Chartered surveyor Chris Noble has joined Garness Jones and will bring his broad breadth of commercial property expertise to the firm’s professional services arm.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, he has significant expertise in advising on developments and valuation, as well as the leasing, letting, sale and purchasing of commercial properties.
Starting his career with Scotts Property in Hull, he qualified in 2004 before moving on to work on for Henry Boot Developments Limited in Sheffield, returning to East Yorkshire to invest in Allied Surveyors, where he was a partner and remained for 15 years, helping the business grow and expand its work across two offices in Hull and York.
In his role at Garness Jones he will work alongside Professional Services team members Simon Preston, Colin Garvin and Hans Nieuwkerk, with the business setting out a long-term plan for the continued development and growth of the department.
“We’re delighted with Chris’ appointment to the team as he has a wealth of experience not only in East Yorkshire, but out into York and South Yorkshire, and he has demonstrated a real passion to join us and add real value to the business and the work we do,” said Garness Group managing director Dave Garness.
“He is very keen to come in and learn about how we operate and support clients, but also bring new ideas to our team given his experience in acting for a wide range of national and local clients to provide advice on valuations, acquisitions, investments, rent reviews and lease covenant matters.
“Chris is also very passionate about playing a mentoring role within our business and helping others progress, which is very much in line with our way of working.
“We are very much focussed on succession planning across the business. It is something I am very aware of across all areas of the business and that is why we are so pleased to have someone of Chris’ ability joining us.”
Garness Jones’ Professional Services department covers a broad range of disciplines, from providing rent reviews and lease renewals to carrying out formal valuation reports for reasons such as lending, tax, asset appraisals, accounts, pension funds and disputes.
Mr Noble, who has provided RICS Red Book secured lending valuations to most major and minor lenders in his career, and advised on many major acquisitions, says he is excited to be joining a business with a growing client base, and one he has long admired.
“Having worked in this industry for around 23 years, and in and around Yorkshire in all that time, I have of course been well aware of the work Garness Jones has been involved in and how it has grown over that time. It is a business growing its client base incrementally year after year,” he said.
“I’ve known Dave Garness for many years and remember being impressed by the way he and his colleagues worked way back in 1996 when he advised our family over a potential sale of farm land, so it is great to be working for the company now.
“Dave has outlined his ambitions to further develop areas of the professional services department and I believe my experience in areas such as lease renewals and negotiations and rent reviews can really help add to the excellent work already being done by the team.”