Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - and while it may be just days to Christmas, there’s still plenty of movement in our industry.
As ever, over the holiday season and as we break into 2019, please let us know of new arrivals or departing names from your company.
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Now let’s start with Winkworth, one of the country’s most successful franchise operations. And it has appointed Claudia Green to the newly created role of Head of Lettings.
Claudia’s former Corporate Services team will now combine with the Client Services Department, headed up by Max White, to form a new Central Services Department, offering customer service support for both sales and lettings to Winkworth’s network of 100 offices.
Dominic Agace, Winkworth’s CEO, says: “We’re now closer than ever to hitting one of our long term goals of achieving a 50:50 sales to lettings business ratio and, with many changes coming up within the industry, it’s vital for us to build on the solid support framework we have in place for our o ces when they need it.”
Still with the rental sector, Build To Rent is ever-growing and one of its biggest players - Legal & General - has made new hires.
The new senior asset manager is Nisha Kerai, recruited from Grainger and with a track record for target delivery and project management background which will be essential in the continued roll out of L&G’s pipeline of 3,300 homes.
A chartered construction manager, Alex Sangway, has been hired from Berkeley St Edward where he managed the construction and project management of multiple high-profile schemes, while chartered surveyor Andrew Esam also joins the team from Upside London where he was associate director.
“With further site acquisitions identified for 2019 and an already robust portfolio of over 3,000 units now reaching the rental market, we are delighted to have brought Alex, Andrew and Nisha on board to diversify the teams’ skill-set, broadening our expertise ahead of future expansion” says Michael Barrie, director of fund management at LGIM Real Assets.
As you may have read last week Savills has snapped up London inependent Currell, an agency set up back in 1990 with offices in Islington, Clerkenwell, Hackney, Hackney Wick and Victoria Park.
The offices and teams join Savills with immediate effect but will trade for “a few months” under the Currell name and branding, adding that the firm is now ‘part of the Savills group’.
The Currell Islington office will relocate across the road to the Savills branch.
Savills describes the acquisition as “a key strategic opportunity for expansion” bolstering its existing east London office network in Islington, Shoreditch, Wapping and Canary Wharf.
Amongst industry suppliers, The Mortgage Hut has just appointed a new managing director, Nicola Arbon.
Before joining The Mortgage Hut, Nicola’s background was in High Street banking with a strong focus on customer service. She says: “There are so many new opportunities in the mortgage business, but an incredible customer experience will always be my Number One priority.”
Also receiving promotion is operations director Giacomo Stevens who has more than a decades experience in property related finance. Giacomo has worked all over the world and specialises in finding mortgages for clients who couldn’t find one elsewhere.
Finally, a developer well known to agents in southern England is Octagon Developments. Now the firm has a new commercial director, Gary Lunn.
“This is a new position at Octagon”, comments Gary, “and I am totally committed to making an effective and beneficial contribution, as the privately-owned company expands its focus to attract a more diverse market sector.”
After leaving school he joined Wimpey Homes in the late 1980s as a trainee, followed by roles with other developers before eventually joining housing association A2Dominion’s private sale division.
That’s it for now…please remember to keep us informed so we can keep you informed! Until next time…