Vail Williams’ recruitment drive answers increasing demand and business growth

A national recruitment drive in response to increasing demand and powerful business growth has brought a fresh cohort of experts to commercial property consultancy Vail Williams.

Appointments and promotions at senior and junior levels have been made at Vail Williams’ offices in Guildford, Crawley, Reading, Southampton and London, reflecting the expanding company’s commercial success around the country.

A total of 18 new faces, promotions and transfers across Vail Williams have boosted key services: planning and building consultancy, valuation, lease advisory and property asset management.

Vail Williams’ confidence to strengthen further its expert and experienced teams provides more evidence of the continued upswing of activity in the property sector and the UK economy more widely.

The firm’s London office has welcomed new partners Richard Dawtrey and Graham Saunders.

Richard joins Vail Williams’ investment team, with responsibility for the acquisition and disposal of commercial investments throughout the UK. He has 15 years of property investment experience and has completed more than 500 transactions within the office, industrial, retail and leisure sectors.

Graham leads Vail Williams’ valuation business in London. He joins from Cushman and Wakefield and brings with him a wealth of experience and success developed in the London valuation market.

Planning experts joining Vail Williams’ Guildford office include Associate Planner Vincint Verster – a Chartered Town Planner with more than 11 years’ experience, who comes from Boyer Planning Ltd where he was Senior Planner. Also joining the Vail Williams team in Guildford is Administrator Candice Sweeney.

Arriving at Vail Williams’ Reading office is Associate Peter Fry, whose commercial property career spans almost 24 years. Peter has specialised in valuation since 1994, and will cover the Thames valley, west London and M40 regions. Graduate Planner Sarah Isherwood also joins the Reading office.

Marie Newman has joined the Southampton office as an Associate, in the valuation team with a focus across the Solent region. Marie has 20 years’ experience in valuing commercial property, residential land and investments for corporate and private clients. In Crawley, Vail Williams welcomes Graduate Planner James Guthrie.

A series of promotions and transfers has also strengthened Vail Williams’ teams around the country.

In Southampton, Mike Greenwood is promoted to Partner, Valuation, and Russell Miller moves up to become Partner, Law of Property Act Receivership. In Birmingham, Paul Arnell has been promoted to Partner, Valuation. Meanwhile, Ben Christian is promoted to Planner in Southampton; Jen Sanders to Senior Planner in London; and Emma Bourke to Surveyor (Level 2) in property asset management, also in London.

Vail Williams Chief Executive Ian Rudland said: “The talented new recruits we are welcoming, and the well-deserved promotions are a clear sign of how Vail Williams is powerfully growing as a business.

“Our aim is to offer our clients business-centred property solutions that directly support their business needs; this requires our team to have both the relevant skills and experience to draw upon. Town planning, building consultancy, valuation, lease advisory and property asset management are key sectors for us.

“Our growth is in evidence around the country and we are building that capability on each office’s deep local knowledge and expertise. We are now even better equipped to call on expertise for every situation wherever it is. Our future is very bright.”