DTZ hires “Industry Leader” to Head Retail Team

Posted on 24 April, 2015 by admin

Property services company, DTZ, has named Catherine Lambert (pictured) as the new head of its retail management team. She will be joining DTZ in September from her current position as chairman of a similar department at Jones Lang LaSalle.


With almost two decades of experience in shopping centre management, Lambert will spearhead DTZ’s retail business growth. She has worked as an advisor to a range of client owners covering property management, development, refurbishment, asset management and more recently, receivership management.

“Catherine will be a tremendous asset for us,” commented Matthew Burnham, DTZ’s head of property management in the UK. “She is recognised as an industry leader and will bring a wealth of retail market knowledge and experience to help build on the well-established retail heritage within DTZ.”

The company has also confirmed the appointment of surveyor Sam Holmes to DTZ’s Manchester-based project and building consultancy team.

Transferring from property consultants AECOM, where he worked with clients on industrial unit refurbishments in Birmingham, Holmes will now specialise in core building surveying acting for NHS Property Services and Home Group on two separate dilapidation claims in Stockport and Warrington.

St Modwen — one of Britain’s leading regeneration specialist developers — has appointed Robert Hudson as its new group finance director. He is replacing Mike Dunn who is stepping down from the board at the end of May.

The 41-year-old Hudson will take up his new post by October this year after moving from British Land, where he has been group financial controller for four years. A chartered accountant, he began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to Experian at the turn of the century where he held a number of senior financial roles.

“Rob’s wide-ranging financial skills and experience combined with his property sector knowledge will make him an excellent addition to the company,” commented St Modwen chief executive, Bill Oliver. “I look forward to working with him to support the ongoing growth and success of St. Modwen’s business.”

After seven years in the Middle East — where he was the managing director of the Commercial Bank of Qatar subsidiary, Asteco Qatar — Jed Wolfe has been appointed director of BNP Paribas Real Estate’s Leeds-based investment team.

A chartered surveyor, Wolfe was a partner in the investment team at Knight Frank in London until 2008 when he moved to the Kingdom of Bahrain to take over Asteco’s investment office. His new role will involve focusing on the property investment markets in the key regional centres of Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle, and working with UK investment funds and institutions, property companies and international investors.

Gordons — which has offices in Leeds, Bradford and London generating a £23m turnover — has strengthened its Yorkshire commercial property and property litigation teams with two new lawyers.

Both previously based in Leeds, Richard Gibbon has joined the firm’s commercial property department from the independent practice of Ford & Warren. And Richard Cressall is moving from the international law firm of Eversheds to Gordons’ property litigation team.

After eight years overseeing projects in the north of England and Scotland, Paul Dodsworth is joining Wates Construction as its business unit director for Yorkshire and North-East.

The newly created position will see Dodsworth lead the delivery of Wates’ current projects that include sweet maker Haribo’s new £35m Wakefield production plant. The firm is also building the £100m Central Square office development in Leeds.

Bilfinger GVA has promoted its North West office advisor Chris Cheap to senior director.  With 17 years’ office leasing and development experience in the region — working with clients such as MUSE, Orbit Developments, Miller Developments and Standard Life — Cheap was also involved in the leasing of 73,000 sq ft to KPMG at Manchester’s One St Peters Square and more than 100,000 sq ft of space at The Carlyle Group’s Piccadilly Place scheme.

Story: Cliff Goodwin

Photo: DTZ

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