Movers & Shakers in Property November 2020

27 November 2020

The Headlines: November 2020 Movers & Shakers, brought to you by PrimeResi

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Estate Agents and Consultancies

Countrywide Plc

It’s been quite the month for Countrywide Plc. Following a rejected recapitalisation proposal by private equity firm Alchemy, Peter Long has stepped down as Executive Chairman with immediate effect; Group Managing Director Paul Creffield has announced that he will retire next year; former William Hill chief Philip Bowcock is now Interim CEO. The company is currently subject to an £82m take-over bid by rival estate agency group Connells.

Knight Frank

Mel Constantinou has joined Knight Frank to run lettings offices across South West London and the Home Counties. She’s spent the last 23 years with Foxtons, most recently as Operations Director.

Knight Frank

Knight Frank has bolstered sales teams in prime London, recruiting Toby Anderdon from Savills as a Partner in the Chelsea office on the King’s Road, and former Foxtons director Katy Brookes as head of the Hampstead outpost.


A “coordinated series of leadership appointments” is being billed as “the final steps in JLL’s two-year transformation program”. The Fortune 500 company has announced new CEOs for EMEA, the Americas and Global Markets, while current Europe chief Guy Grainger moves to a newly-created role as Global Head of Sustainability Services & ESG. Andy Poppink from the firm’s Western USA operation will take over the Europe, Middle East & Africa patch. Current Americas CEO, Greg O’Brien, becomes Global CEO Markets; John Gates will lead the Americas Region as CEO Americas Markets; Anthony Couse will continue to lead the Asia Pacific region.

BNP Paribas Real Estate

BNP Paribas Real Estate has appointed Gary Cameron as Head of Scotland across its three property brands, helming BNP RE as well as residential and rural arm Strutt & Parker, and forestry arm John Clegg & Co.

Carter Jonas

Carter Jonas has made a raft of promotions across its business, including 14 new partners. A total of 55 people have stepped up in the Commercial, Planning & Development, Rural, Residential and Business Services teams; the new resi partners are David Ruddock (Chapel Place), Kim Bays (Mayfair) and Tessa Clarke (Parsons Green).

Oliver Bernard

Specialist real estate private office Oliver Bernard has recruited former JLL and Carter Jonas agent George Vernon as head of lettings.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

US-based agency network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World has appointed Liv Baggen as Director of Global Luxury Market. Baggen, who is based in Frankfurt and previously worked at JLL and Palazzo Versace in Dubai, will be in charge of growing the network’s membership base in high-end markets beyond the USA.

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Buying Agents

Middleton Advisors

Middleton Advisors has appointed Gemma Maclaran as lead agent for the key Cotswolds territory. Maclaren, a Cotswolds native, joined the buying agency’s London base in 2018 following a seven-year stint at Douglas & Gordon.

Thea Carroll Property Consultancy

INTERVIEW: Thea Carroll, founder of Thea Carroll Property Consultancy.

Capital Place Properties

INTERVIEW: Alexis Stellakis & Harry Helsby, founders of “disruptive” property acquisition and design firm Capital Place Properties.

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Developers, Construction and Investors

NEW VENTURE: Charlbury Group

Five heavyweight property industry players have teamed up to launch a new development and investment outfit, called Charlbury Group, focusing on land and planning opportunities in London and the South East. The new venture is being run by Richard Barth, Darius Ziatabari and Steffen Priller, founders of developer Equinox Living, with Darryl Flay, former MD of Berkeley London and Founder/CEO of Essential Living, and Steven Morrice, former Executive Director of REIT McKay Securities.


Mayfair-based luxury property firm REDD has recruited a new Head of Private Clients as it looks to expand its project- and property management offering across London and the South East. Inchbald alumna Charlotte Royden joins from interior design practice Helen Green Design, where she was Head of Client Relations. She previously worked in business development at London Design Group.


Super-prime construction firm Knowles has appointed former Symm CEO Aidan Mortimer as a Group Director.


Specialist airspace developer Apex has recruited Phillippa Prongué as its new Chief Operating Officer – marking the second senior Kier Group figure to join the firm.

Strawberry Star

Property developer Strawberry Star has promoted its finance chief, Steven Beveridge, to CEO, and recruited Mario Luca Balducci as its Managing Director of Developments. It’s part of a “restructuring” as the company looks to expands its footprint in the UK. Beveridge joined the firm as CFO earlier this year from venture capital outfit Vensyn Group. Balducci was formerly the co-founder and Managing Director of Allies Group.

Weston Homes

Weston Homes has recruited Peter Holdstock from Redrow to lead its construction teams in London and the South East, and Suzanne Aplin as Group Sales & Marketing Director. Aplin spent the last five years at City & Country where she worked as Sales & Marketing Director. She’s previously done stints with Marks & Spencer, Countryside Properties and Skanska Residential Development.

Regal London

Regal London has hired of Trevor Racke as Acquisitions Director. He previously worked at Galliard Homes, where he spent 23 years, mostly in the Acquisitions & Land Team.

Land Securities

FTSE 100 property giant Land Securities has hired Grainger’s Chief Financial Officer Vanessa Simms as its next finance chief.

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Estate agency software outfit Reapit has appointed Mark Armstrong as its new Chief Executive Officer, stepping into shoes left empty by Gary Barker over the Summer. Interim CEO Adrian Gill will be staying with the firm in an advisory role. Armstrong is joining Reapit from enterprise software support company Rimini Street, where he’s been General Manager for the last three years.

ULS Technology Plc

ULS Technology Plc – which operates Proptech offerings including conveyancing platform DigitalMove, service comparison service eConveyancing, and own a chunk of HomeOwnersAlliance – has hired a new CEO. Jesper With-Fogstrup joins from HSBC, where he was Global Head of Digital as a Channel. Before that, he was COO of and CEO of


Rightmove has hired the former boss of Propertymark’s lettings division, David Cox, as legal and compliance director.

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Industry Bodies


Kathleen Fontana has been inaugurated as President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for the next 12 months. She is Managing Director of Critical Infrastructure & Projects at construction giant Mitie Plc.


The Society of British & International Interior Design (SBID) has appointed Chris Godfrey, global principal at HBA Residential, as its President for the coming year.

NAEA Propertymark

NAEA Propertymark has named Liana Loporto as its new President Elect and Stephen McCarron as Vice President.

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