John D Wood has announced that Nick Taylor, the agency’s managing director and a well-known figure in the industry for four decades, has died.
Nick joined Countrywide brand Mann & Co in the late 1970s and became its head of sales a decade later, where he was instrumental in developing the business and brand.
He continued working for Countrywide in a number of roles before joining John D Wood & Co. in 1999; he became managing director of John D Wood in 2016.
Paul Creffield, Countrywide’s group managing director, says: “Our industry has lost a tireless champion of the critical role agents play in serving our customers. I was lucky enough to have known Nick for many years and I will always be grateful for his support. Those of us who knew Nick well have lost a friend who will be greatly missed.”
And Polly Ogden Duffy, regional sales and lettings director at John D Wood & Co, adds: “Nick was an inspirational leader, a mentor and a friend to many. He had an infectious personality and a selfless approach to his role as managing director. He referred to John D Wood & Co as a family and his leadership, care and support for all our employees will be felt in his absence. His ability to light up a room with his roaring laughter will always be remembered.”
A Countrywide statement says: “The thoughts of the management and colleagues from across the business go out to Nick’s family and loved ones. Polly Ogden Duffy and Jonathan Dyson, Regional Directors will continue, as they have done over the last 10 months of Nick’s illness, to oversee the sales and lettings operations within John D Wood & Co.”