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Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of industry moves

Welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - and as ever we have a breakdown of key moves within our industry.

To contribute your news, please email press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and we’ll let the industry know what’s happening.

Let’s start this week in Yorkshire where a property professional with an impressive residential and corporate background has joined Dacre, Son & Hartley to head up the firm’s Harrogate office.


Ross Quin, who grew up in Harrogate, will head a team of nine sales, lettings and mortgage advisers; he has spent more than a decade working for two national firms in Harrogate and Thirsk, as well as at a property investment firm based in York.

“I was born in Harrogate and went to school here ... and I have a real affinity with the town. I am pleased to be working back in Harrogate” says Ross. 

Dacre, Son & Hartley is Yorkshire's largest independent estate agent with 21 offices across Yorkshire and 158 staff. 


Still in the north, there’s expansion in the air for property search agency Heaton & Partners. 

It’s moving into the north of England by merging with Phil Martin of AcQuire Property. This will see Heaton & Partners now cover prime northern property hotspots including Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District. 

Phil worked for the original Garrington Home Finders alongside Phil Spencer, of TV's Location, Location, Location programme for five years. 

He specialises in acting for buyers in prime residential property acquisition including property investment portfolios to multi-million pound country houses.

He’ll work closely with Edward Heaton, founder of Heaton & Partners, to grow the property investment side of the business, encouraging clients to focus on key northern cities such as Manchester and Liverpool as well as Prime Central London. 

Now let’s swing into London where Featherstone Leigh’s Richmond sales branch has announced that Oscar Doyle has returned to managing the office, having previously worked there from 2003 to 2010.

“I am delighted to have returned to Featherstone Leigh. Working for an independent agent means, as an agency, we put our clients first, rather than having to prioritise the partners or shareholders. Richmond remains an excellent place to move to and invest in, and demand here remains consistent, despite fluctuations in other areas. From the Georgian townhouses on Richmond Hill through to new developments near the station, there is real diversity in the property market” explains Oscar.

There’s plenty of movement over the summer outside the traditional agency landscape too, including Legal & General appointing Ben Denton as managing director of its affordable homes division. 

Ben has joined from Sovereign Housing Association, the sixth largest housing association in the UK, where he handled an annual housing budget of some £250m. 


One of the rental sector’s most influential suppliers is Mortgages for Business, where Steve Olejnik has just been appointed managing director.

He takes over from David Whittaker who set up the independent brokerage in 1990, and has more than 20 years of experience within the mortgage and retail banking sectors. 

Steve joined the Mortgages for Business broker team back in 2002, after 14 years as retail banker with NatWest and a short time as a financial adviser with The Woolwich.

Still with renting, tenant matching service Ideal Flatmate has appointed two marketing specialists. 

Giovanni Perri joins from growth marketing experts RebelHack as Head of Growth, while 

Caspar de Roij joins from men’s grooming startup Cornerstone as Head of Paid Acquisition and Optimisation.

Ideal Flatmate boasts 150,000 monthly user base, and the newcomers follow the appointment of David Pollock, founder of Greene & Co, to Ideal Flatmate’s advisory board.


Finally this week, we break from tradition and have a little commercial property news - but it’s in connection with a portal, which is always a topic of interest to EAT readers.

Commercial property portal PropList has appointed Richard Howells as the new chief executive officer, having worked as a consultant at the Solihull-based firm since February and before that spending 15 years at GVA. 


Thanks for joining us this week - we’re back next Monday with another Property Jobs Today.

Until then...


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