New directors at CBRE and more property appointments news

The Birmingham office of commercial property consultancy CBRE has appointed two new directors.

Ian Harris and Michelle Simpson-Gallego have joined its planning and development team as senior director and director respectively.

Mr Harris has nearly 30 years of experience, working both agency and client side in various roles, including acquisition manager for Focus Wickes and more recently leading development activities at Capital and Regional’s retail park division The Junction Fund.

He joins CBRE from Wolford, a company he set up in 2009 to provide development management and consultancy services to retail and industrial sector clients including Hammerson, DTZ IM, Travis Perkins and Mercian Developments.

Ms Simpson-Gallego has more than 20 years of experience in planning, having started her career in the public sector before moving to the private sector to join Pegasus Group as a planning consultant where she worked for 17 years, rising to associate director.

Her experience includes strategic planning for the residential sector, advising developers, house builders and other strategic land promoters.

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Simon Phillips, director and head of CBRE’s Midlands and South West planning team, said: “These latest appointments are a direct response to increasing demand for our services and to support the future growth plans of the business.

“We are working on a number of high-profile schemes for a variety of private and public sector clients across commercial, residential, infrastructure, regeneration and education sectors and these strategic appointments will help us to exceed our ambitions.

“Ian and Michelle are valuable additions to the team, given their collective experience and sector specialisms which will further broaden our service offer.”

In other property appointment news, chartered surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has welcomed two new partners to its Birmingham office.

Oliver Young now heads up the building consultancy team, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience with firms such as CBRE and Paragon Building Consultancy.

James Carver has been promoted to partner, having joined Sanderson Weatherall in 2018 as an associate.

He specialises in valuation, agency and general property consultancy.

From left: James Carver and Oliver Young from Sanderson Weatherall, Laura McCombe from Carter Jonas and Myles Wild-Smith from Lichfields
From left: James Carver and Oliver Young from Sanderson Weatherall, Laura McCombe from Carter Jonas and Myles Wild-Smith from Lichfields

Head of office Ben Hartley said: “It’s great to welcome Oliver to the team and reward the hard work that James has put in over the past three years.

“We’re committed to developing our service offering within the Midlands and we know that people are at the heart of that.”

Property consultancy Carter Jonas has boosted its planning and development team in Birmingham.

Laura McCombe joins the practice as an associate planner from planning and urban design consultancy Boyer and brings more than five years of post-qualification experience, managing a variety of residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes.

More recently, she has focused on strategic residential land, leading on the preparation and implementation of planning strategies for a range of clients, including national housebuilders and landowners.

Birmingham planning and development consultancy Lichfields has promoted Myles Wild-Smith to associate director.

He joined the agency in 2017 as a planner before becoming senior planner at the turn of last year. Mr Wild-Smith was previously a planning officer at St Albans City & District Council.

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