Comings & Goings

Chestertons announces new head of new homes 

Watson Briggs

Chestertons has confirmed Watson Briggs as the department head for its new homes division. The promotion to new homes director comes just under two years after Briggs joined the agency as director for West London residential developments and will see him lead and grow the team to further expand Chestertons’ presence in the sector.

Briggs has specialised in the new homes market for more than a decade and, prior to joining Chestertons in 2022, worked as St George PLC’s head of sales, representing some of the developer’s landmark projects including London Dock, One Blackfriars & Chelsea Creek.

He said: “As the new homes director, I’m focused on growing the department but also on maintaining a bespoke service to our clients whilst establishing opportunities with some of London’s latest and most sought-after developments.”

Chestertons’ head of sales, Matt Thompson, added: “With his in-depth knowledge and passion for the sector, Watson has been an invaluable asset to Chestertons’ New Homes team and we are looking forward to seeing him lead the team to its next stage of growth.”


Bentons Estate Agents announces two promotions

Bentons Estate Agents in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, has announced two promotions to take advantage of what it says has been a recent upturn in housing market activity.

Melissa Hopson has been promoted to sales director and Maria Burns to the post of head of operations at the business.

Both Hopson and Burns will work alongside managing director, Lizzie Bateman, and senior valuer, Nick Bonfield.

James Warne continues in his role as residential director.

Bateman said: “We are delighted to see Melissa and Maria receive these well-deserved promotions.

“We have invested heavily in 2024 as we are seeing the East Midlands property market pick up as inflation falls and this is just one more sign of how we are moving forward and ensuring we provide a top level service to our clients.”


Allison Homes South West announces five new team members

L-R: Caroline Lunness, Marcel Kozacyk, Tracey Taylor, Will Kennedy and Michelle Mitchell

Housebuilder Allison Homes South West has announced the appointment of five new team members as a part of its regional expansion strategy.

These strategic additions to the team reinforce Allison Homes South West’s commitment to delivering quality developments that meet the diverse needs of local communities across the region. Each new team member brings valuable expertise and insights, enhancing the company’s capabilities in crafting innovative and sustainable residential projects.

Marcel Kozaczyk, quantity surveyor

Caroline Lunness, sales manager

Michelle Mitchell, senior development estimator

Will Kennedy, design coordinator

Tracey Taylor, technical administrator

In addition, Mike Symonds has re-joined the South West team as a site manager.

Steve Fowler, managing director of Allison Homes South West, commented: “We’re thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to our team. Their expertise and dedication will play a crucial role in our ongoing commitment to building quality communities across the South West.

“It’s an exciting time for the region as we continue to build and strengthen our team in line with our planned growth.”


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