Property Appointments: Investment Property Forum; Savills; Lichfields
Two new directors have joined the board of the Midlands branch of the Investment Property Forum (IPF).
Richard Round is relationship director in Lloyds Bank’s commercial real estate team, based in Birmingham.
He is responsible for client relationship management and origination across the Midlands region, providing funding solutions that include Lloyds Bank’s balance sheet loans, debt capital markets expertise and longer-term debt via Scottish Widows.
Mr Round works with some of the region’s largest property developers and investors and has led some of the region’s most significant transactions, including financing to A&J Mucklow of £40m and Custodian REIT of £45m.
Jonathan Brice is a senior surveyor in the capital markets team at the Birmingham office of CBRE, advising on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property across the Midlands.
Mr Brice (pictured) has been involved in some of the highest profile transactions in the Midlands, including the sale of the Brindleyplace estate on behalf of Hines & Lonestar; the acquisition of 55 Temple Row, Birmingham; and the disposal of the forward commitment of the circa 780,000 sq ft Euro Car Parts distribution hub at Birch Coppice. He sits on the CBRE junior board, and is involved in the Birmingham office’s CSR programme.
The IPF is the UK’s leading membership organisation for property investment professionals. It was established in 1988, with the aim of enhancing the understanding and efficiency of property as an investment through research, education and debate. The Midlands region was set up in 2000 with just 25 members. It now boasts more than 200.
The Midlands board is chaired by Darren Williamson, a partner and national head of real estate at law firm Freeths.
He said: “Richard and Jon are high profile members of the commercial property community in Birmingham and bring with them a wealth of industry contacts and insight. Getting them on the IPF Midlands board not only helps us with market focus but also shows the commitment to the Midlands board continually evolving. They are great additions.”
Savills has announced six fee-earner promotions within its Birmingham office, which take effect this month.
Paul Higman of the building and project consultancy team has been promoted to director. He advises private and public sector clients on a broad range of building surveying work, specialising in technical due diligence, strategic advice and contract administration of new build and refurbishment projects.
Andrew Galloway of the development team has also been promoted to director. With 12 years’ experience in the house building industry, he specialises in strategic land, immediate land sales and development viability work across the Midlands.
Peter Gough and Sarah Gregory, also of the development team, have both been promoted to associate director.
Mr Gough joined Savills as a graduate in 2010 and focuses on residential agency, immediate land disposals and strategic land.
Ms Gregory provides development advice to public and private sector clients, including viability assessments, valuation of development schemes, master-planning advice and development appraisals.
Moving up to associate level is Katie Aitchison of the industrial team, and Amy Harper of the development team.
Ms Aitchison advises industrial landlords on schemes across the Midlands, including IM Properties’ The Hub, Birmingham; St. Modwen’s Centurion Park, Tamworth and Clowes Developments’ Tournament Fields, Warwick. She also advises industrial occupiers including Kimal and Wincanton.
Ms Harper works with the University of Northampton to deliver its new campus.
Planning and development consultancy Lichfields – formerly Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners – has recruited Kay Chaldecott, a board member of New River REIT and St. Modwen Properties as a new Non-Executive Director.
Ms Chaldecott is also a former managing director of Capital Shopping Centres (now known as Intu Properties) and is recognised amongst the top 25 most prestigious women in the industry by The Association of Women in Property (2012).
Lichfields’ Chief Executive James Fennell said: “We are delighted to have someone of Kay’s experience joining us as a Non-Executive Director.
“We are a dynamic business with big plans for the future and Kay will form an integral part of our leadership team in developing that future.”