GVA underlines commitment to ambitious growth plans with new appointments


Type News

Date 22/10/2018

GVA has announced a raft of new hires as part of its ambitious growth strategy and off the back of a highly impressive financial performance in 2017.

The appointments will strengthen a number of key business services across the UK. Stuart Howie will lead the firm’s Regeneration and Development offering from Leeds with a remit to drive growth for the team nationally. Previously employed by PwC, Stuart brings over 20 years’ experience of providing commercial and financial advice to major regeneration and economic projects across the UK.

GVA’s Strategic Advisory team, which was established earlier this year to advise the public and private sectors on complex property, organisational change and financial issues, will be enhanced by the arrival of Saurabh Das, who joins as a Director. Saurabh is advising Government departments, health boards and local authorities and previously worked with the Government Property Agency, Department of Health and PwC.

Paul Dickenson joins GVA from CBRE and will head up the Facilities Management division. Paul will work as a Director for GVA Acuity, the firm’s specialist facilities management team, and will oversee sites such as the prestigious Berkley Square Estate in London.

The business will also welcome two new appointments to its Building Consultancy team in January 2019. Darren Wright will develop GVA’s capability to support office refurbishments and joins from APS Surveyors.

Chris Sharman will also join GVA’s London office to upscale the business’ M&E offering across the UK. Chris will play a vital role and will work closely with the firm’s commercial Sustainability team.

GVA’s Second London Wall team will also welcome Elizabeth Hartley as Projects Director in November.

The recruitment drive builds upon the 26 new Directors and Senior Directors appointed between September 2017 and June 2018. In the first six months of 2018, GVA hired James Attfield from CBRE to lead Industrial, Peter O’Brien from JLL to lead Valuation and Barry Crichton from Deloitte to set-up a new Project Management team in Manchester. Peter is one of three new faces on GVA’s Management Board, alongside Charlie Toogood of the Offices team and Graham Fairhurst from the Building team.

Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive of GVA, comments: “We continue to recruit great people into the business and reward those who really meet our cultural and financial expectations with promotion. The calibre and experience of those coming on board speaks volumes for the strength of the GVA brand and how the business is performing.

“We are on track building not just to deliver our budget in 2018, but for the future. We are on course to have a year to be proud of and this will provide an excellent platform to drive the business forward in 2019 and beyond. It’s an exciting time for GVA.”

In total, GVA has recruited 290 new members of staff during 2018.