Comings & Goings

Nicol & Co appoints new marketing manager

Hayley Knight

Nicol & Co in Worcestershire has appointed a new marketing manager.

Hayley Knight has joined Nicol & Co from another role in the property sector where she was the marketing and creative content manager at a firm of technical consultants in the East Midlands.

Knight, who has worked in marketing for more than seven years, is an associate of the chartered institute of Marketing.

She has also previously worked as marketing manager with housebuilder Owl Homes in Tamworth and before that was marketing coordinator for Lioncourt Homes, a client of Nicol & Co.

Knight said: “I was fortunate to have worked with Matt [Nicol] and his team during my time at Lioncourt Homes, so I know only too well what a great and respected estate agency I have been fortunate to join.

“Nicol & Co have distinguished themselves as forward-thinking professionals in marketing, committed to delivering outstanding customer service, and actively engaged in supporting the local community.

“I am excited about contributing to the ongoing enhancement of their amazing reputation throughout Worcestershire.”

Managing director, Nicol, added: “Hayley brings a wealth of experience and sector knowledge to the team and her expertise will help us develop our marketing strategy as we continue our expansion in 2024.”


Former JLL Southeast Asia CEO brings international expertise to board of Native Land 

Chris Fossick

Native Land, the UK property development and investment company, has appointed Chris Fossick as a non-executive director.

A well-known name in Asia real estate, Fossick recently stepped down from his role as chief executive officer of JLL Southeast Asia.

The appointment further strengthens Native Land’s position as a growing development and investment partner international investors in the UK’s prime mixed-use, commercial and residential property markets.

Fossick oversaw the growth of JLL’s Southeast Asia business over 17 years. During his career he has helped clients acquire and sell more than $30bn (£24bn) worth of properties in Singapore, Japan, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Native Land has a portfolio of premium quality mixed-use, workspace and residential developments in central London and wider UK locations.

Alasdair Nicholls, chief executive of Native Land, said: “As one of the Asia market’s leading advisors, Chris will bring a significant global real estate perspective to Native Land’s board. His experience and expertise will provide a valuable bridge between the Asia and UK markets, at a time when our business with major Asian partners and brands continues to grow.”

Fossick commented: “Native Land is one of the most recognised and respected developers in the UK with a strong Asian connection through capital partners and investors. I am absolutely delighted to be joining them as a non-executive director and I look forward very much to supporting them in Asia and helping them build on their already strong relationships and brand in this region.

“There has been and continues to be strong interest from Asia based investors in the London and UK commercial, residential and hospitality real estate sectors and Native Land is in a great position to offer investors the opportunity to partner with a highly trusted and leading developer of outstanding spaces in one of the most attractive and dynamic real estate markets in the World.”


Two new members of staff at Vail Williams in Oxford

L-R: Roland Browning, Guy Parkes, Matthew Samuel-Camps, David Barden, Emma Parker, Sarah Isherwood, Clark Tersol, Richard Dawtrey, Carl Grint, Jiezel Richards, Dan Pearce, Mike Watson, Chris Bailey and Shrutika Tekawade

Vail Williams has recruited two new members of staff, experienced partner Mike Watson and surveyor Clark Tersol, both from Cluttons in Oxford.

The pair join the firm at its new Oxford office, which forms an extension of the firm’s Thames Valley region.

Historic and listed building specialist Chris Bailey has been appointed to cover building consultancy and other hires are in the pipeline, including support staff.

The Oxford team is being augmented by senior colleagues Guy Parkes (agency), Sarah Isherwood (planning), Dan Pearce (valuation) and Roland Browning (occupier advisory) all of whom are already active in the Oxfordshire marketplace.

Vail Williams will initially be located at New Barclay House in Botley and is offering a comprehensive, full-service proposition in Oxford.

Vail Williams’ full-service property advice includes commercial agency, investment and development advice, building consultancy, property valuation, planning, lease advisory, property asset management, business rates and occupier consultancy.

Managing partner Matthew Samuel-Camps said: “This further strategic growth is aligned with our Business Plan, enhancing our offer geographically and synergising perfectly with our current office footprint, particularly that of Birmingham, London and Reading.

“Richard, who had six years’ commercial property experience at a national firm based in Oxford before moving to Vail Williams, has kept in touch with his old client base and is clearly the perfect person to lead our city team.

“There is no denying that Oxford and Oxfordshire are significant growth areas and bringing in Mike was crucial to the process. He has worked in Oxford for 25 years, has a second-to-none reputation, knows the city’s property market inside out, is an expert on the city centre and, in particular, acts for a number of the colleges.”

Vail Williams employs 175 people, of which more than 50 are partners, based across its 12 offices in the Midlands and south of England (Oxford, Birmingham, Crawley, Brighton, Woking, Heathrow, Leeds, London, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Bournemouth).


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