Hello and welcome to a new week - one with darker evenings and colder days.
But there is still plenty of activity on the appointments front: please let us know what your business is doing over the autumn and winter by emailing jobs news to firstname.lastname@example.org. In return, we’ll tell the industry.
We start this week in Manchester with agency Pick My Pad.
Following its acquisition by the Mistoria Group, the agency has rebranded and expanded its sales and lettings team with the arrival Daniella Ryan (pictured centre) as branch manager, moving from the Salford HQ of Mistoria Estate Agents.
Andrew Mercer (left) and Josh Pendlebury (right) are new team members too.
Welcoming the new staff members, Daniella said, “Andrew and Josh demonstrate all the qualities that make the members of the Pick My Pad team so successful: excellent communication skills, an ability to effectively problem solve and the desire to provide unbeatable customer service.”
The new arrivals come after a complete rebrand of the business following its merger.
Now to the giddy heights - at least in house price terms - of prime central London where Knightsbridge agency Nicolas Van Patrick has recruited Alice Umfreville to manage its lettings department.
Alice previously worked with NVP founders Patrick Alvarado and Nic Pejacsevich at Douglas & Gordon, before moving onto Strutt & Parker in Chelsea to head up its lettings department.
Alice, daughter of ex-WA Ellis legend Simon Umfreville, says: “Having worked in big corporate agencies, the freedom to work how I want and to be trusted to do that, is a breath of fresh air.”
Still with the lettings sector, LSL’s Build To Rent service PRSim has announced Samantha Powell as national portfolio landlord manager - she has 10 years’ experience in the portfolio landlord sector.
Samantha began her career in property in 2010, rapidly being promoted to senior lettings branch manager.
Knight Frank’s buying arm, The Buying Solution, has a new appointment - James Burridge is joining the London team.
James’s role will be to manage searches up to £4m; he joins from JLL where he worked in the Knightsbridge office, having originally been a member of the WA Ellis team which became part of JLL in 2014.
“More than ever buyers recognise the value of using an expert to help them navigate a more uncertain market and gain access to off market sales; with the right advice there are some real opportunities to be had and I look forward to helping TBS clients identify these prospects.”
Research and data consultancy Homesearch is a PropTech company that’s arrived on the scene with a bang - now it’s got a new User Experience Designer on board, in the form of Sruthi Ramesh.
Her task is to lead the next phase of the Homesearch interface, improve the experience for agent users and make the data easier for agents to deliver to clients.
Sruthi has moved to London from San Francisco for the role and says: “I haven’t had the chance to work with something like Homesearch before so I’m excited for the challenge of making so much information more easily digestible.”
On the new homes front there are several changes at the National Home Building Council, the major warranty and insurance provider.
Internal promotions see Diane Marshall appointed to the newly created role of Operations Director; she has held many senior roles within NHBC and has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Her new role is to lead the inspection, technical operations, and standards, innovation and research teams.
Steve Evans has been promoted to Head of Technical Operations. Steve has been with NHBC for nearly 10 years and has a strong background in building control, technical risk management and technical operations.
And Tony Webster, who joined NHBC in 1996, has been promoted to Senior Head of Inspection; he takes the lead for the 450-strong inspection team at NHBC where he aims to help builders achieve better standards and to deliver a better product for homeowners.
That’s it for this week everybody. We’re back with more appointments news next Monday, so have a great week. Until then…