People: Developer makes hires from CBRE and KMPG; Social housing heavyweight joins property team; and more

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Land and property firm Rainier Developments has made two appointments at its headquarters in Warwickshire.

Will Blacker has joined the company as land director, having previously worked for CBRE, where he led the residential land department covering the Midlands, specialising in acquisitions and disposals.

Faye Fryer has joined Rainier as executive assistant to the chairman and chief executive, after spending 15 years in a similar role at Birmingham-based KPMG.

Rainier Developments was established in 2014 by Eric Grove and currently has 40 sites in its portfolio.

Chief executive Richard Mees said: “Both Will and Faye are really strong additions to our team in terms of their background and experience.

“To be able to attract them from high profile firms such as CBRE and KPMG is testament to how much we’ve grown and the hard work that we’ve put in to establish ourselves in the land and property development sector in less than 10 years.”


Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has appointed a new partner to its social housing property team.

Andrew Dudley joins ACS from Wright Hassall where he was head of social housing, specialising in property development and stock transfer for housing associations.

Dudley will also focus on developing the social purpose law firm’s property team and client base, which includes The Riverside Group and Citizen Housing Group.

Dudley brings over 40 years legal experience to ACS, spanning roles as partner at Wright Hassall and Shakespeare Martineau. Dudley specialises in supporting housing associations and local authorities on matters including land acquisition, development, sale and rental.

Throughout his career so far, Dudley has successfully developed and negotiated the first insurance policy to support environmental liabilities in stock transfers. This is alongside supporting the transfer of 50,000 homes between local authorities and housing associations.

He said: “With social purpose at the core of its approach, Anthony Collins Solicitors is leading on a number of landmark property projects, enabling the delivery of sustainable and affordable housing and improving lives, communities and society.

“The firm is at an exciting point in its growth journey. I’m looking forward to helping build the property team and bolstering the services we can provide to our clients across the UK.”


Cazenove Capital, the wealth management businesses which is part of the Schroders Group has recruited Jennifer Crowley as a portfolio director, having spent the last decade at Coutts where she advised high-net-worth families and entrepreneurs in the Midlands.

Based in Birmingham, she brings extensive experience to her new role; she has worked in private banking and wealth management for the past 19 years, including in previous roles at Investec and Kleinwort Benson. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI.

Mary-Anne Daly, chief executive at Cazenove Capital, said: “As ever, Cazenove Capital is committed to ensuring that more business owners, entrepreneurs and wealthy families across the UK benefit from our industry-leading wealth management services. These new joiners bring over 35 years of combined experience of working with high-net-worth clients across the country and support our growing UK footprint.”