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Linda Robinson, AHTO Group Ltd*
The London real estate investment company AHTO Group has appointed Linda Robinson as its new Managing Director.
Linda has over 25 years of real estate experience in both the public and private sectors. Before joining AHTO as Managing Director, Linda was Development Director at The Guinness Partnership, one of the UK’s largest social housing landlords.
As managing director of AHTO, Linda will be based out of central London and join a team of seven existing directors and staff, along with additional support staff reporting to the board of directors and AHTO co-founder and chief investment officer Sam Senchal .
Commenting on her appointment, Linda said: “I am delighted to be joining at this crucial time and leading AHTO’s monumental investment and partnership initiative to expand the UK sub-lease and purchase sector. Thirteen years is the average time it takes for a UK household to save for a deposit.
“I believe that AHTO’s Intermediate Rent-to-Buy model offers a compelling solution to the UK housing crisis, providing an affordable alternative to rent and an affordable way to own a home for lower income households who are struggling for one To save deposit. “
Sam said, “AHTO is delighted that Linda Robinson has joined our team of directors.
“Linda’s formidable real estate background in both the public and private sectors working for industry leaders such as The Guinness Partnership, Metropolitan Housing Association and FPD Savills, and her track record in portfolio construction make perfect skills for AHTO.”
Stuart Natkus, Barton Willmore
The planning and design firm Barton Willmore has named Stuart Natkus as a partner.
In his previous role as Head of Planning, Stuart has carried out many planning projects in the North East and Yorkshire including Gateshead BIG, Throckley and Kibblesworth.
Stuart, who has been with Barton Willmore for over a decade, said, “This is a really exciting time as a planner in the North East and Yorkshire. With so many challenges and opportunities for developers, our expertise is invaluable.
“I am really proud to have contributed to the regeneration and growth of our regions in my career to date and I look forward to continuing this role as a partner with my brilliant colleagues at Barton Willmore.
“The consulting company has a very strong growth base with market-leading in-house know-how, a diverse customer base and a healthy project pipeline.”
Previous partner James Hall said: “I am very happy to have Stuart join me as a partner. His passion, enthusiasm and understanding are the driving forces behind Barton Willmore and have helped us achieve outstanding results for our customers time and again.
“Stuart’s hard work and persistence are an inspiration to the entire team here.”
The appointment of Stuart is part of a wider round of promotions due to the continued growth of Barton Willmore. Four other new partners are: Greg Dickson, Colin Lavety, Barry Williams and Lucy Wood.
Alongside the new partners, there have been a host of new promotions, including four new directors – part of a promotion round aimed at supporting the range of talent on the company’s planning and design teams.
James Featherstone and George Cuthburt, Brawdia
Insurance-focused construction and construction consultancy Brawdia has announced the appointment of two senior high-net-worth (HNW) specialist chartered surveyors, James Featherstone and George Culbert.
Both came from Savills and were appointed senior associate directors and associate directors, respectively.
James Featherstone BSc (Hons) MRICS comes to Brawdia with 25 years of industry experience and will primarily focus on insurance-related fire and flood remediation, repair and maintenance, and fault diagnosis.
James specializes in all aspects of professional construction and surveying services, including project management of fire and flood remediation work for HNW people, landlord demolition and subdivision of large retail units, and repair, renovation and restoration projects in office, retail and commercial premises.
George Culbert BSc (Hons) MRICS has more than 11 years of experience as a construction surveyor for residential and commercial real estate with a focus on design, specification and contract management.
He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2015 and specializes in projects to restart insurance and diagnose defects, regularly working on top-class and super-prime residential projects as well as commercial property insurance claims in the retail and office sectors.
His experience includes feasibility, spatial planning and architectural design in relation to renovation and conversion projects as well as renovation cost assessments and construction supervision.
Philip Barmby, Managing Director, Brawdia: “We are six months into business and I am delighted that we are able to open a London office and our team of two well-known and respected senior surveyors.
“London and the South East are key markets for us and we have seen significant growth in recent months. The flooding in the capital this summer led to a significant increase in high-quality claims processing, especially in the HNW sector.
“We have worked with some of the UK’s largest insurers and brokers and we see a growing demand for specialized insurance services in the construction and construction sectors, with an increasing focus on issues such as sustainability and resilience.
Philip concluded: “From the materials we specify for a damage to the future-proof properties of flood damage – such considerations play an increasingly important role in damage restoration.”
John Giblin, CF Commercial
London-based real estate consultancy CF Commercial continues to grow with the hiring of John Giblin as director of development consultancy and agency.
John comes with decades of experience in economic space agencies, development consultancy and investment activities in the South East and London.
Prior to joining CF Commercial, John spent three years with Bracketts Chartered Surveyors in Kent and eight years with Copping Joyce Surveyors in London.
John’s most recent transaction includes advising Chancerygate on the acquisition, development and marketing of Tonbridge Trade Park in Kent, which included a new 15-unit, 100,000 square meter counter and industrial park.
Craig Fisher, MD of CF Commercial said, “John’s arrival completes our workspace and industry team that will grow stronger with his wealth of experience and insight into the investment market.
“Busier than ever, CF Commercial is working to create mixed-use communities across the UK and John brings dynamic expertise to our team to ensure customer needs are met throughout the life cycle of each project . “
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