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publication date: Feb 19, 2012
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Isabel Hudson, NHBCNHBC's first female Chair
Isabel Hudson has become the first female chair in NHBC’s 75 year history. Isabel brings three decades of experience in the insurance and finance sectors, including the role of Executive Director of the Prudential’s UK business.

In her previous roles, Isabel successfully navigated changing business environments on an international level. She has been NHBC’s deputy chair since May 2011.

Isabel Hudson said, “I am delighted to assume the role of NHBC Chair and to be carrying
on the excellent work of my predecessor, Sir John Carter.

“Today’s housing market is undergoing significant political and economic change, and the new homes industry is facing enormous challenges.

“I look forward to working with NHBC as it remains firmly-committed to helping the industry continue to raise standards, while ensuring that consumer concerns remain central.

“NHBC has played a major role during its 75 year history and I welcome the opportunity to be involved in its future work which, ultimately, will help further drive up standards and improve housing supply for generations of consumers.”

Imtiaz Farookhi, NHBC Chief Executive said, “We are very pleased to welcome Isabel as our new Chair. Since 1936 NHBC’s strength has been its ability to adapt and embark on new activity to help further achieve our core objectives to raise standards and provide consumer protection.

“We have also worked closely with Government and helped support the delivery of sound housing policy. Isabel joins us in challenging but interesting times and her knowledge and experience in senior positions within global organisations will undoubtedly be of great value to NHBC.”

Michael Wills, TFTTFT Guildford’s two graduate surveyors
Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT), the independent property and construction consultancy, has appointed two new graduate surveyors for its Guildford office.

Michael Wills (right) has a degree in Building Surveying from Nottingham Trent University and a range of surveying experience in firms such as Bailey Garner and Bray Estates. Harry Watts (below) joins from Capita Symonds and has a Masters degree in Building Surveying from London South Bank University.

Harry Watts, TFTBoth will work across business services within TFT and will be working towards completing their APC. TFT Guildford’s services include Dilapidations, Project Consultancy, Expert Witness and Litigation and Cultural Heritage Consultancy.

Jacqui Allen, partner and head of TFT’s Guildford office, says, “At TFT we are committed to finding and building young talent and these appointments take our total graduate in take for this year to seven across England and Wales. Michael and Harry will benefit from working with a number of industry specialists within TFT, gaining insight and experience from the Guildford team and the wider firm.”

Amanda Notman, Richard DoltonRichard Dolton welcomes Amanda
Richard Dolton, in Torpoint has welcomed back Amanda Notman as a senior sales negotiator.

Having grown up in the town, Amanda has worked as an estate agent since leaving school and has 12 years of
experience in the local property market and has passed exams in Property Law, Construction, Agency and Management.

After working for six years at Richard Dolton’s in Torpoint and the Rame Peninsular she left to start a family. Amanda returned to work at another local agency 18 months ago but last week, re-joined the team at Richard Dolton’s. 

Richard said, “I’m thrilled to have Amanda back. Her daughter is four and so she is working part time at the moment, for three days a week – Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. She has excellent knowledge and experience inthe market and is an asset to the team.”

Amanda says, “I’m pleased to be back at Richard Dolton’s, the leading agency in the area, no other agent can match our market exposure.”

Michelle Rhodes, Sequence Corporate LettingsSequence Corprporate Lettings team expands
Sequence Corporate Lettings is expanding its team in response to growing demand for its property portfolio management services. Kevin Allen (left) and Carly Lunt join the team as Corporate Property Co-ordinators and Michelle Rhodes has taken on the role of Inspections Co-ordinator.

Sequence has seen growing demand for corporate lettings services as lenders, LPA receivers, insolvency practitioners and administrators are forced to manage larger property portfolios.

“I am pleased to welcome Kevin, Carly and Michelle to the Sequence Corporate Lettings team,” says Rupert Atkinson, Director for Sequence Corporate Lettings (pictured). “We have seen strong demand for our corporate services, specifically in helping clients make the most of their assets from management and repairs to ensuring the homes are tenanted without long void periods.”

Gemma Cove, Lawton & Dawe PropertiesLawton & Dawe appoints Gemma
Lawton & Dawe Properties has appointed Gemma Cove as Lettings Manager.

Gemma started in the property industry as Office Manager for a construction and development company in West Sussex, managing new builds and developments in London. She was a Negotiator/Property Manager at a lettings and management company in Brighton, gaining qualifications and a vast amount of knowledge and experience.

Lawton & Dawe Properties are thrilled to have her as part of the team and look forward to her contribution to a very successful new year.

Claire Tier, MNAEA Sales Director Davis TatePromotion at Davis Tate
Davis Tate has announced the promotion of Claire Tier MNAEA to Sales Director.

Recently shortlisted in an industry awards ceremony as one of the UKs Rising Stars in Estate Agency, Claire has been with Davis Tate since 2001. She joined Davis Tate as a Lettings Manager in Pangbourne and Goring. In 2005, she was instrumental in the opening and success of the flagship office in Reading and became Head of Lettings Sales, in 2010 she was appointed Network Manager.

“We opened Abingdon in July 2011,” comments joint MD David Tate,” and have plans for more offices in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Claire’s appointment means that Matthew Davis and I can continue to develop the business, confident that we have an experienced new director to maintain sales throughout the group.”

DTZ launches new look residential team in Leeds
DTZ in Leeds has strengthened its residential offer in the Yorkshire region with the merger of its residential development and affordable housing valuation teams.

The seven-strong, new look residential team is now amongst the largest in the region and will offer over 100 years’ worth of combined specialist national and regional expertise to clients across all residential sectors.
Led by Directors Phil Roebuck and Robin Busby, clients will have access to a comprehensive range of specialist residential services, including valuation and development advice, disposal and acquisition agency together with comprehensive advice on all aspects of affordable housing.

Phil Roebuck commented, “The merging of these two teams is a natural step forwards for us and will enable us to capitalise on an unrivalled breadth of experience and offer an improved service to our broad range of private and public sector clients.”

Spicerhaart, Fast Track Graduate Lettings Spicerhaart helps fast track future lettings stars
Spicerhaart has launched its latest Fast Track Graduate Lettings Management Trainee Programme. The course, which runs over nine months, will see seven graduates complete the company’s Training & Development Programme, during which time they develop from Trainee Negotiator to Assistant Manager.

Everyone will attend the company’s training centre for two to three days of the week with the remainder of the time spent gaining experience working within their nominated branch. At the end of the course they will be eligible to apply for any Branch Manager posts available within the company’s residential lettings group or help launch and manage new branches that are scheduled to open. Spicerhaart is currently set to open six new lettings branches in the next three months in London and the South East.

Says Andrew Benn, MD of Spicerhaart Residential Lettings, “Our staff are the lifeblood of our business, which is why we are so keen to invest in the future through initiatives such as the Management Training Programme. It provides young people with a clear career path within the industry as well as the opportunity to progress to senior positions within the business.”

The Fast Track Graduate Lettings Management Trainee Programme is run under the supervision of Kate Hurles, Management Trainer.

Craig Cassidy, ConnellsPromotions at Connells
Two of Connells’ most successful branch managers, Craig Cassidy (left) and Doug Guerrier (bottom, right), have gained promotion to Area Director.

Craig and Doug have worked with Connells for 12 and 17 years respectively and both have won numerous company awards for their achievements. They are now responsible for the management of 12 branches throughout Hertfordshire, North London and Cambridgeshire.

Regional Director Stephen Valentine says, “Doug and Craig have had very successful careers at Connells and I am delighted they have both been promoted to manage their own areas. I am sure they will prove to be as successful in their new roles as they have been managing two of the company’s most profitable branches.”

Doug Guerrier, ConnellsCraig began as a negotiator at the Hemel Hempstead office, and quickly became manager. Craig was a major force in making the Hemel Hempstead branch such a success and it is consistently one of the top ten Connells offices. In 2008, he moved across to manage the Connells Watford office. He turned around the fortunes of
the branch and in 2010 the branch became one of Connells’ top
two offices.

Doug began his career with the company in 1994 when he joined the St Albans office. He became manager of the branch in 2001, a Board of management partner in 2009 and a local director this year.

Through his hard work the St Albans branch is one of Connells’ most profitable, being one of the top three offices within the company – for seven of those years it was number one.

Badger HoldingsBadger Holdings’ top performers jet off to 
as Vegas
Following the Badger Holdings annual award ceremony in Old Windsor last February, the winners of the coveted top awards have just arrived back in the UK from their five day trip to Las Vegas.

Séamus Kavanagh, MD of Badger Holdings, parent company to Townends and Regents estate agents, dot financial services, Tyser Greenwood Surveyors and INEX Property Solutions, accompanied the 11 award winners on the trip to personally thank them for their fantastic achievements throughout 2010. The group stayed at the famous Bellagio Hotel and enjoyed a hectic few days at the many attractions of this unique city. Highlights included a memorable meal at the Top of the World Restaurant 800 feet above the city and a night out at the fabulous Cirque de Soleil Mystere show.

Séamus commented, “Everyone had a great time in Vegas, and enjoyed their time away from the pressures of work. The trip was great fun for the whole group and was a great way for us to thank our 2010 award winners. 

As a company we have always been firm believers in rewarding our top performers and this year we hope to be recognising even more individuals with another exciting overseas trip in 2012.”

New negotiator for Harrods Estates
Harrods Estates has appointed a new Residential Sales Negotiator, Alexander Richards at its Mayfair office. Alexander started his career in Holland Park, followed by five years working as a Senior Negotiator for Sullivan Thomas, in Fulham. After eight years working in property, Alexander has extensive knowledge of the industry, in particular in Prime London residences.

Shirley Humphrey, Sales and Marketing Director for Harrods Estates, commented, “We continue to see strong demand for Prime and Super Prime London property, both from the UK and overseas buyers. To ensure a first class service for our clients, Harrods Estates has expanded the negotiation team.

“Alexander brings a wealth of experience to Harrods Estates and is already a valued member of the team, which is led by Jenny Marwick.’’

HAART appoints new Divisional Sales Director
haart has appointed Michael Johnson, haart as its new Divisional Sales Director for South East London and Kent.
Michael, who joins haart after seven years with Countrywide, most recently as a Director, will oversee the running of the region’s branch network. The 42 year-old started his career with Page & Wells in Walderslade.

haart currently has 14 sales branches throughout South East London and Kent, including 11 which were formerly Spicer McColl.

Says Michael, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining haart and look forward to working with such
a forward-thinking team to raise greater awareness of the brand and what it can offer to anyone thinking of buying or selling a home in South East London and Kent.”

Ruth Wilkinson, Chesterton HumbertsRuth Wilkinson joins Chesterton Humberts
Chesterton Humberts has appointed Ruth Wilkinson, a highly respected and experienced local agent,
as its new area director covering Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Having lived and worked in the area for nearly 20 years, Ruth is one of the area’s most experienced and successful agents and will now oversee the company’s Chippenham, Marlborough, Tetbury, Chew Magna and Cirencester branches.

Ruth specialises in residential sales but has experience in all areas of residential property including country houses and international sales.

Ruth said, “Having worked locally for nearly 20 years, I have always regarded Chesterton Humberts as one of the strongest agencies and am delighted to have now joined the team and be in a position where I can use my knowledge of the area to best serve our clients and deliver an exceptional service. We are already taking on some very exciting instructions as vendors realise the importance of penetrating the wider market and
I hope to see many more over the next couple of months as people look to complete their property transactions before Christmas and the New Year.”

Mariel, Felicity J LordMariel joins Felicity J Lord
Felicity J Lord has appointed Mariel Roe as its new Divisional Sales Director. Mariel, who joins Felicity J Lord after 20 years with Barnard Marcus, most recently as Senior Area Sales Director, will oversee the running of the company’s growing branch network throughout the capital.

Although based at the Felicity J Lord offices on Upper Street in Islington, Mariel will be responsible for thirteen branches, including Stoke Newington, which opened late last month following the acquisition of Brooks during the summer. Additional branch openings are expected over the next few months.

Says Mariel, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Felicity J Lord and look forward to working with the team to raise greater awareness of the brand and the services that we offer.”

Chris Charlton, MD FineFine appoints new MD
Fine has apppointed Chris Charlton as its new Managing Director. Chris, who until recently was the Head of Northern Region Residential at Savills, will assume overall responsibility for the network of Fine branches. He will also oversee the ongoing acquisitions programme by Fine and as well as the recruitment of additional team members to Fine.

A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Chris began his career in estate agency as a Partner with Walker Walton Hanson before joining Savills, where he worked for over 15 years.

Chris said, “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Fine and look forward to working with the team to grow the Fine branch network. I believe the brand has only just begun to scratch in terms of what it is able to achieve.”

Paul Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Spicerhaart, added, “Chris brings with him a real wealth of experience of the premium estate agency sector, most notably at Savills, and I believe that knowledge will prove to be hugely beneficial for the Fine brand as it looks to become one of the market leaders over the next few years.”