversee its Central Group Operations, which provides functions ranging from communications, finance, to HSQE (health, safety, quality and environment).

Leitch, who joins from the official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining The Wigley Group – a company I have known for some time through both its strong reputation and charitable work in support of the UK Armed Forces.

“The company’s core values – operating within the highest professional standards, integrity and innovation, whilst being reliable and united in its goals – are all values I hold dear from my own personal and military background, and that is something which really appealed to me.

“I am looking forward to overseeing the Central Group Operations department and building on its already high standards to drive continued growth and success.”

Chris Parsons, Director of Group Operations, said: “The Head of Central Group Operations is an important new role for us at The Wigley Group which has been introduced in parallel with its expanding role and functions, and Danny is a fantastic fit to lead it forward.

“He is an accomplished leader and planner, bringing with him significant experience in operational leadership and people management whilst working alongside diverse teams and skillsets.

“His ability to cohere a group of people to achieve success in their fields of endeavour, balanced against the success of the company, will help to drive the high-standards set within the company as the Central Group Operations continues to evolve.”

The Wigley Group is ISO 45001, 9001 and 14001 certificated and is active in real estate investment, development and construction, as well as asset management of portfolios for both itself and commercial partners.

The family-run firm is based at Stockton House in Southam, Warwickshire, and has proudly supported the UK Armed Forces for many years. In April 2021, The Wigley Group signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise to the nation to ensure that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect.

Since 2013 it has raised more than £160,000 for the official Parachute Regiment charity, Support Our Paras, and established the Wigley Support Fund (WSF) in 2017 to support and help re-train injured serving and veteran service people in all areas of their transition from military to civilian life.