Property People

What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire and Humber?

Businesses are generating cash and in turn profit, banks are lending again and the continued economic improvement has boosted consumer confidence. This has manifested itself in increased occupational demand and encouraged private investors, property companies and funds to deploy financial capital into to the region. The property market in Yorkshire looks likely to continue strengthening over the remainder of 2014.

What is the best project you have been involved in?

Leading the real estate work out and restructuring business at JLL in Leeds provides me with opportunities to work with multi-disciplined professional teams across the financial services, legal, planning and property sectors. Getting the optimum result for stakeholders from stressed and distressed property situations is always satisfying whatever the project.

What is your favourite building in the region and why?

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Built in circa 1880, the Old Post Office in City Square in Leeds. It is an excellent example of Victorian architecture and is a landmark building. Its sympathetic conversion has allowed the city to benefit from vibrant restaurants, a luxury hotel and serviced apartments.

If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in this region, what would it be?

In the past, firms have struggled to increase diversity for the simple reason that many school leavers do not even know opportunities exist within the sector. Our industry has definitely now recognised that it needs to be doing more to champion diversity. JLL is actively promoting this ethos and is keen to attract the best talent into our profession regardless of individuals’ backgrounds.

Who has inspired you?

My family. My parents instilled a work hard play hard ethic underpinned by traditional values and my children keep me grounded.