Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of Britain's highest-profile estate agents, Ed Mead, is taking up a new role.
After more than 20 years running the Chelsea office of Douglas & Gordon, Mead is stepping back from the front line to become Executive Director of the 15-office company.
His remit is to investigate new business opportunities for the firm, spearhead its extensive PR campaigns and to promote new research which the agency's asset management division is producing this spring.
Mead is one of the most outspoken supporters of the proposed Agents' Mutual portal. Last year he waged a vigorous campaign - on the EAT website, on Twitter and elsewhere - highlighting what he saw as the shortcomings of rival portal Rightmove.
He is also well-known for being more than a little media-friendly. He has had columns in the Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph, has a regular slot on London radio station LBC and only last month hit the headlines by admitting that the best thing about his own home was that he could wear no clothes in the garden.
EAT is on the prowl for photographic evidence of the garden activities.