People: Centrick expands commercial team; Key hire for Harris Lamb; and more

Centrick Commercial has a series of key appointments.

The property specialist has welcomed two new recruits alongside promoting Kat Nolan to head of valuation.

Joining the team as an agency graduate, Ryan Cheema will support the company’s strategy with a range of institutional and private clients across the retail, office and industrial sectors.

Ben Fish will be moving into the role of valuation surveyor after spending the past five years in Avison Young’s Rating advisory team.

Centrick Commercial director Alex Tross said: “We’re delighted to see the appointment of two new members, alongside Kat Nolan’s well-deserved promotion. The market has responded really positively to the Centrick Commercial offer and the appointments are as a result of some significant client wins., we’re confident that Ryan and Ben’s arrival to the team will provide a boost of fresh talent and the necessary expertise to support our growth plans in 2022 and beyond.”

These latest appointments follow on from a host of recent triumphs for Centrick Commercial, after unlocking several new instructions by Horton’s Estates across Birmingham, including the newly refurbished 21 Bennetts Hill, the Southside building by Paloma Capital and the former RBS building at 81 Colmore Row by Floreat.


Harris Lamb has started 2022 with the appointment of a residential property manager to help grow the department as part of its business development strategy.

The business, which manages a range of commercial properties across the country, branched out into residential property more than five years ago, overseeing rent collections and landlord and tenant liaison on a number of apartments owned by commercial clients.

James Van Nijkerk has now joined the team to help develop the department in 2022.

He brings 18 years’ experience within the property management sector, most recently handling high net worth clients with extensive property portfolios. He joins the business from Urban Village Capital.

Shirley Greenlees, director, said: “James has a strong estate agency background, which is extremely valuable within this department as it operates separately from our commercial arm.

“James has a proven track record in adapting quickly to different aspects within an ever-evolving industry and brings a wide range of knowledge and experience related to maintenance, industry compliance, statutory legislation, supply chain and contract negotiations.  We are delighted to have him on board.”

Van Nijkerk added: “I was excited to join Harris Lamb due to their strong presence in the Midlands and the great reputation they have within the wider property industry, and I look forward to working with the team to grow the department further this year.”


Santander UK has recruited Alan Horton as head of recruitment sector for the invoice finance team.

He will be responsible for understanding the needs of the recruitment sector and ensuring the invoice finance facilities the bank offers to recruitment clients are appropriate to help them achieve their goals. Invoice

With almost 16 years of experience in Invoice Finance, working with a number of recruitment companies, Horton will move into this newly created role from his previous position of head of origination for commercial clients in Santander Invoice Finance.

Ian Cole, head of invoice finance origination, corporate and commercial banking, Santander UK, said: “Alan brings a wealth of experience in supporting clients with invoice finance and working capital solutions. He will be invaluable as we seek to support more UK-based recruitment businesses with their ambitions to grow over the coming years.”