Rice has now taken-up his new role at Wates across the Midlands and North where he will report to regional MD Phil Harrison.
Rice will be responsible for developing Wates’ design management function in the area and for the implementation of the Group Design Strategy.
He will be advising on factors such as design supply chain, scope of service, compliance and design risk management.
He will also take a hands-on approach in the delivery of major projects in the North.
Phil Harrison, Managing Director for Wates Construction Midlands and North said: “Tom’s extensive experience in cultivating high standards in the design and delivery of high profile projects will further enhance our client offer.
“His strong leadership skills and ability to foster close relationships with clients are a perfect fit for the Wates business. I’m delighted to have him on board.”
Rice added: “Wates Construction has a hard earned reputation and a proven track record for delivering innovation and excellence across all projects.
“I am looking forward to playing a key part in this and growing Wates’ presence in commercial, industrial and urban residential markets in the North.”