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The Property Industry Appointment Roundup – December 10th

While businesses might be winding down as Christmas is just around the corner, there are still several appointments and promotions occurring throughout the property sector. The following is a selection of some of the recent appointments of the past two weeks.

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We begin this week with leading commercial and residential property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) who recently announced the growth of their Office Advisory team.

Archie Chitty, Surveyor at LSH

Joining from independent residential buying agency, Sterling Private Office, Surveyor Archie Chitty (pictured right) joins the Office Advisory team, specialising in the area of Reading.

Commenting on his appointment, Archie said: “I am thrilled to have joined the Office Advisory team at LSH and am relishing the opportunity to build on my previous experience within residential development, into the commercial property sector.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Rodale, Director – Office Advisory at LSH, added: “We are excited to welcome Archie to the team as we continue to recruit across the division. I am sure that he will be an asset to the group and I look forward to helping him develop his career at LSH.”


Staying in the Thames Valley region, the multiple award-winning property developer Shanly Homes has announced the appointment of Christie Alaimo as Sales & Marketing Director.

Bringing 20 years’ experience in the residential property sector, which has seen her undertake several directorial roles at Linden Homes, L&Q and Redrow Homes, Christie will be responsible for driving the region forward and continuing the growth of the company.

Christie Alaimo, Sales & Marketing Director at Shanly Homes

Commenting on her appointment, Christie (left) said: “I was drawn to Shanly Homes as an admired privately-owned business in the South East.

“I welcome the fresh approach Shanly takes to housebuilding and the family values of the business align with my own personal standards. The quality of properties that Shanly build is second to none, and I’m really looking forward to getting involved in an exciting array of developments – both current and upcoming – and working alongside the sales and construction teams across the Thames Valley region.”


Moving across to the legal side of real estate now, Boodle Hatfield LLP, a 36-partner law firm based in London, have announced the appointment of specialist real estate debt finance partner Jonathan Hyndman.

Jonathan Hyndman, Partner at Boodle Hatfield

Joining from fellow London law firm Rosling King LLP, Jonathan will advise lenders, financial institutions, sponsors, and corporate borrowers on all forms of real estate debt finance.

Simon Williams, Head of Real Estate at Boodle Hatfield, says: “We are excited to welcome Jonathan to the team. He brings a wealth of experience that will complement our team, enabling us to provide clients with the full gamut of real estate advice.”


In Scotland meanwhile, the established property firm DM Hall Chartered Surveyors has recruited three young professionals to boost its rural arm, Baird Lumsden.

Pictured below, new recruits Tom Lennie, Kirstie McLachlan and Sophie Watt, have all joined the DM Hall Baird Lumsden team.

(left to right) Sophie Watt, Kirstie McLachlan and Thomas Lennie

Sophie, who heads up the New Build Sales Division, holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Geography from Stirling University and has over 9 years of experience working for a major national housebuilder across central Scotland.

Tom, meanwhile, has joined the firm as a Graduate Surveyor and will be working to become fully qualified as a Surveyor. Tom has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen, and a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited rural surveying and rural property management Masters.

Kirstie, meanwhile, is an experienced Administrator with a lifetime’s interest in estate agency and property matters. In her new role as Sales & Lettings Negotiator, she will play a key role working alongside the lettings team.

Donald Yellowley, DM Hall Baird Lumsden partner who is based in Bridge of Alan, said: “Demand for rural property is currently close to unprecedented levels throughout Scotland, and we urgently needed to strengthen our team with quality people to cope with customer enquiries.

“In Kirstie, Sophie and Tom we have three bright and enthusiastic young people who we believe will enhance greatly our offering to customers and potential customers throughout the country. We warmly welcome them and wish them huge success in their chosen careers.”


Moving down to Leicester now, the award-winning property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP has appointed a new Partner to lead its Building Surveying practice.

Andrew Jenkins, Building Surveying Partner at Ridge

Bringing over 18 years of experience in the industry, Andrew Jenkins (right) joins Ridge from Uppingham School in Rutland, where he spent three years as Estates Director working on a range of capital and revenue projects.

Prior to his stint in Rutland, he was a Director at CS2 Chartered Surveyors, establishing its Birmingham office in 2010 and later taking over as head of its London office in 2014.

Speaking of his appointment, Andrew said: “I’m looking forward to playing my part in the success of Ridge and developing a building consultancy team here in the East Midlands.

“Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Ridge has a strong reputation built on providing exceptional client service and I’m excited to contribute to its continued growth.”

In his new role at Ridge, Andrew will head up a new building surveying arm and is looking to recruit four new building surveyors in the coming months.

Matthew Francis, Partner and Head of the Leicester office at Ridge, said: “We’re delighted that Andrew has joined us to lead the building surveying team in Leicester.

“Andrew has a wide range of sector experience and technical knowledge that will benefit both new and existing clients. He is experienced in building teams, and I am confident we can deliver a market-leading building surveying arm in the East Midlands.”


Global property investment firm CBRE has also announced the appointment of a new Senior Director as it looks to strengthen its Northern UK presence.

Andrew Player, Senior Director at CBRE (Northern Developments)

Based in Manchester, new Director Andrew Player (right) joins CBRE’s Northern UK Development team after previously serving as Head of Property in Cheshire West and Chester Council.

At CBRE, Andrew will focus on projects with both public and private sector clients around the UK, specialising in the North West and, in particular, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

Alistair Chapman, Senior Director at CBRE Manchester, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the team. Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience working within the Local Authority sector and his extensive private practice background will be instrumental in providing CBRE’s clients with tailored and expert advice to maximise the performance of property portfolios.”

Andrew Player, meanwhile, added: “I am pleased to be joining such a dynamic team. The development sector is currently a very exciting area to work in and CBRE is at the forefront with market leading insight and expertise. I look forward to working with both new and existing clients in broadening and strengthening CBRE’s offer.”


Lastly, the Birmingham-based property management firm Principle Estate Management has also announced a new appointment with the hiring of Andrew Cleverley as a Service Charge Accountant.

Andrew Cleverley, Service Charge Accountant at Principle

Joining from Centrick Property, where he spent four years working in the accounts department, Andrew (left) also brings 8 years of experience from GVA Grimley.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Richardson, Finance Manager at Principle, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Andrew to our team as we continue to provide our annual service charge accounts more quickly to our customers.

“He impressed us at interview with his excellent and directly relevant experience in the property sector and the fact that he was well-aligned to our company values.

“This has been validated by him settling in really quickly and already making a difference in his first few weeks as we reallocate Principle’s growing portfolio across the expanded team.”

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