Land director Neil Reaney is swapping the Yorkshire landscape for the plains of Africa next year as he embarks on a housebuilding project in Malawi.
Neil, 49, son of former Leeds United and England footballer Paul Reaney, from Harrogate, became a land director with Miller Homes Yorkshire earlier this year.
He was delighted to find he had also been selected to join the Miller team in its visit to Malawi for the Habitat for Humanity programme, the chosen charity of the national Miller Homes group.
Neil said: “This has been a fantastic few months for me and I now look forward to the next six months; building our land portfolio across Yorkshire and supporting the people of Salima as we construct much needed homes for them.
“I have actively been involved in fundraising, but only on home turf, so to get the opportunity to visit and make a physical difference is a dream come true.”
Neil began his career in the housebuilding industry with a small, independent Harrogate-based company and rose through the ranks at Crest Nicholson and Barratt before joining the Miller team in 2006.
During his time as customer service manager Neil helped raise customer satisfaction levels, then as north division customer services director in 2011 he ensured the North achieved NHBC/HBF 5* accreditation across the board.
Mark Leigh, managing director, Miller Homes Yorkshire, said: “Neil's drive and determination will pay handsome dividends in both his future career and his visit to Africa – I am sure he will make a difference in both.”
Neil is currently fundraising for his visit to Malawi. Donations can be made by visiting https://giving.habitatforhumanity.org.uk/pf/neil-reaney
While there, Neil will be engaging in the local community, building desperately needed homes in po