Centrick boosts growth strategy with director appointment

Charles Lucas

Property specialist Centrick has appointed Charles Lucas as group business development director to help drive the company’s ambitious national growth strategy.

Charles, who has 37 years’ experience in the property sector, has worked on some of the UK’s largest new build developments and managed schemes with high profile clients including Argent, Berkeley, Bellway, Urban Splash, Clarion, Annington, Barratt, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey.

Centrick, which was established in 2005, specialises in building and sstate management, build to rent, PRS asset management, professional service and valuation in addition to land, new homes and investment services.

Charles said: “Joining Centrick at this time in the company’s strategic development is enormously exciting and I hope to add extra impetus to its upward trajectory, strengthening our focus on communication and working closely to grow the service proposition in line with the challenges our clients face every day. It really is a fantastic business full of great people including an exceptional management team and I fully expect to see its national presence grow significantly year on year.”

Phil Johns, group managing director of Centrick, said: “I am very excited to welcome Charles to the Centrick team. He has enormous experience across the property sector and, as our group business development director, he will play a key role in Centrick’s strategic growth with a keen focus on our recognised specialisms.

“Our ambition as a group has always been to deliver a truly exceptional service, building a team of highly skilled property professionals that genuinely care about our clients and the residents we support. The arrival of Charles clearly demonstrates that commitment is stronger than ever.”

Charles, who has been a RICS Fellow (FRICS) since 2011, brings significant experience across commercial, residential and mixed-use property. He joined Mainstay in 2001 as new business development manager and became technical director in 2005. On acquisition by FirstPort in September 2020, he became business development director.

Passionate about communication and engagement, he believes in going the extra mile and adding value to the service proposition.Outside work, Charles is a huge fan of sports including cricket, skiing and rugby and whilst he now spends more time off the field than on, still has a huge passion for coaching and for his beloved Manchester City FC.

Birmingham-based Centrick, which also has offices in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Gerrards Cross and Fareham, has grown consistently since its inception by successfully prioritising innovation, expertise, and building trusted relationships with its clients to deliver high quality service and results. First opening its doors in 2005, the agency now has over 23,500 properties across the UK on its books and manages over £3.5 billion in client assets.