National role for former Cushman & Wakefield’s Midlands chief

Jon Leedham

Cushman & Wakefield has appointed its Midlands head to a new national role.

Jon Leedham becomes the new Head of Business Space Regions and will remain in the firm’s Birmingham office.

Mr Leedham is a well-known figure in the city’s property market, acting on a number of high-profile buildings and projects, including being part of the team which advised Birmingham City Council on the redevelopment of Grand Central shopping centre.

Specialising in lease advisory and valuations, Mr Leedham had served as Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Midlands, South West and Wales region since 2003. He joined Cushman & Wakefield’s predecessor, DTZ, as a graduate in 1988.

In his new role he will be responsible for driving forward the firm’s regional business which encompasses eight offices across England, Scotland and Wales.

He will report to George Roberts, who was recently appointed as the firm’s Head of UK & Ireland.

Mr Roberts said: “I am delighted to announce Jon’s new role. We are witnessing significant UK and overseas investment into the regions, often linked to public and private redevelopment and regeneration projects, central Government devolution initiatives and large-scale infrastructure projects – many of which we are proud to be advising on. Jon has the depth of knowledge as well as the drive, to further our ambitions for our regional business.”

Mr Leedham said: “The regions continue to offer significant opportunities for the growth and development of our business. With local expertise in every major market of the UK, combined with specialist national teams, we are well placed to capitalise on these exciting opportunities.”

Cushman & Wakefield’s regional business has advised on a number of high profile projects over the last year. These include: the largest city centre regeneration project in Europe at Smithfield Birmingham; the 380,000 sq ft GPU letting in Leeds – the largest office deal in the city’s history; two of the largest office deals transacted in Scotland this year; one of the largest port development sites in the UK at Humber International Enterprise Park and the creation of a new city neighbourhood at Filton Airfield in Bristol.