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Countrywide regional director joins independent + Connells moves

Gareth Overton, until recently regional director at Countrywide’ Gascoigne Pees brand, has joined regional independent Henry Adams as head of residential sales.

Overton will operate from the Billingshurst office but will be overseeing the agency’s sales branches across West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

Meanwhile Connells Group has announced three promotions to strengthen its estate agency senior management team.

Ian Fry and Giles Hart have been promoted to the newly created roles of Connells Group National Operations Directors and Simon Arnes appointed to Connells Group Estate Agency Operations Director. 

In their new roles, Fry and Hart will have responsibility for Connells Group’s largest estate agency businesses - Connells Residential and Sequence –– covering the south and north respectively and providing a collaborative approach to sharing best practice and enabling further growth in market share. 

Ames will assist with driving and developing Connells Group’s entire estate agency network and with maintaining its market leading position.

The three have over 75 years’ combined experience, starting their careers as negotiators and undertaking roles at every level within the business. Between them they have developed Sequence’s east and central division into the most successful within the Connells Group.  

It’s been an active year for Connells Group, 2016 completing 15 acquisitions, adding a further 57 branches into its network via new openings and acquisitions, plus 28 new lettings offices.  


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