Property Movers & Shakers September 2019

30 September 2019

Delve into the latest people in property news with our monthly round-up from PrimeResi (links to the full stories are below each section).

Estate Agents

Knight Frank

Knight Frank’s Global Head of Residential Lord Andrew Hay is to retire next year, after 37 years with the business. Tim Hyatt is to take over as Head of UK Residential; Rupert Dawes is now Head of Global Residential.

Tedworth Property

Tedworth Property has boosted its Chelsea-based team with two key hires. Robert Budge and Sophie Campbell both previously worked at Farleys and then Chestertons

Harding Green

The former boss of Douglas & Gordon’s Chelsea office has jumped ship to “freelance” agency Harding Green. Edward McCulloch has spent the last four-and-a-half years overseeing the Chelsea patch for D&G, following a ten-year stint operating in the same area for John D Wood, and previous roles at Hamptons, Texaco and MAS.


Chestertons has recruited ex-Foxtons director Lori Thompson as its new head of operations.


Chestertons has also ramped up its short lets division after seeing a “substantial” increase in demand for short-term accommodation services. The agency has installed former Hamptons and Foxtons man Elliott Tooley as head of short lets, and ex-Foxtons valuer Sammie Steepe as an associate within the department.

The Shore Partnership

Former Savills Directors Ben Davies and Tim May have teamed up with Kernow’s Andrew Berry to launch a new independent estate agency in Cornwall. The Shore Partnership is based in Truro.

Keller Williams

A trio of former online estate agency leaders have signed-up to join American estate agency franchise Keller Williams in the Home Counties. Russell Quirk, Anthony Quirk and Mark Readings have all run their own digital-led property agencies in the past, but have now taken on the Essex patch on behalf of full-fee “hybrid” firm KW UK.

BCM Rural Property Specialists

Long-running Knight Franker Tom Woods has left the firm after 15 years to join independent country house agency BCM Rural Property Specialists (Bays Curry McCowen). Woods is now Head of Residential Lettings and Sales at BCM, based in Winchester.

Knight Frank and Savills

Former Savills director Mat Hobbs has been signed up by Knight Frank’s investment lettings and management team. Joining KF as a partner, based at the firm’s global HQ on Baker Street, Hobbs will be driving the advisory function for investment lettings and major portfolios in the private rented sector.

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Buying Agents

David Turner Property

Husband and wife team David and Laura Turner have launched an independent PCL property consultancy. David Turner was previously a Director at Savills in Mayfair; Laura Turner was formerly a Head of Lettings at Knight Frank. The pair will be handling sales and acquisitions across the prime central postcodes as David Turner Property.


Former Haus and Foxtons estate agent Rebecca Stott has started FoundIt London; the capital’s first property buying agency just for first-time buyers.

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Developers, Construction & Investors

Mace Group

Construction firm Mace Group has shuffled its leadership team. From January 2020, the company will be run by four new divisional Chief Executive Officers, each handling one “Engine for Growth”: David Grover for Mace Develop; Jason Millett for Mace Consult; Gareth Lewis for Mace Construc; Ross Abbate for Mace Operate (also known as Mace Macro). In addition to this, Mark Castle (current Deputy COO for construction) will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer, and Mark Holmes will step up to become Deputy Chairman.

Martin’s Properties

Martin’s Properties has added two new people to its senior teamsheet and secured a £30m refinancing package. Ross Walker-Love has joined as Development Director from Minerva Smart Cities; he’s previously worked as a Senior Development Manager at Chelsea Barracks for Qatari Diar, and at Battersea Power Station. Before that, he spent six years with British Land Plc. Cristina Aloisio has also joined Martin’s, as Property Analyst, from Northdale Asset Management.

Cain International

Property investment house Cain International has recruited Vanessa Muscarà from M&G Real Estate to the newly created role of Head of Research & Strategy.


London property developer Avanton has hired a new Sales & Marketing Director, bringing in David Ronson from Savills.

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Trade Bodies, Marketing & Tech

The London Magaine

The London Magazine has moved publishing house after 28 years, from Cedar Communications to The Chelsea Magazine Company; it continues to be edited by Anne Cuthbertson.

HM Land Registry

Home Office vis chief Simon Hayes will become Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive of HM Land Registry from November 2019. He takes over from Acting Chief Mike Harlow, who has been in charge since January. Hayes is currently Director of Visas & Citizenship (UKVI) at the Home Office, and is responsible for managing the United Kingdom’s border and immigration systems.


Zoopla has ramped up its marketing team, hiring Tom Parker as head of communications from Amazon, and Melissa Scarlett from PR firm Edelman as PR manager.

Housing Ombudsman

Richard Blakeway has stepped into the role of Housing Ombudsman, filling a vacancy that’s been searching for a permanent resident since 2017. Blakeway previously spent eight years as Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property at the Greater London Authority, and has been Chair of the Homes for London board, and an adviser in the No.10 policy unit.

National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA)

The newly-formed National Residential Landlords Association has named its inaugural leader, appointing Ben Beadle as Chief Executive. The NRLA has been created by the merger of the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association; it is due to officially launch in January 2020. Beadle is currently Director of Operations at Touchstone, part of the Places for People housing group.

British Property Federation (BPF)

The British Property Federation (BPF) is on the hunt for new Board members in a bid to promote diversity at its top table. For the first time, the Federation is is seeking expressions of interest to join the Board from across its membership.

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