CRT Property Investments develops team with new surveyor

James Wilgose

CRT Property Investments Ltd, a subsidiary of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, has appointed James Wilgose as Property Investment and Development Surveyor, to support the company over a twelve-month period.

James, who is currently on a placement year from Sheffield Hallam University where he is studying Real Estate, will support Property Investment and Development Director, Shaun O’Brien, to manage the company’s growing portfolio of commercial and residential property.

As part of his role, James will also assist with identifying new investment and development opportunities and oversee the renewables, social enterprise and lease management side of the organisation.

James comments: “I am extremely pleased to be joining the team at CRT Property Investments. The role is certainly a challenging one, but I am already enjoying putting the theory from university into practice.

“I am really looking forward to having the chance to get some valuable hands-on experience and to learning more about how the organisation can generate a sustainable income from its coalfield based portfolio of residential and commercial properties.”

Shaun comments: “Our portfolio has grown substantially over the past three years; with our variety of new developments and investments already making a positive difference to the coalfield communities. Where possible, we create jobs and apprenticeship schemes during the build phase and then provide access to affordable commercial units when complete.

“It is great to have James on-board, he is already proving to be a valuable asset to the business. I’m confident that through his role, James will get a real insight into the property sector, as well as the people and communities that we support.”

CRT Property Investments Ltd is a subsidiary of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the coalfield communities. Responding to the challenge from Government to become self-financing, the property investment company provides a return that will continue to allow the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to create programmes of activity that meet with three key criteria; to address and improve the skills, employment or health of local people.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in 1999. Since that time more than 2m people have benefited from support delivered by the organisation. Over 25,500 people have been supported into work, more than 5,500 jobs have been created or safeguarded, 1.3m people have received the necessary support to help improve their skills and gain qualifications and over 250,000 people have participated in activities that have improved their health.