Property Movers & Shakers November 2019

30 November 2019

Your November 2019 PrimeResi round-up on the latest movements and news shaking up the UK's property sector. Links to the full stories are at the end of each section.

Estate Agents & Consultants

Knight Frank

High-profile super-prime specialist Daniel Daggers has left Knight Frank after 12 years. Daggers resigned as a partner in the business in November; he’ll be on gardening leave for three months.

eXp Realty

Former NAEA President Mark Bentley has joined the UK arm of American online property brokerage eXp Realty. Bentley will be a business consultant to eXp UK (which is run by Hatched founder Adam Day) whilst also running his own eponymous estate agency, suffixed with “powered by eXp Realty”.


CBRE has announced that Stephen Hubbard has decided to retire as UK Chairman at the end of this year. Michael Brodtman will take over the top job from 1st January 2020.


Colliers has made some changes to its senior line-up, appointing a new COO and CFO. Former UK Head of Operations Kate Morgan has taken the reins as Chief Operating Officer, while former Director of Finance Mark Colclough has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.

Gerald Eve

Property consultancy Gerald Eve has ramped-up its residential development valuation offering, recruiting a team of four senior valuers from Cushman & Wakefield. Jonathan Godfrey, Jim Parker, Alex Maher and Jacques Higginson have all moved from Cushman & Wakefield to Gerald Eve, where they will work in residential development valuations.

Vail Williams

Former Cadogan director Emma Guy has joined property consultancy Vail Williams to boost the the firm’s asset management offering.

Baird Lumsden

Baird Lumsden, the rural property arm of Scottish chartered surveying firm DM Hall, has appointed Jennifer Campbell from CKD Galbraith as its new Head of Estate Agency.

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Buying Agents

The Art of Buying

After heading up PCL sales teams for Carter Jonas & Faron Sutaria, Kerime Mahmoud has left the corporate world to launch a new independent London buying agency, called The Art of Buying.

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Developers, Design & Planning

Countryside Properties

Countryside Properties has confirmed that its Group Chief Executive Ian Sutcliffe is to retire at the end of March; he will be replaced by Iain McPherson, currently head of the Group’s Partnerships South business, at the start of 2020.

Land Securities

Land Securities has announced that Mark Allan – currently CEO of housebuilder St Modwen Properties – is to take over from Rob Noel as its Chief Executive Officer when Noel retires.

Crest Nicholson

Crest Nicholson’s Interim CEO and Chairman of Major Projects & Strategic Partnerships is to retire at the end of this year. Chris Tinker has been with the firm for the last 30 years.


Cluttons has hired Steve Cooper to head up its development and planning division. Cooper was previously joint head of UK residential at BNP Paribas Real Estate, and took on the head of London land agency role at Strutt and Parker/BNP Paribas RE after the firms merged in 2017.


Mark Prisk – a former Housing Minister under David Cameron – has joined architecture and design consultancy Benoy as a Strategic Advisor.


Planning and development consultancy Turley has boosted its London-based team with two new hires from GL Hearn. Christopher Schiele has joined as associate director; Luke Sumnall has come on board as assistant planner.

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Marketing & Finance


Rightmove Plc’s long-serving Finance Director, Robyn Perriss, is to step down next year. No date has been set, but the company has confirmed that it’s likely to happen in Q2 2020, once a replacement FD has been recruited.

Century Capital

John Wheeler has returned to Paul Munford’s property finance firm, Century Capital, for the third time. He joins as Head of Sales to “lead an ambitious new growth phase”, with a focus on complex and high-value deals

Savills Investment Management

Savills Investment Management has added three new faces to its European research team, bringing the headcount up to six. Hamish Smith joins as Head of Research in the UK; Matthias Düsing as Senior Research Analyst based in Munich, and Matteo Vaglio Gralin also as Senior Research Analyst, focusing on the Southern European markets and France.

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