Property Appointments: Johnson Fellows; CWA; Virtus Consult
Chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new partner.
Tim Ford, who has more than two decades of experience in commercial property, has joined the Birmingham firm’s professional team liaising with national clients including Tesco, Co-op, Bathstore and other leading retailers.
Nick Wint, partner at Johnson Fellows, said: “Tim is a highly respected and well known property professional, with a strong reputation for delivering great results. We are delighted to have him on board, and I’m sure he will become a very valued asset.
“Our ambition is to grow the business across the country and all commercial property sectors, so to have people in the team of Tim’s calibre is exactly what we need.”
Mr Ford has more than 25 years’ experience in the sector, most recently as an associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton in Birmingham. He has previously worked for BNP Paribas Real Estate and Chesterton.
CWA has promoted Olivia Plunkett to the post of principal civil engineer. The 29-year-old’s appointment comes just 10 months after she joined the Birmingham firm.
Ms Plunkett, who lives in Selly Oak, joined the firm after five years working in land development for Atkins. She holds a Masters degree in civil engineering from Warwick University.
CWA director Steve Wedge said the rapid growth in the company had created opportunities within the company, and Ms Plunkett’s success demonstrated there were no glass ceilings for women in civil engineering.
“We have seen more than four years of consistent growth which has resulted in the need for more people working at a senior level. Since joining CWA Olivia has demonstrated a high level of expertise and experience, and her promotion is richly deserved,” he said.
The city centre-based firm has almost doubled in size in the last two years, and now employs more than 40 staff. Major clients include IM Properties, Seddon, Seven Capital, Prologis, Places for People, Court Collaboration and Cinnamon Care Capital.
Real estate consultancy, Virtus Consult, has targeted growth in London with a senior appointment.
The agency, which in addition to London, has offices in Birmingham, Leeds and Oxford, has appointed associate director Adam Clemens to head its office in the capital.
The push in London follows a series of contract wins.
Mr Clemens brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role, with the last six spent as course leader in Construction Management at the University of Westminster.
Jan Ponsford, director at Virtus, said: “It is gratifying to be able to attract individuals of Adam’s calibre, with more than 25 years’ experience of delivering large-scale infrastructure projects.
“London remains a very dynamic market with significant investment across all sectors, driving the need for efficient and pragmatic management of refurbishment and regeneration projects.”