The managing director and surveying director of Bovis Lend Lease’s fit-out business, Bovis Lelliott, have resigned to take a controlling stake in a smaller London-based contractor.

David Brewin, 43, is to become managing director of Eugena, a £15m-turnover local authority housing specialist based in Walthamstow, north-east London. Ian Weatherburn, 42, will become surveying director.

Brewin said one reason he had left Bovis Lelliott – which has a turnover of about £100m – was because he wanted more control over his future after the takeover of Bovis Group by Australian developer Lend Lease.

“I left amicably but I’ve now got my destiny in my own hands,” he said. The opportunity to move arose after Eugena’s founder Eugene Flannery made the decision to focus his efforts on his property business Goldings Estates.

Brewin said he wants to grow Eugena into a £40-50m-turnover business within four years by pushing into the City interiors market. Currently, the firm does most of its work for local authorities and housing associations.