Property People: Sheffield Property Association; Hargreaves Land; Caddick Construction; and other

Sheffield Property Association, which is the city’s collective voice for property, has appointed a new director, Rebecca Knight, who has joined the organisation’s board.

Knight, who is managing director at OVO Spaces, has 32 years of experience in the real estate industry.

She joins the Sheffield Property Association (S-PA) team of four directors who share a vision of improving Sheffield’s built environment, driving investment and fostering strong relationships with stakeholders and partners.

She said: “I’m looking forward to bringing something a little different to S-PA. This is a new challenge for me and I am excited to add value where I can use my industry experience.

“Working in Sheffield is so different to other cities. People are at the heart of everything we do, and our shared collaborative spirit is what makes us unique. I think the city is at the beginning of something bigger and I want to be a part of that renaissance.

“My aim is to help make Sheffield an even better place and bring a different energy to the role. I am particularly excited to engage with all the priority groups and help them work more cohesively within S-PA.”

Rob Darrington, Director of S-PA, said: “Since establishing Sheffield Property Association in 2017, it has been extremely rewarding to watch our board and membership network grow.

“We are delighted to welcome Rebecca to our team. Her experience will be invaluable as we continue to deliver sustainable development in Sheffield, further driving our plans, membership leadership and representing the city.”


Regeneration and property development specialist Hargreaves Land has expanded its team in Leeds with the appointment of a new development expert.

Brady Harrison, who qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2018, has joined the company to support its development work in Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands.

Harrison joins from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council where he handled strategic acquisitions, lettings and was heavily involved in the council’s ongoing land review programme.

In a previous role, he was a senior asset manager at Savills, working on residential land acquisitions and disposals, as well as providing development consultancy services to a range of clients.

At Hargreaves Land, he will work alongside Andrew Johnson and Zoe Shearman on several ongoing projects as well as pursuing new land and development opportunities in the Central Region.

He said: “I am very excited to be joining Hargreaves Land at such an exciting time for the firm. The opportunity to help deliver major development projects such as Unity in Doncaster really appealed to me and I look forward to bringing my experience to bear in this role.”

Andrew Johnson, Head of Asset Management, said: “I am delighted that Brady has joined us and I am sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to our team.

“He brings with him a wide range of professional experience and is quickly establishing an excellent reputation in the Yorkshire property market.”


Caddick Construction has appointed Steve Ford as regional managing director for Yorkshire and the North East.

It follows West Yorkshire’s most successful business to date, with Caddick Construction Group reporting a turnover of £318m.

In his new role, Ford will be responsible for leading the North East and Yorkshire regional team, building on Caddick’s 40-year heritage in Yorkshire and the North West and its recent expansion into the Midlands.

He joins from Marrico Asset Management, where he held the position of Director of Development for over eight years.

His expertise covers the commercial, commercial, educational, industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as residential and heritage buildings.

Notable previous projects include: Leeds Hyatt Hotel, Central Square Office Development, Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre, Heathrow Terminal 2a, HSBC Northern Data Centre, Barnsley BSF Programme, and the refurbishment of Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

Caddick Construction Group this month confirmed a record financial year ending August 2023 with a turnover of £318m, up 38% on the previous year. Profits rose to £7.4m, with the company’s forward order book up 12% to £740m.

Ford said: “Joining such an established company with an excellent reputation and heritage is something I am very proud of.

“Caddick is well known for delivering high quality projects and as the business grows, so does its expertise.

“With a diverse portfolio of projects in my career to date, I look forward to leading the continued growth of the business while maintaining everything that makes Caddick such a success.”

Paul Dodsworth, group managing director, added: “Steve has an excellent track record of managing and delivering exceptional developments and I am very pleased to welcome him to the business.

“We are excited about the future of our business in Yorkshire and the North East.

“Caddick Construction has had a fantastic year across the board and we as a collective are determined to continue to grow in a sustainable, controlled and profitable way, building on our team’s passion to deliver safely to customers and clients in all regions.”


Four commercial real estate professionals have been promoted to Property consultancy Leeds, GV&Co.

Daniel Walker, Tom Preene and Matt Harriman became directors at the firm, and David Geary was appointed partner.

The promotions follow the company’s recent expansion into larger city center offices at the Carlton Tower on St Paul’s Street and the company’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Walker works within the agency and investment team. He joined the business in 2012, graduated with full-time work in 2017 and became a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2019.

He said: “Every day is different, dealing with lettings, acquisitions, investment sales and advising on long-term strategic development sites.

“Recent highlights include the work we did on job allocation for Integral, a 60 acre scheme at Thorpe Park, the £25m acquisition of Total Park, Leeds and advising on letting of 285,000 sq ft at Catalyst, Sheffield Business Park.

“We are optimistic about the market and can clearly see an increase in positive sentiment.

“Occupiers may understandably be taking their time to make decisions, but there is a clear sense of market confidence returning after the recent downturn in activity which followed a very busy few years.”

Preene works in leasing and asset management consultancy. He joined GV&Co in 2022 after spending six years at a global real estate firm and is responsible for negotiating rent reviews and lease renewals on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

He said: “The industrial market continues to perform well with prime rents reaching record levels and I look forward to further growing this part of the business as more landlords and tenants recognize the value we add.”

Harriman works in building surveying and project management. He joined GV&Co as a graduate 10 years ago when the department was first established, and has since grown into a team of seven.

He said: “I really enjoy working on a diverse range of commercial properties across a number of sectors and have a strong interest in contract administration, damage surveys and procurement.

“Over the past 12 months we have managed over £3m of commercial refurbishments and successfully negotiated over £1m of damages.

“As director, I will be more involved in helping to manage the team and mentoring colleagues, as well as continuing to lead the department.”

Geary joined GV&Co’s building surveying and project management team eight years ago and completed a Masters (MSc) in Building Surveying during that time.

The project manages construction projects across all sectors as well as carrying out condition surveys and negotiating damage claims.

He said: “I really enjoy my role at GV&Co. I am heavily involved in renovation projects, mainly around Yorkshire and the Midlands, but recently completed a large-scale refurbishment of a Grade A listed building in central Edinburgh.

“The building is now fully let to several occupiers and retains its properties in a prime area of ​​the city.

“Locally, the market is busy in the construction surveying world and the pipeline to the end of 2024 is strong.”

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