Ex-senior figure at Purplebricks takes on M.D role

Sean Newman, who has 16 Fine & Country offices across the Midlands, has appointed Jim Harris as the Managing Director of the group.

Harris will also be the Managing Director of Newman Property Experts which has plans to become a national brand and grow to 250 self-employed Agents across the UK.

Harris has a passion for estate agency and a wealth of knowledge about behavioural leadership and business growth.

Having over 30 years of successful experience in corporate and independent estate agency including a lengthy stint in financial services, Harris says:

“I’ve always had a passion for real estate, keeping ahead of trends and innovation, so I am very excited to be joining Sean and his team.

“The estate agency world is changing and I believe agents want to be part of a forward-thinking company where they can learn, develop, have the best technology and infrastructure to help them achieve high earnings, a good work life balance, whilst delivering the results, service and accessibility clients want.”

Most recently Harris has been with Purplebricks, being instrumental in their rapid growth, heading up the training in the UK and Australia. He added:

“The opportunity to work in a founder led disruptor business has been amazing,

“Now I am able to bring the same energy and vision to work with Sean, grow a great business and give agents the opportunity they really want.

“Our goal is to provide the best self-employed proposition, to attract and develop the best agents in the UK.”

Newman commented:

“This is fantastic news for our agents, our clients and our business.

“Jim will help take the business to the next level and provide an exciting future for all involved.”

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  1. Hillofwad71

    “The opportunity to work in a founder led disruptor business has been amazing,”


    Not so amazing for the 90  or so agents  recruited and trained in Oz who had the carpet swept from below their feet

  2. holdencopley

    Oh dear..

  3. Simon Bradbury

    What tremendous ambition and vision – very impressive!

    I say well done and good luck in this venture. I’m sure that there will be plenty of challenges ahead for Sean and Jim but I applaud their positive attitude in these challenging times for our industry.

  4. OnlineEA

    Harris is going to have his hands full, the ever revolving staff doors at Newman’s and commission % miles off the numerous SE competitors nowadays. The very long list of ex-associates shows you need to do your DD before joining Newman’s / Midlands F&C.

  5. GPL

    ……it’s Estate Agency Jim
    ……and you are boldly going?
    Who cares!    

    1. PeeBee

      It’s Estate Agency…

      …but not as we know it!


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