A HALESOWEN housebuilding firm’s director is celebrating 20 years of working his way up the career ladder after starting at his firm as a clerk.

Darren Foster, commercial director of Whitehall Road-based Barratt Homes West Midlands, was recruited in 1997 as a purchase ledger clerk for the company’s Coalville office, but in two decades he is now a head of department at Barratt’s regional division.

His career has seen him pursue different paths within the company, switching from an accountancy role to gain a construction HNC qualification in 2003 and become a qualified surveyor.

Darren said: “My dad was a bricklayer, so I’ve always had that connection to construction, and although I began with the company as a budding accountant, I soon wanted a change of scenery and decided to become a surveyor instead.

“Barratt has always been incredibly supportive, allowing me to change career within the firm and matching my ambition as I’ve taken on more skills and responsibilities.”

Adrian Farr, managing director of Barratt Homes West Midlands, added: “Darren has been an asset to our team since he joined, and his 20 years with Barratt Homes clearly demonstrates his commitment to us, while his progress up the career ladder also shows our commitment to him.

“We value every one of our team members, and are always on the lookout for the next generation of homebuilding talent, whether it be in the trades, sales or office-based part of the company – all play a vital role in bringing the best new homes to the market.”