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Ex-Countrywide head moves to rival; new Fine & Country office

Several estate agencies have announced expansions and new offices - and once again a former Countrywide management figure is revealed to have moved to a rival company.

Andrews Property Group has appointed Alison Nunez (pictured) to lead its asset management and lettings business following the promotion of David Westgate to the role of group chief executive. Nunez has left Countrywide after 15 years.

Her most recent role was as Countrywide’s retail director for the south of England; she had previously been lettings director for regions covering south and central England. 

Her new role at Andrews will see her assume responsibility for the lettings portfolio and the leasehold and asset management aspects of the business.

Last week, Estate Agent Today reported three former Countrywide managers now in senior positions at Haart.

Meanwhile high-end brand Fine & Country is next week opening a new office in Birmingham’s high-end shopping location, The Mailbox. “Last year, 6,000 people moved from London to Birmingham ... Fine & Country are well positioned to attract wealthy London and international buyers” claims Sean Newman, head of the new office. 

“The Mailbox is one of Birmingham’s most iconic destinations. Fine & Country will fit in perfectly alongside prestigious neighbours including Armani, Harvey Nichols and Hugo Boss” he says. 

The office is the first in the West Midlands for the brand, which says it is targeting “the upper quartile” of customers; Fine & Country has a network of agents in over 300 locations worldwide. 

Finally, Carter Jonas has strengthened its national planning and development network.

Simon Grundy joins Carter Jonas as head of planning for the north from consultancy Indigo Planning; Mathew Forster will lead the firm’s eastern regional development team, having joined from Strutt & Parker; and in the south east Ryan Harris moves from Carter Jonas’ Newbury to its Winchester branch to spearhead planning and development in Hampshire and along the south of England.

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