New Chairman takes helm of Midlands IPF

L-R: New IPF Midlands chairman Darren Williamson, with outgoing chairman James Cubitt

Real Estate lawyer Darren Williamson has been appointed chairman of the Midlands region of the Investment Property Forum (IPF), the UK’s leading membership organisation for property investment professionals.

He takes over from James Cubitt, a director in the valuation and advisory services team at Colliers International in Birmingham, who held the office for two years.

Darren is a partner and national head of real estate at Freeths, and is based at the firm’s Nottingham office. He is responsible for a national team of over 160 and specialises in advising developers, funds and retailers on commercial property matters. He is the first East Midlands based chairman of the Midlands branch of the IPF.

He has been a board member for 4 years.

James Cubitt handed over the chairman’s reins at the Midland Members Drinks event held at The Botanist on 23rd September

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the term as chairman during which we have grown the Midlands membership to its highest ever level and firmly established the IPF Midlands annual dinner as the premier industry event in the Midlands. I am confident that in Darren I am leaving the organisation in very capable hands.”

The IPF was established in 1988 as a forum for senior professionals in the property investment market. Its aim is to promote property as an investment class through research, education and debate. The organisation has over 2,000 members across the UK, with regional groups in the Midlands, North of England and Scotland.

The Midlands Region was set up in March 2000 with just 25 members. Since then it has grown to more than 230.

In this term in office, Darren plans to ensure the IPF continues to promote relevant and successful events to its member.

He said: “James has had a great term as Chair and the IPF thanks him.  He will continue to play a role on the Board with the other valued Board members and with them I hope to ensure that the IPF continues to grow and be the most prominent Real Estate organisation in the Midlands”.