Property Movers & Shakers May 2023

11 May 2023

Estate Agencies

James Bailey has joined boutique central London estate agency Tedworth Property as a partner. He was formerly CEO of Henry & James on Motcomb Street, and before that a director at D&G; he has spent the last few years running specialist off-market firm JBB Property. Fellow Henry & James alumna Hannah Wilson has also joined Tedworth, as Operations Manager. Read more

Joe Le Beau and John Harris, who met whilst working at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay & Co, have launched a new independent sales and lettings firm, based in Mayfair. Harris Le Beau promises a “straightforward, professional approach” to selling and letting high-end resi properties, “combining the levels of resources and digital exposure you would expect from a large corporate…with the customer service focus and personal touch of a small independent”. Read more

CBRE has named Sharief Ibrahim as UK Head of Residential Agency - a newly-created role that brings together the firm’s sales and letting practices under single leadership. Ibrahim joined CBRE from Spicerhaart in 2016 and was promoted to head of lettings in 2019. He also spearheaded the company’s resi affiliate model, which launched in 2021 and has since grown to 15 self-employed sales and lettings staff. He will now oversee CBRE’s resi sales, international sales, lettings, and property management divisions, and work with new homes chief Julien Mills to service resi development clients. Read more

Strutt & Parker has recruited country house specialist Nick Ingle to lead its residential sales team based in Salisbury. Ingle has spent the last 12 years with Savills, where he headed up offices in Beaconsfield and Harpenden. He previously spent four years with Strutts, and now returns to the firm. Read more

Strutt & Parker has also installed George Hughes as Head of Residential Sales in Oxford. He replaces Giles Lawton, who stepped up to the estate agency’s National Country House Department earlier this year. Hughes moves from the firm’s Ascot & Sunningdale office, which he set up in 2019. Read more

International real estate brokerage Engel & Völkers has relocated its Private Office to London. The division, which provides property services to HNW clients across a number of major cities worldwide including London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai, will now operate from an HQ on Bloomsbury’s Bedford Square. Read more

Savills has promoted Sascha Moore and Jack Pearce to co-heads of residential development sales in North East London. They will be based at the firm’s Hackney Wick office. Both were already part of the firm’s London residential development sales team. Moore joined from JLL in 2019; Pearce in 2020, following spells with Westminster City Council and Marsh & Parsons. Read more

Knight Frank has signed Karen Bowes and Shishir Baijal to its group executive board, responsible for the UK and global business. Bowes has taken on the newly-created role of group chief people officer, and will also become a proprietary partner; she brings 25 years of experience in law and financial services, most recently with Barclays and previously with Capital One Bank. Baijal has spent 45 years working across a range of sectors including hotels, leisure and real estate. He joined Knight Frank in 2012, taking on the role of chairman and MD of Knight Frank India, and has built the Mumbai-based team to 1,500 people across eight cities. Read more

Knight Frank has also made some changes to its Private Office: hiring Far East Consortium's Ho-Pin Tung to expand into Hong Kong, and relocating Middle East chief Henry Faun to London. Read more here and here

Connells Group, which owns estate agency brands including Hamptons and John D Wood, has named a new Chairperson. Former PwC partner Sarah Whitney will take over from Mark Lund in September. Read more

Cotswold estate agency Butler Sherborn has brought in a new Head of Residential Agency, recruiting former Savills and Strutt & Parker country house specialist Helen Whitfield as an Associate Partner. Read more

Home Counties estate agency Michael Graham has moved into London, opening an office on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. The new outpost provides both sale and lettings services across Kensington & Chelsea. It’s being run by Director Richard Banks, alongside Sales & Lettings Managers Leonora Field-Foster and Emily Beck. Read more

After 18 years with Druce, Tony Daly has joined self-employed broker-model estate agency Harding Green to cover the Marylebone and Fitzrovia area. Read more

Yorkshire estate agency North Residential – which was Knight Frank’s Harrogate outpost for 15 years until going independent six months ago – has recruited Liz Dennison to roll the business into the Northallerton region. She’s been running her own eponymous consultancy for the last four years, and before that was head of Strutt & Parker’s country homes team. Read more


Buying Agencies

Property Vision has launched an international buying agency network. Associates are now operating under the PV banner in the South of France, Greece, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, Milan, Ireland, Scotland, Antigua, Barbados and Mauritius, and the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps - with more territories to come. Read more

Recoco Property Search has added two new senior names to its team, as the buying agency extends its reach into East Anglia, and rolls out a specialist building plot service. Mike Henderson joins to assist clients with plot and site searches, while Camilla King has been brought in find properties in around Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Read more

Former CBRE and Taylor Wimpey director Alex Greaves has launched Ridgestone Property, offering retained search, investment advice and development consultancy services to private clients across London and the Home Counties. Read more

Warby Property Search has expanded its patch to cover the London market. The independent agency, set up by ex-Strutt & Parker and Property Vision agent Max Warby last year, has until now been operating solely across the prime markets in and around the Chilterns. Read more


Developers & Property Management

Octagon has recruited Alex Potter as strategic land manager, sourcing “medium-term strategic sites” for the firm’s prime division, and its recently-formed mid-market brand, Chancery Homes. Read more

Housebuilder Mount Anvil has brought in a new chief financial officer. Katie Rogers moves from Telford Homes, where she spent 11 years CFO, and three of those also as chief operating officer. Read more

Knight Frank has moved out of the residential block management business, offloading its RAM division to specialist managing agent firm Encore. All head office and onsite staff will remain with the business as it transfers to Encore. The team – headed by Michael Toogood and Richard Nubel – will join Encore’s London office near Liverpool Street and will operate under the Encore brand. Read more


Legal & Finance

300-year-old law firm Boodle Hatfield has promoted real estate lawyer David Rawlence to partner. A number of other promotions have been made across the corporate, private client and tax, real estate and family teams; stepping up to senior associate level are Fred Clark, Katherine Worrall, Katie Male and Michael Duffy. Read more

Burges Salmon has installed Rick Read as the new Head of its Real Estate department. Read – a partner in the law firm’s Real Estate Investment and Asset Management team – takes over from Paul Browne, who stays as a partner in the same department. Read more

Real estate development lending platform Precede Capital (formerly Precis) has recruited Nigel Webb as a Non Exec Director. Webb is currently a Director and Head of Development at British Land Plc, and has worked on significant development projects including Clarges Mayfair, the Leadenhall Building, the Willis Building, the 3.1mn sq ft Broadgate campus, Regents’ Place, and Ropemaker Place. Read more


Marketing & Associations

OnTheMarket’s long-playing head of marketing, Patsy Walton, has moved on after nearly nine years. Tom Gough has taken over the position; he’s previously worked in an array of different sectors, including financial services and gaming. Read more

The British Property Federation and the UK PropTech Association have announced a plan to merge in order to “drive innovation in the property sector” and encourage “deeper collaboration between property and proptech businesses.” Boards of both organisations will work together over the next few months, with formal integration slated for June. If all goes to plan, the UKPA will become a legal subsidiary of the BPF. It is intended that there will be no change to the terms of membership for either BPF or UKPA members in the short term and that UKPA will operate under its current name. Read more

Marcus Geddes, Managing Director, Workplace at Landsec, has been elected as Chair of the Westminster Property Association for a two-year term. He’s been tasked with leading the WPA’s engagement with policymakers and wider advocacy on behalf of central London’s leading property owners, developers, investors and advisors. He succeeds Paul Williams, Chief Executive of Derwent London and will be joined by newly appointed Vice Chair James Raynor, Chief Executive, Grosvenor Property UK, following the WPA AGM. Read more



Global architecture practice HOK has appointed an established duo to run the business as co-CEOs, succeeding long-standing boss Bill Hellmuth who passed away last month. Eli Hoisington and Susan Klumpp Williams have stepped up to become permanent CEOs, having been interim co-CEOs since Hellmuth went on medical leave in May 2022. They previously led two of the firm’s largest offices: Hoisington was design principal in St. Louis; Klumpp Williams was managing principal in Washington, D.C. Read more

ADP Architecture has acquired London- and Edinburgh-based Ethos Design and Architecture (EDA), taking the employee-owned firm’s headcount up to 140. The newly-enlarged team is currently working on projects including Calderstone Resort (a hillside eco-hotel in Edinburgh which is due to start on site in the next few weeks) and a recently-approved mixed-use 1000-unit masterplan in Romford. Read more