New appointment adds muscle to GVA’s retail team

GVA, the UK’s largest independent property company, has further expanded its Retail team with the appointment of former Premiership Rugby Union star, Dan Hyde as a Director in its Manchester office.

With over eight years’ experience in the property industry, Dan’s new role will see him responsible for heading up the Manchester retail team. Duties will include asset management, acquisitions and development appraisals working with developers and retailers both in and out of town. Dan will also be acting on behalf of notable clients including Staples and Smoke Barbeque Restaurant Group.

Dan previously worked as an Associate at Knight Frank, heading up the company’s Retail and Leisure team in Leeds. He has acted for a variety of clients including Wm. Morrison Plc, Sainsbury’s, Terrace Hill, Network Rail and Peveril Securities, advising on various supermarket and retail park developments.

As well as Dan’s vast experience in the property industry, he has also played professional rugby for premiership teams including West Hartlepool RUFC and Leeds Tykes RUFC. Dan is currently a player and coach at the social team Leodensian RUFC.

Dan said: “GVA has an excellent reputation with a profound understanding of the retail property industry. This unique opportunity will allow me to bring my experience to the fold as I play my part in the continued growth of retail team. I am looking forward to my future career at GVA.”

Mark Rawstron, Regional Senior Director at GVA, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dan to the retail team. Dan brings a wealth of experience in the retail property sectors with a great scope of knowledge and connections. 2014 has been a great year for GVA and we feel we have the right team in place to continue this momentum in 2015.”

Jason Sibthorpe, Head of Retail at GVA comments, “The arrival of Dan significantly bolsters both our regional and national agency and development offer, underlining our commitment to providing robust, best in class  advice to our clients across the whole of the UK. We will continue to invest in our regional growth and expect to announce a further senior appointment very soon.’

GVA’s retail team currently acts on behalf of over 100 retailers, managing 3,500,00 sq ft of mixed-use development. Over the past 12 months, the team has seen a healthy expansion with a string of promotions and appointments.