Cambridgeshire council-backed developer This Land has made a double hire to target a move nationwide having acquired 20 sites across the county.

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Alessandra Caggiano will look to help This Land expand beyond Cambridgeshire

This Land is a privately owned company that received £100m from its primary investor Cambridgeshire County Council earlier this year ahead of acquiring sites to deliver 1,000 new homes across Cambridgeshire in the next five years.

Former Cambridgeshire City Council arts development officer Alessandra Caggiano and Natalia Boloz have now joined the company as head of strategic partnerships and development manager respectively to lead on This Land’s growth strategy, including expanding beyond Cambridgeshire.

Caggiano has more than nine years’ experience in programme and project management in Cambridgeshire having worked for the council, Anglia Ruskin University and Silicon Valley Comes to the UK and having founded the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival in 2012.

Alongside her, Boloz brings extensive experience in land development, valuations and property data analysis having worked with Berkeley Group and Cushman and Wakefield in recent years.

The duo join the existing leadership team of managing director David Gelling, development director Rob Hasselder, creative director Tom Sims, and associate director David Bethell.

Gelling said: “This Land is delighted with the appointments of Alessandra Caggiano and Natalia Boloz and we are confident that they will be integral to the lasting success of the business. We were greatly impressed by their courageous and forward-thinking outlook and we look forward to announcing further appointments in the near future”.

Formed in 2017, Gelling told Property Week earlier this year that the company’s long-term vision is to “deliver mixed-use, retail and commercial developments throughout the UK” and “challenge the traditional model of housebuilding in the UK”.