New starters boost MK2 Real Estate

(L-R): Mark Rooke, director and co-founder of MK2, with new recruits Chris Rice, Renu Suthi, Ross Cuthbert, and fellow co-founder Mark Johnson.

Birmingham property consultancy MK2 Real Estate has boosted its headcount with the appointment of three new staff.

Ross Cuthbert has joined the firm’s investment team as an associate director from Gerald Eve, where he worked for three years. Prior to that, Ross spent two years in the capital markets team at Deloitte Real Estate in London.

Ross works with a range of institutional, property company, local authority, overseas and private clients, advising on acquisitions and sales.

Chris Rice has joined MK2’s building consultancy team as a senior surveyor from Savills in Birmingham. His appointment takes the number of people in the team to three and comes on the back of a number of new project wins, including being instructed as employer’s agent on the Cat B fit-out of a 180,000 sq ft new industrial unit in the West Midlands.

MK2’s property management team has also welcomed a new senior surveyor, Renu Suthi, who has joined from Workman. Renu will assist with day-to-day management of the team’s £400million property portfolio, including rent collection and service charges.

Mark Johnson, director and co-founder of MK2, said: “2019 was a solid year for the business and we have continued to build on that success in 2020, winning a number of new clients and instructions, which has resulted in us needing to bring in extra resource to service the increased workload.

“We’re seeing continued growth across all service lines and looking at new areas of the business to expand into, particularly in asset management, where we can add real value for our clients through our multi-discipline approach.”

MK2 Real Estate was established in 2010 by Mark Johnson and Mark Rooke as a boutique investment agency. Since then it has expanded to include building consultancy, lease consultancy and property management services, with a total office headcount of 16, plus 16 on-site facilities management staff.