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The Property Industry Appointment Roundup

While winter is upon us, and businesses and individuals are either trying to get in on the Black Friday holiday season or gearing up to have a post-pandemic Christmas to remember, there are still many new appointments occurring across the commercial and residential property sectors.

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In the first of our new weekly roundup of the latest movers in the property sector, we begin in Manchester with the global property advisor CBRE.

CBRE Manchester Capital Markets new Associate Director Giovanni Pilla

CBRE announced on Monday that they had strengthened their Manchester-based capital markets advisory team with the appointment of Giovanni Pilla (pictured left) as Associate Director.

Joining from fellow commercial property firm, Cushman & Wakefield, Giovanni spent more than six years in the residential investment and the Build to Rent sector, advising on a number of major projects. Giovanni will now operate alongside Colin Thomasson and Tom Sinclair in the 9-person Manchester Capital Markets team.

Commenting on his appointment, Tom Sinclair, CBRE Director, said: “Giovanni is widely regarded as a rising star in the investment market, having developed a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional understanding of the Build to Rent sector. His knowledge and experience will ensure that we are able to continue to deliver exceptional results for our clients across the North of England.”


In Bristol, meanwhile, one of the UK’s leading commercial property consultancies has made a new appointment to their Building Consultancy division.

LSH Bristol Associate Director, Chris Quaile

Joining after 3 years at Alder King as a Senior Building Surveyor, new recruit Chris Quaile (pictured right) will now become an Associate Director for Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), ‘responsible for providing all aspects of building consultancy related advice to both public and private sector clients across the south west region’.

Speaking of his appointment, Chris Quaile, Associate Director – Building Consultancy at LSH, commented: “I am delighted to be joining LSH in the south-west at a very busy and exciting time for the team and the company as a whole as client confidence and investment begins to return to pre-pandemic levels. My previous experience will help to boost client service levels and business development across the region.”


Also, in Bristol, the property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP has appointed not one but three new Partners (below image).

Ridge are currently celebrating its 75th year anniversary and, in October, announced its most recent acquisition, Projex Building Solutions Limited, which saw 36 staff join Ridge in Birmingham and Leeds. As a result, Ridge now employs more than 700 people across 13 offices in England.

The three new Ridge appointments

Pictured above, former Technical Director Sarah Davis joins Ridge as a Building Surveying Partner, while Sam Mills (left) also joins Ridge Bristol as a Partner after leaving his Director position at international engineering consultancy Ramboll. James Milne-Smith (right), a former Director at Currie & Brown, is the firms’ final appointment and joins Ridge as a Cost Management Partner.


Our final appointment story brings us to both the Capital and the Second City, where the industrial property developer and asset manager, Chancerygate, has announced three new managerial appointments in its London and Birmingham offices.

In London, Ada Ioannidis (right) and Chris Thrippleton join as Marketing Manager and Project Manager respectively, while Rob Watts joins the Birmingham office as Development Manager.

Ada arrives after seven years at workspace provider Landmark, while Chris (left) joins from Quartz Project Services, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the London construction sector.

Rob (bottom right), meanwhile, joins from Avison Young, where he was most recently an Associate Director. In his new role as Development Manager, Rob will be responsible for managing and successfully delivering a growing portfolio of developments in the Midlands as Chancerygate eyes further nationwide growth.

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