Brazier, who had been with Taywood for 10 years and became managing director five years ago, said he was sad to leave but disagreed with the new strategy of developing the Bryant brand of middle-market housing.
He said: "Taywood was very customer oriented in the middle to upper market. I am looking forward to doing more of what we were doing there. That is where my passion lies. I leave the company in excellent health and well-positioned to achieve even greater heights." Former Bryant chief executive Peter Long and finance director Patrick Scannell have already been replaced since the takeover. Taywood executive director Paul Phipps is to become managing director of Bryant Homes. Bryant's technical services director Nick Smith becomes operations director. Other Taywood board members are still to learn of their fate. A Taylor Woodrow spokesperson said the finishing touches were being put to further board changes. He said: "There was no place for Stephen Brazier." Brazier said he wanted to return to the sector in a senior role and added that he would consider starting up his own business. He said: "I am totally committed to housing. I have had a number of interesting phone calls and want to explore what's out there. There are the funds out there to consider starting up on my own." Brazier added "I built up a very good team of people and will miss that the most.
"We had a lot of very good products that will only now be coming through and I will have to keep an eye on them at a distance."