Hello and welcome to both this week’s PJT and welcome to July.
It may be summer and Wimbledon time, but there’s no shortage of appointments news from our industry. Please let us know if you or your colleagues are on the move – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let the industry know.
We start this week with Chestertons International, which has appointed Gavin Vercoe and Derrick Maguire to jointly head up the franchising of the business, where they will develop and oversee the brand’s new offering – ‘The Chestertons Way’ – in the UK and overseas.
Gavin brings extensive knowledge of franchising operations and prime property markets in locations such as Indonesia, Singapore, China, Australia and New Zealand; as part of his new role at Chestertons International, he’ll be looking for new territories to expand into.
Meanwhile Derrick will be managing the UK expansion and maintaining relationships with existing partners across the network. With over 21 years of experience in the international franchise estate agency sector, Derrick’s career background includes two of the largest property franchises in the UK, as well as companies in the UAE and Europe.
“This vast experience of franchising, sales and lettings allows Derrick to bring guidance and support in helping the Chestertons brand achieve growth and profit as well as delivering a first-class service” says a statement from the company.
Derrick and Gavin are in a team of eight operating from Dubai – and that’s where Chesterton International’s new Global Head of International Sales will be based too.
He’s Dennis Chan, who joins on September 1 and brings with him 14 years of property industry experience around the world.
His new role will focus primarily on global new homes and off-plan developments.
Now back to Britain and it’s all change in the senior management of Midlands estate agency Loveitts, which has welcomed a new managing director to guide the firm through the next chapter in its 175 year history.
John Pugh – a chartered surveyor who has been with the firm for 20 years – has now taken over the reins from Peter Rosier, who has been at Loveitts for 45 years and remains a director.
“Whilst we value tradition we are forward thinking and adaptable to market trends. Nowhere is this more evident than in the big push towards new homes – a thriving market in which Loveitts is already making its mark having recently appointed Laura Wilson as the firm’s area new homes manager” says John.
And still in the Midlands region, who says work experience doesn’t pay?
Isabelle Ellis is proof positive that it can be positive because after working at John Truslove Chartered Surveyors & Valuers three times during her studies, she has been appointed a graduate surveyor at the Redditch firm.
Now let’s head to London where Cushman and Wakefield has appointed a partner to its residential team.
It’s Rich Thomas, who joins from BNP Paribas Real Estate with a brief to further grow the residential team and work specifically on institutions and corporate clients.
There’s a flurry of new promotions to partner status at Carter Jonas, too.
They are Nick Marshall, based in Birmingham; Jess McSweeney in London; Christopher Rhodes at Oxford; and Chris Turner operating in Winchester.
“As a business, we continue to add an increasing number of skills to our offering, and these individuals demonstrate not only the calibre of our people but the depth and breadth of the services that we provide” says Mark Granger, Carter Jonas’ chief executive.
Zoopla has been busy recruiting, with new hires including David Wascha, who joins next month as chief product and technology officer. He joins from The Photobox Group.
Other new names include Andy Marshall, previously from Experian, who joins as chief commercial officer; and David Ross who joins Zoopla’s Hometrack team as managing director of data.
There’s also Neil Edwards, arriving from Simply Business to become the chief financial officer; Alex Rasmussen arriving to be strategy and corporate development director; and Catrin Anderson who arrives to take up the splendid title of chief people officer.
That’s it for this week – please keep in touch with news of who’s on the move in your team. We’re back next Monday so, until then…