Inspiring Business by Sharing Success


Two De Montfort University alumni are celebrating their success after both securing roles as Marketing Managers with Barratt and David Wilson Homes.

Emma Gristwood, 26, and Josh Malone, 25, have both worked for the developer’s divisions in the midlands for more than three years and progressed up the career ladder to become management.

They were both originally introduced to the leading housebuilder through placement years arranged by the university, before taking on full time roles as Marketing Executives after graduating.

In their new roles they are now responsible for all marketing activity across their division’s developments, as well as budgeting, managing websites and planning events.

Emma, who works for David Wilson Homes South Midlands, based in Northampton, said:

“I first heard about the placement with the developer when I was at De Montfort University and thought it was a great opportunity to gain some hands-on experience.

“After that, when I graduated I knew I wanted to go back and work for them if the opportunity came about.

“The management team really take your ambitions seriously and ensure that you have the right tools to succeed. I know that if I ever had a problem I’ve got the support there that I would need.”

After both studying business-based degrees, Emma and Josh recognise that their education helped pave the way for their careers in Marketing.

Josh, who is Marketing Manager at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, based in Nottingham, added:

“Barratt and David Wilson Homes is such a great employer and they couldn’t be more supportive. It’s a great environment to work in and a great wider team which I am proud to be a part of.

“The difference with Barratt and David Wilson is you are not just a cog in a turning wheel – if you want to learn more about something different to your role, the opportunity to do so can be made available – which is something not all companies do.”

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