New appointment for Mason Owen
Liverpool based commercial property company Mason Owen has strengthened its team with the appointment of Mark Coulthurst.
Mark is a key player in regional commercial property with 20 years experience. He joins Mason Owen from CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) in Liverpool, where he was a director. He has also previously worked for Irving Rice and Matthews and Goodman. He will work with Mason Owen’s business premises department alongside Andrew Owen and Paul Thorne, with an emphasis on industrial agency.
Mark said, “I am extremely pleased to be joining Mason Owen. My remit is to assist the industrial agency team and increase their presence across Merseyside and beyond. Mason Owen is a strong independent firm and I’m looking forward to an exciting future with them.”
Head of business space Andrew Owen added, “We are delighted to secure somebody of Mark’s calibre to work within the industrial agency department at Mason Owen. Despite the tough economic climate, we are pleased to report another positive year and with Mark’s assistance, we look forward to continuing to advise our clients through the particular challenges of the short term.”
New Chairman for ARMA
Peter Dening, Partner at Pennycuick Collins, has been elected Chairman of the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA).
Peter qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1979 and shortly after joined his current practice of Pennycuick Collins where he assumed responsibility for blocks of flats management. He became involved in ARMA’s work by joining its technical committee, becoming the committee chairman in 2007. He also sat on the RICS working party for the accounting regulations. He became a Founder Member of the Institute of Residential Property Management in 2002.
Formed in 1991, ARMA has over 250 firms in membership is the only body in England and Wales to focus exclusively on matters relating to the management of long leasehold residential property.
Linley & Simpson strengthen senior team
Linley & Simpson has strengthened its senior management team by promoting three of its longest serving managers to newly created posts of Associate Directors.
Nick Barrow, manager of the Roundhay office in Leeds, Lynne Taylor, accounts manager, and Gemma Thornton, systems, training and compliance manager share more than 30 years’ experience at Linley & Simpson.
Launched with one office and two staff 13 years ago, the company now employs more than 80 staff across eight offices – York, Harrogate, Wetherby, Ilkley, Wakefield and three in Leeds.
“Staff are our greatest asset and these promotions recognise the significant contributions that Nick, Lynne and Gemma have made to the company’s success,” said director Nick Simpson.
“As well as maintaining their important day-to-day roles, all three will play a greater part in shaping the future direction of the company at a strategic level.”
Founding director Will Linley said, “They bring expertise from their own specialist areas of the business – lettings, management and development of our staff. We want to draw upon this knowledge to ensure we stay at the forefront of residential lettings in Yorkshire.”
Industry veteran for Colliers International
Colliers International has appointed as Chief Executive Officer, UK and Ireland.
London-born Tony joined the property industry as a graduate student and has great experience in the London office market and international capital markets. Before joining Colliers International, he was with Jones Lang LaSalle for 27 years where he expanded their capital markets business as International Director and Head of Capital Markets in Europe, a business of 450 professionals across 24 countries facilitating €35-40 billion per year.
As CEO, Tony will be responsible for the direction and growth of the Colliers International business and joins the company at an exciting time with the recent launch of the new Colliers International brand.
Colliers International’s CEO, EMEA and Interim CEO for the UK and Ireland, Chris McLernon said, “Tony is the ideal fit for Colliers International. His passionate commitment to providing clients with exceptional service and track record of growing a national and regional business will help us grow the Colliers International business in the UK and Ireland to a top tier position.”
Tony Horrell commented,
“I am delighted to be joining Colliers International at a time when there is an absolute passion to grow the business. The culture of the company to ‘go the extra mile’ and provide ideas and opportunities for clients,
matches my own enthusiasm for the industry.”
CFP expands sales team
CFP has appointed Lauren Gray as a new Area Sales Manager in the Midlands. Her main role is to source and bring in new business by promoting the benefits of CFPwinMan.
Lauren was an Area Team Leader in property management for a London lettings agency, managing six people and 800 properties.
Lauren commented, “I have found my new role at CFP to be exciting, fresh and challenging as
I am enjoying meeting new companies to see how I can help them achieve their longer term business plans. As I have worked in property management myself and have a first-hand understanding of the legislation that continues to change and the needs and wants of their clients, I feel that I am able to show them exactly what CFPwinMan can do.
Sara Seymour was also recently recruited as an Area Sales Manager in and around the M4 corridor. Having previously worked for CFP’s sister company, Vebra, Sara has 10 years of experience in the property sector, including residential sales, lettings, property management and HIPs.
Sara said, “I am really looking forward to joining the sales team of the most admired property management system in the UK. I really enjoy meeting potential new customers, identifying ways we can help them and then implementing a successful solution for them.”
James Toogood, Head of Sales at CFP, commented, “These appointments signal a continued success for CFP in terms of business, despite the uncertainty that is still very much dominating the property market, and also reflects the huge amount of interest in CFP’s software products. I am sure that Lauren and Sara will be critical in helping us expand even further and I look forward to working alongside both of them.”
Newquay Property Centre staff now qualified
Four members of staff at Newquay Property Centre have secured the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP) Technical Award in Sales of Residential Property.
Four of the sales staff now hold the qualification, which has taken around two years to complete. , sales negotiators.
Andrew is extremely proud with the loyalty and dedication that Daniel, Zoe and Ginette have demonstrated. He said, “We decided to start our studies as a result of our combined, continued commitment for high standards in providing the best possible service to our clients and I am thrilled that we have all secured the Technical Award.
For us, it is evidence of our professionalism and it also shows our clients that they are dealing with people who are very knowledgeable and can be trusted to do a good job.”
Keelan Westall Appoints Head Of Sales
Property insurance broker Keelan Westall – part of the Property & Commercial Division of Barbon Insurance Group Limited – has appointed Damian Baxter as Head of Sales with responsibility for facilitating growth in existing and untapped property markets.
An experienced business development specialist with proven broker relationship management skills, Damian joins Keelan Westall from PowerPlace where he was Broker Development Manager. Damian says, “I’m delighted to bepart of the Keelan Westall team and believe there is massive potential for the brand. In fact, the company’s heritage and loyal, capable and enthusiastic workforce were the key reasons why I decided to take the new position.
“The basics are there, but we now need to drive up service levels, further strengthen the sales team and increase awareness of Keelan Westall and its expanding product range. I have every confidence that we will rise to the challenge ahead and become the brand for property insurance solutions!”
Countrywide’s new Land & New Homes MD
has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Countrywide’s Land & New Homes division.
Robert Scarff, MD of Countrywide Estate Agents said, “We’re delighted to have James on board. He has substantial experience in Retail, FinancialServices and the New Homes Market, which will complement and enhance the strength of our Land and New Homes team; with its unrivalled developer proposition and links to the UK’s largest estate agency and lettings network.”
Having worked most recently as a sales director for Barratt Homes, James joins Countrywide with a successful and varied career, which began in retail with nine years at Marks and Spencer, before becoming director of new build financial services at Mortgage Talk Limited.
James said, “I am thrilled to be joining Countrywide. The Land & New Homes department is a prominent player in the industry, helping developers and builders throughout the UK. The scope and scale of our land and development expertise, combined with our strong high street presence is unique and designed to help clients both large and small. I believe Countrywide is best placed to support the new homes industry during one of its most challenging periods and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”