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Member Briefing: David Holliday Obituary

Date: 16/02/15

David Holliday

It is with regret we have to inform you of the death of David Holliday, a figure known to many in our industry.

David died suddenly on holiday in Cuba at the weekend. He was 67 years of age.

As many of you will know, David had a hugely successful career within the industry which included running Laing Homes as managing director and as chief executive of Ward Homes, where he grew the company and led its successful sale to David Wilson Homes.

In 1987, David set up Admiral Homes in what was, at the time, the UK's largest  venture capital start-up. He was chief executive until 1997, and oversaw the company as it grew to building 700 homes a year.

David has always played a key role in representing the industry. He was President of HBF between 1991 – 1992 and was a long-standing member of both the Council and the Board. He was also a director of the NHBC between 1994 - 2000, and later served as the first Chairman of Robust Details.

David's success saw him honoured by more than just those within the industry. In 1997 he was awarded an OBE for services to the "energy efficiency in new homes", and between 2004 – 2005 he was made Master of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.

David is survived by his wife, Diana, and his children, Rebecca, Michael and Mandy. Our thoughts go out to them all at this very difficult time.

We will inform members of details of David's funeral arrangements when we receive them.


Stewart Baseley.