Property consultancy Harris Lamb has announced two new appointments in its planning team.
Chris Hammersley has joined the West Midlands-based business as a senior planner alongside Josie Hobbs as a graduate planner.
Mr Hammersley has 20 years of industry experience, working for both local councils and in the private sector.
Ms Hobbs joins from Dalcour Maclaren, having studied rural enterprise and land management at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.
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Patrick Downes, head of Harris Lamb’s planning consultancy, said: “The past 12 months has seen a lot of change within the property sector and not all as a result of covid-19.
“There have been numerous changes to the planning system in terms of changes of use and we have been incredibly busy pushing forward with clients’ proposals.
“As such, we have appointed Chris and Josie to provide additional support to our nationwide client network, advising on planning matters and liaising with authorities around the country.
“We are delighted that the sector has continued to thrive and that we’ve been able to grow our talented team of planning professionals.”
In other property appointments news, Solihull housebuilder Hayfield has promoted operations director Andy Morris to managing director.
As a result, co-founder Mark Booth will now take on the role of chairman. The pair have worked together since 2006 when Mr Morris joined Banner Homes Midlands Division.
He was promoted to contracts manager in 2011 and, following the takeover by Cala Homes three years later, he progressed through other housebuilding firms to the position of construction director, before rejoining Mr Booth and other previous colleagues at Hayfield in 2018.
Experienced finance specialist Kirsty Clinton has joined Birmingham-based Principle Estate Management as its new service charge accountant.
She joins from global real estate firm Savills where she looked after the finances for a large commercial and mixed-use property portfolio.
Ms Clinton has spent nearly eight years in the finance sector and has previously worked at a number of established companies, including electrical supplies distributor Rexel UK.
Law firm Sydney Mitchell has expanded its commercial property team by recruiting Claire Cooper as a senior associate.
She has more than 17 years of experience in all areas of commercial property and joins the Birmingham-based practice from Talbots Law.
She has worked with numerous sectors including retail, industrial and manufacturing, developers, care home and caravan parks.
Logistics property specialist Prologis has appointed Liz Allister to its real estate and customer experience team.
She has experience of working in mixed-use property and was most recently the park development manager for Birmingham Business Park in Solihull.
Her new role of real estate and customer experience manager will be based in Solihull and see her help Prologis look after its client roster which includes names such as Amazon, Tesco and Royal Mail.
Also joining Prologis at its UK head office in Solihull is James Hemstock in its capital deployment and leasing team.
He was most recently an associate director with property investment specialist Franck-Steier Price and in his new role is focussing on growing its presence in the Midlands’ market as it seeks to secure more logistics facilities.
Nurton Developments has strengthened its senior management team by appointing Rob Bayliss as financial director.
Mr Bayliss has joined the firm from Birmingham Properties Group and his appointment has enabled current financial director Paul Bradshaw to take a wider role within the Bradshaw Family’s property vehicle as chief executive.
Mr Bayliss has also worked for industrial developer Roxhill and accountancy firm Grant Thornton.
National property consultancy Aitchison Raffety has appointed Fergus Power as a director to lead its operation in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
He joins the firm from JLL where he led a team of valuers within its pan-European valuation advisory group and previously held similar roles with other global advisory firms.
His valuation experience spans a wide range of property asset classes.